2. A Satisfying Adventure Apr 3, 2009 20:42:28 GMT -8
Post by Josh on Apr 3, 2009 20:42:28 GMT -8
So, secondly in a series of threads about how Christianity meets our deepest needs, desires, and satisfies our thirst for meaning, I'm going to address the topic of Adventure.
I'm approaching these topics from a personal angle, admitting some subjectivity right off the bat. My hope is that others will chime in and give their personal perspective on the topic and perhaps explain how important each facet is to them.
I believe that Christianity satisfies a deep, fundamental desire within humanity for true Adventure- a desire that cannot be fully met in the physical world alone, through the lens of materialism.
What are the elements of a good adventure? Let me shoot off a list. Maybe you can add to it?
1. A quest or mission that is not arbitrary, but self-evidently necessary
2. A problem to be solved of self-evident seriousness
3. A real risk or danger associated with the quest- the chance of true loss and the chance of success
4. The experience of something wonderful, exciting, breathtaking, beautiful, mysterious, numinous, etc..
5. An enemy (I'll be focusing more on this in a later thread)
6. A real, objective good and a real, objective evil (and some gray as well)
7. Interesting, complex characters/ actors in the story
8. A good author
9. A free will choice that tests the protagonist(s), involving altruistic sacrifice
10. Some degree of destiny as well
11. A satisfying ending
One of my biggest problems with atheism and strict materialism is that it doesn't allow for several of these aspects and severely weakens the vitality of the others, compared to a Christian worldview, which holds these all in full strength.
This is a more intuitive argument because I am personally convinced that because human so fundamentally desire this kind of adventure, that desire is not there by accident, chance processes, or merely for our survival as a species, but is there because the Adventure itself is reality.