Here’s the lecture:
Does life have a purpose? If naturalism is true, what is the purpose of life? If Christianity is true, what is the purpose of life?
Dr. Shenvi’s web site is here. Lots of great articles there on every conceivable topic.
- Dr. Shenvi’s brief testimony and background
- There is no purpose to the universe and us on naturalism
- The answer to every why-question on naturalism is chance and necessity (laws)
- Nothing in the universe has intrinsic / objective value
- There is no hope on naturalism because of the heat death of the universe: everything dies
- Nothing that humans do, on naturalism, matters in the long run
- Given sufficient time, the universe will not even know we were here
- Famous atheists like Bertrand Russell and Richard Dawkins agree on this
Purpose on naturalism:
- Purpose response: we can invent our own arbitrary made-up purposes
- The monopoly in a prison illustration
Meaning on naturalism:
- Meaning response: we can invent our own arbitrary made-up meaning
- The scrabble vs Shakespeare illustration
Value on naturalism:
- Value response: we can invent our own arbitrary made-up values
- The subjective opinion vs objective truth illustration
Hope on naturalism:
- Hope response: we can invent our own arbitrary made-up hopes
- The heat death of the universe ensures that all hopes fail on naturalism
If Christianity is true:
- The universe and human beings have an objective purpose
- There is a meaning to life that is objective
- Human beings have intrinsic value, because God made them and values them
- There is hope because there is an life after death that extends eternally
- This lecture does not argue that Christianity is true because it gives us goodies
- People should become Christians because Christianity is true
- Christianity is actually quite difficult because it requires self-denial and self-sacrifice
- What God has done to help us overcome with our rebellion?
Note that these are not arguments for God’s existence, because he covered that in a previous lecture. And this lecture is not about arguing for Christianity, because he covered that in a previous lecture.
Dr. Shenvi is a research scientist in theoretical chemistry. However, this lecture is not only passionate, but snarky and humorous.