Here’s What Football And Sunday’s Super Bowl Teaches Us About The Purpose Of Life

San Francisco’s 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs meet Sunday in the Super Bowl and millions of people around the world will be tuned in to watch what could be one of the most exciting such games ever.

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Nobody on the playing field, in the grandstands, listening on radio or watching the game on TV will have any doubt whatsoever about the purpose of the game — score more points than the other guys and win the Lombardi Trophy, the biggest victory anybody can gain in the great game of football.

But how should the “score” be calculated in the game of life? Depends on what the rules are, according to Dr. Frank Turek of cross-examined.org. As he explains in the following video, it’s a lot like how we know the difference between a touchdown and an interception:


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4 thoughts on “Here’s What Football And Sunday’s Super Bowl Teaches Us About The Purpose Of Life”

  1. Nicely done. But it’s an incomplete argument.

    YES, only a purpose for life can make things “right” or “wrong.” To spell it out more fully: “right” and “wrong” are abbreviated ways of saying, “right for achieving life’s purpose” and “wrong for achieving life’s purpose.”

    BUT the video was too brief, in that it left out any logic connecting God to the Purpose of Life. Without that connecting argument, the two will seem unrelated.

    An atheist would probably say something like: “The existence of God isn’t relevant to life having a purpose. Why should the presence or absence of a particularly powerful entity determine whether life has a purpose to be fulfilled or not? In his day, Adolf Hitler was powerful, but his existence at the time didn’t make the purpose of everyone’s lives different from what it otherwise would have been. A Christian might state that the purpose of life is to please God, but why? Just because God is powerful? That reduces to the claim that the purpose of life is to find the nearest powerful entity, and bow and scrape to satisfy its whims. Are Christians suggesting that Hitler’s mere existence and power made Hitler-pleasing the purpose of life for nearby Germans?”

    Now of course Christians don’t mean that; and of course the term “entity” is entirely wrong for God, inasmuch as it puts God into the same category of beings as creatures. And Christians don’t serve God because He’s powerful, but because the Beatific Vision is the final telos of rational souls.

    But demonstrating THAT is a much longer argument. This video was a good start, but more is needed.

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