Archive for February 10th, 2007

The CNN article, NASA wants to know if there are ‘lessons to be learned’ notes:

“The space agency will determine if there are “lessons to be learned” from the incident involving Nowak and determine if modifications need to be made, according to NASA deputy administrator Shana Dale.”

Whereas the Letterman Show and Jay Leno Show both  makes jokes, and the host of CNN Primetime acts completely shocked, NASA seeks answers in psychology. A Popular Mechanics article writes about possible future screening methods such as hormone monitoring, genetic screening, function magnetic resonance imaging, and even monitoring facial expressions with a computer. At the end of the article, the writer observes:

“In the end, predicting someone’s behavior several years in advance will always remain a question of probabilities. As a result, effective monitoring and intervention during a mission is likely to be as important as the initial screening process.

Coming from a Christian perspective, I understand the value in predicting reactions to stress, but in predicting sin?

1 Corinthians 1:19 notes that God will, “destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Here is an instance in psychology, in which man’s unbelief prevents true knowledge. Proverbs 6 has this to say:

“He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself. Wounds and dishonor will he get, and his disgrace will not be wiped away. For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare when he takes revenge. He will accept no compensation; he will refuse though you multiply gifts.”

Thus it should be no surprise to anyone that a seemingly “good person” decides to murder somebody, because “jealously makes a man furious.” May we all take heed though, because the Christian worldview always points out that “no temptation has overtaken that is not common to man.” May God give Lisa Nowak true knowledge and wisdom that is from Christ.

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NarutoThe Naruto Philosophy, since the beginning, has always viewed the highest ethic as protecting the ones you love such as friends and family. This is the philosophy held by more than Naruto, such as the late 3rd Hokage, as well as most recently in episode 220 by Gaara of the Desert. The characters (especially Konoha genins) hold that their motivation to getting stronger is to be able to protect their friends. Throughout the series, the characters train for this purpose.

3rd Hokage versus OrochimaruAlso note that the central idea to this philosophy is that protecting friends is not only the motivation, but a source of power in itself. The 3rd Hokage, Naruto, and Gaara express this to the surprise and upon defeat of the enemy. The opposing philosophy by the villains on the other hand, believe that they must get stronger no matter what the cost. Villains scoff at the idea of protecting friends, seeing it as weak.

Their underlying philosophy not only scoff at the protection of friends, but often believe that such virtues such as loyalty, love, and comradeship are erased by the power of techniques and seals themselves. In other words, many villains (especially in the side stories) believe in the survival of the fittest. Only the strong survive, thus making any virtues irrelevant and hindering true strength.

The villains are usually astonished that they were defeated, always proving the point that love of friends and comrades in fact always wins in the end.

Naruto vs NejiAnother philosophy presented briefly in the anime is the philosophy of fatalism, held by Neji during the Chuunin Exams, when he fought Naruto and Hinata. However this philosophy is not directly at odds with the Naruto Philosophy, but against the idea of hard work held by Naruto and Rock Lee.

These opposing philosophies are rarely understood by the opponent. How could one apply this to apologetics, specifically presuppositional apologetics?

One would observe that these two opposing worldviews are similar in opposition to the atheist and christian worldview. In Naruto, the reason the villains were always shocked, always astonished that they were defeated, was because they couldn’t understand how such weak notions of virtue could prevail. Similarly, the Christian must realize that unbeliever and the Christian are opposing worldviews, that contend with each other in epistemology, ethics, and metaphysics.

The Christian must never start by defending individual spheres such as the resurrection or miracles because like the Naruto villain, their underlying philosophy prevents them ever from understanding. Any arguments will be discarded because the issue is not the arguments, but the entire system of thought, or worldview.

Thus the atheist must be defeated like the villains in Naruto. They must be fought on their foundations, and be swept off their feet by their unbelief. The Naruto Philosophy always wins in battle, because the Naruto Philosophy is the source of strength in battle, and seen as a weakness to the villain. The Christian likewise cannot afford to only acknowledge that the truths of the bible but wield it as their strength! The Naruto Philosophy never begins by arguing philosophical points, but beats sword with sword, technique with technique, demonstrating the validity of the Naruto Philosophy by defeating the enemy. The Christian demonstrates the truth of belief not by arguing various points but fighting unbelief with unbelief, showing the inconsistencies and lack of foundation behind the unbeliever’s worldview.

The Christian fighting ultimately defeats unbelief only by demonstrating that the unbeliever’s worldview sweeps itself off its feet. The Naruto Philosophy always wins by defeating the enemy’s philosophy and showing the Naruto philosophy is true strength. Likewise the Christian must win by defeating the unbelieving philosophy and showing Christianity as true wisdom.

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