Deut 011-slides

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Deut 011-slides

  1. 1. Shall I Bow To My Creator?•  YES! •  NO! –  ancient monotheism –  ancient myths –  ancient Israel –  eastern religions –  Bible –  western philosophy –  Fundamentalism –  modern theology•  CREATOR/creature •  Continuity of Being –  nature > gods > man –  God || man | nature –  transmutation / –  everlasting distinctions evolution•  PERSONAL •  IMPERSONAL FATE / SOVEREIGN CHANCE –  ultimate responsibility –  ultimate victimization
  2. 2. politics Pressure of Life ethicsSequenceLogical epistemology metaphysics
  3. 3. Justice Lifts theNations(1905) in old Supreme CourtBuilding, Lausanne,SwitzerlandCited in Francis Schaeffer, How Shall WeThen Live?, p107.
  4. 4. politics Pressure of Life ethicsSequenceLogical epistemology metaphysics
  5. 5. The 3 Great Concepts of JusticeConcept Consequences in PracticePositive + law is objective ; Law - unjust law impossible (ethics = law)Social Good + law relates to social reality; (ethics > - individual valued in terms of social usefulness law) & difficulty of calculating the goodNatural + law relates to the individual; Right - evolutionary worldview weakens concept & (ethics > difficulty of specifying the rights law)
  6. 6. Declaration of the Rights of Man Oath of the Tennis Court Jacques-Louis David (1789)
  7. 7. "What makes the history of Israeliteprophecy sui generis is the succession ofapostles of God that come to the peoplethrough the ages. Such a line of apostle-prophets is unknown in paganism. . . .[Thepagan prophet] incorporated a unique, self-contained divine power; there his "mission"ended with him. Yehezkel Kaufmann, The Religion of Israel
  8. 8. The well-being of men. . .is morally and spirituallyconditioned by a principle confirmed by divinelyimposed sanctions. Now this principle holds goodgenerally in all nations in every age. But itsoperation has often been obscured to human eyesby the time lag between the moral breach and theinfliction of the sanction. . . .In the general history ofnations, the divine penalties are inflicted throughsecondary causes behind the veil of providentialcontrol. . . .But in the case of the nation of Israel, themoral judgment of Jehovah was not only declared atSinai but also was confirmed spectacularly in therecorded history of that kingdom by divinesanctions immediately imposed. And thesesanctions were generally supernatural. . . . Alva McClain,The Greatness of the Kingdom, p 86.

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