Thursday, November 27, 2014

Excerpt from Mary Poplin's chapter on Materialist Naturalism

Two interesting paragraphs from Mary Poplin in her chapter on material naturalism:
"For decades, secular education and media have shaped us to think to a large degree as material-naturalists. Most of us can still remember watching popular astronomer Carl Sagan standing in front of a picture of the universe, always beginning his long-running "Cosmos" television series proclaiming, "The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be!" Even preschoolers are taught the same materialist-naturalist sentiments when they encounter the Berenstein Bears proclaiming, "Nature is all that is or was or ever will be." Recently I saw a T-shirt emblazoned with an extreme sentiment of naturalism: "I used to care but I take a pill for that now.
"When something is wrong inside us, we often first seek a medication to alter our body chemistry. Only secondarily do most of us stop to consider that what might be wrong could have first originated in our soul or spirit (the ultimate site of transformation). When I suffered from depression, medication was the only remedy I wanted. However, the origin of my depression was an intense inward focus, self-absorption, which was only exacerbated by the secular counseling that encouraged wallowing in my pride, which was oddly diagnosed as low self-esteem---two sides of the same coin. Medication can be a tremendous aid as one struggles to right one's thought life, just as a bandage can help a wound heal more effectively even though it is the work of the material inside one's cells that actually accomplishes the healing."

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