Archives for Sep 30, 2010 @ 12:22

Celtic monks

What makes us content? What leads to clarity of mind — to soul clarity? Is it the striving for what we want, or do we find it the way the monks of Ireland found it? From Daniel Taylor, In Search of Sacred Places: Looking for Wisdom on Celtic Holy Islands: We do not want to [Read More…]

Science and Christian Virtue 2 (RJS)

I put up a short series of posts just about a year ago that dealt with the science of sin, Christian virtue, and the importance of viewing ourselves as fully embodied persons. You can find the posts here: Science and Sin 1, Science and Sin 2, Science and Christian Virtue 1, and Science, Worship, and Fasting. Now, just about a year later, I would like to come back to the thoughts I was developing in these posts – and especially the thoughts in the third, Science and Christian Virtue 1. There are several key ideas that we need to take seriously. The most important is human embodiment … we cannot separate soul, spirit, mind and will from the human bodies that contain said soul, spirit, mind or will. Scot’s book on fasting is a wonderful biblically based commentary on one of the consequences of our embodiment. The second important idea is that the human mind or will is malleable – assuming that we believe in some level of free will (and I do) there is research that demonstrates that the human brain contains a conscious self-regulatory system. One of the researchers quoted in the article from Discover Magazine forming the basis for the first two posts on Science and Sin said: “This network provides us with the evolutionarily unprecedented ability to control our own neural processing – a feat achieved by no other creature.” [Read more…]

Human Worth, Morality: Atheism vs. Theism

The issue is this, and many of us perhaps first learned it in CS Lewis: without God there is no foundation for a true morality or ethic. Without God morals crumble into assertions of power or desire or into a social contract, and into the absence of foundations and boundaries. Peter Singer, an atheist, responds [Read More…]