Meretricious Malleability

Atheists often speak triumphantly of changeability and malleability as being that which distinguishes science from Christianity, a statement which the credulous are all too eager to imbibe. But the reality is that both have fundamental principles upon which all other activities and the inferences of each depend and which do not change. The former takes its principles (which must be taken on faith) and uses them to navigate the natural world, whereas the latter uses the truth (also taken on faith) to navigate the universe of morality. As is the case with many of the most cherished arguments of the ‘new’ atheists, the comparison is a false one. It’s akin to someone faulting Euclidean geometry for not being ‘malleable.’ The axioms thereof cannot be proven. The best that can be done is to validate that there is merit in them.

The Impact of the Centralization of Power

The centralization of power at any of the state, federal, or global levels has three primary effects which play into the apathy and pride of man:

  1. Decisions are made by others, which frees us from having to remove our gaze from whatever is currently entertaining us.
  2. When the decisions are bad, we will blame others. When the decisions are correct, we will congratulate ourselves.
  3. We can champion causes which do not impact our comfort or our pocketbooks directly, if at all, thereby presenting the sheen of morality without any of the requisite personal cost which comes with true morality.