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  • Cardinal Ratzinger's Thoughts on Evolution An Excerpt From "Truth and Tolerance"

    09/03/2005 8:32:59 AM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 33 replies · 817+ views ^ | ROME, SEPT. 1, 2005 | Cardinal Ratzinger
    Cardinal Ratzinger's Thoughts on Evolution An Excerpt From "Truth and Tolerance" ROME, SEPT. 1, 2005 ( Cardinal Christoph Schönborn's July 7 editorial in the New York Times entitled "Finding Design in Nature" provoked a flurry of reactions, both supportive and critical. Requests have begun to arrive in Rome for Benedict XVI to make some sort of clarification on the Church's stand regarding evolution. The following text, delivered in 1999 as part of a lecture at the Sorbonne in Paris by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (the future Benedict XVI) and subsequently published in the 2004 book "Truth and Tolerance" (Ignatius), can give...
  • In the name of God (Polly Toynbee: Must Oust Religion From Public Life)

    08/29/2005 11:52:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies · 960+ views
    The Guardian (U.K.) | Friday July 22, 2005 | Polly Toynbee
    Blair has appeased and prevaricated. Now, as the death cult strikes again, he must oust religion from public lifeTwo weeks on, London is stricken once more. The death cult strikes again, unstoppable in its deranged religious mania. This time no deaths but a savage reminder of the unknown waves of demented killers lining up to murder in the name of God. Whatever they intended, the message was loud and clear: they can and will do this whenever they want and it does indeed spread very real terror. The police have said there are many more of them. The security services...
  • "Glenn Beck on Ice" Review

    06/08/2005 5:12:42 AM PDT · by TheRobb7 · 4 replies · 636+ views
    The Perspective ^ | 06-08-05 | therobb7
    This review is concise. I posted a picture from the meet-and-greet after the show on my website (click link above). Last night at the Orpheum Theatre (Memphis, TN) my wife and I attended the GlennBeck on Ice program. If you listen to Beck on the radio, you know that he and his staff are trying to come up with a way to describe the show to people in other cities on the tour. We were part of the meet-and-greet after the show and Glenn asked us to call in Wednesday to tell listeners how they felt about the show. If...
  • John Paul II and the Revitalization of Western Civilization

    05/11/2005 11:49:07 AM PDT · by animoveritas · 3 replies · 416+ views
    Intellectual Conservative . com ^ | 3 May 05 | John Radzilowski
    In sum, cultures that ignore faith and morals can secure neither freedom nor truth and will sooner or later begin to violate the dignity of their citizens. Totalitarian states were the most obvious example of this, but democracies have also fallen prey to the temptations of unrestrained secular ideologies, especially nihilism.The Pope’s refusal to “go along” with the fads of secular, post-modern society was viewed with rage and amazement. It was, many believed, impossible to stop the historical inevitability of trends embodied by so-called “sexual liberation” and the modern cult of victimhood.
  • Establishing Religion or Abolishing It? - (replacing 10 Commandments with secularism)

    03/22/2005 5:25:14 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 446+ views
    About 15 years ago I wrote a book about crime, tackling the knotty problem of how "technicalities" based on the Bill of Rights could end up excusing people of ancient crimes like robbery and murder. The problem, I found, was the tendency of judges and lawyers to elevate the Constitution to Holy Writ. Murder, rape, and other crimes, you see, are only statutory offenses. There's nothing in the Constitution that says you can't kill someone. On the other hand, if a murderer argues that he wasn't read his Miranda warnings three times in the language of his choice, he is...
  • Our Godless Constitution (from THE NATION)

    02/24/2005 12:12:11 AM PST · by Corinthian Warrior · 53 replies · 1,263+ views
    THE NATION ^ | Feb 21, 2005 | Broke Allen
    <p>It is hard to believe that George Bush has ever read the works of George Orwell, but he seems, somehow, to have grasped a few Orwellian precepts. The lesson the President has learned best--and certainly the one that has been the most useful to him--is the axiom that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it. One of his Administration's current favorites is the whopper about America having been founded on Christian principles. Our nation was founded not on Christian principles but on Enlightenment ones. God only entered the picture as a very minor player, and Jesus Christ was conspicuously absent.</p>
  • The Future of Judaism

    01/25/2005 11:35:24 AM PST · by stevejackson · 30 replies · 2,433+ views
    netWMD - The War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | January 25, 2005 | Daniel Pipes
    Until the 18th century, there was basically only one kind of Judaism, that which is now called Orthodox. It meant living by the religion's 613 laws, and doing so suffused Jews' lives with their faith. Then, starting with the thinker Baruch Spinoza (1632-77) and moving briskly during the Haskala, or "enlightenment," from the late 18th century, Jews developed a wide variety of alternate interpretations of their religion, most of which diminished the role of faith in their lives and led to a concomitant reduction in Jewish affiliation.These alternatives and other developments, in particular the Holocaust, caused the ranks of the...
  • Reason without the Divine is morally useless

    01/18/2005 7:55:49 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 181+ views
    Those who do not believe that moral values must come from the Bible or be based upon G-d's moral instruction argue that they have a better source for values: human reason. In fact, the era that began the modern Western assault on Judeo-Christian values is known as the Age of Reason. That age ushered in the modern secular era, a time when the men of "the Enlightenment" hoped they would be liberated from the superstitious shackles of religious faith and rely on reason alone. Reason, without G-d or the Bible, would guide them into an age of unprecedented moral greatness....
  • European Secular Madness vs Judao-Christian Values

    01/05/2005 12:27:26 PM PST · by Lindykim · 26 replies · 977+ views ^ | Jan. 5, 2005 | Treowth
    In "Better Answers: The Case For Judao-Christian Values," Dennis Prager said....."There is an epic battle taking place in the world over what value system humanity will embrace. There are essentially three competitors: European secularism, American Judeo-Christianity and Islam. I have described this battle in previous columns." Under the aegis of European secularism, Americans have been lured and seduced into liberating themselves from the social constraints of America's traditional Judao-Christian moral ethics, which served as both eternally unchanging moral anchor and as the anchor to objective reality. "This much needed liberation," we were told, "is a sign of social enlightenment."...
  • Down With the French!

    12/23/2004 4:50:21 PM PST · by Juana la Loca · 17 replies · 740+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 12/23/04 | Jonah Goldberg
    Ah, Christmastime. Joy to the world. God bless us, everyone. Through the rapturous din of carols and chimes, a stray condemnatory note can be heard, chastising the yuletide revelers for being too materialistic, too concerned with gifts that come wrapped in pretty paper and shiny bows. Who can help but sympathize with such concerns as the groaning hoards of shoppers appear like Huns outside the doors of Wal-Mart? That is why I am so grateful for a special Christmas present — holiday present if you must — for the whole world. No mere thing or shiny bauble, this present is...
  • Enlightened Heresies

    12/13/2004 12:08:48 PM PST · by skellmeyer · 34 replies · 1,894+ views
    Bridegroom Press ^ | Steve Kellmeyer
    "Muslims need … a new Enlightenment, a movement away from brutality." This remark came from a friend of mine as we were discussing the problem of faith in the public square. My friend is by his own description, "a militantly agnostic Jew", a philosophy professor who loves to debate anything that comes to hand. His remark was in response to a discussion of Islamic law. While I acknowledge Muslims are to be admired for their rigorous prayer life, their marvelous emphasis on almsgiving and their belief in Jesus’ virgin birth and consequent great respect for the Blessed Virgin Mary, the...
  • NYP Book Review: A BETTER ENLIGHTENMENT re: THE ROADS TO MODERNITY, by Gertrude Himmilfarb

    11/14/2004 9:44:12 AM PST · by OESY · 11 replies · 908+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 14, 2004 | JAMES GARDNER
    ...Her book is thus animated by dismay and perplexity over the way the French Enlightenment is seen as the main intellectual event of the 18th century, whereas a parallel and in many respects more successful movement in Britain is routinely relegated to an inferior status. Her heroes, therefore, are not Voltaire, Diderot and Rousseau as much as Adam Smith, David Hume and Edmund Burke. In a similar spirit, she invokes and concurs with Hannah Arendt's notion that the American revolution, rather than the revolution in France, was the great political watershed of modern times. For Himmelfarb, the contrast between the...
  • "Creeping Totalitarianism"

    11/12/2004 5:50:17 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 229+ views
    It’s company policy at The New York Times that opinion columnists may not officially endorse presidential candidates. Still, there was no doubt during the past year which man most of the page’s writers were backing. A trio of hysterical pieces published Nov. 4 confirmed that, each claiming that a nationwide outbreak of religious zealotry had led to Sen. John Kerry’s defeat. “The president got re-elected by dividing the country along fault lines of fear, intolerance, ignorance and religious rule,” wailed Maureen Dowd. Not to be outdone, Tom Friedman chipped in, “We don’t just disagree on what America should be doing;...
  • Intellectuals Without Intellect (Post-election, irrational Dems claim to be party of reason)

    11/09/2004 11:37:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 952+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 11/10/2004 | George Neumayr
    John Kerry possessed reason, George Bush possessed faith. That's the consoling critique of the campaign by defeated liberals. But the truth is Kerry displayed neither. Without credible reason or faith, Kerry had nothing to offer Americans except experiments in radicalism. To salvage their self-esteem, liberals are pushing the idea that they have lost the country but retained their reason. It hasn't yet dawned on them that they lost the country because they lost their reason. Their irrational anger and tired theories weren't persuasive. The American people rejected Kerry because of an absence not only of authentic faith but also of...
  • 'The Roads to Modernity'

    09/01/2004 2:38:31 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 9 replies · 323+ views
    WSJ ^ | September 1, 2004 | DARRIN M. MCMAHON
    Ever since Immanuel Kant posed his famous question in 1784--"What is Enlightenment?"--critics and commentators have searched for an answer, and they still do. For it is to the Enlightenment--a particular set of 18th-century ideas--that many thinkers trace the political and intellectual origins of the modern world. To pose Kant's question is to ask nothing less than who we are. The respected historian Gertrude Himmelfarb is the latest critic to take up this challenge. But she gives the question a plural form, asking "What are Enlightenments?" Surveying the experiences of England, France and America, she follows three different "roads to modernity."...
  • Hunting Witches: Clearing the Record

    12/03/2003 9:12:11 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 58 replies · 1,506+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 3 dec 03 | Chuck Colson
    For many, the image of women burned to death for practicing witchcraft is a potent symbol of both Christian intolerance and Christian irrationality. That's why critics of Christianity are so quick to bring the subject up. But as a new book demonstrates, nearly everything we've been told about Christianity and witch-hunts is wrong. Feminists like Andrea Dworkin and Mary Daly claim that up to nine million European women were burned at the stake for witchcraft. And even non-feminist historians write about how the witch-hunts "consumed millions of innocents." Historian Rodney Stark calls these claims "absurd" and "nonsense." In his new...
  • Religious and the ACLU

    10/09/2003 12:34:19 PM PDT · by aynfan · 26 replies · 426+ views
    Author | 10-09-03 | Robert Wolf
    Religious Intolerance and the ACLU By Robert Wolf Amendment I of the Constitution of the US reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” and continues with “or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” This is the so-called Establishment clause we hear so much about. The phrase separation of Church and State we hear so often comes from a letter by Thomas Jefferson 21 years later in which he...
  • Not So 'Bright'

    10/06/2003 6:00:49 AM PDT · by OESY · 109 replies · 1,177+ views
    COMMENTARY: The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 6, 2003 | DINESH D'SOUZA
    <p>"We have always had atheists among us," the philosopher Edmund Burke wrote in his "Reflections on the Revolution in France," "but now they have grown turbulent and seditious." It seems that in our own day some prominent atheists are agitating for greater political and social influence. In this connection, leading atheist thinkers have been writing articles declaring that they should no longer be called "atheists." Rather, they want to be called "brights."</p>
  • Unintelligent Designs on Academic Freedom

    09/30/2003 10:13:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 362+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 10/1/2003 | Hunter Baker
    It's been an unusual week in the academy. The academic freedom that so incensed Bill Buckley as a student at Yale decades ago is now acting to protect a conservative scholar under fire. Baylor's J.M. Dawson Institute for Church-State Studies hired Francis Beckwith as its Associate Director last summer. Although previously known as a philosopher who had developed powerful critiques of abortion, Beckwith has used the past few years and a research fellowship at Princeton to transform himself into a legal scholar investigating the controversy over public schools and the teaching of human origins. His research culminated in publication of...
  • US gyms offer yoga for dogs

    06/20/2003 6:46:57 AM PDT · by rattrap · 7 replies · 341+ views
    Ananova ^ | June 18, 2003 | Unknown
    US gyms offer yoga for dogs A chain of gyms in the US has started offering yoga classes for dogs. Crunch is offering "Ruff Yoga" at its New York branch and is considering offering it in other locations. During a recent session in Madison Square Park, the class attracted nearly 20 people and their pets. "We do the traditional poses. The dogs just get incorporated," Crunch's yoga director Suzi Teitelman told Fox News. Yoga guru Bruce Van Horn says the relaxed state people achieve through yoga rubs off on their animals if they're nearby during the exercises. "It actually reduces...