When man is reduced to a mere animal…

When man is reduced to a mere animal—when the force of one’s worldview logic demotes humans to mere biological machines—morality and human rights die and power is all that remains.

Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 1021

At least some hint of the truth…

If you are a Christian, you don’t have to believe that all the other religions are simply wrong all through. If you are an atheist you have to believe that the main point in all the religions of the whole world is simply one huge mistake. If you are a Christian, you are free to think that all those religions, even the queerest ones, contain at least some hint of the truth. When I was an atheist I had to try to persuade myself that most of the human race have always been wrong about the question that mattered to them most; when I became a Christian I was able to take a more liberal view. But, of course, being a Christian does mean thinking that where Christianity differs from other religions, Christianity is right and they are wrong. As in arithmetic there’s only one right answer to a sum, and all other answers are wrong: but some of the wrong answers are much nearer being right than others.

C. S. Lewis, quoted in Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman, p. 62

Why should I trust my own mind…

Perhaps the most troubling question of all is, Why should I trust the workings of my own mind when it is completely impersonal, unwitting, undesigned matter in motion?

James Sire, from Why Good Arguments Often Fail, p. 107

Naturalism cuts its own throat…

But we can go further. It would be impossible to accept naturalism itself if we really and consistently believed naturalism. For naturalism is a system of thought. But for naturalism all thoughts are mere events with irrational causes. It is, to me at any rate, impossible to regard the thoughts which make up naturalism in that way, and, at the same time, to regard them as a real insight into external reality. Continue reading

Strict materialism refutes itself…

Thus strict materialism refutes itself for the reasons given long ago by Professor Haldane: “If my mental processes are determined wholly by the motion of atoms in my brain, I have no reason to suppose that my beliefs are true, and hence, I have no reason for supposing my brain to be composed of atoms.”

Amy Orr-Ewing, from Is the Bible Intolerant? at 24:39

Merely the behavior of nerve cells…

Nobel laureate Francis Crick declared that “you” are merely “the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules.”

Paul Copan, from “How Do You Know You’re Not Wrong?”, kindle location 883

The consequences of a theory…

The gas chambers of Auschwitz were the ultimate consequence of the theory that man is nothing but the product of heredity and environment—or as the Nazis liked to say, “Of blood and Soil.” I’m absolutely convinced that the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Maidanek were ultimately prepared not in some ministry or other of Berlin, but rather at the desks and in the lecture halls of nihilistic scientists and philosophers.

Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor, quoted in When a Nation Forgets God by Erwin Lutzer, kindle location 68

Materialists deny the reality of mind…

Materialists thereby deny the reality of mind (while they use their minds to advance materialism), determinists deny the reality of human choice (while they choose determinism), and relativists deny the fact of right and wrong (while they judge you if you disagree).

Nancy Pearcey, from Finding Truth, kindle location 97

The horrid doubt always arises…

With me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy. Would any one trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?

Charles Darwin, quoted in A World of Difference by Kenneth Richard Samples, kindle location 2248