The Faith Delusion. Day One: Faith and Reason, Friend or Foe?. Faith is a delusion that rejects reason. Belief in God is something that the unscrupulous use to exploit the credulous.
Day One: Faith and Reason, Friend or Foe?
‘The Selfish Gene’
‘The Blind Watchmaker’
‘The God Delusion’
‘A Brief History of Time’
‘The Grand Design’
‘The Private Life of the Brain’
‘The Master and his Emissary’
‘The Emperor’s New Mind’ ‘The Road to Reality’
And one who is a well-known Christian apologist
Alister McGrath, Chemist
‘The Dawkins Delusion’
Stoic, sceptic Philosophers
of the Gods in Greek mythology
(6th/5th Century BC?) all of these
things are created and
ordered by the word of the one uncreated God.
Everything has its origin in water (Thales)
Everything has its origin in fire (Heracleitus)
There is a mind behind the universe (Anaxagoras)
Everything changes (Heracleitus)
There is a commanding word that runs through the universe (Heracleitus)
True reality is changeless (Parmenides)
Everything is atoms, there are no gods (Democritus)
If you haven’t thought through what life is about, it’s not worth living (Socrates)
We understand things when we can give explanations (Aristotle)
Ecclesiastes, Ecclesiasticus, Maccabees, Daniel, Wisdom (Enoch) are written in the Greek period.
Jewish communities spread throughout Asia Minor (modern Turkey) and Greek-ruled Egypt.
The Hebrew Bible is translated into Greek (Septuagint) using some interesting ‘dynamic’ translation.
Jewish Authors write Greek tragedies, histories, philosophy
They like to say that after the conflagration everything comes into being again in the order of the universe and is numerically identical. So an individual with a particular quality both is and comes into existence again identical to the previous individual in the other world, as Chrysippus says in ‘Concerning the Universe’
1 The Pharisees are the Jewish sect closest to the Stoics among the Greek thinkers.
2 The Pharisees, who are considered the most accurate interpreters of the laws, and hold the position of the leading sect, attribute everything to fate and to God; they hold that to act rightly or otherwise rests, indeed, for the most part with men, but that in each action, Fate co-operates. Every soul, they maintain, is imperishable, but the soul of the good alone passes into another body, while the souls of the wicked suffer eternal punishment.
Texts from before the Exile
Texts from the 6th Century exile in Babylon and (perhaps) before.
Daniel 12.2 (2nd Century BC):
Wisdom 3.7 (1st Century BC)
‘In the time of their visitation the just shall shine and shall dart about as sparks through the stubble.’