By Keith Ward
'It is amazing how atheism is turning into stylish. It has develop into nearly obligatory to assert that you just don't believe in God. - i think that technological know-how itself issues in a truly diversified course. there's a large quantity of proof for the truth of a non secular size to the world.' there's a point of being that's deeper than the actual universe, writes Keith Ward. It has goal and price, and we will occasionally believe it and locate in it assets of energy, desire, and thought. via an exploration of six components of human adventure - the humanities, morality, philosophy, technological know-how, faith and private event - Ward demonstrates the lifestyles of greater than easily actual proof. His facts builds to a magnificent argument for a 'sense for the non secular measurement' that's past and but expressed in and during actual proof.
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If Spirit is thought of as supreme Beauty and as the source of all particular beautiful things, then evidence for objective values will be part of the evidence for Spirit. The evidence of footprints in the snow does not immediately lead you to a murderer, but it may be part of a cumulative body of evidence which can lead to the identification of a murderer. So thinking of Spirit as containing the ideas of all beautiful things, as instantiating supreme beauty in itself, and as shaping the physical world and inspiring human capacities to create and appreciate their own forms of beauty, provides a way of thinking of objective values as central to the nature of reality, and not just as some sort of unforeseen and fortuitous accident on the periphery of the material world.
Ultimately, God is that supreme Beauty in conscious union with which human lives find their greatest fulfilment. Ultimately, beauty and morality would be closely connected. For a theist, obedience to moral law is not simply doing your duty because it is right. Duty is transformed by love, love of the Good and Beautiful. Of course you can believe in the objectivity of morals if you do not believe in a creator God. But such objectivity would make more sense if there was a spiritual (non-material) reality in which moral truths could exist, even if they were not known or accepted by human beings.
But the very fact that we call them fantasies shows that we are able to distinguish normal beliefs and fantasies. Not all our beliefs about the world can be fantasies. The hard problem is to find a reliable way of making the distinction between reality and delusion. But that there is a distinction to be made is not in doubt. If you accept this you might say that our feelings normally, when they are working properly, give us a special sort of access to reality. They reveal values (things that we admire and love) and disvalues (things that we fear and dislike) to us.