A summary of the chapter one of the universe next door by james w sire

In naturalism God is further reduced; he loses his very existence.

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Human freedom from God is not a freedom to anything; in fact, it is not a freedom at all. Your answers will then be tested for logical consistency and taken to their darkest extreme. In personality we lost the capacity to know ourselves accurately and to determine our own course of action freely in response to our intelligence. But humanity is redeemable and has been redeemed. Deistic ethics do not fit us in our actual human dimensions, making deism an impractical worldview to live by. One can say, therefore, that history especially as localized in the Jewish people is the record of the involvement and concern of God in human events. History is not reversible, not repeatable, not cyclic, nor is it meaningless.

God does not love us because we are so valuable; we are valuable because God loves us. The first problem with Christianity is its objective nature.

Some stress a one-world government and coming one-world leader. First of all, however, Sire points out the fact that one must first know what a worldview is. As human beings we are dignified, but people do not possess it, even if as a gift so we are not to be proud of it, for it is a dignity derived from a reflection of the Ultimately Dignified. As with theism, the most important proposition regards the existence and character of God. By James W. The lonely state this leaves humanity in was, however, not seemingly felt by early deists. The scriptures give little detail about this existence ex. Once reason replaced revelation, the concept of God was up for graps and the slide from Christian theism to belief in gods with lesser and lesser personality was inevitable. Besides, the universe is closed to his reordering anyways. Individual and cosmic history are cyclical. Were the history of worldviews a matter of the immediate working out of rational implications of a change in the idea of the really real, a belief in the afterlife would have immediately disappeared. However, the human personality is a fact of the universe. If they point to the disappearance of morality, the Easterner scorns the duality that is required for the distinction… no wonder Western missionaries have made little headway with committed Hindus and Buddhists.

The key phrase here is the image of God, a conception highlighted by the fact that it occurs three times in the short space of two verses Gen. The cosmos, this world, is understood to be in its normal state; it is not fallen or abnormal.

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Somewhere, every one of us distinguishes between good and evil, right and wrong, moral and immoral. But he did so only in passing unlike Wilhelm Dilthey who was the first to use it centrally.

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It is out of this intelligence that the universe came to be. As in the manner of the first humans, people of all eras have attempted to set themselves up as autonomous beings, arbiters of their own way of life, choosing to act as if they had an existence independent from God.

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If we feel that the answers are too obvious to consider, then we have a worldview but have no idea that many others do not share it. Morally, we became less able to discern good and evil. Nonetheless, he continues, it is a theoretic truth with little practical value. Whatever our answer is to this it is generally unquestioned in our minds and only thought of if challenged by another. Deism maintains the primacy of empiricism and reason, since nothing is revealed to us, they say, outside that which we experience. Kuyper went on to discuss how the Christian worldview illuminates and stimulates culture i. God does not act in history. Furthermore, the system is open, meaning it is not programmed. For Christians, much is left to learn from the study of special revelation. We just have to recognize our own assumptions and then we can better understand our personal worldview. Possess self-transcendence, rationality, personality, morality, Possibly death as the end of personal existence. A cosmos that appears not to care, to value goodness, or to be rational. But, God is free to do as He wills, and His will is in control of His character.

As far as I am concerned, if God is indeed God, then no human theory is going to change that. Or a person enters an existence forever separated from God, holding their uniqueness in awful loneliness apart from precisely that which would fulfill them.

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Human beings are what they are; and according to deism, we have little hope of becoming anything different or anything more. Deism thus sees God only in nature by which was meant the system of the universe.

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It is failing to remain in that balance that our troubles arose. Whenever any of us thinks about anything from a causal thought to a profound question we are operating within our own worldview, our frame of reference for all thought and action. That is a presupposition: the building blocks of a worldview. When we look at humanity, we see something more, for humans add the dimension of personality. Values relative. Second, the universe is closed to human reordering because for any human to be able to reorder the system, he or she would have to be able to transcend it, get out of the chain of cause and effect. If I had paid more attention during my first reading of this book, I would have been less discouraged by the failure of my logic. Growing cosmic consciousness leads to superior human race. Still, it is helpful to think of deism as a system and to state that system in a relatively extreme form. God revealed Himself to the patriarchs before Moses and the prophets after him, who recorded His Word. As such, an individuals choices have meaning to that person, to others, and to God.

That is, as human beings we have no essential relation to God and thus we have no way to transcend the system in which we find ourselves.

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