*Updates about Google search results at bottom of post.
So, the other day, I did a Google search for my name, Jehne Lunden. Oh come on, you know you have searched your own name as well. Anyhow, on page eight I found my name was linked to a website titled, Evidence for Christianity. Of course I was curious, so I went to the site to see what was up with that. Lo and behold, some student in a Christian Apologetics Certificate program, quoted me in his research paper. Thanks for asking buddy. Could have tried to contact me. Maybe I would have agreed to an interview... and even scratched my name on your arm.
The research paper is titled, A Survey of World Views. Pretty straightforward, I think. Anyhow, this is where I come in... apparently, after spending time reading posts on various metaphysical blogs, and scrolling through and reading comments left by other readers, he found my lovely prose. And decided, after careful contemplation, that I am the perfect living representation of an atheist existentialist. I am the epitome of a person who holds this world view. My words describe it perfectly. Hoo-ha! Not the words of a famous philosopher or text from a generic Wikipedia entry. Oh no, little ol' me. Too funny. Or... maybe I am the ONLY living atheist existentialist? Nah!
Want to know what was quoted without having to scroll through his paper? Here is what he wrote... my words are in italics:
Although existentialism may be expressed in theistic terms, it is most amenable to an atheistic worldview. This is because existentialism “emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one’s acts.” Although theists recognize the hostility of this world, which often seems to be a place of indifference, they nonetheless acknowledge a personal Creator-God who by nature refutes the notion that humanity is “isolated” and has no one to rely upon. Additionally, theism offers a reasonable and even scientifically-based explanation for human existence. Therefore, theistic-based existentialism struggles against the clear teaching of the fiat creation of humanity.
Atheist Jehne Lunden fairly describes the existentialist outlook on life: “Existentialism is my metaphysical paradigm. I think that we are born, live as physical beings on earth, and then die. That’s it. There is no god, karma, nor fate that has predestined our life’s purpose. We are free to choose our life’s course. Of course the environment and genetics will limit our agency. Therefore, we must give our lives meaning. Perhaps we can find it through the connections we have with our fellow beings or through creating art, music, or literature. This philosophy is enough for me. It can be bleak but it is the only one I’ve come across that makes sense to me. All others encompass leaps of faith and wishful thinking.” The “leaps of faith” that Lunden notes is surely in reference to Soren Kierkegaard’s belief that accepting Christian theism involves a “leap of faith” that surpasses rational understanding – Kierkegaard was the progenitor of theistic existentialism and a Christian fideist.
Atheistic existentialism maintains the following beliefs:
*The only reality is the physical universe; no God, gods, or supernatural realm exists.
*Objective (absolute) truth does not exist.
*“Existence precedes essence,” or we exist but do not know why.
*Life has no meaning other than what we ascribe it.
Atheistic existentialists have followed naturalism to its logical conclusions, but nonetheless they seek to impose value and meaning upon their lives. This is really what separates atheistic existentialists from nihilists, who lack that hope and meaning.
The most influential atheistic existentialists are generally held to be Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sarte, and Albert Camus. Their combined work stretched from the last half of the nineteenth century with Nietzsche to the death of Sarte in 1980.
You may recall me writing about my posting of that original comment in Camels Without Hammers. I wrote about it in this blog post: Sixteen Steps Short of a Coma.
Btw, the student's name is Randy Hroziencik. I wonder, if he does a search for his name sometime in the future, will he find this blog post? I hope so. The world is getting smaller, isn't it?
Oh, I changed the name of my blog from realitybites to Jehne Lunden. I'm curious to learn how this change will effect a Google search for my name. Currently, my blog comes up about ten or so posts down the list. Will it be bumped up on the list now that it has my name for its title? If so, when will the change take effect? I suppose if I were a techie I'd know all this. But I'm not and so I don't.
Oh, and, I reserve the right to change it back at any time in the future.
September 1, the day after ~ My blog has already jumped up two spaces after just one post with the new title. This proves that if one wants to be found, it is obvious one should use a name that is easily searchable and unique. There is no other Jehne Lunden that I can tell. But there are probably millions of realitybites--in some form or another... from film to books to user names. I was lost in the crowd. I'll do another search in the near future and report back.
September 3, blog is now in position number five on the first page, after two blog posts with the title change. facebook is number one.
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