Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Found an interesting article in Science Daily on what seems to be a rising trend - spiritualism (non-materialist feelings and beliefs, separate from any institutional divine revelation).

The article starts off with a bang:
"To make children happier, we may need to encourage them to develop a strong sense of personal worth"
Of course - no indication of what this worth is, where it comes from, why, etc. Remember, these are children who would of been murdered in the womb if their mothers didn't think they were "worth" the trouble of pregnancy. Also, children in Africa are allowed to be drafted into armies or starved to death. Are these children worth more than those? Because they are bigger, or American?

This is something secularism must work out. Clearly, not all people have the same value (or "value" itself is meaningless, as we do nothing to protect the value of some, while moving mountains to protect others). As a Christian, I can say that sin prevents us from acting equitably. We are all valuable, because we are made in the image of God. The secular position currently seems to be "we all are equally valuable, but some are more equal than others".

"Their research shows that children who feel that their lives have meaning and value and who develop deep, quality relationships - both measures of spirituality - are happier. It would appear, however, that their religious practices have little effect on their happiness."
One point in here: "feelings of value" and "quality relationships" are measures of spirituality? And again, the secular confusion that all religions are the same...

"spirituality (an inner belief system that a person relies on for strength and comfort)"
Now spirituality is a belief system! No question as to whether this system is true...

Should we teach children lies so they feel better about themselves? That seems to be the argument from most spiritualists. It is also the number one charge against Christians by atheists. Atheists seem split - Sam Harris is a big proponent of spiritualism.

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