Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a preacher. It’s Rev. Dr. Chris Surber, pastor of the Liberty Spring Christian Church in Suffolk. We’ll give you a few excerpts from rev’s column, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis.
On the canvas of surety of the nonexistence of God, under the light of the assumed fact of evolutionary biology, and in the gallery of secularism, the architects of society engineer modern thinking. They do so in the artistic style of the absurd. Their cruel poetry is that of nihilism. Nothing matters.
The rev is describing you, dear reader. Then he says:
In casting aside the notion of a creator, the created being has made himself, his five senses, his interests and his perceived well-being the center of all things. Consequently, man now has little basis for which to know reality and, as a result, to know himself.
According to the rev, your senses don’t inform you about reality. He tells us:
Man has excluded those aspects of reality which are beyond him. He is an explorer marking time marching in the direction of his own reflection in a mirror. He points to his own visage, claiming to have discovered something.
If you ignore what is beyond you, then you know nothing! The rev continues:
When we can only trust ourselves, science becomes our god and the scientist our priest. The public educator is handmaiden in the temple courts of secular reason and government becomes our guide to the world and our only hope for a savior from the problems plaguing it. God help us.
Tragic indeed. Let’s read on:
In today’s landscape of thought, if it cannot be proven in a test-tube, laboratory or in the realm of psychological dogma, it is not knowledge. The fight of the day is not between science and faith. It is a fight for reality.
Are you following this, dear reader? The rev is telling us that if all you know is what your senses tell you and what you can prove in the lab, then you don’t know anything about reality. Here’s another excerpt:
Having removed God from the quest for knowledge, man has sullied his path with the slippery oil of his own pride. His pursuit has become a pursuit of self. He is a dog chasing his tail who is equally shocked at his lack of progress and at the pain each time he bites it.
And now we come to the end:
The philosophical battle of the day is not one of politics or even of religious truth. It goes beyond that. The battle today is for reality itself.
The rev is right — it’s a battle for reality. Which side are you on– the limited vision of science, or the rev’s true reality?
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