Did Man Invent God?

first_imgA new study claims that religions with “moralizing gods” arise primarily in affluent nations.This idea is bouncing around the science news:Wealth may have driven the rise of today’s religions (Science Magazine)Affluence, not political complexity, explains rise of moralizing world religions (Science Daily)The idea is based on a paper by Pascal Boyer and 3 others in Current Biology, “Increased Affluence Explains the Emergence of Ascetic Wisdoms and Moralizing Religions.”  Their thesis is that “Buddhism, Jainism, Brahmanism, Daoism, Second Temple Judaism, and Stoicism, with later offshoots, such as Christianity, Manichaeism, and Islam” all arose about the same time when the world was having an economic boom.It’s obvious this can be dismissed, because it’s just one of many evolutionary notions that come around from time to time.  For instance, PNAS hoisted this flag up a bit earlier: moralizing high gods evolved because of “the relative effects of resource abundance, ecological risk, cultural diffusion, shared ancestry, and political complexity.”  In any case, correlation is not causation.  People’s beliefs are too comple, with deep historical roots in many cases, to attribute to single causes or a few causes.  Intelligent beings have ways of scrambling tidy theories.This is just more in the old Darwinist genre of explaining away religion as a product of societal evolution, usually with subplots of some charismatic leader duping the masses.  Sometimes that happens.  But it’s true of all worldviews, including scientific ones, so that scientist refutes his own position; theists could turn this idea around, and say that Scientism is a product of unguided evolutionary processes, and therefore is self-refuting.  Don’t let academics exercise a Yoda Complex.To Darwinians and materialists, all religions are equally fictitious and equally stupid.  They never consider the fact that there was a real Creator who has spoken, but fallen humans have corrupted their inborn knowledge of God (Romans 1) and invented false gods to rationalize their sin.  Judaism and Christianity did not arise during some affluent period when the others come into prominence; they go back to the Genesis and the Garden of Eden.  Evolutionary “scientists” act oblivious to the real effects of the Fall.  What about ancient “moralizing religions” in ancient civilizations?  Paganism is as old as the antediluvian world.  It spread abroad after the Flood at the Tower of Babel.  The Table of Nations in Genesis 10 shows how it spread.  This is history, not mental constructs or social construction.The fact that some false religions arose contemporaneously does not mean that all religions are false or even comparable.  There can be only one Truth, but falsehoods are infinite.  The Lord of creation is not some invented “moralizing god” to be compared with Buddhism, Islam or anything else.  He is the explanation for reality, including the universe, the Earth, life, man’s mind, and eternity.  Evolutionists have no answers for these things.  The true God has revealed himself.  He is to be heeded and obeyed, for He has spoken in propositional language in His word, as well as in creation and in our consciences.  Let God be true, and every man a liar. (Visited 162 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Minister Davies congratulates Invest SA on winning top UNCTAD Award

first_imgSouth Africa has won the top global award at the United Nations Investment Promotion Awards for its excellence in boosting investment sectors that have social and economic benefits and help countries meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The awards, organised by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), honours investment promotions agencies and their governments for their achievements, but also showcases best practices in attracting investment into SDG-related projects that can inspire investment promotion practitioners in developing and developed countries. The award was presented at a high-profile ceremony in the Assembly Hall of the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, at the grand opening of the World Investment Forum yesterday.              South Africa was also recently named as the Global Destination of the Year at the 2018 Global Sourcing Association Awards ceremony alongside the Global Sourcing Summit in Cape Town. This award was South Africa’s fifth since 2012, and is further accolade and recognition of South Africa’s value proposition and credible offering that combines global best practice, a talented and scalable labour pool with government support to attract international outsourcing work into South Africa.“This prestigious global award indicates that South Africa’s industrial development is playing an important role towards its economic growth and our investment drive is already starting to make a significant contribution towards achieving its sustainable development goals. InvestSA is now globally recognised to compete in investment promotion and facilitation of large scale investments. As part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s mobilisation drive to attract investments, these global awards signify and demonstrate that government is committed to improving its investment climate and service to investors,” says Davies                     The prestigious global award was presented to InvestSA for its role in facilitating two pioneering waste-to-nutrient recycling projects to up-cycle organic waste into natural, sustainable high-protein animal feed. Each project will offer much-needed jobs in local communities and is expected to save an annual 80 000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions by diverting organic waste from the landfill. The award was presented by the President of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Ms María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés.Minister Davies says that the award is a commendable international recognition that partnerships play an important role in boosting investments in sectors as the award is for an intergovernmental projects facilitated together with the Gauteng provincial government, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and GreenCape.“These awards are indicative that our investment mobilisation efforts are making a valuable contribution to social and economic development. We are enhancing our investment facilitation service and InvestSA is able to fast track, unblock and reduce red tape in government through our one-stop shop approach,” says Davies.Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industrylast_img read more

NIAA coming to Columbus April 3-7

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2017 National Institute for Animal Agriculture Annual Conference agenda April 3 to April 6, 2017 in Columbus is focusing on the globalization of food production with a prominent line–up of industry, academic and policy experts.“No matter what business you are in, you have to realize we are in a more global marketplace than we have ever been,” said NIAA Annual Conference speaker, Mark McCully, VP Production, Certified Angus Beef. “With the speed of communications, and the transparency necessary today, we need to think globally starting right now. U.S. agriculture, being a traditional industry, has perhaps not thought big enough in the past. The NIAA Annual Conference will put a spotlight on this issue.”McCully will present during the Wednesday, April 5, 2017 general session. He says his organization gives him insight into both the producer and consumer points of view.“Certified Angus Beef is producer–owned and governed by a board of ranchers as a not–for–profit brand, with a mission of increasing the demand for our cattlemen. So, we have a producer vantage point, but we have succeeded by focusing on the perception of our consumer,” McCully said. “What does the consumer want and what will they pay for? That has been the business model for Certified Angus Beef. It is all about adjusting to what the consumer is saying. That consumer could be in Japan, Atlanta, or the Middle East. They all have different preferences, and they all create demand for U.S. cattle.’”McCully’s presentation is titled “One Billion Pounds and International Trade.” The one billion pounds refers to exceeding sales of one billion pounds of Certified Angus Beef brand product in 2016, a milestone of growth for the brand. Looking toward the next billion pounds, McCully says there is room for tremendous U.S. growth, but there is also a demand for grain–fed high quality Certified Angus Beef® products around the world.“We are looking at the new middle class, even an emerging upper class as some of these countries grow economically. They want high quality protein which is where a premium brand like ours comes in.”If global business for the brand is roughly 15% today, McCully said “That is going to have to grow as we think of what two billion pounds of sales looks like.”This is the first NIAA Annual Conference for McCully and he says he applauds the work of the organization. “They are providing a forum for important topics, creating a dialog and an opportunity for experiences to be shared. That, according to McCully, is where progress happens. “Collectively, it might just stretch our thinking,” he said.After the Annual Conference closes, NIAA will host an added forum on April 6, on animal well–being,” Animal Care Standards – How Laws, Company Commitments, and Public Perception Have Changed the Landscape.”Registration and a pre–conference Ag Tour will be offered on April 3. The event is at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel.For agenda information and speakers, go to the NIAA website, www.animalagriculture.org.last_img read more