FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 422B Responding to Dan Barker’s book LIFE DRIVEN PURPOSE ( …hundreds of millions of good people do not “begin with God,”  ) FEATURED ARTIST IS BANKSY (born 1974?)

Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning

I have read articles for years from Dan Barker, but recently I just finished the book Barker wrote entitled LIFE DRIVEN PURPOSE which was prompted by Rick Warren’s book PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE which I also read several years ago.

Dan Barker is the  Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, And co-host of Freethought Radio and co-founder of The Clergy Project.

On March 19, 2022, I got an email back from Dan Barker that said:

Thanks for the insights.

Have you read my book Life Driven Purpose? To say there is no purpose OF life is not to say there is no purpose IN life. Life is immensely meaningful when you stop looking for external purpose.

Ukraine … we’ll, we can no longer blame Russian aggression on “godless communism.” The Russian church, as far as I know, has not denounced the war.

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In the next few weeks I will be discussing the book LIFE DRIVEN PURPOSE which I did enjoy reading. Here is an assertion that Barker makes that I want to discuss:

Warren then insults atheists by insisting that those of us who do not hold his beliefs lead empty lives: “Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.”13 What planet is Reverend Warren living on? It seems he hasn’t met many atheists. He doesn’t know that hundreds of millions of good people do not “begin with God,” do not believe in a god, yet live full meaningful lives.

I have good people who are atheists and let me tell you about a man named John George who I respected greatly.

John George

I am not suggesting that there are not secular people who live moral lives. I have had several good secular friends of very high character who have lived moral lives. The late professor John George, formerly with the University of Central Oklahomawas an atheist, and we first met when he corrected me on a quote I used in a publication, and we became very good friends. In fact, he helped me to confront over 30 leaders of the religious right concerning their misuse of quotes falsely attributed to the Founding Fathers such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Actually John George andPaul F.Boller, Jr. co-authored the book “They Never Said It,” and they examined hundreds of misquotations, and fake quotes.

Google MISQUOTES FOUNDERS and it will bring you to the article “Misquotes, Fake Quotes, and Disputed Quotes of the Founders,” which I wrote about my exasperating experience of trying to get these religious right leaders to stop using these bad quotes.

I am a defender of truth, and I am not afraid to say that many times it has been my secular friends who have done a BETTER job of checking the accuracy of the quotes they use than those on MY religious right side of the fence.

DAN YOU ARE AN ATHEIST, SO HOW CAN YOU WATCH A MOVIE LIKE ”CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS” AND NOT HAVE YOUR MISTRESS KILLED LIKE JUDAH DID? GOD WAS A LUXURY JUDAH COULD NOT AFFORD!

Take a look at this letter I wrote Horace Barlow:

March 2, 2018

Horace Barlow, England CB39AX, United Kingdom

Dear Dr. Barlow,

In your November 22, 2017 letter you asserted:

It is also sometimes asked whether chance, even together with selection, can define a “MORAL CODE,” which the religiously inclined say is defined by their God. I think the answer is “Yes, it certainly can…”

I have to differ with you on this because finding  a MORAL CODE without God involved will result in just making it a matter of human opinions.

Francis Schaeffer once wrote, “If there is no absolute beyond man’s ideas, then there is no final appeal to judge between individuals and groups whose moral judgments conflict. We are merely left with conflicting opinions.”

I think the best way to demonstrate my point is to discuss a movie with you. I have enclosed a DVD of the Woody Allenmovie “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” which points out that without God in the picture it is to our advantage to ignore moral restraints at times even to the point of having someone murdered in order to avoid jail! As a Christian I have the Bible condemning such behavior but what about secularists?

I actually reviewed this movie in our church’s Excel Magazineback in December of 2003 and have included a copy of it just in case you didn’t have time to watch the movie.

I am not suggesting that there are not secular people who live moral lives. I have had several good secular friends of very high character who have lived moral lives. The late professor John George, formerly with the University of Central Oklahomawas an atheist, and we first met when he corrected me on a quote I used in a publication, and we became very good friends. In fact, he helped me to confront over 30 leaders of the religious right concerning their misuse of quotes falsely attributed to the Founding Fathers such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Actually John George andPaul F.Boller, Jr. co-authored the book “They Never Said It,” and they examined hundreds of misquotations, and fake quotes.

Google MISQUOTES FOUNDERS and it will bring you to the article “Misquotes, Fake Quotes, and Disputed Quotes of the Founders,” which I wrote about my exasperating experience of trying to get these religious right leaders to stop using these bad quotes.

I am a defender of truth, and I am not afraid to say that many times it has been my secular friends who have done a BETTER job of checking the accuracy of the quotes they use than those on MY religious right side of the fence.

I have enjoyed corresponding with you and I appreciate your courteous nature. You actually remind me of a gentleman I had a chance to visit with in Missouri.

I had the unique opportunity to visit with ROBERT LESTER MONDALE and his wife Rosemary on April 14, 1996 at their cabin in Fredricktown, Missouri , and my visit was very enjoyable and informative. Mr. Mondale had the distinction of being the only person to sign all three of the Humanist Manifestos in 1933, 1973 and 2003. His brother is the former United States Vice President Walter Mondale (1977-1981).

We discussed some events that happened around the time of World War II when he was an Unitarian pastor. Mondale discovered on a second hand basis what exactly had happened over there in Europe when he visited with a Lutheran pastor friend who had just returned from Germany. This Lutheran preacher was one of the first to be allowed in after the liberation of the concentration camps in 1945, and he told Mondale what level of devastation and destruction of innocent lives that went on inside these camps. As Mondale listened to his friend he could feel his own face TURNING PALE.

I asked, “If those Nazis escaped to Brazil or Argentina and lived out their lives in peace, would they face judgment after they died?”

Mondale responded, “I don’t think there is anything after death.”

I told Mr. Mondale that there is a sense in me that says justice will be given eventually and God will judge those Nazis even if they evade punishment here on earth. I did point out that in Ecclesiastes 4:1 Solomon did note that without God in the picture the scales may not be balanced in this life and power could reign, but at the same time the Bible teaches that all must face the ultimate Judge.

Then I asked him if he got to watch the O.J. Simpson trial and he said that he did and he thought that the prosecution had plenty of evidence too. Again I asked Mr. Mondale the same question concerning O.J. and he responded, “I don’t think there is a God that will intervene and I don’t believe in the afterlife.”

I hope you enjoy the movie on the DVD. Woody Allen is my favorite director with Alfred Hitchock being my second favorite.

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher, everettehatcher@gmail.comhttp://www.thedailyhatch.org, cell ph 501-920-5733, 13900 cottontail lane, Alexander, AR 72002,  United States

DISCUSSING FILMS AND SPIRITUAL MATTERS
By Everette Hatcher III

“Existential subjects to me are still the only subjects worth dealing with. I don’t think that one can aim more deeply than at the so-called existential themes, the spiritual themes.” WOODY ALLEN

Evangelical Chuck Colson has observed that it used to be true that most Americans knew the Bible. Evangelists could simply call on them to repent and return. But today, most people lack understanding of biblical terms or concepts. Colson recommends that we first attempt to find common ground to engage people’s attention. That then may open a door to discuss spiritual matters.

Woody Allen’s 1989 movie, CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS , is an excellent icebreaker concerning the need of God while making decisions in the area of personal morality. In this film, Allen attacks his own atheistic view of morality. Martin Landau plays a Jewish eye doctor named Judah Rosenthal raised by a religious father who always told him, “The eyes of God are always upon you.” However, Judah later concludes that God doesn’t exist. He has his mistress (played in the film by Anjelica Huston) murdered because she continually threatened to blow the whistle on his past questionable, probably illegal, business activities. She also attempted to break up Judah ‘s respectable marriage by going public with their two-year affair. Judah struggles with his conscience throughout the remainder of the movie. He continues to be haunted by his father’s words: “The eyes of God are always upon you.” This is a very scary phrase to a young boy, Judah observes. He often wondered how penetrating God’s eyes are.

Later in the film, Judah reflects on the conversation his religious father had with Judah ‘s unbelieving Aunt May at the dinner table many years ago:

“Come on Sol, open your eyes. Six million Jews burned to death by the Nazis, and they got away with it because might makes right,” says aunt May

Sol replies, “May, how did they get away with it?”

Judah asks, “If a man kills, then what?”

Sol responds to his son, “Then in one way or another he will be punished.”

Aunt May comments, “I say if he can do it and get away with it and he chooses not to be bothered by the ethics, then he is home free.”

Judah ‘s final conclusion was that might did make right. He observed that one day, because of this conclusion, he woke up and the cloud of guilt was gone. He was, as his aunt said, “home free.”

Woody Allen has exposed a weakness in his own humanistic view that God is not necessary as a basis for good ethics. There must be an enforcement factor in order to convince Judah not to resort to murder. Otherwise, it is fully to Judah ‘s advantage to remove this troublesome woman from his life.

The Bible tells us, “{God} has also set eternity in the hearts of men…” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV). The secularist calls this an illusion, but the Bible tells us that the idea that we will survive the grave was planted in everyone’s heart by God Himself. Romans 1:19-21 tells us that God has instilled a conscience in everyone that points each of them to Him and tells them what is right and wrong (also Romans 2:14 -15).

It’s no wonder, then, that one of Allen’s fellow humanists would comment, “Certain moral truths — such as do not kill, do not steal, and do not lie — do have a special status of being not just ‘mere opinion’ but bulwarks of humanitarian action. I have no intention of saying, ‘I think Hitler was wrong.’ Hitler WAS wrong.” (Gloria Leitner, “A Perspective on Belief,” THE HUMANIST, May/June 1997, pp. 38-39)

Here Leitner is reasoning from her God-given conscience and not from humanist philosophy. It wasn’t long before she received criticism. Humanist Abigail Ann Martin responded, “Neither am I an advocate of Hitler; however, by whose criteria is he evil?” (THE HUMANIST, September/October 1997, p. 2)

The secularist can only give incomplete answers to these questions: How could you have convinced Judah not to kill? On what basis could you convince Judah it was wrong for him to murder?

As Christians, we would agree with Judah ‘s father that “The eyes of God are always upon us.” Proverbs 5:21 asserts, “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths.” Revelation 20:12 states, “…And the dead were judged (sentenced) by what they had done (their whole way of feeling and acting, their aims and endeavors) in accordance with what was recorded in the books” (Amplified Version). The Bible is revealed truth from God. It is the basis for our morality. Judah inherited the Jewish ethical values of the Ten Commandments from his father, but, through years of life as a skeptic, his standards had been lowered. Finally, we discover that Judah ‘s secular version of morality does not resemble his father’s biblically-based morality.

Woody Allen’s CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS forces unbelievers to grapple with the logical conclusions of a purely secular morality. It opens a door for Christians to find common ground with those whom they attempt to share Christ; we all have to deal with personal morality issues. However, the secularist has no basis for asserting that Judah is wrong.

Larry King actually mentioned on his show, LARRY KING LIVE, that Chuck Colson had discussed the movie CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS with him. Colson asked King if life was just a Darwinian struggle where the ruthless come out on top. Colson continued, “When we do wrong, is that our only choice? Either live tormented by guilt, or else kill our conscience and live like beasts?” (BREAKPOINT COMMENTARY, “Finding Common Ground,” September 14, 1993)

Later, Colson noted that discussing the movie CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS with King presented the perfect opportunity to tell him about Christ’s atoning work on the cross. Colson believes the Lord is working on Larry King. How about your neighbors? Is there a way you can use a movie to find common ground with your lost friends and then talk to them about spiritual matters?

(Caution: CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS is rated PG-13. It does include some adult themes.)

Access this on the web at www.excelstillmore.com/html/beinformed/article1.shtml .(Originally published in December 2003 edition of Excel Magazine)

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There are 3 videos in this series and they have statements by 150 academics and scientists and I hope to respond to all of them. Wikipedia notes Horace Basil Barlow FRS was a British visual neuroscientist.

Barlow was the son of the civil servant Sir Alan Barlow and his wife Lady Nora (née Darwin), and thus the great-grandson of Charles Darwin (see Darwin — Wedgwood family). He earned an M.D. at Harvard University in 1946.

In 1953 Barlow discovered that the frog brain has neurons which fire in response to specific visual stimuli. This was a precursor to the work of Hubeland Wiesel on visual receptive fields in the visual cortex. He has made a long study of visual inhibition, the process whereby a neuron firing in response to one group of retinal cells can inhibit the firing of another neuron; this allows perception of relative contrast.

In 1961 Barlow wrote a seminal article where he asked what the computational aims of the visual system are. He concluded that one of the main aims of visual processing is the reduction of redundancy. While the brightnesses of neighbouring points in images are usually very similar, the retina reduces this redundancy. His work thus was central to the field of statistics of natural scenes that relates the statistics of images of real world scenes to the properties of the nervous system.

Barlow and his co-workers also did substantial work in the field of factorial codes. The goal was to encode images with statistically redundant components or pixels such that the code components are statistically independent. Such codes are hard to find but highly useful for purposes of image classification etc.

Barlow was a fellow of Trinity CollegeUniversity of Cambridge. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1969 and was awarded their Royal Medalin 1993.[1] He received the 1993 Australia Prize for his research into the mechanisms of visual perception and the 2009 Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience.

FEATURED ARTIST IS BANKSY

Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based street artist, political activist and film director whose real name and identity remain unconfirmed and the subject of speculation.[2] Active since the 1990s, his satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique. His works of political and social commentary have appeared on streets, walls and bridges throughout the world.[3] Banksy’s work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians.[4]Banksy says that he was inspired by 3D, a graffiti artist and founding member of the musical group Massive Attack.[5]

Banksy
Banksy art on Brick LaneEast End, 2004
BornBristol, England[1]
NationalityBritish
Known forStreet art

Banksy displays his art on publicly visible surfaces such as walls and self-built physical prop pieces. Banksy no longer sells photographs or reproductions of his street graffiti, but his public “installations” are regularly resold, often even by removing the wall they were painted on.[6] Much of his work can be classified as temporary art.[7] A small number of Banksy’s works are officially, non-publicly, sold through an agency created by Banksy named Pest Control.[8] Banksy’s documentary film Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.[9] In January 2011, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for the film.[10] In 2014, he was awarded Person of the Year at the 2014 Webby Awards.[11]

Identity

Banksy’s name and identity remain unconfirmed and the subject of speculation. In a 2003 interview with Simon Hattenstone of The Guardian, Banksy is described as “white, 28, scruffy casual—jeans, T-shirt, a silver tooth, silver chain and silver earring. He looks like a cross between Jimmy Nail and Mike Skinner of The Streets.” Banksy began as an artist at the age of 14, was expelled from school, and served time in prison for petty crime. According to Hattenstone, “anonymity is vital to him because graffiti is illegal”.[12] Banksy reportedly lived in Easton, Bristol during the late 1990s, before moving to London around 2000.[13][14][15]

Banksy is commonly believed to be Robin Gunningham, as first identified by The Mail on Sunday in 2008,[16] born on 28 July 1973 in Yate, 12 miles (19 km) from Bristol.[17][18][13] Several of Gunningham’s associates and former schoolmates at Bristol Cathedral School have corroborated this, and in 2016, a study by researchers at the Queen Mary University of London using geographic profiling found that the incidence of Banksy’s works correlated with the known movements of Gunningham.[19][20][21][22] According to The Sunday Times, Gunningham began employing the name Robin Banks, which eventually became Banksy. Two cassette sleeves featuring his art work from 1993, for the Bristol band Mother Samosa, exist with his signature.[23] In June 2017, DJ Goldie referred to Banksy as “Rob”.[24]

There has been alternative speculation that Banksy is:

  • Robert Del Naja (a.k.a. 3D), member of the trip hop band Massive Attack. Del Naja had been a graffiti artist during the 1980s prior to forming the band and had previously been identified as a personal friend of Banksy.[25][26][27]
  • In 2020, users on Twitter began to speculate that former Art Attack presenter Neil Buchanan was Banksy. This was denied by Buchanan’s publicist.[28]

In October 2014, an internet hoax circulated that Banksy had been arrested and his identity revealed.[29]

Career

See also: List of works by Banksy

Early career (1990–2001)

A Banksy work from the Bristol underground scene.

Banksy started as a freehand graffiti artist in 1990–1994[30] as one of Bristol‘s DryBreadZ Crew (DBZ), with two other artists known as Kato and Tes.[31] He was inspired by local artists and his work was part of the larger Bristol underground scene with Nick WalkerInkie and 3D.[32][33] During this time he met Bristol photographer Steve Lazarides, who began selling Banksy’s work, later becoming his agent.[34]By 2000 he had turned to the art of stencilling after realising how much less time it took to complete a work. He claims he changed to stencilling while hiding from the police under a rubbish lorry, when he noticed the stencilled serial number[35] and by employing this technique, he soon became more widely noticed for his art around Bristol and London.[35] He was the goalkeeper for the Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls football team in the 1990s, and toured with the club to Mexico in 2001.[36] Banksy’s first known large wall mural was The Mild Mild Westpainted in 1997 to cover advertising of a former solicitors’ office on Stokes Croft in Bristol. It depicts a teddy bear lobbing a Molotov cocktail at three riot police.[37]

Banksy’s stencils feature striking and humorous images occasionally combined with slogans. The message is usually anti-war, anti-capitalist, or anti-establishment. Subjects often include rats, apes, policemen, soldiers, children, and the elderly.

In July 2011 one of Banksy’s early works, Gorilla in a Pink Mask, which had been a prominent landmark on the exterior wall of a former social club in Eastvillefor over ten years, was unwittingly painted over after the premises became a Muslim cultural centre.[38][39]

Exhibitions (2002–2003)

On 19 July 2002, Banksy’s first Los Angeles exhibition debuted at 3313 Gallery, a tiny Silver Lakevenue owned by Frank Sosa and was on view until 18 August.[40][41] The exhibition, entitled Existencilism“an Exhibition of Art, Lies and Deviousness” was curated by 3313 Gallery, Malathion LA’s Chris Vargas, Funk Lazy Promotions’ Grace Jehan, and B+.[42] The flyer of the exhibition indicates an opening reception was followed by a performance by Money Mark with DJ’s Jun, AL Jackson, Rhettmatic, J.Rocc, Coleman.[40] Some of the paintings exhibited included Smiley Copper H(2002), Leopard and Barcode (2002), Bomb Hugger(2002), and Love is in the Air (2002).[41][43]

Banksy mural in Bethlehem

In 2003, at an exhibition called Turf War, held in a London warehouse, Banksy painted on animals. At the time he gave one of his very few interviews, to the BBC’s Nigel Wrench.[44] Although the RSPCAdeclared the conditions suitable, an animal rights activist chained herself to the railings in protest.[45]An example of his subverted paintings is Monet‘s Water Lily Pond, adapted to include urban detritus such as litter and a shopping trolley floating in its reflective waters; another is Edward Hopper‘s Nighthawks, redrawn to show that the characters are looking at a British football hooligan, dressed only in his Union Flag underpants, who has just thrown an object through the glass window of the café. These oil paintings were shown at a twelve-day exhibition in Westbourne Grove, London in 2005.[46]

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BANKSY (born 1974?)

The most recent and most mysterious name in this list is Banksy, pseudonymous of the most famous street artist of our era.


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