LRPSP. com has been up for over a week now and I thought I’d step back and provide some foundation for the categories, my biases, and the general discussions. The About page provides an overview of the Blog, however I thought that over time a little more detail might be provided. This is a short introduction.
The pillars of the site – Life / Religion / Politics / Science / Philosophy are the foundations we exist upon. I have collapsed some of the categories for the sake of a short, catchy URL (at least I hope it is catchy), but for the most part the things that make up our world and make us who we are fit into these categories. They are also the categories where the most passionate debates come from. These are the discussions about who we are, how did we get here, why are we here, where are we going, what are we supposed to be doing, and what does it all mean?
if you were to look at an apologetics course such as The Truth Project – hosted at Focus On The Family you will find pretty much the same core of pillars. These pillars are also where apologists such as Dr. Ravi Zacharias, Dr. Del Tackett, or Josh McDowell might build their cases on.
I am nowhere near as talented as either one of these three individuals, or others like them, but I do have an understanding of the basics, and I enjoy a heart-to-heart conversation. And I’d like to invite anyone and everyone to join in the conversations. Especially those that are dissenters, such as these folks that obviously take issue with Josh McDowell’s book Evidence That Demands A Verdict.
Of course this is a family oriented site so the rules are somewhat strict. Of course that doesn’t mean we cannot have adult discussions from time-to-time, but it does mean that a certain level of civility and a language code will be insisted upon.
The pillars cover the following:
Life– Everything that animates us that we experience, know, and deal with on a day-to-day basis. Life covers the physical, our bodies, our world and our interactions with it, our souls, our emotions, thoughts, and what makes us laugh, what makes us cry. Life covers all the unique characteristics that make you – you and me – me. These could be hobbies, sports, interests, studies, jobs, interactions, or anything else that makes us the unique creations we are.
Religion– Everything within the Spiritual world and our connection with God. Religion may encompass Theology, our innermost selves, Heaven, Hell, Angels, Demons, and all things of a Devine nature.
Politics– Would cover our Governments, our laws, things that govern our social interactions, or even the application, adjudication, or interpretation of those laws. Governments (and thus politics) do not necessarily exist at the Capitol buildings and no where else. They generally permeate our entire lives. Homeowners Associations are a form of Governance (and are generally found to be the bottom rung of government). However, Politics may even extend into the home and the family structure.
Science– Is all the sciences. Biology, Sociology, Anthropology, Archaeology, Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, etc. the Sciences are important because they facilitate our discovery and our understanding of the world around us.
Philosophy– Our Philosophies are what define and establish our World Views. They help shape how we see things and through what colored lenses we interpret things.
Obviously by now, if you have followed any of my timeline, or read my blog posts from the beginning, you might surmise that my World View encompasses a God. I believe Theology (I just grouped this under Religion) is the foundational study of all. It is the foundation upon which everything else is built.
It should be clear by now that my Theological Foundation is the ground floor that all other pillars sit upon.
And I would like to point out that all great minds start out here (not that I am saying that I am a great mind, but rather that I am a good student and have learned from them).
Even amongst our high level contemporary thinkers, Dr. Richard Dawkins, Dr. Richard Carrier, Dr. Stephen Hawking, and (of course) Dr. Ravi Zacharias, and Dr. Del Tackett, all of these start with Theology.
What is it that consumes Dr. Dawkins completely? Why it is to disprove the existence of God. Dr. Stephen Hawking’s latest book, The Grand Design, states “It is reasonable to ask who or what created the universe, but if the answer is God, then the question has merely been deflected to that of who created God.” (The Grand Design, pg. 165, 1st paragraph). Dr. Carrier is certainly consumed by Christians (if not God), see part of his talk at Skepticon 3 (or just search YouTube for him). All of these individuals are consumed with Theology, the study of God. Granted, their study intends to disprove the existence of God, but you cannot disprove that which you do not study.
Clearly all great minds agree that Theology is foundational to any other study we may pursue. It provides us insight into other studies and (as Dr. Hawking points out in his book on pg. 164), it is a necessary study to answer the questions: “Why is there something rather than nothing? Why do we exist? Why this particular set of law and not some other?” just before he launches into a Theological discussion of God.
But I hope you don’t think all of my Blog discussions will be some boring, unintelligible diatribe about Religion, or Politics, or Philosophy, or Science. No, I’d like to discuss the fun parts, the sad parts, and the parts of life that interest you as well.
It is sincerely my hope you will see the importance and value of these pillars, and that they will help guide your input, but if not, don’t worry about it. Either read for fun, or join in to share you opinion.
But let’s have a conversation about: Life/Religion/Politics/Science/Philosophy!