By: Alejandra Alonso, Eliza Kolmanovsky, Pradeep Kondaveeti, Nathan Mack
- Positivism is the philosophical system that states that every assumption is logical only if it can be proved scientifically or mathematically.
- Based on this idea, we should be able to observe life and establish valid and reliable information on how it works
- This idea also stresses attention to actual practice rather than what is ideal.
- Thus, this idea does not support other ideas or beliefs such as theism since they lack scientifical or mathematical proof.
Compare/Contrast with Christian Worldview
1. What is prime reality—the really real?
- God is the ground of all being
- Rejection of Metaphysics
- Left with whatever we can prove through science
2. What is the nature of external reality, that is, the world around us?
- Creation is God's self-expression
- Continues to grow till the end of time
- Unknown for now
- Strives to reveal truth of the world through meticulous calculations
4. What happens to a person at death?
- We are responsible for our afterlife
- Judgement is passed based on our actions and ability to love
- Nothing after death
- Humans simply decompose
6. How do we know what is right and wrong?
- Spiritual dimension includes conscience
- We are drawn to God
- We have free will to accept morality or not
- Irrelevant since it cannot be perfectly proven
"Who has measured with his palm the waters, marked off the heavens with a span, held in his fingers the dust of the earth, weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?"
Isaiah 40:12b | NABRE
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