April 17th, 2012
There are three primary categories for virtue the Christian/theist will affirm. The first are the transcendental virtues: truth, beauty, and goodness. The second set is the theological virtues: faith, hope, and love/charity. Then there are the four cardinal virtues: prudence, courage, patience, and justice. It’s my belief that every Christian must practice epistemic humility. What is that? Well, epistemic humility, in the sense I’ll be using it, refers to an application of the four cardinal virtues in the area of epistemology (knowledge). Each of these virtues have a respective vice. For instance, the virtue of moderation would appear as a vice in addiction.
The virtue of epistemic prudence is know when and how to appropriate your knowledge to others. Have you ever noticed that person in class or in church that seems to be the ‘know-it-all,’ whether they actually are or not? Of course, it’s worse when they’re simply ignorant of what they’re talking about, but not only is this person annoying but there may be several issues rooted in the flaunting of knowledge. There’s nothing wrong with sharing you’re knowledge but, like I said, it’s how and when you share it.
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July 9th, 2011
Little Caylee Anthony was almost three years old when she tragically died by drowning in a swimming pool (as claimed by her mother’s defense attorney). Her mother, Casey Anthony, whom many believe murdered Caylee, was found not guilty of being responsible for her child’s death. Suppose that Casey Anthony really did murder Caylee but she got away with it (some may argue that’s really the case). If Caylee was murdered and it was ruled out as an accident or mere happenstance, where is justice?
A life without God means that there will be no ultimate recompense for evil. What goes wrong may never be set right. I’m not saying that if you don’t believe in God then there won’t be justice; what I’m saying is that if God does not exist there will be no justice. This is more than just the Caylee Anthony case. Without God, man is the measure of all things. The court system is as good as it gets for justice. What if as-good-as-it-gets doesn’t fulfill what we known it ought to be? Even if a court system punishes someone for a crime, the knowledge of that crime is not exhaustive and can at best be partial. Every party’s thoughts and motives are not known like God would know them if he were to exist. Wrongs are still hidden from the eyes of men.
This is simply a sobering thought to consider. If there is no God, there is no hope for justice. The only reliance of compensating for wrongs are through one’s self. Your evils will never be atoned for and you will die a petty person unjustified. The evils that have been committed against you will never be atoned for either. Without God, justice is ultimately illusory and we are left in a pathetic state of affairs.