Freedom from Freedom

The “in thing” among rationalists of our day is “freedom.” Indeed, it is almost a command. You must do whatever is possible – including what others call immoral! Rationalism teaches that restraint is incalculable, hence immoral.

But this frenzied taste sampling of freedom can be a theory-driven and wearying treadmill. Some become exhausted or intellectually bleached-out. They may begin to yearn for “freedom from freedom,” but can this be achieved without “religion?”

Ironically, rationalists do not believe in absolute freedom. They are not free from “science,” for Theory-Generated Understandings become “science” and ground their being. To question the call to freedom is to question the objectivity of their “science.” Some may seek an altruistic higher good, trying to avoid the taint of “religion,” but their “higher good” cannot be grounded in mathematics. It fails the test of rationality (calculability).

Reasonable knowledge conflicts with the assumed Rational “knowledge.” Rational knowledge begins with universal mathematical certainty – true “human-independent” knowledge. Rationalists cannot accept reasonable theory-free knowledge as foundational. (In the book, Polyscience and Christianity, page 3, this is the starting point for the Knowledge Acquisition Spectrum.) The finite range of theory-free knowledge promotes an atheoristic attitude towards the subsidiary universal Theory-Generated “Understandings.” The reasonable preference for accessible knowledge over universal “understanding” frees one to consult the Bible and theory-free knowledge for the many subjects which science cannot examine. Indeed, “freedom from (the rationalist’s) freedom” is true freedom – awareness of our limited freedom.

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