“When you believe in things that you don’t understand
Then you suffer
Superstition ain’t the way”
Lyrics from ‘Superstitious’ by Stevie Wonder.
Many People delude themselves about their grip on reality…esp many materialist Atheists… whom love to condemn *Faith*.
They agree with the lyrics of Stevie wonders Song, and pretend they only ‘believe’ in cold facts… things they ‘understand’… yet this is self delusion.
Stevie Wonder was blind within hours of his Birth.
This makes me Wonder if he understands what light, sight and colours really are?
If not, is he being superstitious in believing other people really do posess an extra sence that he himself does not?
Does Stevie Wonder Believe in Gravity?
How Many people… if any… understand Gravity?
Are we all being ‘Superstitous’ in believing it to be a characteristic of Mass without understanding how this is so?
Perhapse we are!
The Bible says of Christ that… For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. (Col 1:16,17)
It interests me to speculate that the quest by Particle Physicists to find the Graviton… is in fact a search for Christ!
(The Un-created Necessary Being… The final destination of the noble quest for ‘the theory of everything’)
What more I am amused by the reality that even if they discovery such a particle that this does not ‘eliminate’ Christ, for Christ then simply may be understood as what imparts the Gravitons nature. Contray to the delusions of folk like Dawkins, such descoveries dont eliminate any so-called ‘Gap for God’…. Theism is not ‘In Retreat’.
The same may be said about the science of the Mind/ Brain in that insights into it’s Electro-chemical processes do not prove the monist denial of the incorporeal inner being as postulated by dualism. Nor does it disprove freewill.
‘Free will’ participates in the formation of Neural pathways, and in the release of neuro-transmitters like Dopamine.
It is false to think that science is proving we are merely ‘Automations’.
That is an assumption. An interpretation of the facts baced upon pre-concieved materialist bias… nothing more.
The Brain is an ‘Interface’ between our incorporeal spirit and our bodies… by which we ‘feel’ our values as physical emotions.
So I laugh at the hypocritical naivety of Atheist Materialists… their vain belief that they don’t live by faith… that they ‘know’ Materialism is true…. that it has been proven!
Socrates about to drink Hemlock
Chærephon, put the question to the Oracle at Delphi, Whether any other man was wiser than Socrates? The answer given was that there was none wiser. Not being conscious of the possession of wisdom, Socrates was perplexed, till at last, after testing the supposed knowledge of many distinguished men, he interpreted the reply of the oracle as meaning that whereas other men thought they knew, he was one of the few conscious of their own ignorance.
The reality is We all believe in things which we don’t understand.
Thus those whom refuse to accept a particular tenet of the Bible *Until they understand it* …are kidding themselves as to the rationality of such a refusal. They are imposing an impossible standard, and as such are committing an act of self delusion.
They are not (as they claim) exercising a superior epistemology which trumps Bible believing faith… but via arbitrary whim they simply choose not to believe.
Dont be duped by the modern propaganda that Science has always been in conflict with Revealed religion!
To the contrary I argue thus: By all means continue the quest for knowledge, yet has not the scriptures proven true enough in what can and has already been weighed and measured… so that we ought to consider it trustworthy in those things which are currently beyond our scope of verification?
I believe this to be both a rational approach, and a wise one. It is the very Basis of science…*Faith!*
Faith that The Universe is intelligible because it was created orderly via Divine reason.
6 thoughts on “Superstition?”
Excellent post, Tim. (I just linked to it from SOLO.)
But you have just shot yourself in the foot with regards to mind/body dualism! You say
whereas, on a previous occasion, you said
You recognise that incorporeal “spirit” (‘incorporeal’ means having no body) and “body” are so entirely different that in order for them to interact, there needs to be an “interface”. You say this interface is the brain.
But you also recognise that “spirit” and “brain” are so entirely different that there needs to be an “interface” between them, too.
But, next, you’re going to need an “interface” between “spirit” and the “spirit/brain interface” to make the whole thing work. In fact, you have an infinite regression problem. You are, in fact, committed to an infinite series of “interfaces”. And this is the fatal flaw in the doctrine of mind/body dualism.
You have to ditch either “spirit” (which would make you a Christian physicalist) or ditch “matter” (which, I think, would make you a Berkeleyan Idealist).
Or … (drum roll, please) … you can wait for me to unveil my radical new solution to the mind/body problem! (Hinted at here.)
I appreciate what you are saying Richard. The term can be understood in the manner you say, yet by incorporeal I mean our Non-physical and distinctly separate being which inhabits our body. I dont think there is a problem here because Dualists dont argue that a man’s spirit is only ‘incorporeal’ after death… ie after his being has left his body… it is an Incorporeal being…within a Body. ??? HA!
I await your Radical solution!
I am Going to add to this post that the Whole ‘God of the Gaps’ idea is absurd…. ie it is *impossible* for science to squeeze God out of reality… nor can science reduce mankind to an automation. *Its Impossible*.
I thought it was appropriate to add the story of Socrates.