||Humans are, purely material machines. We
live in a purely physical world. By nature, man is good.
||Can't really address whether man is good or
evil by nature, since those are arbitrary and relative terms..
||Humans are the only beings on earth
created in the image of God. They are spiritual and
material. Man's nature, since the Fall, has the propensity towards
sin and evil.
|Free Will (autonomy)
||Humans are self-governing and free to
choose their own direction
||People are the product of their culture
and only imagine they are self-governing.
||Human free will has been drastically
diminished by a moral fall from grace, but they are still
responsible for the use of their remaining free will. .
|View of Reason
||People should be "rationalistic
optimists." They should depend only on the data of
their senses and reason.
||There is no such thing as objective
rationality (i.e., reason unaffected by bias) in the
sense modernists use the term. Rationalism is a myth.
||Reason is necessary but not sufficient
for understanding reality. Reason can disclose truth
about reality, but faith and revelation are needed in
|God and Religion
||Belief in God, having no objective support
is to be rejected. Or, at the least, excluded from scientific,
political, and educational mediums.
||Since it is impossible to call any belief
right or wrong, they are all equally valid. Myths of ancient
Egypt are just as valid as biblical "myths".
||God has revealed Himself in history, and we
are obligated to respond. Religions that contradict God's
revelation are false.
|View of Progress
||Humankind is progressing by using science
||"Progress" is a code word used
by modernists |