To hear it from the New Atheists, Darwinism is the atheist's creation story, the Genesis from which no Exodus follows. As Richard Dawkins is often quoted as saying, Darwinism enables an atheist to be intellectually fulfilled. If so, there are a number of atheist and agnostic thinkers out there who are intellectually deprived. Or are they? Consider, for example, the Humean philosopher Antony Flew. . . . ►►►
. . . Manning Up refreshingly gives the flip side to the conventional modern story, arguing that women are on the rise and it is young men who are left stumbling through life. Hymowitz isn't eager to bash men, but she objectively presents a major sociological change in our culture. Her book is packed with enlightening statistics, studies, and quotes that lend support to her argument. . . . ►►►
. . . So why are such paltry and uncertain claims being hyped in the first place? Materialists are apparently desperate for such "good news" stories because they need them in order to convince their patrons, the public, to continue funding their work. The media willingly cooperates, printing stories that sound plausible but that are ultimately science fiction. . . . ►►►
. . . modern historical study suggests not only that Christianity is compatible with science, but that it was a central historical cause of the birth of modern science. This claim, made by Pierre Duhem, Michael Foster, R. G. Collingwood, Reijer Hooykaas, Francis Oakley, Stanley Jaki, and many others, is now widely accepted among historians of science, even if it has not yet filtered down to the popular press. . . . ►►►
. . . Fortunately, we live in a more enlightened age, don't we? Modern people invariably rest their cases on well-founded and proven facts, don't they? You never hear anybody nowadays adhering to exotic and improbable theories about the origins of nature and the structure of the universe. Indeed, what do modern people believe on these subjects? Let us take an outstanding example of modern enlightened thought. Let us consider Dr. Lawrence Krauss, head of the "Origins Project" at Arizona State University. . . . ►►►
. . . If it's real science, then it's not scientism. Scientism is taking the mantle of science and claiming for it an authority that it doesn't have. Examples would include scientists who maintain that evolution disproves the existence of God or who say that we exist in a purposeless, random universe. And then there are those physicists who insist that the universe gave rise to itself, or the whole field of what is called evolutionary psychology. These are examples of speculative storytelling that have absolutely no evidence behind them. ►►►
. . . rather than look into the matter to determine whether some true injustice lies beneath a particular disparity (Was there theft? Is there ongoing oppression?), proponents of the new social justice pronounce the disparity itself to be the injustice. In a feat of monumentally poor thinking, reminiscent of the child who wails "No fair!" when his brother has toys he doesn't, they assert that the mere fact that some people "have" while others "have not" constitutes a condition of social injustice demanding redress. ►►►
. . . What is fascinating about this sort of reporting is the relentless and often openly gleeful way in which it reduces human beings to a mere mass of chemicals, as reporters and others embrace the idea that people have little ultimate choice in what they do. Absent from this story—and a multitude of others like it—is any mention of the notion that we make conscious choices about what we do, nor is any attention paid to the countless other chemicals in the body that might have an effect on the characteristics studied here. The facts tell a different story, . . . ►►►
. . . Unarguably, applied science is credited with doubling human life expectancy over the last 150 years, and for our planet's having cleaner air and water than at any time since the Industrial Revolution. Yet, tragically, the 20th century also featured programs of eugenics, forced sterilization, and selective breeding that were morally justified on scientific grounds, as are today's arguments for human cloning and embryo-destructive research. . . . ►►►
. . . America's founders understood that a healthy democracy requires that citizens learn to think critically, to ask questions, and to develop well-ordered faculties of reason and imagination. Citizens who were inculcated in the ways of sound thinking would be able to preserve the riches of our cultural heritage. This was the same vision articulated by Plato, who argued in The Republic that the highest goal of all education is knowledge of the Good. By contrast, when the architects of Common Core tried to describe the goal of education, they were unable to articulate anything higher than "college and career readiness" and "21st century literacy" for a "global economy." . . . ►►►
. . . People of conscience would do well to reflect on the attempted takedown of Memories Pizza. Crystal clearly told the reporter that Memories would never deny service to a gay couple who came in to eat. But in response to a pointed question, she did say, "If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no." As if people routinely call upon pizza joints to provide their wedding reception dinner. . . . ►►►
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