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The great liberal prank

After talking with several liberals I have come to the conclusion that most of them are playing an elaborate hoax.

For example, most liberals also claim to be atheists and philosophical naturalists. However they seem eager most of the time to employ reason and logic in an effort to prove their position is the most cogent. Why is that? It is only if we posit the existence of a soul, a mind that is not a slave to physical forces, that this behavior makes sense.

Secularists are also inconsistent when they deride the free market. From their arguments and attempts at persuasion, they at least act like we operate in a market place of ideas and that the best ideas (ideas which, cobbled together constitute a complete world-view) ought to prevail. When their views are not widely accepted they appear to operate with the curious notion that public opinion is merely a measure of whether their efforts are meeting with success or not. Not whether their ideas are true or not based on market demands.

So I’ve concluded that liberals, particularly those who like to espouse philosophical naturalism and those who feel the need to deride the free market are simply playing an elaborate hoax on the rest of us.

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Wordy Wednesday: Causal determinism

I’ve used the phrase “causal determinism” quite a lot recently when talking about the doctrine of Middle Knowledge/Molinism and one of it’s chief competitors, the Calvinistic notion of soverigenty which posits God as being the one who “decrees all that comes to pass”.

Since this isn’t a phrase that isn’t often used outside of philosophical circles, I figured it would be helpful to take a minute and define this term and how it has a significant bearing on the philosophical presuppositions we filter everything, including our interpretation of Scripture, through.

Simply put, causal determinism is the notion that every event is directly caused or decreed either by an impersonal force like the Fates or destiny, a natural series of causes and effects1 constrained within a causally closed system2, or a personal deity like Allah or, as some suppose, the God of the Hebrew Scriptures.

A more in-depth study regarding the validity of the notion of causal determinism3 is beyond the scope of this post. My intention here is to merely present the term for edification and clarification in the future as we explore what I believe to be one of the most significant divisions within all of Christendom. Indeed, I would argue (elsewhere of course) that the abandonment of causal determinism is one of the defining characteristics of Christianity.

  1. Think about the famous, but hopelessly simplistic, debate regarding nature vs. nurture []
  2. That is, the notion that there are no non-material influences or causes. No souls or wills. Your mind is merely a biological information processing unit. []
  3. Or, as Turretinfan asserts, oozes from Scripture []
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