Cuddihy's Cut

Cuddihy's Cut on the events of the day....

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

trackbacks and more ID

ok I just started trackbacks using Haloscan, we'll see how well it works. Of course, by the time I got it figured out the posts I was linking to were hopelessly out of date. c'est la vie, it's all about the practice.

UPDATE 2321 2005.1.4: Here's a further link to more of the ID discussion at Rand's site.
Logic would dictate, of course, that we aren't all correct--either there's a God or there isn't, but then, logic only applies if one's belief system thinks that a requirement. Which is why it's impossible to prove something to someone whose means of attaining knowledge isn't logic driven, and who uses a different set of axioms.
It's entirely plausible to me that for those who feel His presence, God is as real as anything else in this existence. But not for me. And because of this, while what happened in south Asia this past week is unspeakably tragic, it disrupts my worldview not at all. I have nothing with which it must be reconciled.

I do feel the presence of God, and tragedies like this disrupt my worldview not at all either.

I just watched tonight's Scarborogh country where they debated the same topic. Joe's finally back. It's fun seeing Jennifer Giroux duking it out with Rabbi Shmuley. What, did Joe not watch the chaos that ensued with these clowns 'moderated' by Pat Buchanan while he was gone? Whatever. They invite these guests for the same reason people (used to) watch hockey--for the fights. Fun, but not very instructive. Jennifer Giroux was taking the unlovely position that the tsunami disaster was a warning from God to repent. Rabbi Shmuley was taking the equally unlovely position that it is justified for humans to be angry at God for cutting off so many lives, and that we should--what, yell at God and shame him into acting nicer to us? Well, they always were a stiff-necked people.

My own view is that if disasters like the tsunami did not occaisionally happen, I would not be able to believe in free will. My experience of God and every understanding of real interventions that God has taken in human history have been for one purpose and one purpose alone--freedom. Specifically, the maximizing of free will with the minimum of human discomfort. In fact, it's a very enlightening lens with witch to view all of biblical history. You don't even have to believe in the literal validity of it, just use it as a filter. First he made himself known to Abraham--freeing his descendants from worship of other, less friendly (human created) Gods like Baal that demanded human sacrifice. Then he handed down a code of behavior to Moses (the Ten Commandments) that promoted social integrity and lawfulness while still maximizing human freedom. These strict rituals and rules freed at least fellow Isrealites from slavery and being terrorized by local strongmen and enslaved by human weaknesses. Next, when the foundation was built, he sent Jesus to loosen the bonds of ritual and blood--to say that all humans could lay claim to the freedom provided, and that they did not have to follow the rituals of Judaism solely for the sake of ritual--but reconsidering every aspect of ritual and religion has become the quitessential Christian experience from the very first council of Jersusalem to the reformation and beyond.

I'm too tired to flesh it out right now, but standby, I'll get back to it...

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