Likewise, to associate the Templar’s action to miracle disguises our own cowardice by connecting courage with divinity. Consequently, Lessing, through the character of Nathan, reaffirms human strength and ... ... middle of paper ... ...is not viable since it does not answer fundamental questions inherent to human beings: Why am I what I am? Why am I here? In conclusion, Lessing’s Nathan the Wise argues in favour of a religion in which the focus is redirected on human beings. His conception of a universal religion of reason refers to a praising of human reason without ignoring existing religious beliefs.
According to Kosmin, "the hard secularist considers religious propositions to be epistemologically illegitimate, warranted by neither reason nor experience." However, in the view of soft secularism, "the attainment of absolute truth was impossible and therefore scepticism and tolerance should be the principle and overriding values in the discussion of science and religion." The term of secularism comes from Latin, Saeculum that has two connotations which are “time” and “location”. The “time” refers to present and the “location” refers to the world. Then Saeculum means the recent age or pres... ... middle of paper ... ...nish which ever applied inhospitable secularism toward religion.
H.J McCloskey’s article, “On Being an Atheist,” is an attempt to show atheism as a more practical alternative to the Christian belief. McCloskey reasons against the theistic beliefs of the cosmological argument, the teleological argument and design. He references the presence of evil in a world created by God and the absurdity of living by faith. This article is an attempt to reason that God does not exist because He is perfect and the world is not perfect; evil exists therefore God cannot exist. McCloskey’s article labels these arguments as “proofs” and concludes none of these arguments would be evidence of God’s existence.
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The only true defense to theodicy is that a Christian God does not exist. If He were limited in His goodness, power, or knowledge, evil could find its way into the world. Altering the definition of God would only lead to greater understanding and therefore, stronger belief and greater reverence. Sites Consulted plato.stanford.edu/entries/evil www-personal.umich.edu/~pep/ apologetics_4_prob_of_evil.html csub.colorado.edu/~robertme/evil.htm www.uwo.ca/sogs/academic/The_Dialogues_Concerning_Natural_Religion.pdf
This only serves to reinforce the Hobbesian ideal of putting everything into a scientific perspective, and thus doing away with the need for a deity altogether; which some might argue the Leviathan is tantamount to a deity. I hate to put it in these terms but, it seems as though for Hobbes, God is the Beta version of the Leviathan. Hobbes does not believe that God should continue to be King, because that is the place of the Leviathan alone. However, instead of doing away with religion, the Leviathan should embrace religion, so long as it serves his ends. In a very Machiavellian way, the Leviathan should... ... middle of paper ... ... he has essentially made religion obsolete and simply another tool in the Leviathan’s arsenal.
In this text they offer an outlook termed no hindrance and no aid. Feldman’s idea would place a significant hindrance on religiously affiliated institutions putting undue strain on their financial resources, while still supporting similar secular institutions. Feldman’s view of ‘no money’ does not adequately answer the intricate questions that the establishment clause proposes, as it doesn’t parse out the individual difficulties of deciding what is aiding religion or simply treating religion and secularism equally. Overall, Feldman’s book Divided By God does a fantastic job outlining the history surrounding freedom of religion in the united states, specifically the different ideologies of legal secularism and values evangelicals. However, he seems to oversimplify the complications associated religious freedom with drafting his solution, through underestimating possible consequences of ‘no coercion’ and missing key obstacles regarding implementation of ‘no
This confirms Nietzsche's negative view of religion / Christianism. Nietzsche said that religion shouldn't How can religion not be an 'end-in-itself' for religious believers? A counter-argument to this would be to say that religion as an instrument is not a religion.