Some Christians even go so far as to accept the Bible as the rule for EVERYTHING in life. If the Bible speaks to matters of history or science then whatever the Bible says is true. Result? Well meaning people who believe the earth is only 7-10,000 years old and believe that God created the world in 6 literal days.We all must accept something as authoritative. Actual facts are the best way to go. Anything else is a form of solipsism. As Immanuel Kant said, "However harmless idealism may be considered--although in reality it is not so--in regard to the essential ends of metaphysics, it must still remain a scandal to philosophy and to the general human reason to be obliged to assume, as an article of mere belief, the existence of things external to ourselves (from which, yet, we derive the whole material of cognition for the internal sense), and not to be able to oppose a satisfactory proof to any one who may call it in question." So there's the Bible. Then there's everything else. It really sucks for the Bible floggers that we have that scandalous external reality to mess with their pretty assumption that the Bible says everything that needs to be said.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Linkage: News Flash
This is an extremely useful post from over at Bruce Droppings. It almost feels like a natural follow-up to the end of my After the Flood post from yesterday. Especially this part: