Actually, I hate the word “adulting” (an adult is who you are, not what you do) but I like this comic from 1950
“If God doesn’t exist,” many Christians say (especially apologists), “then we can do whatever we want. It doesn’t matter if we do something ‘good’ or something ‘bad,’ those words become meaningless anyway.”
The logic is sound enough. This is what I’ve believed for years. But I can’t reconcile that with the reality that most non-Christians don’t act like we have complete freedom. They still insist on some measure of ‘right’ and ‘wrong.’
I think Os Guinness is right: if God is dead, we don’t feel free, we feel responsible. The fate of everything now falls on us. This may be why our culture is suffering from an epidemic of anxiety and similar issues. We believe it all falls on us.
To be sure, we have been given a level of responsibility in our care of ourselves, of others and of creation but it was always meant to be in partnership with the God who created us and others and creation. We were never meant to shoulder all the responsibility but we’ve decided that God is out of the picture so we have to.
What do you think? If God doesn’t exist, do we have complete freedom or complete responsibility?
Watched The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part for the first time this week. Not as good as the first one but still pretty good.
Watched a bunch of teen movies from the 80s (more on that later).
Went searching for Jurassic Park on Netflix and found We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story instead. I loved that movie as a kid but enjoyed it considerably less this past time.
Watched JP later in the week. Still one of my all time favorite movies.
What did you watch this week?
Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction by Cynthia Freeland
FriArts is discussing this one during our weekly discussions. So far, I haven’t been impressed by it but the discussions have been good.
Love Thy Body by Nancy Pearcy
My boss has our team reading this one because the topics in the book are ones many people are talking about these days.
Emma by Jane Austen
This one I’m reading because we’re discussing Clueless in our film discussions next semester. I decided to read my wife’s annotated copy which has proven to be more daunting than I anticipated. (I’m also reading the Marvel Comics adaptation as a companion.)
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I like to reread Lord of the Rings every couple of years and, as everyone knows, rereading LOTR starts with rereading The Hobbit.
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of The Inklings by Philip & Carol Zaleski
This is a beast of a book. Every few months I pick it up and try to finish it but only success in reading a little bit farther in. I’d really like to finish it this summer.
The Dust of Death by Os Guinness
A book written in the 1970’s about the impact of the 1960’s. More and more the 60’s fascinates me especially as I see our cultural moment rhyming with that cultural moment
in some significant ways.
Dinomania:Why We Love, Fear And Are Utterly Enchanted by Dinosaurs by Boris Sax
A spur of the moment pick from the library. I didn’t go there to get a book but I couldn’t resist it after I saw it on the shelf.
What are you reading right now?