Because Christianity acknowledges that man is depraved, western civilization has developed societal mechanisms to cope with the sin of man. In other words, the hallmarks of western civilization are owed to the implications of Christian beliefs. D'Souza writes:
"One may say that capitalism civilizes greed in much the same way that marriage civilizes lust. Both insitutions seek to domesticate wayward or fallen human impulses in socially beneficial ways." (page 64)
About the origin of the universe (the "Big Bang" being the idea that our universe had a beginning ex nilio, from nothing):
"It is very important to recognize that before the Big Bang, there were no laws of physics. In fact, the laws of physics cannot be used to explain the Big Bang because the Big Bang itself produced the laws of physics....Scientists call the starting moment of the universe a "singularity," an original point at which neither space nor time nor scientific laws are in effect...Once upon a time there was no time...If the universe was produced outside the laws of physics, then its origin satisfies the basic definition of the term miracle." (page 121 and 122)
The philosophy of science:
"Modern science seems to be based on an unwavering commitment to naturalism and materialism. Naturalism is the doctrine that nature is all there is. According to naturalism, there are neither miracles nor supernatural forces. Therefore reports of the supernatural can only be interpreted naturalistically. Materialism is the belief that material reality is the only reality....Scientific truth is not the whole truth. It cannot make the case for naturalism or materialism, because it operates within naturalism and materialism. When we realize this, then philosophical atheism becomes much less plausible...." (page 164, 168)
It strikes me, reading this book, that even when we determine not to, we limit God in our perception of Him. We forget that as His creation we are incapable of comprehending fully our Creator. We slip into secular thinking and try to fit truth into materialism and naturalism. We capitulate intellectually and concede that our faith is beyond reason. But our faith is very reasonable if we think bigger about our God. We need to understand that expecting our God to conform to the laws of physics that He Himself created is very limiting indeed.
More quotes from What's So Great About Christianity? coming soon.
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