where religion and politics meet

Everyone has a worldview. A worldview is what one believes about life: what is true, what is false, what is right, what is wrong, what are the rules, are there any rules, what is the meaning of life, what is important, what is not.

If a worldview includes a god/God, it is called a religion. If a bunch of people have the same religion, they give it a name.

Countries also have a worldview, a way of looking at life that directs government policies and laws and that contributes significantly to the culture. Ours used to be Christianity. Now it is secularism, which is practical atheism.

Some of us are trying to engage the government, the culture, and the people who live here to see life again from a Christian perspective and to show how secularism is both inadequate and just plain wrong.

A religion is not a culture, though it creates one. It is not what you prefer, like your taste in music or your favorite movie. It is what you believe to be true. Because it deals with things like God, much of its contents is not subject to the scientific method, but the reasons why one chooses to believe in God or a particular religion certainly demand serious investigation and critical thinking.

Every human being has the duty to search for and learn the truth about life. Education and science used to be valuable tools in this search, but science has chosen to answer the foundational questions without accepting the possibility of any supernatural causes, and education no longer considers the search to be necessary or worthwhile.

poligion: 1) the proper synthesis of religion and politics 2) the realization, belief, or position that politics and religion cannot be separated or compartmentalized, that a person’s religion invariably affects one’s political decisions and that political decisions invariably stem from one’s worldview, which is what a religion is.

If you are new to this site, I would encourage you to browse through the older articles. They deal with a lot of the more basic issues,

For now I want to focus my writing now articles specifically addressed to Christians. So most of my new posts will be on my other website listed below. I will continue to write and post short responses to newspaper columns and letters and even other articles as the inspiration hits me.

Visit my other websites theimportanceofhealing blogspot.com where I talk about healing and my book of the same name and LarrysBibleStudies.blogspot.com where I am posting all my other Bible studies. Follow this link to my videos on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb-RztuRKdCEQzgbhp52dCw

If you want to contact me, email is best: lacraig1@sbcglobal.net

Thank you.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Creationism and Science

Creationism and Science

Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Letters to the Editor
Chicago Sun-Times

Greetings!

You printed a letter today that must be answered.  There is a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding with regard to the questions of evolution and creationism, and what should be taught in public school science classes.

Creationism has two distinct and very different meanings, so the use of the term without explanation will cause confusion and wrong conclusions.  Creationism is often used to describe the beginning of the world as recorded in the Bible.  However, this is not the way it is generally used by people who believe creationism should be taught in schools.

Strictly speaking, creationism is just the acknowledgement that intelligence must come from intelligence, and that believing in a God who created all this makes a lot more sense than believing the universe is just the result of random chaos that acted contrary to the known laws of physics and chemistry to form the world as we know it.  Creationism in this case is merely saying that:”in the beginning, God created.”

Science is more than just a body of knowledge based on provable experiments.  It has expanded its presumed area of expertise to encompass all of reality.  Science is very good at things like observing, measuring, and calculating repeatable events, whether in a test tube or in outer space.  It exceeds its proper limits and authority when it tries to explain non-repeatable, non-observable, unique events at the beginning of time or in the indefinite past and when it insists that random events given enough time can account for all of nature and life as we know it; when it insists that intelligence can and does arise from non-intelligence; that order can come out of chaos, by itself, and that irreducible complexity is just another event in the ho-hum day at the evolutionary office.

To assert that God didn’t create the world, that there is no need for (a) God to explain the origins of life and matter, becomes in the end just as much an assertion about God as any religion.   So in seeking to separate science and religion, it has essentially created its own religion.  You can call it naturalism

A religion is essentially a worldview, a systematic description of the nature of reality.  Modern science purports to do the same thing..

The difference between religion and science is that religion believes that there has to be a god to explain the existence of nature and the nature of existence.  Modern science has chosen to believe that everything can and must be explained by natural causes, which, of course, is a non-provable assertion.  This is what is called ‘a leap of faith,’ when you act on something beyond what you are able to prove, the very reason why religion is so often considered subjective, arbitrary, and not worthy of educated minds.

Education is about learning the truth.  You can’t learn the truth if you automatically exclude relevant information from the discussion.  For science to insist that natural causes can explain life, intelligence, and the existence of our world as we know it is a step that far exceeds the evidence that is available.  It is, in fact, an act of faith at least as great as any made by an adherent to any religion.

Thank you. 

Larry Craig
1938 Schiller Ave
Wilmette IL 60091
847-251-1324

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