Is life just a series of random events? Or, is Goodness the source and end of all human activity? In today’s scientific world, these questions are raised often, with many leaning towards the former rather than the latter. However, Christendom College theology chairman Dr. Matthew Tsakanikas argues for the latter in a new article for Homiletic and Pastoral Review (HPR), laying out the case for time being ordered toward eternity and for timeless truths outlasting godless empires as a result.
Tsakanikas, who holds his doctorate from the Pontifical University of the Lateran’s John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, has written on the Papacy and the Second Coming previously for HPR. His latest article tackles a wide-ranging subject, moving from ecology, to exceptionalism and apocalypse. In it, he points out that it is not possible for things that are random at a micro or quantum level to exist without a cause — namely, God.
“What exists even at a level random and relative to us has a cause for its existence, since the random is not the cause of its own existence,” writes Tsakanikas in the article. “Certainly, something always existed and makes the random, motion, and the contingent even possible; makes experience possible and self-consciousness possible.”
According to Tsakanikas, purpose and contingency flow within the bounds of Providence and Eternity. History, as a result, is not just movement in meaningless and eternal cycles — rather, it is bound by Providence and reflected upon by human intelligence.
“Desire, attraction, and movement led to the human race. Desire still has a role to play in human history,” continues Tsakanikas. “There is a reason we experience desire: Eternal goodness exists and is constantly calling to us and acting upon us through the contingent, time and space…Desire reminds us that we are alive and have a destiny: to have life and have it more abundantly.”
Going further, Tsakanikas explains that, because all men desire the good, there really is a plan that benefits each member of the human race throughout time. The longing for the eternal breathes desire and hope into every intelligent creature, even in the midst of adversity.
On our planet, humans — made in the image of God — are thus natural stewards, or ecologists, of the world they inhabit, according to Tsakanikas.
“They must manage the world with wisdom, helping others share in the freedom which also make humans accountable for the world,” writes Tsakanikas.
History is not just random — there is a plan to it. As a result, human beings have a responsibility to each other and to the world around them, helping each other to pursue the Good.
“This is why the intangibles are more valuable than the tangibles and why timeless truths (true religious ideals) outlast godless empires,” writes Tsakanikas.
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