Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Opus 2012-182, Discernment Watch: Hidden Agendas, Part 5, The Roots

What brings people to think this way?  What kind of basic philosophy of life can lead the well meaning to accept the wholesale slaughter of millions of human beings in the name of progress?  At what level do you stop trying to force people to do what is good for them?  What are the roots.

The seed for this direction is society goes back to philosophy and religion.  All religion has a philosophy that is expressed by its theology.  Philosophy at its core has the aspects of belief that we associate with religion.  I know they are different but they intersect frequently.

In trying to explain why the genocidal culture being described in The Skylark of Space is so wonderful, Smith lays down his philosophical roots.  In order to achieve the perfection of society he envisions certain prerequisites are needed.  So he goes to the religion of this culture.  Remember, he intends this description as positive and cutting-edge.
"Well, as nearly as I can explain it, it's a funny kind of a mixture - partly theology, partly Darwinism, or at least, making a fetish of evolution, and partly pure economic determinism. They believe in a Supreme Being, whom they call the First Cause-that is the nearest English equivalent-and they recognize the existence of an immortal and unknowable life-principle, or soul. They believe that the First Cause has decreed the survival of the fittest as the fundamental law, which belief accounts for their perfect physiques...." (Garby and Smith, Kindle Loc. 3292-95)
Do any of those key words and phrases sound familiar?  This is at the heart of the raging clash between evolution and creation.  It is still alive and well in our schools.

To be continued...

Smith, Edward Elmer and Garby, Lee Hawkins.  The Skylark of Space.  Amazing Stories, 1928. 
    (Gutenberg Ebook).

homo unius libri

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