Friday, April 18, 2008

Expelled review

Yesterday a group of individuals with whom I study the bible with decided to go to a special showing of a movie called "Expelled". Being an ex-athiest/agnostic I was prepared for a Michael Moore style "documentary". What I actually saw was far worse. I do not know whether Ben Steins obtuseness is deliberate or unintentional, but it is profound. There were blatant misunderstandings of basic evolutionary principles as well as a blurring of definitions of the word evolution until the only definition left standing is one that includes the hypothesis of naturalism. The failure to define any of the real arguments of ID doesnt really seem to be a problem for Mr. Stein. Neither apparently is the blatant and disgusting attempt to place the blame for the atrocities commited by Hitler squarely on evolutionary theory and its proponents. In short this movie does nothing but build walls between the scientific community and the religious. It is devisive in nature. I believe that this movie is truly inspired. Unfortuneatly the muse is not God, but him to whom devisiveness is second nature.
The moment where the movie was over and the theatre packed full of christians began clapping and cheering was probably one of the most profoundly scary moments of my life.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Objective vs. Subjective Morality

Is morality subjective or objective? This is an intriguing question which has been debated over by theists and athiests alike. The theists usual argument is that if Morality does not derive from a higher power than it is subjective. I shall attempt to prove that this is the case.
I think it is useful to start from a point outside of the realm of morality to discover insights about morality. Human beings are creative. We constantly build things which make our everyday experience better or more pleasureable etc. When we as individuals create something for some purpose, we judge the value of that object as good or bad based on how well it performs the use for which it intended. For example a car designer is tasked with making a car that gets 30 miles to the gallon. after the car is made it turns out to only get 10 miles to the gallon. Thus the car is a bad car. on the other hand if the designer had made a car which went 40 miles to the gallon it would be a good car.
We do not make such value judgements on things which we do not actually create. For instance a tree or a rock or a stream of water is neither good nor bad. Thus we observe that we place value on things based on how well they serve the purpose for which they are created.
If we apply this same criteria for value on human beings we are forced with one of two options. Either man is a created being in which case we are good or bad depending on how well we performs the actions we were created for. Or Man is the result of random chance in which case we have no intrinsic purpose and thus good and bad are merely subjective judgements.