Are You the Product of Your Decisions or of Your Neurons?

Has the reader ever heard the following declarations or their variants?

“A seventeen-year-old criminal cannot be judged as an adult because his brain isn’t fully developed yet.”

“The child has ADHD. He’s too active.”

”This ethnic group’s IQ levels are below the national average. Hence, it’s to be expected that, generally speaking, they will conduct themselves in such an illogical and barbarous manner.”

“Free will is an illusion ingrained in us all by evolution.”

“Mental disorders are neurological in nature. Chemical imbalances are the cause of behavior deficiencies.”

These and similar notions are different faces of the same pernicious idea – materialism. This concept is demeaning and rejects the ultimate reality of the human essence because it reduces all activity to purely physical processes, including thoughts, emotions and character. The creed’s main goal is to dismiss the Biblical God as the Principal Cause of all and discount His revelation about our origins and makeup.

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