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May 01, 2013

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Mike Woodward

The whole debate and movement is about individual autonomy. The reason why the pendulum has shifted so dramatically in the last 10 years is that the chickens have come home to roost on the extreme individualism and hedonism espoused by our culture.

The coming of age generation:

"If I declare that I can do whatever I want, whenever I want, with whomever I want, then who am I to tell you that you can't?"

It is indeed a theological debate.

Robin Foster

Alan

You have concisely put together what is on my mind in this matter. Thanks.

Chase Martin

Alan - I think you concisely and precisely identify the core issue here: "The social sciences (history, economics, psychology, sociology, political science/civics, anthropology, cultural studies, etc.) are directly influenced and shaped by religion and faith claims and how we structure society and culture is fully intertwined with religious arguments."

I think this is a point worth expanding on. Liberals have books with titles like "The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values" that argue against your Jenga analogy.

Engaging and worthwhile topics to think about. Good post.

Alan Cross

Chase,

You are right. They do argue against what I am saying, but they argue from a perspective that they did not arrive at via science or neutral observation. Presuppositions guide them in something close to faith-based claims as much as they say they guide religious people. But, often, their presuppositions were, in part, formed by the very religious arguments that they claim to reject. They just don't know it because they don't know what came before.

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