Descartes: “Cognito ergo sum,” – “I think therefore I am,” the great maxim of the rationalists; which has been adequately answered by Kierkegaard’s Existentialism and Husserl’s Phenomenology: “I am, therefore I am“.
Which is disturbingly equal to something Moses wrote about 4000 years ago! Now Existentialism may have answered Rationalism adequately, but it is yet to answer itself adequately.
Busses in Washington DC over Christmas 2008 were decorated with this slogan, “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake.” The American Humanist Association are funding a similar advertising campaign to the the one launched in London by their British counterparts a few months ago.
You and I, my friends, are privileged people; though I fear that very few actually realize the significance of what has just happened. There has been a meltdown of the tyranny of ‘Politicience’, reminiscent of the end of Jadis’ 100 year rule over Narnia, and the establishment of common sense once again. An establishment in which creation is again allowed her natural and complex seasonal undulations without a thermometer in all of her cracks and crevices. There is, at present, a rising level in the ability of mankind to simply see for themselves again; of the ancient, sweet and noble Common Sense: overthrower of tyrants, supplanter of dictators, enemy of evil and all round nice guy.
Recently Sir David Attenborough made a comment about the larvae of the black simulium fly which finds it’s way under the skin to it’s host victim’s eye and then slowly and painfully blinds them. He wondered how a merciful God could have created such a thing. The statement, when examined logically, was one of disbelief in a merciful creator.