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  1. Betsy, I don't mean to suggest that Objectivist are in total agreement on political issues. I was just curious as to what individual reponses might be. If I were to take a wild guess, I think Colin Powell might be a possible choice. I would have liked to see Alan Keyes in office. What do you think of him? conan
  2. Of the politicians or persons who might consider the office of president, who would Objectivists most like to see run and possibly get elected?
  3. Ash and Mr. Weiss, I really do understand and have no ill intentions. I have done some research, just not enough I guess. I trust that you kind people are secure in who you are, so I hope you don't mind me presenting questions/challeges when I encounter principles/teachings that are difficult to accept. sincerely, conan
  4. Mr Weiss, I brought up abiogenesis because of this issue. http://www.creationofuniverse.com/html/equilibrium03.html Also, most natural-evolutionists I talk to like to divroce evolution from abiogenesis. I really don't see how you can have naturalistic evolution with out it. But I can see why they want to shy away from it. Without disrupting the current context of this discussion, I was wondering if anyone would like to address Aristotle's "Unmoved Mover", since as I understand it Objectivists are sympathetic to Aristotle. http://www.abu.nb.ca/Courses/GrPhil/PhilRel/Aristotle.htm conan
  5. Ash, Thanks for your advice. If I am welcomed, I will resume here at that time. Mr. Weiss, Your last post is tempting a great discussion, so what material should I read to best understand what you mean by "free will", "consciousness", etc.. We do seem to have some linguistic conflicts that causes the miscommunictaion, so I understand the need to research these topics before discussing them further in this forum. Thanks for your time and patience, conan
  6. Adrian and Mr. Weiss, Thanks for your reply. You and Mr. Weiss are correct, I do not have a clear picture of what Ojectivism is claiming. Therefore, I will do my best to read up on what the core metaphysical beliefs of Objectivism are. I just have one question for Mr.Weiss: Merriam-Webster defines arbitrary as "existing or coming about seemingly at random or by chance or ...(3b)" By definition you could have included abiogenesis in your list of "arbitrary" examples. Does it fit? Why or why not? sincerely, conan
  7. To everyone: There has been alot of interesting and good comments. I don't have time to reply to every point/question at this time, but I will try to allude to some of them in my reply to Adrian. Ohters I will do by best to get back to. Adrain, The argument I presented is primarily philosophical, not theological. It is not until you get to point 7 that the theological questions arise. If you objection is simply with point 7, then the argument has done its job. If not, then you need to clarify the problem(s) you have with the first 6 points. I would be happy anwser your question in reguards to why I believe there is a creator, but topic here has to deal with the nature of the time/space continuim. Creation does however reasonbly follow the premise of a first cause, but to avoid categorical confusion we should stay with causality here. However, I would not mind addressing that question in another thread dedicated to that specific topic. The problem that Objectivism must confront is the impossibilty of proving a universal negative. It is impossible to prove that immaterial reality does not exist. That does not mean it does. But what it does mean is that materialism/atheism is purely presuppositional. Moreover, dogma is not a product of reason. If you claim to champion reason, then you have to be intellectually honest and simply say you do nto believe in immaterial reality, but it is in the realm of possibility. There are two possibilties here as one of your members has already pointed out. 1. The universe has no begining. 2. The universe has a begining (first cause). Once you assume either position, you then deal categorically with other possibilties. The former is not exclusively atheistic. A monist/deist can hold to an infinite universe. Ex nihilo does follow the latter and presents at least two views, Deism and Theism. And so on. But there is no categorical confusion on my end. Since you spoke at length on creation ex nihilo, I will touch briefly on the subject representing the Biblical worldview. God is before all things. He is the only being in existence whose reason for existing is within himself. The universe pre-existed in the mind of God much like a building in the mind of an architect. The universe became a physical reality at ex nihilo.To avoid categorical confusion theologically, another term for ex nihilo is "immediate creation" (something out of nothing). Creating from existing materials is "mediate creation". Unfathomable you say? No more unfathomable that a begining-less universe or abiogenesis. I find it interesting that one can scoff at the ressurection and so easily accept abiogenesis. Both are examples of non-living matter becoming living matter. The difference is that one is intended and the other is something called an accident. Also, there is nothing fathomable about history that has no begining, and most explicitly "meaningless". If any idea demonstrates meaninglessness, it is materialism. Which casues me to wonder why materialists are not all nihilist. conan
  8. nimble, I notified an administrator. If I remember correctly, you may need to check your email to actually activate the membership. conan
  9. Kevin, Thanks for your reply. What you are really saying is that matter is all that exist, which is what you are trying to prove in the first place. As I stated in my last post "To declare that ones beliefs/presuppositions is evidence of itself is circular." That does not mean you are wrong, only that your argument is invalid. I am not sure what to make of this. It does not make much sense. conan
  10. Thanks everyone for your replies and livly discusssion. Exactly the point. To declare that ones beliefs/presuppositions is evidence of itself is circular. We can however, argue/debate the reasons why we hold the position we do. I believe Mr. Weiss asked what casued the first cause, but that is paradoxial. A first cause by definition would be uncaused and not require a cause because it is not an effect. In reguards to an infinite regress of causes, Dr. Norm Geisler addresses this fairly well with his "Existenial Argument" (a variation of the cosmological argument). 1.Things exist. 2. It is possible for those things to not exist. 3. Whatever has the possibility of non existence, yet exists, has been caused to exist. 4. Something cannot bring itself into existence since it must exist to bring itself into existence which is illogical. 5. There cannot be an infinite number of causes to bring something into existence. Because an infinite regression of causes ultimately has no initial cause which means there is no cause of existence. 6. Since the universe exists, it must have a cause. 7. Therefore, there must be an uncaused cause of all things. The uncaused cause must be God. For the most part this argument hinges on point 5. I think this can best be understood by imaging a chian hanging before you with no visible begining. Because each link is dependant on the existence of another, one can reasonably assume that the chain must be attached somewhere down the line. It is reasonable to assume that there must be something that make the existence of the most recent link possible. This argument at least holds the possibility of justification. conan
  11. http://www.theologyforums.com/forums/index.php?s= nimble, I don't know why you were not welcomed at the other forums, but the administrators and moderators are really good here. Objectivism has been on my list of things to investigate and learn about. I generally learn faster and retain information better in a forum type of setting than I do from reading alone. If nothing else, a sojourn at our forum might give you a better understanding of the nature of Christian theology and apologetics. sincerely, conan
  12. Ash, I don't believe that is what I said. If you follow the discussion carefully you will see that I was at least attempting to make a point with Mr. Weiss. I am not extremely knowledgeable of the teachings of Ayn Rand/Ojectivism, that is why I am here. At this point I would conclude that Objectivism holds a materialistic metaphysic and probably denies the existence immaterial relalities.
  13. nimble, Like I said, we have an apologetics section which breaks down into Philosophy, General Apologetics, Comparative Religion and two different types Origins. we would be glad to have you. conan
  14. Mr. Weiss, I am not sure exactly what you mean. Maybe you could clarify a bit. You seem to be saying that presuppositions are inherently circular. At any rate, presuppositions are presupposition reguardless as to how one arrives at them. Also, Plato's metaphysics are almost identical to the metaphysical principals found in the bible. And as you stated, this was relective of the way reality actually was.
  15. Hi Nate. Like Plato and Aristotle, we all reason from certian presuppositions we hold. The "School of Athens" fresco is probably a good picture of that. There would be nothing disctinctly Christian about reason. However, a mature Christian will reason from presuppositions that are biblical, or otherwise it would not be rightly called "Christian". I hope that answers your question. conan
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