Christianity is one of the dominant religions on the planet, and Christian Theism has played a major role in shaping the development of Western culture. Thanks to the pioneering efforts of Christian missionaries, Christian doctrine has even influenced the views of non-Christians. Nevertheless, the contemporary world is a pluralistic and diverse one, and postmodern perspectives have arisen to challenge the wide-ranging influence of Christian Theism. The purpose of this paper is to show how a belief in Christian Theism can help one understand the nature and meaning of life, and this paper will show evidence that this belief brings both uniformity and order to everything.
The Book of Eli is the Bible. The worldview depicted in the movie is that of Theism. Eli held this worldview through his belief of Christianity in my opinion. Although the movie never actually states that Eli is a Christian, he was tasked with delivering the words of the Bible to the west. The bible is considered to be a written record of how God communicated with man. Although they are many different types of bibles, the common factor is this book is full of scriptures and text considered sacred. Eli is on a mission to head to the west, I feel it is God telling him to go west to complete this extraordinary task. Along the way he encounters Carnegie and his followers. You have heard the phrase knowledge is power, and power corrupts.
Theism is the belief of the existence of god as the creator of the world. Atheism, on the flip side, disagree with the argument of believing in a god as in their view there aren’t enough evidence that God actually exist. While scientists disagree with the existence of God, however, they have not been able to disproved that god does not exist. In a sense, it’s worth pointing out that both argument somehow aiming in the direction of strictly scientific view of the world. The reason for my logic is that theism utilized faith to explain everything around them which in their view are more than enough indication in explaining the existence of god. While this logic may be insufficient from atheism point of view; however, it is worth noting that the
The theist, therefore, appears to be faced with a choice between a view which implies a kind of moral chaos and a life of moral immaturity, and one which belittles an Almighty God. One attempt to resolve this dilemma turns on the distinction
Question 2: According to Louis P. PoJman, theism (If true), provides eight these which are advantageous to humans. Unpack what the eight claims involve and why they can supply a sense of meaning to humans. Can some of these eight be attained through secular world views? If so, which ones and why? Why does PoJman think theism is a better option than secular approaches when it comes to meaning of life issues? PoJman recognizes one serious difficulty to theism; what is it and how does he attempt to minimize it or switch gears to another way of looking at it? Do you think that PoJman stance is convincing? Why or why not?
The belief in Gods has always existed throughout human’s recored history. Whether it be the Greek Gods: Apollo, and Zeus, or the Judeo-Christian God, believed by Christians in modern day society. The belief of God has always existed among humans, however, assuming God does not exist, what explains the cultural evolution of such a false belief, namely religion? I shall argue that the reason this false belief is successful is because it manipulates human nature better than any other belief by these three points: an avoidance of death (the soul), a sense of worth (knowledge), and a sense, or need of belief (faith).
The best response theist could use in rejecting premises (1) is by using the indirect method or procedure. This process is called the G.E Moore shift, the Moore shift basic argument towards atheism is the overall strategy of shift were given an argument: p, q, therefore, r. Instead of disagreeing directly against p, another argument could be made as –not –r, q and therefore, not –p which originates with the rejection of the conclusion of the first argument, keeps its second premise, and ends with the rejection of the first premises as its conclusion.
Naturalism is a prominent worldview that is held and praised widely in today’s modern world. However, when examined closely and held up to certain criteria that would establish it as a legitimate worldview, one can see that it comes up short in several areas such as the source of morality, internal logical consistency, and human nature. In these areas that Naturalism fails, Christianity succeeds by offering a valid alternative. Christianity then can further establish itself as a superior worldview by offering convincing arguments such as ontological, cosmological, argument for design, argument that
Richard Swinburne brings up this topic in his works Revelation. Swinburne is a strong repusenitive of rational theism. Some have giving him the complement of being "perhaps the most significant proponent of argumentative theism today" and "one of the foremost rational Christian apologists." Since he is of such high praise for his works, it makes since that his ‘Revelation’ is full of insightful and full of rich meaning.
What do I believe to be true in with my theistic worldview and why do I believe it? Because of God’s revelation to and through His creation, I/we can see a purpose and a definitive plan for mankind. “History is ordained by God-there is a purpose and a goal for the course of human and natural events” (p.97). In essence God’s plan is for order and not chaos and His works are purposeful and through His accord. “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace-as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people” (1 Corinthians 14:33, New International Version). God’s nature and character are also revealed to mankind as is our duty to love one another. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is Love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son in to the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins”
Whether one identifies as a Theist, a Naturalist, Pantheist, Polytheist, or Postmodernist, one can have the exact same experience and interpret that experience completely different. It is important to understand ones’ foundation to determine why he or she responded to that particular experience a certain way. Our worldview is often reflected in how we think, believe and react to certain issues such as religion, science, technology, medicine, finances, politics and many other matters. While I certainly wouldn’t describe myself as a radical Theist, I do believe that God is the creator of all, that Jesus Christ is the only begotten son, and that none of us are without sin. With that being said, I would like to state that I make all of my daily decisions are based on scripture and in what God expects from me, but I struggle to be consistent with that. Ultimately, I make my decisions on what I believe to be right at the time. I believe that we are all placed here on this earth for very specific reasons. Sometimes those reasons are not clear, and sometimes they may seem blatantly obvious. I believe each and every person serves a purpose that may forever be unknown to us. Our beliefs in reality, who we are, why we are here, and how we react, what our values and morals are, makeup each person’s worldview and can further explain decisions that one makes when faced with a moral dilemma. I certainly trust that there
Religion is constructed on faith and belief of an individual even though it is the individual choice to follow it or not. It has stirred a lot of debates for years; those who are trying to prove that God exists throughout history and follow to modern day. While, those who are atheist are trying to prove their point of God does not exist. There are still more and more theories and debate over the subject of religious view. It is a matter of theism versus atheism; new and old philosophers have joined the debate and all with different sides to another philosopher’s theory or view on the matter. In this paper, I will attempt to illustrate the reasons given by Louis Pojman of why religion is good or bad, as well as evaluating Bertrand Russell argument about religion. This can define the meaning of life and the creation of life as we know it. It can change views or switch sides for there is always another explanation to exactly what religion is all about and having a superior ruler that created all.
Since the dawn of mankind religion has been one of the most significant elements of a society’s social and cultural beliefs and actions. However, this trend has declined due to the general increase in knowledge regarding our the natural sciences. Where we had previously attributed something that we didn’t understand to the working of a higher power, is now replaced by a simple explanation offered by natural sciences. While advocates of Religion may question Natural Sciences by stating that they are based on assumptions, it is important to note the Natural Sciences are based on theories and principles which can be proven using mathematical equations and formulas. Faith however contrasts from the easily visible feasibility of data
In Pojman essay, "religion gives meaning to life", he discusses how theism is what gives meaning to life, and if theism was true, there were eight theses to live by. The first premise suggested that there is an explanation for how the universe came about and will continue to exist until its prescribed end. Second, the world is covered in goodness and no matter what, good will always win out over evil. Third, God loves and care for us. As long as we are righteous and fighting off evil, we'll never be fighting alone and god is on our side. Fourthly, why should we be