The Reasons to Believe: Response

Why should we believe in something or someone who is greater than ourselves? In Peter Kreeft’s article “The Reasons to Believe,” one gets to explore the arguments that have been made throughout history in proving the existence of God and the arguments against. The first topic is that everything has a cause or an origin for them to exist in this world. When there is a creation, there must be a creator. Secondly, there is the idea that the human brain is “special” compared to other species who have survived just as long as humans have. Our brains function like a computer which contain millions of wires and signals sending messages through every second. Kreeft also introduces the argument from conscience. The conscience is an undeniable voice or feeling that guides one’s behaviour based on values and morals. He dives deeper into the contradiction that often occurs between the human instinct and conscience. In this study, the idea of faith will be explored with proofs from the article “The Reasons to Believe,” and with a little bit of my own personal interpretation.

The argument that keeps on being presented by Peter Kreeft states, “. . . where there’s design, there must be a designer.” This must be true if we look at everything that has ever existed, even us. The older precedes the younger and the creator is followed by its creation. In short, there must be a first force, action, or movement that started this whole chain reaction which began with the Big Bang Theory 14 billion years ago. Human beings are dependent on our causes, such that the first existence had to have existed at some point in time for there to have been a start. Well then, one may ask, who caused God then? Kreeft states that this being would have to be an uncaused cause. A thing where there is not anything above them, nor has an explanation behind. This perfect being must be God.  If we describe God, we could answer “yes” to all of the statements above. Peter Kreeft refers to an alternate universe with no first cause like a train moving without an engine. The car’s motion is explained by the carbox that is in front of it and so forth. In reality, such a thing could not occur without the engine unless if it were in another parallel universe. A universe where there is no beginning or end; this is called an infinite regress. Newborns do not have the capability of taking care of themselves, this is taught by the parent. Even then, they do cause themselves. Saying that, the conception of God to cause the universe is more complex than what we see everyday as a cause to effect. The difference between an author writing a book and God creating the universe is that one could be seen, and the other is the unseen. No creation could be born without the creator, thus existence is explained by this premise. Every matter on earth goes through states, however only God is the one with no origin who is unchanged before time and space.

Design is created everyday by the very thing we often overlook: our brains. Unlike other species, we have yet to know other species who are capable of using metaphors and analogies. The human brain is a complex piece of design that is used everyday without us thinking. Kreeft questions the ability of the mind, if there was no greater intelligence behind it. If God is not the greater mind, then who is? How can we trust what the brain tells us if this ball of mass was just there by chance? The ability of thought and wonder is something that not all other species have evolved with. Kreeft turns what we know most and changes it to something that is categorical imperative; the brain comes with intelligence is either yes or no. Only God has the greatest knowledge of the universe, therefore minds are not coincidences. There must be a reason as to why we are who we are. Human brains are extraordinary things that have the capability of creating both good and evil. What we do with this intelligence is up to us. Although technology has advanced beyond what anyone has imagined, the one question that we will never truly figure out is our very own existence. We may go through our whole lives debating this question, however maybe certain things were created to remain a mystery forever. The only reasonable, predictable explanation for all of this is that the universe was created with having us in mind.

The argument from conscience first presents conscience as a journey of us finding the truth. By only finding the truth do we know what is right and wrong. At the same time, we slowly start losing our free will as we dive deeper into the topic of what this “inner voice” really means. To keep making the wrong choices, or start choosing the right ones because they are undoubtedly right. That is our first and foremost obligation. Humans tend to do the opposite of what we are told, for the primary reason that rebellion is part of instinct. Kreeft makes a point that no instinct should always be obeyed, however there are times when we have to do right. He uses the illustration of a mother who is unwilling to let her son go to war to exemplify this point. If the son does not go to defend, is it fair for the other mother’s son to face the injustices of the war alone? As humans, we are constantly fighting our morals with instincts. Nevertheless, conscience is more than just a feeling as this ties in with the absolute moral authority. This moral authority is based on the unchanging truths of this world. Something this powerful could only come from an absolute being. Conscience is described as the voice of the will of God and the protector of the soul. Only God has the absolute moral authority over us. Sometimes, humans choose to ignore or defy this in hopes of being their our own judge. Nevertheless, the maps have already been laid out for us to discover whenever we want to. At the end of this argument, Kreeft makes an important note that if someday our conscience starts to tell us to rebel, then we know for sure that it is not functioning properly as to what it was intended for, to get us home.  

In the study of “The Reasons to Believe” by Peter Kreeft, the relationship that exists between humanity and the Divine Hand is deeply explored. God is the uncaused cause with no origin and is beholden to no one. If there was no first cause, then there is no human existence, however our existence contradicts this. Before the technological age, humans were already given the gift of intelligence to wonder and question the universe. No other species we know yet have this ability. Therefore, conscience works in part with the absolute moral authority to be that guidance and only by seeking the truth can we see the good and evil that occurs everyday in the world. At the end of the day, a wager has to be made. I believe the most notable issue today is not God, but it is the belief that we are “perfect” beings. God gave us free will not so we could do evil, but it’s a proposal for us to choose love. The result of that is faith, a testimony of true love and marriage to the Divine Will.

How To Set Your Profile Gravatar

Log into gravatar, or sign up if you don’t have one. You can use your gmail account for this. The profile picture that you set for this account will follow you on comments, or what you post on a blog.

On most blogs or wordpress, there will be an edit profile which takes you to settings. On iblog, to change your profile picture, you can go to your profile under users which will allow you that option.

 

Enhance Your Blog

To enhance your blog, you can go to appearance and find many options. What I found on background shows to be the “blueprint” of your blog. You can get access to anything that is on your page, including the tagline, title, colours etc.

For example you can click on site identity, and it will allow you the option to change the tagline of your blog from “just another STJ iblog” to something else.

To regulate who can view your site and posts; go to settings in reading.

You can change the visibility to only certain users. Just like that, you can change the format of your blog.

Activate jQuery Colorbox

Go to plugins on the side of your dashboard.

On the search bar, search up jQuery Colorbox. It should lead you to the page down below.

Basically, there’s an activate button, which if you can see above, that I have already activated. I’m not sure if it’s going to be the same for others, but after activating it, there was a notice that said along the lines that jQuery Colorbox couldn’t access all the images. To which I went to the settings, and pressed the first checkbox.

 

Themes and Widgets

To change the theme of your website, you need to first go on dashboard and click themes.

It will then give you a page of different themes that you can choose from and customize from there.

To create a widget, go to appearance and find widgets. On the left are all the unused widget bars. On the right, are the widgets that  you are already using.

For this example, I am going to be adding a calendar to my iblog. Here, it gives you the option of where you want the widget to be on your blog. Add the widget, and when you go back to your blog, you will be able to see it on the blog.

This is the final product. There’s a play around section for the order that you want your widgets to be in. You can just drag your new created widget around to find where you want it placed on your blog.

Media Gallery

Cereal Box Cover

The project can be found here.

What I did first, was to create a coloured background.

*This was the tool that I used to create the background.

I then placed the images that I wanted for my cereal box on one page. To erase the white background on the images, I took the first tool, with the setting below to “erase” the white. For parts I accidentally over coloured with the purple, I took the eraser to help fix that.

Later, I downloaded a free font called Bebas Neue, and used it to typed the name of the cereal. If you like to do one, I did a slogan for the cereal box. Overall, the project ended up being a fun experience on the Adobe Illustrator.

T-Shirt Project and Stickers

If you saw my second project for media, which was a logo, I am going to use that for my t-shirt project.

I am not entirely sure of what was done, but basically there were pixels within the logo that I had, so Mr. Sader did some complicated things and fixed it.

After all that, he selected pathfinder, and this will allow the printer to know where to cut. At the end of the class, I saved the image of the selected pathfinder onto the desktop.

You can see one of the problems in this photo of my logo. The cutline wasn’t outlined around the entire tree.

During the making of the logo, Mr. Sader found a problem with my logo, since I had those artistic lines on it, there was confusion on where the printer was going to cut line on. The first batch of stickers had a minor problem to it. The original cutline was to have the printer cut all around, but on one side of the sticker, it didn’t happen.

Coming back from winter break, the error was corrected and we printed again.

To make the t-shirt, you need to manually pull the white plastic background off the logo with a little hooking tool. We then used “masking tape” to then pull off one of the design logo (we made six logos in total). The t-shirt making machine had to be turned on to 330, and then the t-shirt itself had to be heated for approximately 8-10 few seconds. Next, we took the masking tape with my logo, and placed it onto the shirt for the machine to heat. After that, we remove it, and placed a square of parchment paper on top to properly seal it. When you’re done, it’s important for that the t-shirt will lay flat so it won’t wrinkle while it’s still warm.

Contradiction Creation

The assignment can be found here.

For this media assignment, the idea is to contradict the image or theme that is portrayed.

Since this is part of media, I wanted there to be an underlying meaning.

After finding an image, you can choose the fonts that are provided by adobe illustrator or do one of the “holy grails” and find one online. The free font I chose is called onomber, and you can basically download any font that you want from google. I then clicked on font book to install the font.

The message behind this picture is that, what may seem to be true in the front, could be totally different from what goes on behind closed doors.