What defines religion?
A set of beliefs, faith in something, rituals, community of worshippers
Revelation is from above, truth is objective
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The modern mindset
Enlightenment and scientific revolution
Results of modernism
Human reason is source of truth, science is ultimate means to knowledge
The Deistic God is...
A divine clock maker that set evolution in motion then let go, allowing human reason to solve everything
What answers all New Atheism questions?
What is faith to a New Atheist?
Unjustified belief without science
What is the cure for faith for a new atheist?
Who is God to a New Atheist?
invention of human evolution
Who is Jesus to a New Atheist?
A moralistic teacher
Response to New Atheism
They are searching to out of the box answers in the box of science
Post-modern view of truth
rejects scientific universalism and human reason is the only source of truth
Post-modern: Fredrick Nitchzshe
"there are no facts"
Post-modern: Michael Foucalt
"all claims to objective knowledge are power plays"
"truth is not a matter of correspondence"
Who is Jesus according to Post-moderns?
He is not the only savior
Who said you should be concerned with the moral
Who said "religion is not thinking but feeling"
Who said "God's love and brotherhood of all people"
(Liberal Christianity) Albrecht Ritschl
Who is responsible for furthering the development of agnostic thought?
Who was the first one to really criticize knowledge - "cant disprove god in general"
How do agnostics find truth?
Human reason can't prove or disprove God, no revelation from above, and man can't know spiritual things
Who is God to agnostics?
We can't know if he exists
Does not have belief in the existence of any deity, and agnostic because they do not claim to know that a deity does not exist
the view of those who do not claim to know of the existence of any deity, but still believes in such an existence