A common questioning of a higher power beyond the physical realm lingers in society: Who and what is God?. However, many of these theological questions cannot be answered until we of course, die. Due to human’s innate curiosity to understand the forces beyond their own, especially in terms of religion, humans find their own reasons to believe in a higher power in the process of discovery. Religion is a sense of belief and worship to praise a higher power (God), and it provides a guide for human beings to have the opportunity to come together and live as one image of God’s children. “Imagine There’s No Heaven” is an article in which Salman Rushdie, the author, presents an atheistic view where religion is pointless, and a higher being is non-existent.
Thousands of philosophers have dedicated their lives to try and find truth. Some believe they have succeeded while others died still searching. The concept of morality has also been debated for centuries. Agreed upon ideas of what is right and what is wrong are crucial components of any functional society. Below, Friedrich Nietzsche, german philosopher and author of Beyond Good and Evil will offer his opinion on these topics along with Niccolo Machiavelli; famed politician and philosopher well known for his book The Prince.
Darwin was known for trying his best to present his scientific ideas in a way that it did not offend any believer or even in some perspectives were compatible with God. But his theory has been manipulated by both supporters and opposes of his work. Many people from a religious perspective believe that Darwin's theory undermines the fundamental beliefs that they hold, almost as an attack to their values (Dennett, 1995). Darwin's theory is that humans have evolved over time from other organisms, this is almost a slap-in-the-face for one of Christianity's core beliefs. Which is that God made us in His image when He made Adam and Eve; this means that above any other creature on the planet humanity has a special relationship with God.
Goodness is a central question of life. Humankind tends to be good. Everything routes to the question of what is goodness. People throughout the history have changed notions of good so strongly and as result it has caused difficulties in defining goodness. Also it is obviously that people often correlate good and bad to their current requirements and needs.
Human beings have been always taught that in life is important to live according to moral principles and ethics. But why be moral is important,to answer this question many people across the entire universe rely upon religion. This is what philosophers called the Divine Command Theory meaning that actions should be considered morally good if they were commanded by God. This theory is still very controversial because some criticize the theory but others defend it by making connections between religion and ethics. This topic let us think the nature of moral deliberation for example what one religion can see an action as to be morally good but a different religion might see it different.
On the day of the trial, Brady had wiped out Drummond's testimony and evidence supporting “Darwin’s Theory of Evolution”. With no scientific hope left, Drummond calls in Brady to the stand to represent “The Bible”. Through his concern, Drummond asked Brady if he knows any thing on “Darwin’s Theory” and Brady replies “I Know it's wrong because God tells me to oppose the evil teachings of this man”. ( Pg 88 ) This lead to the audience in doubt, and wondering “ How in perdition do you have the gall to whoop up this holy war against something you don’t know anything about,”.
The believer always knows that there is one way to get a sacred knowledge is to follow religious path by yourself. Therefore, both Religion and Atheism paradoxically appeal to study and experimentally feel religion in order to find the
Mindell tells us that “proponents of intelligent design claim that some features of life are too complicated to have evolved naturally. Although they emphasize that the designer is not necessarily God, proponents uniformly believe that God is the designer…” Mindell quotes law professor, Phillip Johnson, a proponent of intelligent design and author of Darwin on Trial: “Our strategy has been to change the subject a bit so that we can get the issue of intelligent design, which really means the reality of God, before the academic world and into the schools.” “Intelligent design proponents clearly believe that God is an active participant in creation, though they are divided as to whether this activity takes the form of front-loading all outcomes at the Big Bang, episodic intervention of the progressive creationism form, or other, less well-articulated possibilities. Theistic evolution, however, is ruled out or at best viewed as an ill-advised accommodation.” Intelligent design can be seen as “faith” taking “fact” seriously by arguing that the complexity of origins cannot be adequately explained by evolutionists.
It’s full of “shadows of God”. We have to stay against these shadows because they can contradict our understanding of nature. Nietzsche believes that each person is to find their own religious report through years of study, instead of just accepting whatever they’re being told without thinking or searching about it. Also find symbols that can hugely challenge enough to change people’s religious understanding of God and gender, instead of using God’s language to manipulate people’s minds and control
Faith is the substance of all things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen, and reason is the explanation for these events. What many people did not understand is how these two could possibly be so compatible, but Eagleton solves that by showing how similar the two are. Scientists give us a reason to believe the truth about something, but they also give us faith as well. Having a reason to commit to a belief means that you have faith in everything that comes along with it. Karen Armstrong was correct when she said that they are not like political parties, if you don’t believe in one, you are not automatically going to believe in the other.
When working in the science fields there are many obstacles a person of faith may face. The biggest of these is the controversy over the concept of evolution and how the world came into being. Atheists and evolutionists are always trying to find ways to disprove God with science. However, after spending several years learning about how nature and chemicals work together to form our world it is hard for me to imagine that all of it came into existence without a creator.
On a July afternoon in 1714, the Bridge of San Luis Rey snapped, throwing five travelers into the gulf below. A priest named Brother Juniper, who witnesses the disaster, seeks to understand why it happened to those five. He looks to understand the divine plan and connection behind the people who died on the bridge. Often we seek, as humans, to answer the deepest and most emotional questions that we are provided with or think of. Sometimes, these questions can’t be answered, because the principles in question are too deep, complex, emotional, or sacred to be explained.
I believe what Wilkens was stating when he wrote “open-endedness can make us a little crazy because we crave certainty” (213), was that everyone wants to view life, in black in white, the world would move in harmony, if we didn’t have gray areas, or at least we all would like to think so. We all want to be able to stand firm in our beliefs, without wavering, without any doubt in our ethical system or within ourselves. Not only do we desire this confidence in our beliefs and within ourselves, we also desire solidarity. We want to be able to live connected and in harmony, however our vast difference in ethical beliefs and in personal preferences makes us all different, different is beautiful, but it is also viewed as dangerous. Our survival instincts are so ingrained, in us, most often we view different as dangerous, and miss the beauty that a different perceptive has to offer, all together.