God is the basis for all things because he created all things. Since God is the basis of rationality (because he created it), then without God, we have no justification for rationality. If we believe that God is God, then we live that way and become more like true humans; rational and moral. However, if we believe that man is God, then we can have no justification for rationality and become more like beasts; irrational and immoral.
Just wanted to clarify why I chose the current quote of the week. I chose it because it's not the truth. The way that Victor Hugo is using it is to say that people who pray are proving that they believe that there is a God, which Hugo says is ignorance. No matter how majestic or august the prayer, it is still ignorance in Hugo's eyes. The truth is, prayer is an humble avowal of insufficiency; our insufficiency to take care of ourselves all on our own. It is also at the same time an avowal of God's sufficiency and his omniscience.
I will continue once in a while to chose quotes that aren't true so that I can critique them. If I forget again to write something on one of them, just email me and remind me.
Hey everybody, sorry that I haven't posted anything lately. I will continue to post on the Rushdoony book I'm reading, but I haven't read the next chapter yet. However, when I do get it read, I'll write something.
Lately, I’ve run out of things to talk about besides what I’ve been doing, which I’m sure can get just a bit boring. So I’ve decided to write a bit on what I’ve been reading for my Systematic Theology online class. I have just started reading “The Foundations of Social Order” by R.J. Rushdoony. The first chapter is called “The Apostles’ Creed and Creedalism”.
The word creed comes from the Latin “credo”—I believe. Therefore, a creed is any confession of faith by the members of a church. As there is no church that does not require some sort of assent as condition of membership, there is no church that does not have a creed. Even those people who say “No Creed but Christ” do not realize that this statement is actually a creed; a statement of belief.
The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God the Father Almighty Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried He descended into Hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven; and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; The Holy Catholic Church The communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting.
The Apostles’ Creed is different from other creeds of other religions in that it offers a synopsis of history. As Rushdoony said, “The whole creed therefore is a declaration concerning history.” The creed immediately establishes that God is the creator of all things. This means that God is the source of all ethics, morality, law, etc. If God is the true and only source of everything, then the Word of God must be applied to not only the church, but the school, state, family, etc. Here we must notice as Biblical creedalism has declined, so has the Biblical canon of law. “Biblical creedalism…is passive because it affirms an act of redemption by the triune God of which man is simply the recipient by grace” Man, under God, lives his life in terms of true law. Thus, Christian creedalism is basic to Christian (and till of late Western) society.
I hope I have made sense to everyone. If you have any comments, questions, critique, please feel free.
“My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”