To Tinkerers, Everything Looks like an Artifact

The very religious also tend to be strangely solipsistic, which is an odd combination of traits to possess. Traditionally religious people often have a fairly negative view of the capabilities and worth of human beings vis-à-vis those of the powerful creator gods they worship. Yet, at the same time, traditional religious thinkers and theologians posit their own very human tendencies and perspectives as attributes of their gods. They see themselves, their deities, and the natural world around them all as reflections of their own self-image. All of this prompts the reasonable question: If you externalize your source of value, how do you also use yourself as the measure of all things? How is it that your intelligence can grasp God’s will when others’ cannot? How can your ideas about design and ultimate purpose provide meaning for creation whereas others’ cannot? Picking up on the example of William Paley and the teleological argument for the existence of God discussed in the previous post, this one tackles the strange solipsism of the traditionally religious. If you think you can measure up, click here for the full story.    

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