On Humility

St. Paisios

“No one can go to heaven by moving up in the world – only by making a spiritual descent [into humility]. Everyone who humbles himself and is careful will be saved…”
–– Saint Paisios

No Matter What They Say, Philosophy IS the Foundation of Science!

“…The following truths about reality are not made of or completely explained by molecules, yet they comprise the foundation of science:

  • Truth exists and can be known.
  • The laws of nature are orderly and consistent.
  • Effects have causes (law of causality).
  • Causes in the past were like those in the present (principle of uniformity).
  • Our senses are giving us accurate information about the real world (realism).
  • The immaterial laws of logic and mathematics apply to the material world.
  • We have free will to make choices and to follow the evidence where it leads.
  • We can make rational inferences from the data to establish true premises and draw valid conclusions.
  • We should report our results accurately (objective moral values exist).

Scientists rely on these truths at all stages of the scientific process: before, during, and after gathering data or doing an experiment.

Before doing science: Scientists frame their own philosophical rules for doing science. For example, should scientists be open to only natural causes, or are intelligent causes possible? How about supernatural causes? Those questions can’t be answered by science; they are answered by scientists doing philosophy.

While doing science: Scientists rely on the orderly laws of nature, the law of causality, and the theory of knowledge known as realism when conducting an experiment or historical investigation.

After doing science: Scientists must decide what is good evidence. What counts as evidence is not evidence itself—a philosophical value judgment must be made. Scientists must then interpret the evidence they’ve judged to be good by relying on all the immaterial realities listed above to draw a free and rational conclusion. They must also be honest throughout the entire process.”

–– Frank Turek, “Stealing From God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case

Justin Popovich: “In truth there is only one freedom”

Harlemite:

This one should be shouted from the highest pillar available.

Glory to God for such wisdom.

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“In truth there is only one freedom – the holy freedom of Christ, whereby He freed us from sin, from evil, from the devil. It binds us to God. All other freedoms are illusory, false, that is to say, they are all, in fact, slavery.”

– Saint Justin Popovich

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Philaret of Moscow: “Some people by the word freedom understand the ability to do whatever one wants …”

Harlemite:

This fits our times so very, very well.

Glory to God that such wisdom has been passed on to us by His saints.

Originally posted on Dover Beach:

Philaret of Moscow

“Some people by the word freedom understand the ability to do whatever one wants … People who have the more allowed themselves to come into slavery to sins, passions, and defilements more often than others appear as zealots of external freedom, wanting to broaden the laws as much as possible. But such a man uses external freedom only to more severely burden himself with inner slavery. True freedom is the active ability of a man who is not enslaved to sin, who is not pricked by a condemning conscience, to choose the better in the light of God’s truth, and to bring it into actuality with the help of the gracious power of God. This is the freedom of which neither heaven nor earth are restrict.”

– Saint Philaret of Moscow, in his sermon given on the birthday of Emperor Nicholas I in 1851

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