Sunday, July 5, 2015

I'm Working Current Events Links Edition

I hope everyone has had a wonderful time celebrating this Independence Day weekend.  I had a good time watching fireworks last night.  I have been working as a home health aide for close to 2 months.  Even though I am still dealing with quite a few health issues - bad pain - I know my faith has given the grace to be able to work. I really like helping people who can't do for themselves.  I have been pretty busy lately.

Both the Obamacare and gay marriage Supreme Court rulings weren't much of a surprise to me.  I was hoping and praying for a different outcome but with the makeup of the Supreme Court I had a feeling the outcome was going to be as it is.  To me it is sad that the persons who makeup the Supreme Court determine the outcome with their opinions or beliefs and not the constitution, which is the bedrock of our country.  I agree with Louie Gohmert when he said that Justices Kagan and Ginsberg did not follow the law due to the impossibility of their impartiality in the gay marriage case when they have performed same-sex marriages.  It should have been a no brainer for those two justices to have seen the obligation according to law for them to recuse themselves from the gay marriage case.

Now amidst the GOP we are having an immigration debate.  We have presidential contender Donald Trump's immigration comments.  Plus we have other presidential candidates like Jeb Bush denouncing Trump's comments.  As of this weekend Trump stands by his comments. It is my belief that we need to secure our border. I would say most who come across the border without the proper paperwork are looking for a better life.

At Conservative Hideout Matt has commented on human history and progressives and cognitive dissonance.

Motor City Times has some good information on immigration and education funding.

Bunkerville informs us a pastor in Ireland faces prison for "grossly offending" Islam and 42 million plus support ISIS.

At The Astute Bloggers Avi Green posted on the how the U.N. human rights council minimizes rocket attacks.

1 comment:

David Roemer said...

Reasons to Believe in Jesus

Reasons to believe Jesus is alive in a new life with God can be found in quotes from two prominent atheists and a biology textbook.

Thus the passion of man is the reverse of that of Christ, for man loses himself as man in order that God may be born. But the idea of God is contradictory and we lose ourselves in vain. Man is a useless passion. (Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology, New York: Washington Square Press, p. 784)

Among the traditional candidates for comprehensive understanding of the relation of mind to the physical world, I believe the weight of evidence favors some from of neutral monism over the traditional alternatives of materialism, idealism, and dualism. (Thomas Nagel, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, location 69 of 1831)

And certain properties of the human brain distinguish our species from all other animals. The human brain is, after all, the only known collection of matter that tries to understand itself. To most biologists, the brain and the mind are one and the same; understand how the brain is organized and how it works, and we’ll understand such mindful functions as abstract thought and feelings. Some philosophers are less comfortable with this mechanistic view of mind, finding Descartes’ concept of a mind-body duality more attractive. (Neil Campbell, Biology, 4th edition, p. 776 )

Sartre speaks of the "passion of man," not the passion of Christians. He is acknowledging that all religions east and west believe there is a transcendental reality and that perfect fulfillment comes from being united with this reality after we die. He then defines this passion with a reference to Christian doctrine which means he is acknowledging the historical reasons for believing in Jesus. He does not deny God exists. He is only saying the concept of God is contradictory. He then admits that since life ends in the grave, it has no meaning.

From the title of the book, you can see that Nagel understands that humans are embodied sprits and that the humans soul is spiritual. He says, however, that dualism and idealism are "traditional" alternatives to materialism. Dualism and idealism are just bright ideas from Descartes and Berkeley. The traditional alternative to materialism is monism. According to Thomas Aquinas unity is the transcendental property of being. Campbell does not even grasp the concept of monism. The only theories he grasps are dualism and materialism.

If all atheists were like Sartre, it would be an obstacle to faith. An important reason to believe in Jesus is that practically all atheists are like Nagel and Campbell, not like Sartre.

by David Roemer