Christian Worldview Paper I Abstract It is true, knowledge and truth can in fact be sought out in different ways. The ways in which one may seek knowledge has a lot to do with their background or worldview. We all have opinions and biases based on what we have been taught or experienced A scientist will seek knowledge and base truth only on things that can be proven, by use of the scientific method. On the other hand Christians see truth as being what is God's word. There are people that feel the two can be integrated, but there are others that feel Christianity and science are not at all compatible.
R.S “Science has fully explained religious experience”. To what extent do you agree? I agree to a certain extent however they are some problems are present in sciences argument for why religious experiences occur. Freud argued that religious experiences are nothing but a psychological conflict within the mind. He came up with the idea that religious experiences are nothing but wishful thinking that cause the illusion of the oldest and most profound idea one has.
For instance, it appears that the religious concept of a “soul” is nothing more than a mental process. In Christianity, it would be assumed that a person who believes in God would go to heaven after they die. Just as well, it could also be assumed from the empirical evidence (temporal lobe epilepsy, autism, split brain surgery) that there are ways of manipulating the brain in a way that affects the ability to perceive religion. Given enough knowledge about the brain then, it should be possible to “turn off” a person’s belief in God. It is likely that this concept holds some merit if one takes a look at how autism impairs a person’s ability to conceptualize God; and that by inducing the same sort of mental phenomena that occurs within the brain of an autistic person, it should theoretically be possible to stop a person from believing.
Another possibility is that if the person were open to the idea of there being a divine then they could of just imagined some of it happened such as they could of just of been experiencing an unnatural vison caused by gases in the air but as they were open to the idea of it being caused by a divine source they automatically assume that is the case although this argument can be quickly disproved by the fact that atheists and other none believers have had visons that have converted them to a religion. The philosopher Swinburne would argue that as the idea of god is real to the person who has experienced the vision then he must be real and according to his principle of credulity it is reasonable to believe that the world is probably as we experience it meaning as we have had an experience involving god he is probably real. Although this argument can be used against Swinburne by saying that if an atheist has experienced a world without god then therefore according to the principle of credulity god probably doesn’t exist based on that
Some of these will include a compare/contrast of Christianity and other forms of study such as Epistemology, Metaphysics and Philosophical Anthropology. Entwistle also describes five different disciplinary relationships: enemies, spies, colonialists, neutral parties, and allies (Entwistle, 2010). This is for the purposes of understanding the nature of how these relationship contribute to the understanding of the integration of psychology and Christianity. Antagonists, or enemies are secular or Christian because both hold an opposing the view that there is no integration of psychology and Christianity. Members of the Christian faith who have a background in psychology would be the Spies who are only interested in the “benefits of their own religious system” (Entwistle, 2010, p. 182).
From the evidence provided earlier, it can be seen that in fact, religion and science are not two opposing powers offering different explanations for the same events, but merely two entities asking entirely different questions(The Godless Paladin 2009). Science seeks to answer objective ‘how’ questions, and uses public, repeatable data in order to explain exactly how we came to be. Instead, religion asks personal ‘why’ questions about the meaning and purpose of our lives and about our ultimate origin and destiny. It explores the existence of beauty and the experiences of our soul, including the emotions humankind feels(Barbour 1990). Therefore, it can be seen that a contextual interpretation of the Judeo-Christian creation story, which seeks to uncover the religious truth contained within, is compatible with modern scientific theory, as it asks a different question to the one science
This backs up his answer by him giving evidence to back up his claim. Albert Einstein’s final use of emotion in his answer is shown when he puts his own opinion in his answer by saying that scientist do have a sense of faith because they have to believe in something with the laws of nature which gives a feel of religion but he also states how different it is from the “religiosity of someone more naïve” he uses claims based on how he feels rather than rationale behind his claim, And it appeals to emotion. Albert Einstein not only just answers her question, but he uses ethos, logos, and pathos to make it more effective and understandable for Phyllis. He gives a reason to believe him and shows both sides of the claim. So in the end she can form her own opinion or argument about the whole thing.
On one hand, the Enlightenment views saw God as a far away figure that did not interfere with the lives of humans. The Enlightenment was a period of intellectual growth that tried to explain the true nature of mankind and how it progresses. One of the most important theorists for The Enlightenment was John Locke. John Locke created a theory called tabula theory, which had important assumptions about human nature and undermined Christian assertion that humankind was inherently sinful. Another person who also criticized some of the religious views was Pierre Bayle.
‘Visions are not caused by God but can be explained by science.’ Discuss According to the dictionary the definition of vision is the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom, however to those who consider a vision as a religious experience it is an event in which God, or something about God, is see or observed. Visions are usually divided into three types, corporeal, intellectual and imaginative. There are plenty of visions in the bible, for example, in the story of Jacob’s dream in Genesis 28:10-22 of which he had a ladder reaching up towards heaven and angels of God going up and down them. God then appeared to him standing over him promising to keep him safe. This vision was not a physical experience in comparison to the Burning Bush in Exodus 3:1-15 of which Moses was experiencing in real life.
Elizabeth Marrero March 11, 2013 Section 3 1) We should not accept the psychic’s answers because a psychic might give false hope and/or false information some psychic’s might be well at what they do but there are some who are guilty. It is better to look at it from a distance and not take it personally. Most people tend to listen to what people say and give them the benefit of doubt. Then there are people who see this as a religious perspective. For instance, with some religions like Christianity, they believe in God and that God is the only one who can predict and know your future.