The Ways of the Worldviews (Part 45): Immanuel [you] Kant [be serious]

The Ways of the Worldviews (Part 45): Immanuel [you] Kant [be serious]

In this brief post today, we will look at Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), the philosopher who really “changed everything.” Now, I am not an expert in Kant, so I will simply do my best to outline some of the basic ideas he put forth…at least the one’s I understand. The key thing to realize about Kant is that he changed the way the West tended to view reality itself. He was the one who took a meat cleaver to reality and…

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The Nye/Ham Debate (Part 6): The Mirrors are in Place…Cue the Smoke! (Ham’s biblical predictions that aren’t predictions; plus: giants and dinosaurs in a pre-flood coliseum!)

The Nye/Ham Debate (Part 6): The Mirrors are in Place…Cue the Smoke! (Ham’s biblical predictions that aren’t predictions; plus: giants and dinosaurs in a pre-flood coliseum!)

In my last two posts about the analysis that Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge (HH) gave regarding Ken Ham’s main presentation at the Nye/Ham Debate three years ago, I set out five set talking points that Answers in Genesis (AiG) routinely uses in most of their debates and articles. These talking points, though, actually aid in distracting people from focusing on the issue at hand. I equated their methods to smoke and mirrors. The five talking points I likened to…

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The Ways of the Worldviews (Part 44): More on the Enlightenment–Two Brief Notes on Voltaire and David Hume

The Ways of the Worldviews (Part 44): More on the Enlightenment–Two Brief Notes on Voltaire and David Hume

Today’s post will simply provide a few brief observations about two more Enlightenment thinkers: Voltaire and David Hume. Voltaire, Natural Religion, and Self-Evident Truths Along with Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire (1694-1778 AD) was another major philosophical voice of the Enlightenment in France leading up to the French Revolution. And like Rousseau, Voltaire harbored a deep-seeded hatred of organized religion, namely Christianity as embodied in the Catholic Church. He found any and everything related to religious belief to be irrational foolishness, useful…

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Inside the Nye/Ham Debate (Part 5): The Last Three “Mirrors” of YEC’s Debate Tactics

Inside the Nye/Ham Debate (Part 5): The Last Three “Mirrors” of YEC’s Debate Tactics

In my last post, I began to point out five specific talking points/tactics that are routinely used by young earth creationists. We see these in play in both Ken Ham’s debate with Bill Nye and the book by Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge about the debate, Inside the Nye/Ham Debate. I equate these talking points with smoke and mirrors, for they serve, not to actually make a positive argument for a young earth, but rather to obfuscate the issues and…

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The Ways of the Worldviews (Part 43): The Enlightenment and Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Is it too much to say he’s the devil?)

The Ways of the Worldviews (Part 43): The Enlightenment and Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Is it too much to say he’s the devil?)

When we speak of the Enlightenment, we are primarily speaking of 18th century Europe. After 200 years of religious wars throughout Europe, the men of the Enlightenment had had enough of religion, particularly of Christianity. The “godfathers” of the Enlightenment, men like Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Spinoza, had laid the foundation upon which later men like Voltaire and Rousseau built. Like all other movements, the Enlightenment was a mixed bag. Anyone who attempts to portray the Enlightenment as completely bad, with…

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The Ways of the Worldviews (Part 42): The Bridge to the Enlightenment: Bacon, Locke, Descartes, and Pascal

The Ways of the Worldviews (Part 42): The Bridge to the Enlightenment: Bacon, Locke, Descartes, and Pascal

In order to understand where the Enlightenment thinkers like Voltaire and Rousseau really came from, you have to first “bridge the gap” between what happened with the Protestant Reformation and its connections with the Machiavellian strategies of some secular rulers at that time, along with the growing scientific discoveries that were happening as all that was going on. If you put all that together, what you end up with is a gradual shift in philosophical outlooks and worldviews. Remember, the…

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Inside the Nye/Ham Debate (Part 4): Ken Ham’s Presentation and Fun With Mirrors–Historical Science and the Laws of Logic

Inside the Nye/Ham Debate (Part 4): Ken Ham’s Presentation and Fun With Mirrors–Historical Science and the Laws of Logic

This week, I am continuing in my walk through of Inside the Nye/Ham Debate by Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge, in which they “analyze” the debate that took place between Bill Nye and Ken Ham three years ago. The purpose of these posts is not to rehash the debate itself, but rather take a closer look at how Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis frame the issues for their followers. In short, the purpose of these posts is to clarify…

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The Ways of the Worldviews (Part 41): Let Me Introduce You to the So-Called Enlightenment

The Ways of the Worldviews (Part 41): Let Me Introduce You to the So-Called Enlightenment

For the past 200 years, ever since the so-called “Enlightenment,” there has been a false narrative that has held sway over Western culture. Consider the very terms we just take for granted as being historically accurate: the Dark Ages, the Enlightenment—these were terms coined by secular atheists who were hell bent on convincing successive generations that Christianity equaled ignorance, superstition, and unscientific darkness, whereas the ideals of their self-proclaimed “Enlightenment” equaled reason, logic, science and light. Never mind the fact…

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Inside the Nye/Ham Debate (Part 3): Changing Natural Laws, why Non-Christians Aren’t Allowed to Use Reason…and why Bill Nye is kind of like Hitler

Inside the Nye/Ham Debate (Part 3): Changing Natural Laws, why Non-Christians Aren’t Allowed to Use Reason…and why Bill Nye is kind of like Hitler

In my last post on Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge’s take on the Nye/Ham Debate that took place in February 2014, I took a look at the way Ham and Hodge (HH) attempted to frame Ken Ham’s opening statements in a favorable light. As I noted, nothing in Ham’s statements or HH’s analysis of them actually addressed the debate topic: “Is young earth creationism a valid scientific model for the study of origins?” Instead, it was an attempt to obfuscate…

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Inside the Nye/Ham Debate (Part 2): The Smoke and Mirrors of YEC Debate Tactics

Inside the Nye/Ham Debate (Part 2): The Smoke and Mirrors of YEC Debate Tactics

If you have ever spent any time in one of the many “creation/evolution” debate forums on Facebook, you can attest to the fact that many of the debates get pretty toxic pretty quickly. Indeed, it is easy to get frustrated and to allow yourself to get sucked into the pettiness. It is hard to stick to making your case and not allowing the toxicity get to you, and it is hard not to get frustrated at the lack of coherence…

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