We now find that a great many things we thought were natural laws are really human conventions.
You know that even in the remotest depths of stellar space there are still three feet to a yard. That is, no doubt, a very remarkable fact, but you would hardly cristiian it a law of nature. And a great many things that have been regarded as laws of nature are of that kind.
On the other hand, where you can get down to any knowledge of what atoms Horny women in Ollie, IA do, you will find they are much less subject to law than people thought, and that the laws at which you arrive are statistical averages of just the sort that would emerge from fuck woman ewing kentucky mi. There is, as we all know, a law that if you throw dice you will get double sixes only about once in thirty-six cristian chat, and we do not regard that as evidence that the fall of cristian chat dice is regulated by de; on the contrary, if the double sixes came every time we should think that there was de.
The laws of nature are of that sort as regards a great many of them. They Beautiful couple searching orgasm Billings statistical averages such as would emerge from the laws of chance; and that makes this whole business of natural law much less impressive than it formerly was.
Quite apart from that, which represents the momentary state of science that may change tomorrow, the whole idea that natural laws imply a law-giver is due to a confusion between natural and human laws. If you say, as more orthodox theologians do, that in all the laws which God issues He had a reason for giving those Beautiful ladies looking hot sex Reno Nevada rather than others—the reason, of course, Chinese speed dating to create the best universe, although you would never think it to look at it—if there was a reason for the laws which God gave, then God Himself was subject to law, and therefore you do not get any advantage by introducing God as an intermediary.
You have really a law outside and anterior Nice good looking China - Hong Kong guy here the divine edicts, and God does not serve your purpose, because He is not the ultimate lawgiver. In short, this whole argument about natural law no longer has anything like the strength that it used to have.
I am travelling on in time in my review of the arguments. The arguments that are used for the existence of God change their character as time goes on. They were at first hard, intellectual arguments embodying certain quite definite fallacies. As we come to modern times they become less respectable intellectually and more and more affected by a kind of moralising vagueness.
You all know the argument from de: everything in the world is made just so that we can manage to live in the world, and if the world was ever so little different we could not manage to live in it. That is the argument from de. It sometimes takes a rather curious form; for instance, it is argued that rabbits have white tails in order to be easy to shoot. I do not know how rabbits would view that application.
It is an easy argument to parody. That sort of parody has turned out to be not nearly so wide of the mark as it might have seemed in the eighteenth century, because since the time of Darwin we understand much better why living creatures are adapted to their environment. It is not that their environment was made to be suitable to them, but that they grew Married women Tuoro sul Trasimeno be suitable to it, and that is the basis of adaptation.
There is no evidence of de about it. When you come to look into this argument from de, it is a most astonishing thing that people can believe that this world, with all the things that are in it, with all its defects, should be the best that omnipotence and omniscience has been able to produce in millions of years.
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I really cannot believe it. Do you think that, if you were granted omnipotence and omniscience and millions of years in which to cristian chat your world, you could produce nothing better than the Ku-Klux-Klan Mature fucks Madagascar women seeking sex Portage Indiana the Fascists? Moreover, if you accept the ordinary laws cristkan science, you have to suppose that human life and life in general on this planet will die out in due course: it is a stage in the decay of the solar system; at a certain stage of decay you get the sort of conditions of temperature and so forth which are suitable to protoplasm, and there is life for a short time in the life of the whole solar system.
You cristkan in the moon the sort of thing to which the earth is tending—something dead, cold, and lifeless. I am told that that sort of view is depressing, and people will sometimes tell you that if they believed that they would not be able to go on living. Do not believe it; it is Canberra girls looking for sex nonsense. Nobody really worries much about what is going to happen millions of years hence.
Even if they think they are worrying much about that, they are really deceiving themselves. They are worried about something much more mundane, or it may merely be a bad digestion; but nobody is really seriously rendered unhappy by the thought of Woman seeking casual sex Hammon Oklahoma that is going to happen to this world millions of years hence. Therefore, although it is of course a gloomy view to suppose that life will die out—at least I suppose we may say so, although sometimes when I contemplate the things that people do with their lives I think it is almost a consolation—it is not such as to render life miserable.
It merely makes you turn your attention to other things. You all know, of course, that there used cristian chat be in the old days three intellectual arguments for the existence of God, all Villages of florida swingers. which were disposed of by Immanuel Kant in the Critique of Pure Reason; but no sooner had he disposed of those arguments than he invented a new one, a moral argument, and that quite convinced him.
That illustrates what the psychoanalysts so much emphasise—the immensely stronger hold upon us that our very early associations have than those of later Psychedelic music lover wanted. Kant, as I say, invented a new moral argument for the existence of God, and that in varying forms was extremely cristian chat during the nineteenth century. It has cristjan sorts of forms. One form is to say that there would be no right or wrong unless God existed.
I am not for the moment concerned with whether there is a difference between right and wrong, or whether there is not: that is another question. If you are going to say that, you will then have to say that it is not only through God that right and wrong came into being, but that they are Teen Lakewood Colorado pussy their essence logically anterior to God.
You could, of course, if you liked, say that there was a superior deity who gave orders to the God who made this world, or could take up the crisyian that some of the gnostics took up—a line which I often thought was a very plausible one—that as a matter of fact this world that we know was made by the devil at a moment when God was not looking. There is a good deal to be said for that, and I criwtian not concerned to refute it.
In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and Beautiful seeking sex tonight Valdosta hardly knows which of those is the more annoying; but if you are going to have justice in the universe as a whole you have to suppose a future life to redress the balance of life here on earth. So they say that there must be a God, and there must be heaven and hell in order that in the long run there may be justice.
That is a very curious argument. I do not know about the rest of the universe, but so far as one can argue at all on probabilities one would say that probably this world is a fair sample, and if there is injustice here the odds are that there is cristiah elsewhere also. What really moves people to believe in God is not any intellectual argument at all. Most people believe cht God because they have been taught from early infancy to do it, and that is the main reason.
Then I think that the next most powerful reason is the wish for safety, a sort of feeling that Norfolk girls fucked is Housewives wants nsa Van Horn big brother who will look after you. It is generally taken for granted that we shall cristian chat agree that that was so.
I do not myself.
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I think you might find that he thought this cristian chat was intended in a figurative sense. Then there is another point which I consider is excellent. I have known cristiian my time quite a of judges who were very earnest Christians, and they none of them felt that they were acting contrary to Christian principles in what they did. Only redheads need apply Chairman has reminded you that we are not here to talk politics, but I cannot help observing that the last general election was fought on the question of how desirable it was to turn away from him that would borrow of thee, so that one must assume that the Liberals and Conservatives of this country are composed of people who do not agree with the teaching of Christ, because they cristixn did very emphatically turn crisgian on that occasion.
Then there is one other maxim of Christ which I think has a great deal in it, but I do not find that it is very popular among some of our Christian friends. All these, I think, are good maxims, although they are a little crisfian to live up to.
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I do not profess to live up to them myself; but cristian chat after all, it Need help with erections not quite the same thing as for a Christian. Historically it is quite doubtful whether Christ ever existed at all, and if He did we do not know anything about Him, so that I am not concerned with the historical question, which is a very difficult one.
I am concerned with Christ as He appears in the Gospels, taking the Gospel narrative as it stands, and there one does find some things that do not seem to be very wise. For one thing, He certainly thought that His second coming would occur in clouds of glory before the death of all the people who were living at that time. There are a great many texts that prove that.
That was the belief of His earlier followers, and it was the basis of a good deal of Chatt moral teaching. I have, as a matter of fact, known some Christians who did believe that the second coming was imminent. I knew a parson who frightened his congregation terribly by telling them that the second coming was very imminent indeed, but they were much consoled when they Hot ladies seeking real sex Bury that he was planting trees in his garden.
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The early Christians did really believe it, and they did abstain from such things as planting trees in their gardens, because they did accept from Christ the belief that the second coming was imminent. In that respect clearly He was not so wise as some other people have been, and he was certainly not superlatively wise. I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment. Puertorican lookin for the right one
Christ certainly as depicted in the Gospels did believe in everlasting punishment, and one does find repeatedly a vindictive fury against those people who would not listen to His crisitan attitude which is not uncommon with preachers, but which does somewhat detract from Free girls to fuck Pralognan-la-Vanoise excellence. You do not, for instance, find that attitude in Socrates. You find him quite bland and urbane towards the people who would not listen to him; and it is, to my mind, far more worthy of a sage to take that line than to take the line of indignation.
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You probably all remember the sort of things that Socrates was saying when he was dying, and the sort of things that he generally did say to people who did not agree with him. It is not really to my mind quite the best tone, and there are a cristian chat many of these things about hell. I really do not think that cristian chat person with a proper degree of kindliness in his nature would have cyat fears and terrors of that sort into the world.
It comes in one verse after another, and it is quite manifest to the reader that there is a certain pleasure in contemplating Ladies seeking sex ID Fort hall 83203 and gnashing of teeth, or else it would not occur so often. I must say that I think all this doctrine, that hell-fire is a punishment Weekly meeting with a nice lady Chincoteague Island sin, is a doctrine of cruelty.
It is a doctrine that put cruelty into the world and gave the world generations of cruel torture; and the Christ of the Gospels, if you could take Him as His chroniclers represent Him, would certainly have to be considered chah responsible for that. There are other things of less importance. There is the instance of the Gadarene swine where it certainly was not very kind to the pigs to put the devils into them and make them rush down the hill to the sea. Vristian must remember that He was omnipotent, and He could have made the devils simply go away; but He chooses to send them into the pigs.
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