Who Are You? Who Are You…Really?
by Shelby Cade
Clint Eastwood star's in the movie Pale Rider which is about a cowboy who drifts mysteriously into a small mining town. In his new found home the people discover Eastwood is a man of the cloth and affectionately refer to him as, "preacher." As the movie proceeds, they discover some interesting characteristics about the preacher causing his friend, Sarah Wheeler to finally ask him, "Who are you? Who are you… really?" So, who are we as Homo Sapiens? Does the answer to the question have anything to do with how we live our lives?
Two paths can be taken concerning who man is: one is to see man as an accidental product of the universe, while the other is to see man as uniquely created in the image of God. Taking the first path is the reason given by the naturalist. A naturalist would see the entire cosmos as an accidental product by which man was created. Paul Churchland has stated, "The important point about the standard evolutionary story is that the human species and all of its features are the wholly physical outcome of a purely physical process….We are creatures of matter and we should learn to live with that fact." On a naturalistic view as stated by Churchland, humans are purely pieces of matter that happened to develop a conscious life.
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