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  • The true challenge in life

    02/15/2016 11:58:00 PM PST · by imardmd1 · 1 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | Feb. 12, 2016 | Rabbi Berel Wein
    < snip > Gold well spent on holiness and goodness atones for gold badly misspent on idolatry and wanton behavior. This idea is very much in line with the Jewish concept of repentance, which sees the penitent being in the same position and circumstances as when he originally sinned but no longer behaving sinfully in those circumstances. It is truly wise to avoid temptation but it is heroic and noble to overcome it. < snip > We live in a transformative generation regarding communication and interpersonal connections. Unfortunately, much of this technological achievement has been exploited for base and harmful...
  • Big Ideas (In a Shrinking World) [Video link]

    07/15/2015 9:15:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper
    youtube ^ | 1983 | Randy Stonehill
            Lyrics: The economy is shrinkingOur money is a jokeWe should go back to trading seashellsAnd just admit that we're brokeAnd our food supply is shrinking(yeah, yeah)But we continue happily(yeah, yeah)Building condos on farm land(yeah, yeah)And dumping sewage in the sea(yeah, yeah) Someone's talking 'bout a big ideaSomeone's talking 'bout a higher visionEverybody's on the runLookin' out for number oneAnd your big ideas don't fit Big ideas in the shrinking worldBig ideas in the shrinking worldBig ideas in the shrinking worldWell you make us real nervous with your big ideas Our water is shrinkingAll the pipes...
  • Rudyard Kipling and "The Gods of the Copybook Headings"

    07/01/2015 11:10:54 PM PDT · by No One Special · 32 replies ^ | circa 2000 | Martin S. Spiller
    Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was an English poet, short-story writer, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, and also for his tales and poems of British soldiers in India.  He wrote classic poems and stories which include (among many others) "The Jungle book", a children's book of short stories which contains the famous story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", the poems "Gunga Din" and "Mandalay". He also wrote the novels "The Man Who Would Be King" and "Captains Courageous", as well as his two most famous poems, "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" and "IF__".  He was born in India, and...
  • From this day forward, same-sex weddings expected to boost Florida economy

    01/03/2015 3:57:13 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Fox Tampa ^ | 1/2/15
    The rush to get married matches the rush for businesses to cash in on tourists. "It's a gold rush," said Santiago Corrado of Visit Tampa Bay. "We have the weather, a mix of history, of art, of culture, the beaches are nearby, you've got theme parks." Out-of-town same sex couples were once shunned by the state's 2008, voter-approved anti-gay marriage amendment. Now they're being coveted by businesses and tourism leaders. "You could get married at the aquarium, you could get married at the yacht starship, you could get married at any of our great parks," said Corrada.
  • Stop the Madness of Un-Thanksgiving

    11/28/2014 9:49:46 AM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    Tradition, Family, & Property Blog ^ | November 28, 2014 | John Horvat II
    Stop the Madness of Un-Thanksgiving John Horvat II 26 November As we gear up for the Thanksgiving holidays, many are preparing to engage in a strange new ritual that is crowding out the traditional turkey and pumpkin pie. The ritual, of course, is the extension of Black Friday shopping into Thanksgiving Day. It is a practice so shocking that we might as well create a new holiday—un-Thanksgiving—since nothing could be more contrary to the intention of the real holiday than its present evolution. This year, media will again report on frenzied shoppers mobbing retail stores in search of super bargains....
  • Six Presuppositions that Challenge the Modern Evangelist

    08/18/2014 3:26:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/17/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is critical for us who would preach the Gospel to ponder what sorts of presuppositions our listeners bring to the conversation. Today, sadly, there are many trends that have poisoned the culture and make our task much more difficult.But difficult does not mean impossible. And thus it helps to describe modern mindsets, not to despair of them, but to describe them with some insight, rather than be vaguely aware of them. And being more clear on the presuppositions that people bring we can better speak our message and also go to work on those presuppositions and ask people to...
  • The Fall of Mystery Babylon (Catholic Discussion) [for discernment only]

    08/14/2014 3:11:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    markmallet ^ | August 14, 2014 | Mark Mallett
    Given the length of this article, I have condensed it down to the more salient aspects. I would encourage you to read it through in its entirety at the above link. (snip) I am going to do this in the greatest economy of words possible, synthesizing books, interviews, and numerous articles so that you can understand the prophetic nature of what is happening, and about to happen in the United States, and indeed, the whole world, as central to the Storm that is now hereÂ… (snip) COMMUNISM IS NOT DEADIndeed, the harlot is merely being used by the beast to...
  • The Reasonableness of Religious Belief

    05/21/2014 6:23:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 21, 2014 | Rachel Lu
    I have always been a believer. Among other reasons, that’s because I think rationality demands it.When I talk about “belief” here, I mean it in a very broad sense, which is not synonymous with “Catholic” or even “Christian”; Sikhs, Hindus and Zoroastrians might all qualify, and I myself was raised in the LDS church and not (according to Rome’s decree) validly baptized until the age of 25. When I speak here of “believers,” I am distinguishing those who are prepared to believe in more than what eye can see, ear can hear or elaborate scientific machine can detect.I wouldn’t...
  • Black Friday: A Shameful Orgy Of Materialism For A Morally Bankrupt Nation

    11/29/2013 4:53:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    theeconomiccollapseblog ^ | 11/29/2013 | Michael Snyder
    It has been called "America's most disturbing holiday". Black Friday is the day when millions of average Americans wait outside retail stores in the middle of the night in the freezing cold to spend more money that they do not have for more cheap Chinese-made products that they do not need. It is a day when the rest of the world makes fun of Americans for behaving like "rabid animals" and "zombies" as we indulge in a tsunami of greed. It truly is a shameful orgy of materialism for a morally bankrupt nation. It is being projected that approximately 140...
  • Why evolutionary materialism leads to the unreality of your existence

    07/28/2013 3:57:08 PM PDT · by spirited irish · 220 replies
    Renew America ^ | July 27, 2013 | Linda Kimball
    American Christian author Dr. Frank Turek notes that Cambridge-trained Ph.D. Stephen Meyer's New York Times best-seller, "Darwin's Doubt," is creating a major scientific controversy. Because Darwinists absolutely hate it, Meyer's well-reasoned argument that an intelligent designer is the best explanation for the evidence at hand elicits irrational accusations that Meyers is anti-scientific and guilty of endangering sexual freedom everywhere. (Darwin's Doubt, Turek,, July 09, 2013) Meyer writes, "Neo-Darwinism and the theory of intelligent design are not two different kinds of inquiry, as some critics have asserted. They are two different answers – formulated using a similar logic and method...
  • Socialist vs Capitalist

    11/29/2012 7:22:06 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 11 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 29 November 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    This recalls a brilliant quote by Lady Margaret Thatcher: "People think that at the top there isn't much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is TONS of room at the top..."
  • Scaling Back, Moving Forward

    11/24/2012 9:35:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | November 24, 2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    For as long as I can remember, I've always thought about waking up obscenely early the morning after Thanksgiving, to check out the goings-on at the toy or department store. Not because I wanted to shop, but to visit the safari -- it's always struck me as quite the exotic mystery, why anyone would want to walk away from a calm morning with family or friends to fight for a parking spot. Of course, now indelibly imprinted in our brains are news images of packed stores on Thanksgiving night itself. For as long as I can remember, my friend...
  • Fall of Mankind

    06/20/2012 3:02:36 PM PDT · by spirited irish · 67 replies
    Renew America ^ | June 20, 2012 | Linda Kimball
    “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18 In “Against the Heathen,” early Church Father Athanasius reveals that pride and haughtiness preceded man’s fall into idolatry and paganism. A haughty spirit led them to make light of higher things, and deliberately disregarding what they knew to be true they began to seek in preference things in the lower or natural dimension. Thus they fell into worship of self, sexual pleasures and acquisition of status and things to the living God and higher things. The truth as to evil said Athanasius, “….is that it originates, and...
  • Contemporary Academia's ID

    06/07/2012 8:09:27 AM PDT · by se99tp · 3 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | June 7th, 2012 | JR.Nyquist
    ...many of the greatest scientists in history have been metaphysical dualists who accepted the existence of matter and spirit. Why this idea should be considered “unscientific” is never fully explained. It is sufficient to know that materialism is the dominant philosophy of today’s scientific establishment. Any scientists who dare to publicly disagree with materialism aren’t going to gain any career advantage. Materialism, in fact, has become a political power in the academic world
  • End of the World

    05/21/2011 9:33:52 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 18 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    The media has been having a prolonged belly laugh at a group that had the temerity to suggest that the world would end today. Of course it's ridiculous when Harold Camping predicted that the world will be over today, but not when Al Gore predicted that the North Pole would melt in five years. True believers in Gore would say that's the difference between science and eschatology. But when bogus science warns us of an apocalypse if we don't follow the tenets of their ideology, then how much difference is there anyway? Of course no one expects MSNBC to do...
  • An Open Letter to My Physicist Friend RE: Darwinism and the Problem of Free Will

    10/28/2010 10:49:08 AM PDT · by betty boop · 146 replies
    Conservative Underground | October 26, 2010 | Jean F. Drew
    An Open Letter to My Physicist Friend RE: Darwinism and the Problem of Free Will By Jean F. Drew Dear A — Regarding the discussion of “free will” at, you wrote: “I am surprised to find a ‘scientific naturalism’ so similar to the utmost banality, shallowness and false superficiality of the ‘scientific materialism’ that I [had] to learn in … school [during] the communist regime.” I think this is a very striking statement; and I understand what you mean. I read in your Book of the Living Universe long ago that you were aware of the problem of “tampering”...
  • The Gospel Of Scientific Materialism

    07/17/2010 11:20:23 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 4 replies
    First Things ^ | R.R. Reno
    The scientific popularizers—Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Steven Pinker, and others—don’t go in for nuance, as David Hart has pointed out again and again in our pages. They cheerfully champion the most reductive sort of materialism, including the idea that free will does not exist because our minds are just neural networks that function according to physical laws. Why are they so enthusiastic about this idea that our minds are just neural networks? It’s not at first sight a very attractive belief. After all, free will provides a sense of self-possession, and it’s the source of the drama in life. We...
  • China's housing boom spells trouble for boyfriends (Many women won't marry men who don't own a home)

    06/21/2010 6:36:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 06/20/2010 | David Pierson
    Mike Zhang considered himself serious boyfriend material. He knew what to order at an Italian restaurant. He could mix a tasty margarita. And he always volunteered to carry his girlfriend's handbag. Then came the deal breaker. Zhang, a 28-year-old language tutor and interpreter, couldn't afford an apartment in the capital's scorching property market. Rather than waste any more time, his girlfriend of more than two years dumped him. Zhang's misfortune is not uncommon. China's housing boom has created a woefully frustrated class of bachelors. Home prices in major cities including Beijing and Shanghai have easily doubled over the last year...
  • God is not sophisticated enough

    05/29/2010 2:43:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 365+ views
    First Things ^ | May 29, 2010 | Elizabeth Scalia
    There is a quote from Archbishop Oscar Romero that both traditional and progressive Catholics love to latch onto, because each feels Romero was speaking for them: A church that doesn’t provoke any crisis, a gospel that doesn’t unsettle, a Word of God that doesn’t get under anyone’s skin, what kind of gospel is that? Preachers who avoid every thorny matter so as not to be harassed do not light up the world! In truth, Romero was speaking for Christ. His words are a challenge to all of us, from the happy-clappy-God-is-Love-so-let’s-not-judge mushes to the stern God-is-Justice-and-you’re-going-to-hell prunes. It is...
  • The Mission of the Jews

    03/06/2010 5:25:32 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 105 replies · 494+ views
    First Things ^ | 3/5/'10 | David Klinghoffer
    You will often hear Jews say, with pride, that Judaism rejects a missionary or evangelizing stance. This is true in the narrow sense that Jews do not pursue converts to Judaism, but it is deeply misleading in another. The German Orthodox rabbi, polemicist, and scriptural expositor Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808–1888), a towering figure in modern Jewish thought, taught insistently that God brought the “Abrahamitic nation” onto the stage of history for “the salvation of the world through Judaism.” As he wrote in his Torah commentary, this was to be accomplished “by example and admonition,” with the Jews as “God’s...
  • The Obamas: Conspicuous Sacrifice vs. Conspicuous Consumption

    01/06/2010 3:55:18 AM PST · by Scanian · 13 replies · 860+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | January 06, 2010 | John Dietrich
    A recurring theme of the Obama White House is "sacrifice." The president has repeatedly stressed the need for us to tighten our belts. He has informed us, "We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ..." During the campaign, his wife told us that we have to compromise and sacrifice for one another in order to get things done. Shortly after the election, the president said that "[e]verybody's going to have to give. Everybody's going to have to have some skin in the game." This emphasis...
  • World's richest man gives wife Airbus for birthday[India]

    11/03/2007 9:31:53 AM PDT · by BGHater · 23 replies · 177+ views ^ | 03 Nov 2007 | N/A
    INDIA's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, has bought his wife a luxury jet with entertainment cabins, a sky bar and fancy showers for her birthday, a newspaper said yesterday. Ambani, who owns the country's biggest private company, Reliance Industries Ltd, gifted the $US60 million ($66 million) Airbus plane to wife Neeta on her 44th birthday on Thursday, the Mumbai Mirror newspaper said. The jet is custom-fitted with an office and a cabin with game consoles, music systems, satellite television and wireless communication, the report said. It also has a master bedroom, a bathroom with a range of showers and a bar...
  • Stinks to Be You: Health Care and the Utilitarian Calculus

    11/14/2009 2:47:49 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 5 replies · 740+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | November 11, 2009 | Chuck Colson
    Should the “greatest good for the greatest number” be the guiding principle behind health care? As I have said before on Breakpoint, much of the hype and even hysteria surrounding the H1N1 flu strain is unwarranted. That’s not to say that the swine flu’s potential impact isn’t devastating—it is, but not in the way cable news would have us think. And now the Florida Department of Health has issued a set of guidelines that instructs hospitals on what to do “if the state is overwhelmed by [H1N1] cases.” The guidelines recommend that hospitals bar “patients with incurable cancer, end-stage multiple...
  • Darwin’s bulldog—Thomas H. Huxley (ironically, he had no patience for Christian evolutionists)

    11/04/2009 8:25:01 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 88 replies · 2,784+ views
    CMI ^ | November 4, 2009 | Russell Grigg
    Darwin’s bulldog—Thomas H. Huxley --snip-- Huxley, although an unbeliever, was thoroughly familiar with the gospel, and had little time for Christians who compromised their position by supporting the anti-biblical belief of evolutionary naturalism. He wrote: ...
  • Church of England apologises to Darwin (bows to Temple of Darwin)

    11/02/2009 10:47:44 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 7 replies · 604+ views
    CMI ^ | October 28, 2009 | Jonathan Safarti, Ph.D.
    This weekend’s feedback is in response to a number of queries about the Church of England (Anglicans) officially apologizing to Darwin. However, they don’t speak for all attenders of this church, since many of them are still faithful to Scripture and are appalled by their ‘leaders’. There are numerous mistakes in the article by the official CoE representative, a Rev. Dr Malcolm Brown, on the official CoE website, and Jonathan Sarfati replies point-by-point...

    10/30/2009 11:01:32 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 84 replies · 1,959+ views
    Uncommon Descent ^ | October 29, 2009 | Gil Dodgen
    Why is thought, being a secretion of the brain, more wonderful than gravity, a property of matter? It is our arrogance, it is our admiration of ourselves… — Charles Darwin, age 29, in his notebook This is an incredible comment. It is difficult to understand how anyone with a brain could not observe that thought produces such things as symphonies, literature and mathematics, while gravity just makes things fall down and holds planets in their orbits. Furthermore, thought does not secrete like insulin from a pancreas, it is willed (at least that’s what I do, and I assume others do...
  • Child Rape in a Materialist World (How a Moral Relativist defends Roman Polanski)

    10/08/2009 8:25:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies · 506+ views
    Uncommon Descent ^ | 10/8/2009 | Barry Arrington
    Here are the facts concerning the Roman Polanski case: Polanski gave a Quaalude to a 13 year-old child, instructed her to get into a Jacuzzi naked, refused to take her home when she asked, performed oral sex on her as she asked him to stop, raped her (no, not the “statutory” kind, the “forcible” kind), and sodomized her. In a plea bargain Polanski pled to unlawful sex with a minor. As is common knowledge, Polanski has his defenders because he has made some terrific movies. For example, critic Tom Shales says: “There is, apparently, more to this crime than it...
  • The Life And Death Of Michael Jackson As A Lesson For Us All

    07/07/2009 2:45:54 PM PDT · by Michael Eden · 34 replies · 2,014+ views
    Start Thinking Right ^ | July 7, 2009 | Michael Eden
    Years ago, during the Bosnian War, I heard someone say something that I'll never forget. U.S. troops were taking part in the U.N. effort to prevent more genocide, and desperate Bosnian people were scrounging through the huge garbage piles accumulated by the American forces looking for valuables they could see or food they could feed their families. A reporter interviewed a man on the trash piles, who said, "We are living like animals. Is this all there is to our lives? Is there nothing more?" It dawned on me that an incredibly poor, desperate Bosnian, or a hugely successful rock...
  • New Voices in Evolution Activism: From Madalyn Murray O'Hair to Eugenie Scott

    07/07/2009 8:43:57 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 118 replies · 2,825+ views
    ICR ^ | July 2009 | Lawrence Ford
    New Voices in Evolution Activism: From Madalyn Murray O'Hair to Eugenie Scott by Lawrence Ford* Recently, the prestigious publication Scientific American honored Eugenie Scott as one of its ten most influential science people in America, along with a manager at a computer chip company, an electric car industry executive, an infectious disease physician, and even Bill Gates from Microsoft. Who is Eugenie Scott and why is she being honored? Did she contribute to lifesaving cancer research? No. Did she invent a device that will help millions of people in need? No.Kate Wilcox of Scientific American writes of Scott: Thomas Henry...
  • The BBC TV series Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (caused "Creator to shimmer and vanish like a mirage")

    05/05/2009 6:18:01 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 144 replies · 2,399+ views
    CMI ^ | Philip Bell
    “Charles Darwin and his followers have shown how all life on the planet evolved from a single source. The mechanism they call evolution by natural selection means competition, extinction and the emergence of new life forms without the need for a director or conductor. The Creator shimmers and vanishes like a mirage.” So says political pundit Andrew Marr, one of the BBC’s most senior journalists, in the first of his three BBC2 programmes celebrating evolution and its legacy during the last century and a half. While there was much to agree with in this thought-provoking series, Marr is careful to...
  • Long live American materialism

    04/17/2009 2:00:36 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 14 replies · 831+ views
    The Economist ^ | Apr 17, 2009 | N/A
    A FAMILY in Michigan has decided to give up modern living to pursue a simpler life on a 40-acre farm. It's a life with more time spent together, though with less money and material comforts. It does not sound like an economic so much as a lifestyle choice. But according to Peggy Noonan, because of the current climate, some have misinterpreted it as reflecting a new widespread trend of economic survivalism. After all, people are buying more supplies to make their own preserves; the first step in a slippery slope that ends with moving to Alaska and living off the...
  • A Darwinist Religious Experience Described

    04/13/2009 8:35:28 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 8 replies · 755+ views
    CEH ^ | April 11, 2009
    A Darwinist Religious Experience Described April 11, 2009 — As millions of Jews just completed Passover, and as millions of Christians gather to celebrate Easter, a Darwinist reporter was experiencing “existential vertigo” – a sweeping sense of dizziness as her imagination zoomed in and out of the implications of her faith. It may be the closest thing that a secular materialist can call a religious experience. And religious experience is an accurate description: it was the outworking of an all-encompassing world view, with ultimate causes, ultimate destinies, moral imperatives, and heavy doses of faith. Amanda Gefter (see her previous attack...
  • Blinkered thinkers: How materialism harms science and society

    02/16/2009 11:06:53 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 52 replies · 1,047+ views
    Creation Magazine ^ | Don Batten, Ph.D.
    Blinkered thinkers How materialism harms science and society Editorial by Don BattenSometimes a horse can move suddenly when it catches sight of something unexpected in the corner of its eye. To minimize this problem, owners fit horses with blinkers that restrict the field of vision to stop the horse seeing unwanted distractions. Photo iStockphoto Modern science operates with the blinkers of naturalism—that science can only deal with natural causes; it cannot infer a supernatural cause.Professor of Genetics, Richard Lewontin, wrote, ‘ … we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. … Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot...
  • Derrick Z's Recipe For A Depression

    11/29/2008 3:27:38 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 42 replies · 1,011+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    At this time of year, columns like Derrick Z. Jackson's of today condemning the materialism of the Christmas shopping season are as traditional as the Budweiser commercial with the Clydesdale-drawn sleigh. And part of me is sympathetic with Jackson's call for people to spurn the malls and curtail their gift-giving budgets. But this of all years, did the Boston Globe columnist consider the disastrous consequences for the economy and lives of millions of Americans if people were actually to heed his advice? Apparently not. Jackson's radical suggestion [emphasis added]: "I have a suggestion for these holidays. The average American, according...
  • Scientists unite for science curriculum

    09/30/2008 7:21:06 PM PDT · by Soliton · 88 replies · 1,196+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 30, 2008 | KELLEY SHANNON
    AUSTIN — Scientists from Texas universities on Tuesday denounced what they called supernatural and religious teaching in public school science classrooms and voiced opposition to attempts to water down evolution instruction. The newly formed 21st Century Science Coalition said so far it has 800 members who have signed up online. "Texas public schools should be preparing our kids to succeed in the 21st century, not promoting political and ideological agendas that are hostile to a sound science education," said David Hillis, a professor of integrative biology at the University of Texas at Austin. The State Board of Education is considering...
  • The Abolition of Man? How Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science

    02/09/2008 9:48:21 AM PST · by wagglebee · 271 replies · 601+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 2/7/08 | John G West, Ph.D.
    "An age of science is necessarily an age of material­ism," wrote Hugh Elliot early in the last century. "Ours is a scientific age, and it may be said with truth that we are all materialists now."[1]One does not have to look far to discover the con­tinued accuracy of Elliot's assessment. Scientific materialism--the claim that everything in the uni­verse can be fully explained by science as the prod­ucts of unintelligent matter and energy--has become the operating assumption for much of American politics and culture. We are repeatedly told today that our behaviors, our emotions, even our moral and religious longings...
  • Religious America or Secular Europe?--Which has given birth to the most deadly ideologies?

    12/19/2007 5:48:59 AM PST · by SJackson · 45 replies · 222+ views ^ | December 19, 2007 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen wrote a column titled "Secular Europe's Merits," in which he explained why he prefers the secularism of Europe to the religiosity of America. To his credit (other New York Times columnists do not generally agree to debate anything they write -- Paul Krugman, for example, has refused to discuss his new book on liberalism with me), Cohen agreed to come on my show, and proved to be a charming guest. A distinguished foreign correspondent for Reuters and the International Herald Tribune, Cohen nevertheless betrayed what I believe is endemic to those who...
  • Has Benedict XVI embraced the environmentalist movement?

    09/29/2007 11:31:08 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 3 replies · 157+ views ^ | September 24, 2007 | Phil Lawler - Catholic World News
    Has Benedict XVI embraced the environmentalist movement? Catholic news editor says "the evidence is mighty thin" - more of a media created campaign by Phil Lawler - Catholic World News September 24, 2007 ( - Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) cares about the environment. He sprinkles his public talks with calls for prudent stewardship of our natural resources. Does that mean the Pope has embraced the environmentalist movement? Or that global warming will soon be the top issue on the Catholic agenda? Recent media reports have created that impression. But the evidence is mighty thin. For several weeks journalists...
  • How brave a new world?

    09/02/2007 7:40:39 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 5 replies · 685+ views ^ | Friday, 31 August 2007 | Leon R. Kass
    Leon R. Kass | Friday, 31 August 2007 How brave a new world? There is nothing "brave" or beautiful about the biotechnised world we are entering, says one of America's best-known bioethicists. This is a commencement speech made by Dr Leon Kass at St John's College, in Annapolis, Maryland, earlier this year. Dr Kass, a physician and philosopher, was the chairman of the President's Council for Bioethics from 2002 to 2005. He teaches at the University of Chicago. Surveying the world you graduates are about to enter, I am reminded of the ancient Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting...
  • Castro says American materialism threatens human existence

    08/04/2007 8:40:33 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 30 replies · 671+ views
    pr-inside ^ | 2007-08-04 17:03:40 -
    HAVANA (AP) - Fidel Castro said Saturday that consumerism in the United States, the perennial enemy of his communist government, is threatening humanity's very existence. Castro used the latest of his «Reflections of the Commander in Chief» columns to lambast American capitalism, quoting a former Russian defense official who says the world must stand up to the United States and its money-grubbing ways. «Commercial advertising and consumerism are incompatible with the survival of the species,» Castro wrote in the essay titled «Hard and Obvious Realities» and published in Cuba's two leading state-controlled newspapers. Castro turns 81 on Aug. 13 and...
  • Intelligent Design Scientist Denied Tenure at Iowa State (what you can do to help!)

    05/16/2007 11:02:33 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 74 replies · 1,188+ views
    Me | May 16, 2005 | Me
    I found the following form letter on a website, copied and pasted it, and sent it to the president of Iowa State University. The emailed me back (probably with a form letter). But the point is, they are responding (and therefore keeping track)!!! Below is the letter I sent and their response. See reply #2 for a link for background info. on Dr. Gonzalez--GGG ---------------------------- To: Subject: Guillermo Gonzalez Tenure Ruling President Gregory L. Geoffroy, I am disappointed at the University's denial of Guillermo Gonzalez tenure application. Despite the fact that Dr. Gonzalez has 68 peer-reviewed publications, he seems...
  • Is God a Republican? A religious conservative explains the politics of ritual contamination

    03/23/2007 10:13:54 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 8 replies · 344+ views ^ | 3/23/'07 | David Klinghoffer
    An overlooked enigma of political life is why there are distinct ideological groupings at all. We take the liberal/conservative divide for granted, rarely pausing to contemplate how mysterious it actually is. The Hebrew Bible solves the mystery. The solution can be found in the unexpected context of the Torah's seemingly primitive and bizarre laws of ritual contamination. The relevant material is laid out in dense detail mainly in Leviticus, a.k.a. the stuff most Jews skip over in shul (as Christians do in church). If you don’t see the mystery, consider the following: Doesn’t it seem equally if not more plausible...
  • First Study on Materialism and Marriage: Not a Good Match

    03/05/2007 7:10:03 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 11 replies · 521+ views
    Newswise — Increasing levels of debt and bankruptcies are frequently blamed for divorces and conflict within marriage. But new Brigham Young University research suggests that marital woes that can result from financial ups and downs have as much to do with a couple’s expectations as their paychecks and credit card bills. The first-ever study to examine the impact of materialism on marital satisfaction found that highly materialistic spouses are about 40 percent more likely than non materialistic spouses to experience high levels of financial problems, which consequently harm their marital satisfaction. What’s more, the impact of materialism held true across...
  • Materialism spikes in a generation

    01/23/2007 11:57:08 AM PST · by JZelle · 19 replies · 734+ views
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Melissa Greenwood sees it every day at her high school: the hyper-focus on designer labels, the must-have trendy cell phones, the classmates driving sport utility vehicles. "It bothers me because I would like to think I am the opposite," said Melissa, a 16-year-old high school junior from Arlington Heights, an affluent suburb of Chicago. She says she sometimes finds it difficult to avoid the urge to fit in. "Let's face it," she said. "Honestly, what teenage girl doesn't want to look cute and have the latest accessories?" Polls show that the obsession with material things is growing...
  • The ‘powerless’ need to hear the truth, too [Clarence Page]

    01/08/2007 1:44:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 1,013+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | January 8, 2007 | Clarence Page
    Oprah Winfrey's poke at the short-sighted materialism of some low-income students has delighted conservative commentators, but that doesn't mean she's wrong. Liberals love to "speak truth to power," but the powerless need to hear the truth, too. Knowledge, after all, is power. Don't keep it to yourself, I say. Spread it around. That's why the Queen of Daytime Talk did poor folks a favor when she candidly explained in a Newsweek interview why she decided to build her lavish new school for impoverished teenagers, the $40 million Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, in South Africa instead of the United...
  • Swedes trust Ikea more than the church

    11/28/2006 3:21:43 PM PST · by Antioch · 2 replies · 311+ views
    der spiegel ^ | November 23, 2006 | dsl/dpa
    What do Volvo, Ericsson, Saab and IKEA have in common? The people of Sweden have more faith in them than in the church. Perhaps the news shouldn't come as much of a surprise, coming as it does from a country best known for its meatballs and the bright blue and yellow warehouses selling cheap and cheerful furniture around the globe. Still, preacher men the world over must be reeling. A new poll taken of Swedes indicates that more people trust IKEA than the church in the largely Protestant country. According to the poll, taken by the business weekly Dagens Industri,...
  • ‘Helicopter’ folks leave kids depressed: Expert

    08/09/2006 1:27:14 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 4 replies · 569+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 9 Aug, 2006 1002hrs IST | Agencies
    LONDON: Parents who pressure their children to succeed are condemning a generation of middle-class youngsters to stress and depression, it has been claimed. American psychologist Madeline Levine has identified a growing breed of ‘helicopter’ parents, so-called because they hover over all aspects of their children’s lives. These high-earning parents push their children so hard to excel at everything from math and English to sport and music that they leave them feeling hopeless failures. Youngsters grow up miserable and confused after falling short of their parents’ unrealistic expectations. Levine, a clinical psychologist and mother of three, claims in her book The...
  • Commentary: Emphasis on Wealth in Some Black Churches Costs in Spiritual Currency

    05/18/2006 10:45:37 AM PDT · by twippo · 56 replies · 530+ views ^ | May 17, 2006 | Tonyaa Weathersbee
    It’s the kind of controversy that I pray will turn into a productive conversation among black people of faith. Last weekend, James H. Cone, a prominent theologian who has used the teachings of compassion for the downtrodden espoused by Martin Luther King Jr. to shape a generation of black ministers, decided to sit out graduation ceremonies at the Interdenominational Theological Center after officials invited Bishop Eddie Long to speak at its commencement. A number of students had also threatened to boycott the ceremony as well. Long is senior pastor at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, an Atlanta church that boasts...
  • What You Need To Know

    05/10/2006 10:11:03 AM PDT · by jan in Colorado · 26 replies · 1,049+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 5/10/06 | Ben Stein
    A visit to my genius shrink, Paul Hyman. In the course of a lengthy conversation, I asked him what he would say to college graduates about what they must know to succeed at life. He looked dubious, so I refined the question. "I mean," I said, "what do you need to know now that's different from what you, let us say, needed to know in the 1960s?" Then, his majestically smart face lit up. And he gave me a list, which I am at best paraphrasing. First, he said, materialism has become more powerful than it has ever been in...
  • Darwin Was Not Influenced by Science

    04/12/2006 9:19:15 AM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 1 replies · 353+ views
    There’s an interesting article in the current issue of the Christian Research Journal (v29, #2) on how Darwin’s atheism/materialism influenced his writing more than actual science did. Also revealing is how his ambiguous God references in his books - often pointed to as ‘proof’ he never abandoned theism - were simply there so he wouldn’t insult friends and his wife. The article won’t be on their website for awhile, but its worth getting a copy if you don’t subscribe. Darwin’s own writings admit that he lied in early works about a belief in God. So from the very beginning it...