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Progress of Science and the Dethronement of God and Man


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Progress of Science and the Dethronement of God and Man

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  2. 2. This “cute” boy experienced the amazing scientific and technological
  3. 3. His sons can now transplant a kidney from one person to another Or Repair a crushed foot with screws, wires, metal plates and cadaver bones This boy almost died of diphtheria because antitoxins and antibiotics were not yet available
  4. 5. The boy grew up with these… Today he lives with these…
  5. 6. He learned to write with this Today, he works with this Graphite Slate
  6. 7. The advances in Science and Technology are enormous but T h e r e is a n o t h e r s i d e
  7. 8. Michelangelo, Creation of the Sun and Moon Ptolemaic Universe
  8. 9. The EARTH was in the center of the universe Ptolemaic Universe
  9. 10. The Supreme Maker said of Man: “ I have placed you at the very center of the world,.” Pico della Mirandola, Oration on the Dignity of Man . (Chicago: Gateway Edition, 1956), p.7
  10. 11. Michelangelo The Creation of Adam 1519 Created in God’s image. Genesis 1:26 MAN was a special creation
  11. 12. The First Shock to GOD and MAN The Scientific Revolution
  12. 13. <ul><li>“ The Sun is in the center. The Earth and planets orbit the Sun.” </li></ul>Nicholas Copernicus, (1500's)
  13. 14. Isaac Newton
  14. 15. Julien de La Mettrie (1709 - 1751) <ul><li>God has abandoned Man </li></ul><ul><li>God is indifferent, </li></ul><ul><li>everything happens </li></ul><ul><li>according to laws </li></ul><ul><li>Man has no responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>for his thoughts or </li></ul><ul><li>actions. </li></ul>The universe is a mechanism - humans are just complex mechanisms. They too are controlled by physical laws
  15. 17. The Second Shock to GOD and MAN The Biological Revolution
  16. 18. There is no Creator “ We thus learn that man is descended from a hairy,tailed quadruped, probably arboreal” The Descent of Man (Darwin 1871) All Life evolved without God
  17. 19. DARWINISM CHAMBERLAIN ROSENBERG HITLER “ Nature is cruel, therefore we too may be cruel… I have a right to remove millions of an inferior race that breeds like vermin “ If they are sufficiently complete to live, they do- if not they should die.” Herbert Spencer
  18. 20. <ul><li>Subconscious motives and instinctual drives direct human behavior </li></ul>Sigmund Freud The Third Shock to GOD and MAN The Philosophic & Psychological Revolution
  19. 21. Hubble & Einstein <ul><li>Universe is expanding! </li></ul><ul><li>Man is far from the </li></ul><ul><li>center in a vast universe </li></ul><ul><li>Man is insignificant </li></ul><ul><li>Truth is relative </li></ul>The Fourth Shock to GOD and MAN The Revolution in Physics Edwin Hubble (1929): galaxies moving away from us
  20. 22. <ul><li>A Universe without God </li></ul><ul><li>Man descended from Beasts </li></ul><ul><li>Man is driven by irrational impulses </li></ul><ul><li>With Knowledge uncertain and relative </li></ul><ul><li>MAN is in despair, </li></ul><ul><li>feels alone, </li></ul><ul><li>living a meaningless existence </li></ul><ul><li>in an absurd universe </li></ul>Consequently:
  21. 23. Today God is totally absent There is only emptiness Man is Alone Once there was God and Man with Dignity in the Arts You can observe this void in Art, Literature & Philosophy... Creation of Man, Sistine Chapel, MICHELANGELO
  22. 24. Alberto Giacometti Giacometti's sculptures are meditation on the emptiness of modern life. His figures are lonely and isolated even when arranged together. Giacometti expresses existential angst , modern man's isolation from his fellows, and the impossibility of certainty in our troubled age. ... Inter Varsity Press review of Francis A. Schaeffer’s, Art & the Bible
  23. 25. The Scream (or The Cry) Edvard Munch, 1893 (Expressionism) Lonely, alienated
  24. 26. Wassily Kandinsky, Composition VIII, 1923 Piet Mondrian, Composition A, 1923 Rothko – Blue, Orange, Red (1961 ) Roy Lichtenstein
  25. 27. <ul><li>“ God is present as the main Actor in the classic epics of Western Christendom from Dante Alighieri, John Milton to William Blake.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God begins to fade in Hawthorne, Melville, Emily Dickenson, and God dissolves in Emerson, Walt Whitman and Thoreau </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GOD disappeared as the explicit presence among the cast of characters in modern writing. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The reference work: Religion in Contemporary Fiction: Criticism From 1945 to the Present only two articles of 1029 deal with the issue of God. </li></ul></ul></ul>God is absent in modern Literature J. Killinger, “ The Absence of God in Modern Literature.” Once there was GOD in literature, no more
  26. 28.           Irrational, instinctual forces constitute the essence of human nature
  27. 29. Thomas J. J. Altizer
  28. 30. “ Every existent is born without reason, prologs itself out of weakness and dies by chance.” Roquentin in Nausea “ There is no ultimate meaning or purpose inherent in human life; in this sense life is ‘absurd.’” Existentialism              
  29. 31. Summary:
  30. 32. <ul><li>“ But you, Daniel shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end, Many shall run to and fro, and </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge shall increase” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dan.12, 4 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>The Bible predicted the knowledge explosion
  31. 33. In a Universe without God and Human Life without Purpose
  32. 34. 12 “But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? 13 Man does not know its worth, and it is not found in the land of the living... 28 And he said to man, ‘ Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” Job 28. The ultimate wisdom about the meaning of life and the universe comes from God, Science can not provide it