Posts Tagged ‘Modernism’

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WVotW: Moderism – Nova & Noah

April 26, 2009

On the way to church today, Nova 96.9 raise the issue of the historicity of the Bible (!). It found a report that 6 out of 10 Aussie believe that Jesus rose from the dead but attention quickly moved onto Noah and the Ark. The hosts threw it open to the audience to account for the story, especially regarding how all the animals could fit on the Ark. One lady suggested that Noah brough two of every kind not every species of animal and so after the flood all the different spieces evolved from each of its kind. “It’s science” she declared. The hosts were not so sure about the explaination but conceded “I like the ‘It’s science’ bit”. Moderism still breeds credibility.

For the record, the best explanation was that Noah to two of every baby animal, so there was plenty of room and you didn’t have all the mating issues!

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WVotW:Modernism – 2 from the U.S.

April 26, 2009

Smh.com.au has provided two examples of Modernism from the US.

In a AP video it was reported that the restrictions on the morning-after pill are to be lifted. What was interesting was the findings by a Federal judge that “Bush administration appointees let politics, not science drive their decision to limit over the counter access to women 18 and over.” I’m not suggesting that politics is a better means to make decisions but the finding certainly uplifts science as the guiding principle.

Also, listening to Obama’s report card for his first 100 days, I came across part of his inauguration speech: “We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield tech’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lover its cost.” Is this a return to modernist thinking?

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WVotW:Modernism – Astronomers

April 23, 2009

I was reading an article on smh regarding the discovery of Gliese 581 e and Gliese 581 d, the two planets from another solar system that are the closest to Earth in relation to their size and location to their sun.

Gliese. Photo:AFPIt struck me that Astronomers must largely be of the Modernist mindset. They seek to use scientific discoveries to gain meaning to our existence. What I want to know is what will happen when/if they find another Earth-like planet? What will the discovery that we are not so special in the universe do for their thinking? Surely Astronomy (which I love by the way) is very good at describing the universe, but assigning meaning to its vastness is beyond their realm of study. Meaning comes from the purpose for which something is made. Once we know this, Astronomy can help us reflect on how privileged we are for God to choose us out of all the vastness of the universe.

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World View of the Week – Modernism

April 22, 2009

The first WVotW I’ll be looking at is Modernism.

Paraphrasing Birkett, Modernism involves the confidence that humans are able to use reason to create meaning and significance for themselves. Things can be known for certain if you get the foundation right. Science is championed, truth is static and the supernatural is rejected.ModerismBirkett identifies Lord Beckett in Pirates of the Caribean, Grisson on CSI and the Jodie Foster character in Contact as embodying the modernist view. Let’s see if I can find other examples and feel free to post your own.