It’s one of the most commonly heard warnings whenever debates erupt in Congress or elsewhere in our public policy forums with even the remotest links to divisive social issues — “Don’t impose your morality on me!”
But if you work in Congress, the reality is that you are in one way or another, to a greater or lesser degree, part of the inherent process of defining, applying, revising or communicating the morality government enforces on — and on behalf of — us all every day.
How can there be a good god with all of the horrendous evil that exists in this world? That’s an objection that is frequently heard whenever conversation takes a serious turn.
Cross-examined.org’s Dr. Frank Turek was asked this question during a recent presentation. His answer connected some key factors that are usually considered not merely unrelated but complete opposites.
Ever hear of the “Puddle Argument”? That’s the idea that if there is a puddle in the sidewalk, that just indicates that circumstances developed in the concrete in such a manner that it allowed rain water to accumulate.
Some famous figure whose name escapes me at the moment once remarked on how many people go through life as slaves of long-dead philosophers, an observation that likely applies to all of us at one time or another.
But if you consider the only truth to be those claims that are detected via the five senses and which can be verified scientifically, you might want to become familiar with an 18th Century philosopher of the Scottish Enlightenment, David Hume.
Dr. Frank Turek, the noted Christian apologist and co-author of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist,” explains why in this brief video that gets right to the point:
This may come as a shock to some working on the Hill but the idea of Hell as a place of eternal torment and punishment for evil acts committed by an individual during their life on Earth has been around as long as human beings have.
From Mesopotamia comes the Gilgamesh epic and from the ancient Greeks the underworld in which Tartarus is the lowest place. The idea has always been that people who do good in life are rewarded, while those who did evil are punished.
Proponents of atheism like Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking and Sam Harris have become prominent public figures, thanks to their intelligence and debating skills, science knowledge and formidable public presences.
They are helping prompt the renewal of a much-needed public debate in the U.S. and Europe on the Theory of Everything (TOE) questions: Why is there something rather than nothing, why does the universe exist, why are human beings in it, and what happens to us after we die?
For all of our knowledge, there remains no definitive, testable, repeatable scientific answer to the question every person who ever lived asked themselves at least once: What happens to me after I die?
Science deals with the material world, cause and effect, the repeatedly demonstrable. But death, at least as far as we know from common human experience, is always and everywhere a one-way ticket (yes, I know there are folks who claim to have died and come back with vivid – but unverifiable- reports of what Heaven is like).
(The photo above is courtesy of Madison Grooms of Unsplash.)