Summary
Chapter 1: The Source of All Value
     When discussing the value of life, people throw reason to the wind and try to base their beliefs on feelings and wishful thinking. If value really exists, we can find a rational explanation for it. Value comes from somewhere, and it points us to its origin.
     Let’s look for the source of all value. I see three distinct explanations for where value comes from, but there can only be one. Does value come from ourselves, from the cosmos, or from God?
     Value cannot come from ourselves. Our believing in value does not make it true. Truth does not need our affirmation. The value is in us, but we didn’t put it there.
     Value cannot come from the cosmos. We identify value in this vast and beautiful universe, but by itself the cosmos is cold and impersonal, offering no hope for the soul.
     Value must come from God. He is the source of all value. He is the only possible explanation for the value of life.
Chapter 2: The Story of the World
     The western world has two stories competing for dominance. The most influential so far is the traditional Creation story which explains the origin of the value of life and sets the basis for morality. God gives life value and holds us accountable for how we treat it.
     The second most influential story is Evolution which gives a materialistic explanation for our existence. The best thing about this story is that it shows how cold and pointless life is without a personal Creator. By making God optional it gives us no basis for believing in the value of life or the morality that follows the idea of value.
Chapter 3: Truth or Neutrality
     The western world makes a false dichotomy between “heart” knowledge and “head” knowledge, faith and reason. We think that some issues are personal and exempt from rational debate and that other issues are factual and exempt from personal bias. We are wrong on both accounts.
     We send our children to church to learn how to love God and each other, and we send our children to state-funded schools to learn that we evolved by random processes. We try to base morality on blind faith while understanding the physical world with naturalistic philosophy. This is phony on both accounts.
     The cause of this dichotomy is clear. We tried to separate ourselves from God, resulting in a loony idea called relativism, and we tried to separate the cosmos from God, resulting in a cold pseudo-neutrality. Theism corrects this problem by acknowledging a common origin for both us and the cosmos.