Here’s David Bentley Hart with a superb rant, triggered by Adam Gopnik’s piece in the New Yorker, on journalism, ignorance and the emptiness of modern secular discourse: 631 more words
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But, in fact, materialism is among the most problematic of philosophical standpoints, the most impoverished in its explanatory range, and among the most willful and (for want of a better word) magical in its logic, even if it has been in fashion for a couple of centuries or more. 10 more words
This naturalism must forever remain a pure assertion, a pure conviction, a confession of blind assurance in an inaccessible beyond, and naturalism’s claim that, by confirming itself to purely material explanations for all things, it adheres to the only sure path of verifiable knowledge is nothing but a feat of sublimely circular thinking: physics explains everything, which we know because anything physics cannot explain does not exist, which we know because whatever exists must be explicable by physics, which we know because physics explains everything. 17 more words
Now the basis of Christianity as well as of Democracy is, that a man is sacred.
I began at an early age, like everybody else who has gone through the ordinary curriculum of a public school education, by doubting the existence of God, and being a Materialist. 12 more words
I will say that the cross of materialism is that it never quite succeeds in believing what it preaches, in thinking its own thought. This may sound complicated, but is in fact simple: the materialist says, for example, that we are not free, though he is convinced, of course, that he asserts this freely, that no one is forcing him to state this view of the matter — neither parents, not social milieu, nor biological inheritance. 140 more words