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  • The Decline of the West

    03/14/2016 3:00:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 14, 2016 | CLIFFORD STAPLES
    According to the German Catholic philosopher Josef Pieper, the “wisdom of the West” expresses the sum total of what man “ought to” be. This wisdom was then discredited and rejected in the Modern era, and so is largely unavailable to post-modern man, who bobs along in the wake of Modernism, which has largely discredited itself. Here I use Pieper’s vision as the standard against which to chart the spiritual and cultural decline of the West.ON FAITHPieper:  Man, insofar as he realizes his meaning, is someone who—in faith—opens himself by listening to God’s word, whenever he can perceive it.Modern:  Modern man,...

    11/24/2015 10:12:40 PM PST · by lbryce · 99 replies
    FrontPage ^ | November 23, 2015 | Staff
    Obama always claims he found out about scandals from the "news". He only ramps up the fight against ISIS, when the media's reporting makes it obvious that the group is still a problem. So he has an obvious solution. If the media would just stop covering ISIS, it wouldn't be a problem. “The media needs to help in this,” he said, admitting that it has been a “difficult week,” with the threat posed by ISIS becoming a primary focus in the media. “One of the things that has to happen is how we report on this has to maintain perspective,...
  • From Marxism/Communism to Post-Modern Liberal Fascism

    11/07/2015 12:54:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 7, 2015 | Mark Musser
    ".......It is here where the modern Left made its transition away from communism into a postmodern existentialism. Dr. Hicks strongly argues that postmodernism is rooted in the Counter Enlightenment movement featuring German superstars such as Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Heidegger. According to Hicks, postmodernism favors subjectivity over objectivity, the inadequacy of language to communicate over reason and truth, various collective multicultural groupings over individual identity and autonomy, willpower over realistic experience rooted in rational analysis, communalism and solidarity over individualism in values, markets and politics, and finally, suspicion, if not hostility, toward science and technology. As such, the postmodern critique...
  • Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism

    09/30/2015 5:48:08 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 9/30/15 | Duane Litfin
    How’s this for academic credentials: John C. Lennox holds MA, MMath, and PhD degrees from Cambridge University. Want more? He also has a DSc (Doctor of Science) degree from the Mathematics Institute at the University of Wales. Still more? How about additional MA and DPhil degrees from Oxford University, along with an MA in bioethics from the University of Surrey? More? Lennox was a Humboldt Fellow at the Universities of Würzburg and Freiburg in Germany and has lectured all over North America, Europe, and Australia. He currently holds a professorship in Mathematics at the University of Oxford and is an associate fellow of Oxford’s famous Said...
  • What Carly Said About Life

    09/21/2015 11:23:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | September 21, 2015 | John P. Warren
    fully formedheart beatinglegs kicking And she dared. As a woman whod earned the right to be on a stage historically dominated by men, Carly Fiorina dared to speak for those aborted alive, for the most basic right denied them by progressives: the right to live. She didnt have to raise the topic at all, but she was the perfect candidate to have done so. She dared Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and by extension, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and all those pseudo-champions of women to watch the video of a near-term child whose life is snuffed out for the convenience...
  • The Gods Among Us

    06/21/2015 12:46:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 21, 2015 | Fay Voshell
    [BIG SNIP]The Quakers[new penitentiary system using isolation]experiment revealed that the consultation of ones inner self without outside reference or constraints, with nothing to measure ones self against, could produce distorted human beings who became certifiably mad. Self-proclaimed gods can turn out to be a Caligula or a Jim Jones.Just as bad as the fact consulting the inner light can result in the exhibition of mad or corrupt behavior is the fact that the newly minted gods believe themselves to be entitled to demand obeisance from us mere mortals.We mere everyday humans must bow down and worship the deities among us....
  • Marriage Redefined: Young Evangelicals in Crisis

    05/28/2015 5:51:04 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 46 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | May 28, 2015 | John Stonestreet
    What does the rising generation of young evangelicals think about marriage? [Catholics too!] Here's the troubling truth. For five years, Dr. Abigail Rine has been teaching a course on gender theory at George Fox University, an evangelical school in the Quaker tradition. At the beginning of the semester, she tells her students that they are guaranteed to read something they will find disagreeable, probably even offensive. Writing at recently, she related how five years ago it was easy to find readings that challenged and even offended the evangelical college students considering the secular bent of contemporary gender studies. But...
  • Rob Bell And The Progressive Emergent Church Embrace Sodomite Marriage

    02/20/2015 4:41:37 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 146 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | February 20, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    Rob Bell is a progressive former mega-church pastor. He is also a heretic who, since giving up the mega-church pastoring gig, has been hanging out with the likes of Oprah Winfrey. Bell was part of the emergent church, which engaged in conversations and rejected historic Christianity. While the emergents like to pretend theyre new, hip and cool, the reality is theyre no different than the other progressive churches out there which have rejected historic Christianity. The difference between the emergent church and the pentecostal or baptist churches is only how they demonstrate their rejection of historic Christianity. Rather than rolling...
  • How Clint Eastwoods American Sniper stoked the American culture wars

    01/20/2015 5:20:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 77 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 20, 2015 | Terrence McCoy
    [SNIP] The exchanges are just the latest eruption in a long culture war, analysts said, with lines clearly demarcated. As screenings have sold out, conservative media has manned barricades against liberals who have attacked the movie or the idea of lionizing Kyle, conservative David Weigel wrote for Bloomberg. He noted that much of the controversy involves the extended battle over guns and gun control and pits pro-Iraq war conservatives against anti-war liberals. But it also hints at another gulf in American politics: the plummeting number of Americans who serve in the armed services, which has given rise to...
  • Multiculturalism and the Myth of Compromise

    01/14/2015 12:33:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 13, 2015 | Deana Chadwell
    For the last few decades, Western civilization has been attempting to avoid the difficult levels of thought-analysis,synthesis,and most of all,evaluation. No one wants to be the one to point a finger and say, Thats just wrong. For one thing, as we learned from Charlie Hebdo, doing so can get you killed. But we also know that repercussions can take other forms as well--job loss,lawsuits,public ridicule,and personal rejection(I dont have as many friends as I used to). We have been basking in the luxury of sloppy, pseudo-intellectual mock thinking and it may cost us everything. The horrors of 9/11,the Boston bombing,the...
  • The Poison of Postmodern Lying

    01/30/2014 5:07:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | January 30, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    All presidents at one time have fudged on the truth. Most politicians pad their resumes and airbrush away their sins. But what is new about political lying is the present notion that lies are not necessarily lies anymore -- a reflection of the relativism that infects our entire culture. Postmodernism (the cultural fad "after modernism") went well beyond questioning norms and rules. It attacked the very idea of having any rules at all. Postmodernist relativists claimed that things like "truth" were mere fictions to preserve elite privilege. Unfortunately, bad ideas like that have a habit of poisoning an entire society...
  • Taste and Taboo, the Id and the Ick

    12/04/2013 3:21:37 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/4/13 | Kevin Williamson
    Some thoughts on the celebrity of Sarah Silverman. "I saw my fathers penis once. But it was okay, because I was so young . . . and so drunk. Thus one of the important cultural voices in modern American liberalism explores what our credulous Freudian friends would call her Electra complex. If, somewhere in this or another galaxy, an advanced alien race is monitoring the broadcasts of Sarah Silverman, we can be sure that they will not be much tempted to visit. Silverman is a model American of the age, whose craft consists of taking a very old tradition, Jewish...
  • Woody Allen Blue Jasmine - Honest to God Masterpiece

    09/07/2013 9:07:11 PM PDT · by qwertyz · 66 replies ^ | August 29. 2013 | Casey Menninger
    Theres a lot eating Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine, a brilliant social satire about morals, social class and a socialite coming spectacularly undone in our ethics-challenged times, and she should already start clearing space on her mantle for all the golden statuettes that are going to be coming to her. The latest cinematic effort from writer/director Woody Allen is the perfect antidote from the usual superhero spectacles and it's a stand up and cheer return to form for a celebrated director that has fallen on hard times himself.
  • Reality and Public Policy

    05/24/2013 12:27:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    National Affairs ^ | Spring 2013 | GEORGE WEIGEL
    The glossary of inadmissible words in 21st-century American society has shrunk to what seems, at times, a null set. Deprecations and excretory references that once got kids' mouths washed out with soap are dropped with aplomb and immunity, and not just in Quentin Tarantino films. On the rare occasions when the Federal Communications Commission chastises a broadcaster for letting an expletive pass uncensored or unbleeped, cries of repression ricochet from sea to shining sea, quickly followed by passionate defenses of the First Amendment. But the set of inadmissible words is not quite null just yet. For, to paraphrase St. Paul,...
  • Obama's Good War

    03/31/2011 12:48:57 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 31, 2011 | James Lewis
    Well, well, well, so Obama has embarked on his third war in little more than two years. You've got to admit that "flexibility" is his middle name. Or at least one of his middle names: Barack Barry Hussein "Flexibility" Soetoro Obama, Jr. Those are the names we know so far, but The Donald thinks there might be more. Whodda thunk? Here we are barely into the first week of what started out as a "No-Fly Zone" and it is now turning out to be Air Al Qaida. Ten years ago, AQ had a mere four civilian airplanes to crash into...
  • Sexually Suggestive Movies Profoundly Affect Teens

    08/17/2012 10:25:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 173 replies ^ | August 17, 2012 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Culture Challenge of the Week: Movies "Selling" Sex to Children Can you name the last five movies your teenage son or daughter has watched with friends? How strong was the sexual content in those movies? And does it really matter? New research suggests that it does. The study, conducted by Dr. Ross O'Hara and soon to be published in the journal Psychological Science, found that promiscuity on-screen promotes promiscuity in real life. "Adolescents who are exposed to more sexual content in movies start having sex at younger ages, have more sexual partners," and engage in riskier sexual activities says Dr....
  • Post-Postmodern Art

    07/04/2012 1:01:17 PM PDT · by OddLane · 14 replies ^ | 2004 | Stephen Hicks
    Art begins in the mind of a creative individual. The artist takes his significant experiences and thoughts as raw material and creates a perceptual embodiment for them. Each artist makes independent judgments about which of his experiences and thoughts are significant. And to the best of his ability and with his unique style, each artist employs the techniques of his perceptual medium of choice. The result is an object that, at its best, has an awesome power to exalt the senses, the intellects, and the passions of those who experience it. Those individuals who over the centuries accepted art's calling...
  • Gayness Is Built Into Batman (DC comics writer interviewed)

    04/26/2012 12:49:33 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 66 replies
    Bleeding Cool News ^ | Written on April 26, 2012 | by Rich Johnston
    The new issue [of Playboy] features an interview with [current Batman comics writer] Grant Morrison, talking superheroes. This is the kind of thing he says "Gayness is built into Batman. Im not using gay in the pejorative sense, but Batman is very, very gay. Theres just no denying it. Obviously as a fictional character hes intended to be heterosexual, but the basis of the whole concept is utterly gay. I think thats why people like it. All these women fancy him and they all wear fetish clothes and jump around rooftops to get to him. He doesnt carehes more interested...
  • Narcissism and the culture war

    03/10/2012 1:28:50 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Renew America ^ | 3-8-12 | Fred Hutchinson
    The culture war might be likened to fighting a war against a coalition of powers. Imagine WWI-style trench warfare on a long front. In the center of the enemy lines are the forces of moral relativism. These forces oppose the idea that there is a universal moral law. On one flank are the forces of the sexual revolution, including gays, feminists, adulterers, the promiscuous, and the pro-abortion folks. On the other flank are the cultural relativists, and multiculturalists. This camp opposes the ideas of truth, beauty, and intrinsic quality. It seeks to suppress the literary, philosophical, and artistic heritage of...
  • GOP? What GOP?

    05/12/2011 12:31:32 AM PDT · by Bratch · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 12, 2011 | Bruce A. Riggs
    With the 2012 presidential election fast-approaching, one has to wonder if the Grand Old Party will again manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The Obama regime has certainly greased the skids for a GOP win but will the Republican National Committee (RNC) engineer another defeat as it did with candidacies of McCain and Dole? The core problem is that the GOP is a philosophically schizoid entity. It's effectively two parties: middle-American conservatives and internationalist RINO's (Republican's in name only) casting one shadow. Conservatives are nationalists who adhere to Constitutional principles emphasizing individual liberty and limited government. The...
  • Barak: Labor MKs Have Become Post-Zionist (Barak Denounces Labor's Slide To Far Left Alert)

    01/17/2011 3:13:21 AM PST · by goldstategop · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/17/2011 | Arutz Sheva
    At a press conference announcing his split form the Labor party Defense Minister and Labor Party head Ehud Barak slammed the remaining Labor MKs who he said "have been dragged to the Left, to post-modernism and post-Zionism."
  • It's smut, not art, Loveland protesters say

    10/01/2010 12:34:08 PM PDT · by Bulldawg Fan · 32 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | 10/1/10 | Monte Whaley
    LOVELAND About 25 to 30 residents stood outside the Loveland Museum/Gallery this morning protesting a portion of an exhibit that appears to show Jesus Christ involved in a sex act. "This is not art, it's smut, pure and simple," said Ronald Minto, who said he's not against graphic art per se. But the color lithograph produced by Stanford University's Enrique Chagoya is outright pornography, he said. "This is a museum, not an X-rated book store," said Minto. The lithograph is spread over 12 panels, each about 7- by 7-inches, and is called "The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals." It's...
  • Postmodernism and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science

    07/24/2010 8:43:57 AM PDT · by mattstat · 6 replies
    Since I am, by nature, a compassionate individual, I had been thinking of how we might Sokal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). It is for their own good. Alan Sokal: remember him? Hes the physicist who submitted the scam article Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity to the oh-so-prestigious postmodern journal Social Text. Postmodernists are intellectuals who are so jealous of the success of real scientists, that they pretend that scientists accomplishments are nothing special. They are the sort of people who authoritatively state, There is no truth, or Truth is a...
  • Save the Boomers, Save the World: Redeeming Culture

    07/20/2010 11:01:23 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 48 replies ^ | July 19, 2010 | Barbara R. Nicolosi
    The entertainment industry is in the full throes of the changing of the generations; films and television are beginning to reflect the visions of Generation Xers like Jason Reitman, (Up in the Air), Judd Apatow, (Knocked Up), Brad Byrd (Up, The Incredibles), and other young artists who dare to buck the tired irony-cool cynicism that has shaped and stifled too much of the culture. Suddenly, after decades of being shut out, minimized, or mocked, film characters have room in their lives for optimism, and even something almost like faith. The Church, if it seeks to be relevant in the future,...
  • Liberalism and Post-modernism

    06/27/2010 6:44:42 AM PDT · by yetidog · 7 replies
    All About Philosophy ^ | June 27, 2010 | Vanity
    Today's liberal is the political expression of postmodernism and those we know as liberals tend to represent all the characteristics of postmodern thinking foisted on them by contemporary higher education, exposure to modern media etc. To successfully thwart modern (not classical) liberalism, some understanding of postmodern thought and its vulnerabilities must be considered and acted upon. Using this line of reasoning has helped me understand the liberal mindset and the stubborn incapacity of liberals to see something other than the truth of things. I haven't made many conversions, but the postmodern argument helps me make inroads as it takes the...
  • Postmodernism: A Unified Theory of All the Trouble in the World

    05/02/2010 1:50:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 706+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 02, 2010 | M.J. Braun
    Like the "fatal error" message that pops up unexpectedly on a computer, the phrase itself is menacing: "post-normal science." I ran across the phrase as I was reading Climate Change and the Death of Science. The author's explanation did nothing to allay my anxiety. Once there was modern science, which was hard work; now we have postmodern science, where the quest for real, absolute truth is outdated, and "science" is a wax nose that can be twisted in any direction to underpin the latest lying narrative in the pursuit of power. Except they didn't call it ‘postmodern' science because then...
  • Ministry in the New Global Culture of Major City-Centers

    02/27/2010 8:45:27 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies · 137+ views ^ | 21st Century | Tim Keller
    N. Pierce: Great metropolitan regions...not nation-states--are starting to emerge as the worlds most influential players. Cities are growing in the Third World at an enormous rate and are regenerating in the U.S. and Europe. In the U.S. even smaller cities have seen a renaissance of their downtown cores, as professionals, immigrants, international business leaders, empty-nest baby-boomers, artists, and the young and hip move back in. The coming world order' will be a global, multi-cultural, and urban order. So globalized city-centers are the strategic leading edge of world culture. So what are they like? Would we say that young city-center dwellers...
  • Caught in Their Own Nets

    10/15/2009 9:47:27 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 10 replies · 479+ views
    American Vision ^ | Oct 14, 2009 | Bojidar Marinov
    No wonder Whoopi Goldberg said what she said. She cant help it. She is a victim. She is a victim of the liberal propaganda she believes in. That same propaganda that is based on emptying the words of our language of any moral meaning. So when it comes to applying moral meaning to words, she is confused. Rape-rape or just rape? I dont necessarily want my 13-year old to have sex with a 45-year old man. What does that phrase mean? She probably wouldnt be able to tell. Does she say that it is not necessity that tells her what...
  • 'Heeb': Brought to You By the Director of 'Schindler's' List'(Starring Roseanne Bar as Hitler!)

    08/03/2009 8:26:19 AM PDT · by This Just In · 12 replies · 602+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | August 1, 2009 | John Nolte
    - Big Hollywood - - Heeb: Brought to You By the Director of Schindlers List Posted By John Nolte On August 1, 2009 @ 1:33 pm In Featured Story, Politics, culture Americas long past being shocked by anything Roseanne Barr will do for even a smidgen of attention. Why just the other day I was sitting around thinking it wouldnt surprise me a bit if she dressed as Hitler and made fun of the Holocaust. To be honest, though, it wasnt much more surprising to find Steven Spielbergs name attached to this: Domestic Goddess Hitler eats a Jew Cookie...
  • What will we name this decade? Let's just never speak of it again (MOANIN' LIBERAL ALERT)

    04/14/2009 10:29:01 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 32 replies · 757+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 14, 2009 | Steve Johnson | Tribune Internet critic
    Think about it. Has there been a lousier 10 years in American history? OK, the Civil War, granted. And the Great Depression wasn't so hot, either, the pictures suggest. But this one has been close enough to an all-time bad to merit the kind of willful amnesia that I'm proposing.
  • "Watchmen" Fanatic Derangement Syndrome... (Debbie Schlussel responds to critics)

    03/05/2009 11:55:58 AM PST · by EveningStar · 307 replies · 7,443+ views ^ | March 5, 2009 | Debbie Schlussel
    I guess I shouldn't be amazed at the number of slacker ignoramuses who are up in arms about my frank review cutting down the absolute crap they worship a/k/a "The Watchmen", coming out in theaters late tonight. The e-mails they send me and the comments they make about how "deep," "edgy" and "profound" this vile piece of trash (which is none of these) reminds me of the blind statements of followers of Jim Jones. And we all know what happened after they drank he purple Kool-Aid. If only this movie could achieve that result, it would be the most fantastic...
  • The Postmodern Recession: Instead of dealing with reality, the stimulus craze furthers the delusion

    03/01/2009 7:39:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 797+ views
    The Alberta Venture ^ | March 1, 2009 | George Koch
    Youve likely heard the expression, Mugged by reality. It usually refers to having a treasured ideal shattered by some stubborn feature of human nature or unbending aspect of science or geopolitics. Ive been eager to proclaim that the financial meltdown shows our world being mugged by economic reality. But increasingly, it seems humanity is attempting to perform a multitrillion-dollar mugging of reality. This is the first postmodern recession. It combines baby-boomer self-absorption with the ahistorical ignorance of the following generation, plus the acute narcissism common to both. The accompanying histrionics erase perspective and proportion and the chance for rational...
  • Denominations make doctrinal compromises..(More Apostasy hits the church!)

    02/24/2009 10:16:27 AM PST · by TaraP · 29 replies · 1,002+ views
    Two mainline denominations have announced decisions indicating a further move away from Bible-based Christianity. In Michigan, the new bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan is an ordained Zen Buddhist. Northern Michigan's Episcopal congregations and delegates overwhelmingly elected the Rev. Kevin Thew Forrester at their convention on Saturday. The diocesan website says Thew Forrester "has practiced Zen meditation for almost a decade," and the Buddhist community welcomed his commitment by granting him "lay ordination." The website also says Northern Michigan's new bishop "resonates deeply" with "his own interfaith dialogue with Buddhism and meditative practice." Meanwhile, Presbyterian Church (USA) representatives...
  • Science vs. Scripture: An Open Response to Dr. John Ankerberg

    02/05/2009 8:10:48 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 59 replies · 1,757+ views
    ICR ^ | February 4, 2009 | Institute for Creation Research
    In January 2009, ICR received a copy of a recent ministry letter published by television personality Dr. John Ankerberg. For many years, Dr. Ankerberg has skillfully tackled tough issues related to the church, society, the Middle East, and other topics of interest to believers. Christians everywhere need to be informed, challenged, and also taught sound doctrinethere is no substitute for the Bible. However, the January letter from Dr. Ankerbergs television ministry reveals a dangerous trend toward subjugating the accuracy, understandability, and authority of the Bible to the foolish musings of mennamely, scientists who deny that Gods revelation in the book...
  • ABC Gives Disgraced Pastor Platform to Bash Religious Right

    02/02/2009 1:10:27 PM PST · by chuck_the_tv_out · 29 replies · 1,551+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | February 2, 2009 - 15:15 | Erin Brown
    ABC has apparently never heard that phrase, "There are two sides to every story." On Feb. 1, "World News Sunday" helped shamed former-pastor Ted Haggard take shots at the Christian conservatives who he says "shunned him." Reporter Dan Harris introduced the piece by qualifying Haggard as a former "insider, a powerful pastor at the highest levels of the Christian conservative movement." Haggard, who made headlines two years ago for getting caught in a gay sex scandal, is now offering advice to the Christian conservative movement; and ABC gave him the megaphone. Here is a portion of Harris' interview with Haggard:
  • Family spat divides televangelism empire

    02/02/2009 10:05:54 AM PST · by NYer · 26 replies · 1,257+ views
    GARDEN GROVE, Calif. - Once one of the most popular televangelists in the U.S., the Rev. Robert H. Schuller is watching his life's work crumble.His son and recent successor, the Rev. Robert A. Schuller, has abruptly resigned as senior pastor of the Crystal Cathedral. The shimmering, glass-walled megachurch in Southern California is home to the "Hour of Power" broadcast, an evangelism staple that has been on the air worldwide for more than three decades.The church is in financial turmoil: It plans to sell more than $65 million worth of its Orange County property to pay off debt. Revenue dropped by...
  • Gaza Rules (VDH On The Post-Modern Politically Correct View Of Warfare Alert)

    01/02/2009 10:43:10 PM PST · by goldstategop · 12 replies · 921+ views
    National Review ^ | 1/03/2009 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Israelis just struck back hard at Hamas in Gaza. In response, the United Nations, the European Union and the Arab world (at least publicly) expressed their anger at the killing of over 300 Palestinians, most of whom were terrorists and Hamas officials. For several prior weeks, Hamas terrorists had been daily launching rockets into Israeli towns that border Gaza. The recent volleys of missiles had insidiously become more frequent up to 80 a day and the payloads larger. Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists were reportedly supplying their own training and expertise. These terrorists point to the Lebanon war of...
  • Atheist will attempt to boot God from inauguration

    12/30/2008 11:54:38 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 65 replies · 1,747+ views
    D.C. Examiner ^ | 12/29/08 | Kathleen Miller
    A well-known California atheist says he and 17 others, plus atheist and humanist organizations, will file suit Tuesday in D.C.'s District Court to strip all references to God and religion from President-elect Barack Obama's January inauguration ceremony. Michael Newdow, of Sacramento, Calif., says he wants to remove the phrase "so help me God" from the oath of office, plus axe the invocation prayer from Pastor Rick Warren, already under fire from the left for his opposition to gay marriage. According to Newdow, any reference to God or religion violates the Constitution. "Equality is important to me," Newdow told The Examiner....
  • Wonderful? Sorry, George, Its a Pitiful, Dreadful Life

    12/22/2008 4:47:10 AM PST · by 7thson · 90 replies · 1,773+ views
    The New York Slimes ^ | December 18, 2008 | WENDELL JAMIESON
    Lots of people love this movie of course. But Im convinced its for the wrong reasons. Because to me Its a Wonderful Life is anything but a cheery holiday tale. Sitting in that dark public high school classroom, I shuddered as the projector whirred and George Baileys life unspooled.
  • When All Truth is Relative: Conservatives play a dangerous game in attacking the media for bias

    09/29/2008 7:52:53 AM PDT · by LucyJo · 29 replies · 735+ views
    LA Times ^ | September 29, 2008 | Gregory Rodriguez
    Birds fly, tortoises crawl and politicians lie, particularly when they feel cornered. That's the natural order of things. Big deal. I don't waste too much indignation on it. But what irks me, and should concern us all, is not the everyday disregard for this or that particular truth but the very assault on the idea that there is such a thing as truth at all. ~ snip ~ As believers in the old-fashioned idea of truth, conservatives generally have found postmodernism distasteful and have vociferously protested its emergence.
  • Younger evangelicals split over Palin choice as VP (Tony Jones Doug Pagitt EMERGING CHURCH)

    09/15/2008 7:10:08 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 27 replies · 311+ views
    Comcast News ^ | 9-14-08 | AP
    Younger evangelicals split over Palin choice as VP Sun Sep 14, 12:50 PM EDT When Jessica Stollings learned on Facebook that John McCain had named Sarah Palin as his running mate, the 26-year-old from Bristol, Tenn., took the day off and picked up some campaign yard signs. Just like that, she went from "just a voter" to a McCain evangelist. "He's a lot more visionary than I thought," said Stollings, a blooming evangelical activist for her generation who believes God has raised up Palin "for such a time as this."Similar excitement built on the Virginia campus of conservative Christian Patrick...
  • Postmodernism

    07/14/2008 6:45:12 PM PDT · by Harrius Magnus · 11 replies · 120+ views
    Gutenberg College, McKenzie Study Center ^ | June 1998 | R. Wesley Hurd
    Postmodernism by R. Wesley Hurd At the end of this century the big questions about reality and being human rise with unexpected power. We ask ever more agonizingly: What does it mean to be human? How do human beings fit into this vast cosmos? Where to from here? We live in a time of great uncertainty--caught in the transition from a bold and passionate optimism about the future to a deep skepticism and spirit of nihilism about finding any universal ways for mankind. We live in a postmodern time. The term "postmodernism" pops up in newspapers, magazines, and other media....
  • New show now running at the Tate

    07/01/2008 7:20:09 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 6 replies · 111+ views ^ | July 1 2008 | staff reporter
    Sprinters will be paid 10 per hour to run through the halls of one of the UKs most famous art galleries. Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed has the revealed the runners as his new work of art 'Work No. 850' at Tate Britain. The show will see a series of semi-pro athletes sprinting through a 86 metre long gallery every 30 seconds for eight hours per day for the next four months. Creed, 39, who won the 2001 Turner Prize for a piece called The Lights Going On And Off, said: I like running. I like seeing people run and I...
  • The United States of Fantasyland

    05/17/2008 2:19:59 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 14 replies · 167+ views ^ | 5/17/08 | Star Parker
    California's Supreme Court has made its contribution to the ongoing debasement of our law, our language and our culture by legalizing same-sex marriage. California now has law in the tradition of Groucho Marx who said, "Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes." When the court says there is no difference between couples consisting of a man and a woman, a man and a man, or a woman and a woman, and that it's irrelevant that only one combination can produce children, whom are you going to believe? The court or your own eyes? This decision shouldn't...
  • Homophobia, Racism, Sexism, Bigotry, Greed And So On: Arbitrary Social Constructs?

    05/08/2008 7:40:03 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies · 251+ views
    5/8/2008 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    "Either relativism is a genuine theory in which a real assertion is made, or else it isn't. But any attempt to assert relativism without relying on just-plain truth [absolute] would inevitably fail, because it would generate an infinite regress. And, of course, any assertion of relativism that does not rely on just-plain truth would be-self defeating. So it looks like any apparent assertion of relativism is either self-defeating or else is not a real assertion, but something more like an empty slogan." (Jubien, Michael. Contemporary Metaphysics. Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, 1997) "The only way the relativist can avoid the painful dilemma...
  • Postmodernism (Plus Why Modernism Is Preferable To This Pillar Of Liberalism

    05/04/2008 11:48:46 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 9 replies · 126+ views
    Conservapedia ^ | April 28, 2008 | Staff
    Postmodernism is a worldview characterized by a belief in the lack of an objective truth, and wehich asserts that assertions of objective knowledge are essentially impossible. A strong part of postmodernist thought is an intentional departure from traditional approaches that had previously been dominant... Some postmodernist idea are: Truth is a "social construct," rather than objectively provable. There is no superior culture; Western culture is no better than any other (see cultural relativism)...
  • Postmodernism (Plus A Primer On Deconstructing One Of The Pillars Of Liberalism

    05/02/2008 7:49:39 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 16 replies · 78+ views
    University of Colorado ^ | April 21, 2003 | Dr. Mary Klages
    ... There are lots of questions to be asked about Postmodernism, and one of the most important is about politics involved -- or more simply, is this movement toward fragmentation, provisionality, performance and instability something good or bad? ... the postmodern avowal of fragmentation and multiplicity tends to attract liberals and radicals. This is why, in part, feminist theorists have found postmodernism so attractive as Sarup, Flax and Butler all point out. ... postmodernist politics offers a way to theorize local situations as fluid and unpredictible, though influenced by global trends. Hence the motto for postmodern politics might well be...
  • Postmodernism At Work

    04/29/2008 10:20:32 AM PDT · by Hank Kerchief · 286 replies · 1,284+ views
    Independent Individualist ^ | Apr 29, 2008 | Reginald Firehammer
    Postmodernism At Work The following two statements are parts of comments made on the Free Republic forum in response to Pamela Hewitt's "Problems of Evolution." "Nothing in Science is ever “proven”, just provisionally accepted pending further data." (—allmendream) All science is tentative, and nothing is ever proved! (—Coyoteman) Normally, I would not bother with such mindless statements, but they just happen to perfectly exemplify the post-modernist nonsense that is being taught in today's colleges and universities. It is why we are living in the age of gullibility. Do not suppose this is just ignorance, however. These things are being taught...
  • Identity theft: Hillary Clinton creates the narrative that suits her

    04/19/2008 6:00:48 AM PDT · by rhema · 12 replies · 138+ views
    WORLD ^ | April 19, 2008 | Gene Edward Veith
    Both his fans and his critics hail Bill Clinton as the first postmodern president. In his personal constructions of truth and morality, his continual re-invention of himself, and his insistence that even the word "is" depends upon your interpretation, President Clinton became a poster boy for the relativistic worldview. Now Hillary Clinton is continuing her husband's political legacy. The most flagrant example of Mrs. Clinton's embrace of contemporary philosophy is her description of a trip to Bosnia in which she had to duck sniper fire, landing with no ceremony into a war zone and running from the airplane with her...
  • Postmodern Epistemologies

    02/19/2008 7:57:37 AM PST · by bs9021 · 11 replies · 154+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 19, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    Postmodern Epistemologies by: Bethany Stotts, February 19, 2008 ...How does style affect our perception of the text, and does style itself impart its own distinct meaning?...Modern Language Association (MLA) professors attempted to answer these questions by drawing upon postmodern academics who remain skeptical of absolute knowledge, one of whom belongs to the radical naturalist Brights movement. Among the scholars mentioned were Donald Freeman, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Mark Turner, Daniel Dennett, and Noam Chomsky.... Instead, Chodat referred the audience to the works of radical atheist and Brights Movement member Dennett, who is listed on the site as one of the movements enthusiastic...