Sunday, June 11, 2017

Enlightenment or Christianity as root of environmental problems

It's common to blame Christianity for environmental problems, resulting from its view of man as above nature. 

A while ago I came upon this book review, by a secular environmentalist, which points to the Enlightenment as a key to the destruction of nature in the Industrial Revolution: 
... early Enlightenment thinkers like Francis Bacon or Rene Descartes thought of nature as so much booty for humanity to pillage and condoned eco-cidal acts.
Johan Hari

Another is here:

Take, for example, John Locke’s assertion that nature without man is wasted and therefore if any man were to use his labour to harvest land then it should belong to him.

Joe Dyke

And it is not hard to believe with a little reflection--while Christianity portrays man and nature as Gods creatures (with man over nature), the Enlightenment sees just Man, free to think and do all things. And if "Man is the measure of all things", where does that leave nature? 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

 Much of this restraint has been for the sake of children, who by the nature of their existence confound liberal concepts of the person and social relations.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Homosexuality and American Psychiatry: The Politics of Diagnosis: Ronald Bayer: 9780691028378: Books

Homosexuality and American Psychiatry: The Politics of Diagnosis: Ronald Bayer: 9780691028378: Books

from review of:

He summarizes, "The entire process, from the first
confrontations organized by gay demonstrators at psychiatric
conventions to the referendum demanded by orthodox psychiatrists, seemed
to violate the most basic expectations about how questions of science
should be resolved. Instead of being engaged in a sober consideration of
data, psychiatrists were swept up in a political controversy... The
result was not a conclusion based on the approximation of a scientific
truth as dictated by reason, but was an action demanded by the
ideological temper of the times." (Pg. 3-4)

Monday, December 30, 2013

Chepstow Railway Bridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chepstow Railway Bridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
With regard to the appearance of the bridge, the Illustrated London News stated that "the peculiarity of the site did not permit any display of 'Art' – that is, of architectural embellishment; indeed, a pure taste rejects any attempt to decorate a large mechanical work with sham columns, pilasters, and small ornamental details."[2]

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Rate of Gun Ownership Is Down, Survey Shows -

Rate of Gun Ownership Is Down, Survey Shows -
The household gun ownership rate has fallen from an average of 50 percent in the 1970s to 49 percent in the 1980s, 43 percent in the 1990s and 35 percent in the 2000s, according to the survey data, analyzed by The New York Times.

The findings contrast with the impression left by a flurry of news reports about people rushing to buy guns and clearing shop shelves of assault rifles after the massacre last year at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

'via Blog this'

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

going beyond scripture

The First Ten Years of the Orthodox Pres. Church
The minority, apart from seeking a declaration concerning eschatological freedom, pressed hard for a declaration against the beverage use of alcohol. The majority in the church made it clear that they opposed all forms of intemperance and that which would lead to intemperance. Yet they felt that loyalty to Christ forbade their adopting rules or giving advice which went beyond the Word of God. They held dear the biblical doctrine of the adequacy of Scripture to reveal not only what man is to believe concerning God but also what duty God requires of man. They maintained that to add man-made rules to the Scripture was as harmful as to subtract from the Scripture.