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  • From Moral Relativism to Reality Relativism

    06/20/2015 7:18:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2015 | Michael Brown
    For the last few decades, our culture has warmly embraced moral relativism, where right and wrong are determined based on our feelings, and so there is nothing absolute. Morality is entirely relative, which means that you can have your morality and I can have mine. Today, we have moved from moral relativism to reality relativism, where not only morality but everything is determined by how I feel, so you can have your reality and I can have mine.This is not a matter of a dangerous descent down a slippery slope. This is a matter of falling off the cliff entirely....
  • The Ongoing Dictatorship of Relativism

    06/09/2015 2:25:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 9, 2015 | JEFF MORROW
    On March 22, 2013, Pope Francis addressed the Diplomatic Corps with a warning against the “tyranny of relativism.” He then explained his selection of the name Francis as in part stemming from St. Francis’ battle for peace, a peace which Pope Francis underscored was impossible without Truth. The necessary struggle for truth not only remains part of the context for Francis’ choice of name, but also for his papacy. In his remarks, Francis explicitly linked his concerns with those of his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, whom he named.In the then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger’s homily of April 18, 2005,...
  • Beware: Strangest Idol of All Reflection on...Works of Charity Cannot Eclipse Obedience to Christ

    05/26/2015 7:47:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Beware the Strangest Idol of All – A Reflection on How Even Works of Charity Cannot Eclipse Obedience to Christ By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is a passage in the gospels that breaks conventions and cuts to the core of what has come to be called the “Social Gospel.”  Before looking at the passage we need to define “Social Gospel.” The phrase “Social Gospel” emerged in the Protestant denominations but has also come to be used in Catholic circles as well. The Social Gospel is an intellectual movement that was most prominent in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The...
  • THE DICTATORSHIP OF RELATIVISM (Pope Benedict XVI)

    05/17/2015 3:35:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Loyola School of Theology ^ | May 17, 2015 | Pope Benedict XVI
    A conversation with Peter SeewaldIn his futuristic novel Brave New World, the British author Aldous Huxley had predicted in 1932 that falsification would be the decisive element of modernity. In a false reality with its false truth – or the absence of truth altogether – nothing, in the final analysis, is important any more.There is no truth, there is no standpoint. Today, in fact, truth is regarded as far too subjective a concept for us to find therein a universally valid standard. The distinction between genuine and fake seems to have been abolished. Everything is to some extent negotiable. Is...
  • Relativism and the Antichrist

    05/10/2015 2:44:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | May 10, 2015 | Dwight Longenecker
    When Pope Benedict warned about “the Dictatorship of Relativism,” he meant it. Literally.This was hammered home not long ago when I was speaking to a group of students about the issue of same sex marriage. I prefaced the discussion with a description of relativism saying that this non-philosophy was now the mainstream, default setting in our society. “The way you can tell that relativism is mainstream,” I said, “is that there is no such thing as rational debate. In the absence of objective truth, there can be no debate, for a debate is dependent on the assumption that there...
  • What is Sloth? It is More Subtle and Devilish Than Mere Laziness

    03/17/2015 6:57:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is Sloth? It is More Subtle and Devilish Than Mere Laziness By: Msgr. Charles PopeOne of the more misunderstood of the cardinal sins is sloth. This is because most see it merely as laziness. But there is more to sloth than that. Let’s take a moment and consider some aspects of the cardinal sin we call sloth.The Greek word we translate as sloth is ἀκηδία akedia (a = absence + kedos = care), meaning indifference or negligence. St. Thomas speaks of sloth as sorrow for spiritual good. By it, we shun spiritual good as too toilsome (cf ST...
  • Sin and the Internet: 4 Frightening Lessons

    03/16/2015 9:02:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 16, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    Social media is ubiquitous in a way that the lives of previous generations never had to deal with, and everyone from the high and mighty to the lowly and rowdy are learning hard lessons. Here are some spiritual truths that are reflected in social media scandals. 1. We cannot rid ourselves of sin. To uproot sin and the evil that is so imbedded in our sinning can be done only by divine power, for it is impossible and outside man's competence to uproot sin. St. Macarius, Homily 3.4 Hillary Clintons email system is teaching her a lesson many have...
  • Another Illustration That Tolerance Does Not Extend to Faithful Catholics

    03/11/2015 8:48:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-10-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Another Illustration That Tolerance Does Not Extend to Faithful Catholics By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn another show of selective tolerance from the cultural radicals, there comes the following story, as related in Crisis Magazine. Here are some excerpts from the article:In their zeal to protect students from any comments or opinions that may hurt their feelings, many professors [in this case at Marquette University] have created “safe spaces” in their classrooms—controlling all conversations in an effort to ensure that no one is ever offended …[Professor Cheryl Abbate]  made it clear that the classroom was not a [place for students doubting] the value of same-sex “marriage.” Such...
  • Heidelcast: When Marriage Is Decoupled From Nature

    02/13/2015 6:02:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Heidelblog.net | 2/12/15 | R Scott Clark
    .....we are taking a brief hiatus from our series on the moral law to talk with one of my favorite authors, Stella Morabito, about an article she published in The Federalist, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Vomitorium. This is a striking essay worthy of your time and attention. Regular readers will recognize Stellas name from the HB. She appears regularly in the Heidelquotes. Shes widely published (e.g., in The Federalist, The Washington Examiner, and The American Thinker). Shes been an intelligence analyst, studying aspects of Russian and Soviet politics including communist media and propaganda. Shes a...
  • Miami Beach renewal of vows ceremony for same-sex couples attracts hundreds [Media Enthralled]

    01/07/2015 2:52:58 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 1/6/15 | Joey Flechas
    Under flashes of light from cameras and phones, as the warm South Florida winter evening began, hundreds of couples locked eyes in the garden. Already married in other states that recognize same-sex marriage, the lovebirds gathered.... Chuck Hunziker, 83, and Bob Collier, 80, were plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit that spurred the legal battle that led to an end of the statewide ban on same-sex marriage. Together since July 4, 1962 thats 52 years they married in New York last year. They were all smiles Tuesday.....
  • 11 of the Best #ThingsJesusNeverSaid

    10/18/2014 2:12:09 PM PDT · by millegan · 24 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    All of these are from the Things Jesus Never Said Facebook Page.
  • Why Multiculturalism is Regressive (meet the past)

    06/25/2014 4:51:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 25, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    The other night I saw a trailer on TV for the new Robo Cop movie. Meet the Future, said the accompanying caption. And, if the trailer is to be believed, the future will be a high-tech world where police don futuristic armor and ride futuristic motorcycles.The idea that the future will be like nothing weve ever experienced before is a staple of science fiction. But here in the non-fiction world, its beginning to look like meet the past is the more likely scenario for our future.In large swaths of the world, the past has already arrived. Take the recent...
  • Legalistic Relativism

    05/28/2014 9:37:39 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    Highland Ministries ^ | 1-23-14 | R.C. Sproul, Jr.
    The appeal of ethical relativism is rather plain to see. If there is no right and wrong then I cant be convicted of any wrong. Ethical relativism allows me to write my own law, to edit on the fly, to finish I may do this with an unassailable because I want to. Desire becomes its own justification. My will becomes my law. Relative Morality? This appeal, however, soon enough begins to dissipate if we have any interest at all in being coherent, consistent in our thinking. We quickly turn, I may do this, because I want to into You may...
  • The Green Pope and a Human Ecology

    04/22/2014 1:27:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 22, 2013 | William L. Patenaude
    It’s a joy to happen upon an old friend, to again hear his style of speaking and his way of engaging the world. When the old friend is Benedict XVI, however, things quickly move beyond the sentimental. So it goes with The Garden of God: Toward a Human Ecology (The Catholic University of America Press, 2014), a helpful compilation of Benedict XVI’s many, many statements about preserving life on earth. Given that discussions of ecology polarize a great many along worldly ideological fault lines, one of the benefits of The Garden of God lies in remembering how Benedict XVI,...
  • The Definition of Wrong How Gay Rights relies on moral relativist philosophy

    03/14/2014 5:25:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Lisa Graas ^ | 3/14/2014 | Lisa Graas
    Marilyn Bradford is a therapist who tries to help people out of addiction, such as alcoholism, without any belief in a higher power. In short, she is a moral relativist preaching the gospel of moral relativism. Having suffered from what was diagnosed as depression and alcoholism, as well as having put her faith in various gurus and belief systems, Marilyn knows first hand how frustrating and difficult it can be to move beyond others restrictive and rigid belief systems. Now free to know what she knows to be true for her, she empowers others to do the same. No one...
  • Governor Jan Brewer serves the Dictatorship of Relativism

    02/27/2014 7:42:15 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 39 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | February 27, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Writing for the Associated Press, Bob Christie reports that, "Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer slapped down the right wing of her own party, vetoing a bill pushed by social conservatives that would have allowed people with sincerely held religious beliefs to refuse to serve gays. The conservative governor said she could not sign a bill that was not only unneeded but would damage the state's improving business environment and divide its citizens. Senate Bill 1062 had set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination and subjected Arizona to blistering criticism from major corporations and political leaders from...
  • Stupid for a TIME headline: "Poll: Catholic Beliefs At Odds With Vatican Doctrine"

    02/12/2014 6:00:53 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 9, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Pope Francis ponders if and when TIME magazine might issue any fundamental changes in its ideological and illogical reporting. (Okay, we made that up. At least we admit it when we make stuff up.) I'm still laughing at this one, recently posted on the TIME magazine site: "Poll: Catholic Beliefs At Odds With Vatican Doctrine" Really? Whatever does that mean? That what the actual Catholic Church teaches—that is, her beliefs—is actually different from what the Vatican teaches? Huh. That would be strange, to say the least, since what the Catholic Church believes is, in fact, doctrinal, and it just...
  • On The Tyranny of Relativism as Seen in a Darth Vader Commercial

    11/30/2013 4:59:17 AM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11/29/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There was a powerful description given by Pope Emeritus Benedict to describe the modern stance of a world that has abandoned any notion of objective truth to which it is accountable. The phrase was The tyranny of relativism.In effect the expression describes what happens when there is no standard outside ourselves to which reasonable people can and should appeal in order to square their views or opinions. In such a setting, appeals to reason and agreed upon standards cannot hold the day and resolve disputes.Thus who wins? Whose view prevails? The sad answer is that those with the most money,...
  • Just One More Thing . . .

    11/26/2013 9:58:01 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    Blog and Mablog ^ | 10-31-13 | Douglas Wilson
    Note that it does not require a mandatory three, but rather a permissible three. Just as a polygamist at heart might voluntarily opt to limit himself to one spouse (for various reasons of his own), there is absolutely no reason in the logic of our relativistic and floundering marriage laws to require him to limit himself to one. Keep in mind also that this logic is obvious enough to those who have been pushing for homo marriage. They are foolish, not stupid. They have only denied it for practical political reasons so as to not give us a legit...
  • The disappearance of heroes -- perception or reality?

    11/10/2013 8:36:22 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    Renew America ^ | 11-10-13 | Luke Hamilton
    Our stories are changing. Wonder and Beauty slowly eke from our world, unnoticed and unmourned. I used to think it was a natural cessation from the Neverland of youth; a necessary immigration from the immature trappings of youthful imagination to the logical constraints of a moribund maturity. However I've found that this is not just my perspective, draining of imagination and wonder as I age. Our stories, our heroes are changing. Our children seem less prone to idealism, more immune to wonder; and this points to a tidal shift in the culture itself. If you watch or read any contemporary...
  • Abp. Chaput: "The more secular we become, the less we care about the true, right and lasting."

    07/10/2013 1:54:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 10, 2013 | Carl E. Olson
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia is pictured following an interview in Rome in October 2012 (CNS photo). First Things has posted an address, "Wisdom, Christian Witness, and the Year of Faith", given yesterday by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput at the National Shrine, Washington, D.C., as part of the National Shrine’s Year of Faith lecture series. It begins with a reflection on the 1800-year-old diary of a Roman emperor: Marcus Aurelius held absolute power in a corrupt age. Yet despite that, he chose to seek what is true and right and lasting; and he disciplined his own life accordingly....
  • It's the heart versus the Bible

    06/25/2013 5:41:36 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 3-16-04 | Dennis Prager
    I recently interviewed a 26-year-old Swedish student about her views on life. I asked her if she believed in G-d or in any religion. "No, that's silly," she replied. "Then how do you know what is right and wrong?" I asked. "My heart tells me," she responded. In a nutshell, that's the major reason for the great divide within America and between America and much of Europe. The majority of people use their heart stirred by their eyes to determine what is right and wrong. A minority uses their mind and/or the Bible to make that determination. Pick...
  • Dictatorship of Relativism (A new intolerance is spreading)

    06/18/2013 6:57:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Education ^ | POPE BENEDICT XVI AND PETER SEEWALD
    5. Dictatorship of Relativism In his futuristic novel Brave New World, the British author Aldous Huxley had predicted in 1932 that falsification would be the decisive element of modernity. In a false reality with its false truth – or the absence of truth altogether – nothing, in the final analysis, is important any more.There is no truth, there is no standpoint. Today, in fact, truth is regarded as far too subjective a concept for us to find therein a universally valid standard. The distinction between genuine and fake seems to have been abolished. Everything is to some extent negotiable. Is...
  • Two wonderful cartoons from Dixon Diaz about abortion and moral relativism

    04/02/2013 4:58:49 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 3-31-2013 | Bookworm
    Hat tip, and many thanks, to MacG:
  • Rotten to the Core (Part 2): Readin', Writin' and Deconstructionism

    01/25/2013 2:23:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 013 | Michelle Malkin
    (This is the second part of an ongoing series on federal "Common Core" education standards and the corruption of academic excellence.)The Washington, D.C., board of education earned widespread mockery this week when it proposed allowing high school students -- in the nation's own capital -- to skip a basic U.S. government course to graduate. But this is fiddlesticks compared to what the federal government is doing to eliminate American children's core knowledge base in English, language arts and history. Thanks to the "Common Core" regime, funded with President Obama's stimulus dollars and bolstered by duped Republican governors and business groups,...
  • Piers Morgan Takes Aim at the Bible

    12/31/2012 3:52:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/31/2012 | Selwyn Duke
    You've got to hand it to bloviating Brit Piers Morgan. While he got most of the facts wrong in his recent targeting of the Second Amendment, it hasn't stopped him from moving on to even more formidable targets. Such as the Bible. He says the book is "inherently flawed" -- and needs to be amended. Piers handed down his decree while interviewing Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren on the December 24th "Piers Morgan Tonight." Yes, on Christmas Eve. When other hosts might be discussing love, brotherhood, salvation, and all things ethereal, Captain Morgan was giving us the world according to...
  • Fellowship in the Woodlands

    01/02/2013 4:44:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Mike Adams
    Most of America's problems are cultural. Even our economic problems stem from the cultural rejection of personal responsibility and the acceptance of collective responsibility. And none of our problems would be as bad if the church was still shaping the culture instead of merely responding to it. I was reminded of this during my annual holiday trip home to The Woodlands, Texas. I've attended Christmas Eve services four out of the last six years at the Woodlands Church (formerly Fellowship of the Woodlands), which is a Southern Baptist mega church that keeps its Baptist affiliation well hidden from the general...
  • Proposal: Force Citizens to Own Guns

    08/01/2012 7:47:20 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 33 replies
    The New American ^ | 01 August 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    When people such as Little Big Gulp Bloomberg propose some new nanny-state law, they often express the hope that it will become a model for the nation. But forget about aping sprawling metropolises such as the Big Apple or San Francisco if you want to increase public well-being. There is a better locality to copy: Kennesaw, Georgia. I propose that we take one of its laws nationwide and require every law-abiding citizen to own a gun. After all, studies have shown that the deterrent criminals fear most is that of an armed prospective victim. And as the apocryphal saying goes,...
  • Liberal violence rising

    11/19/2011 6:51:49 AM PST · by jimluke01 · 29 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 19, 2011 | Matt Barber
    While necessity is the mother of invention, sloth and envy beget mediocrity and upheaval the twin siblings of secular-socialism. It is in this vein that a rebellious and increasingly violent spirit of incoherent anarchy continues to fester in urban centers across the nation. This is most evident in the form of the envy-driven "Occupy wherever" nonsense embraced by the "progressive" establishment. Still, this Obama-supported effort to supplant, through lawless imposition, our free-market constitutional republic with some misguided conception of an outcome-based equalitocracy is rooted in much more than just good old-fashioned class warfare. Part and parcel of secular-socialism is...
  • Mike McQueary poster child for moral relativism?

    11/17/2011 12:00:46 PM PST · by servo1969 · 76 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | Nov 17 2011 | Bookworm
    I had in my car two fourteen year olds and one thirteen year old. All were familiar with the Sandusky case, so I wasnt exposing them to sordid information they didnt already know. None of them, however, knew about Mike McQuearys involvement, or lack thereof. I gave them a simple multiple choice question: You walk into a room and see a 50 year old man raping a 10 year old boy. Do you (a) attack the man and try to drag him off the boy or (b) sneak away and, hours later, ask your parents what you should do? The...
  • Gay Georgia mega-church pastor reflects on year of coming out

    11/15/2011 7:01:08 AM PST · by Cronos · 27 replies
    the Georgia Voice ^ | 11 Nov 2011 | Shanon Hames
    Last year, Bishop Jim Swilley spoke from his heart to his congregation at Church in the Now in Conyers, Ga. He came out as a gay man, shocking many of his mega-church congregants and making national headlines. The Oct. 13, 2010, sermon sparked a mass exodus from the church. Attendance dropped from approximately 2,500 on any given Sunday to only about 500. The church was forced into foreclosure on its massive property and is now renting one of the buildings back from the bank for worship. The Georgia Voice spoke with Swilley last year about his coming out, and recently...
  • Presbyterian Church (USA) 220th General Assembly [see chameleons, cats, canaries and a Caterpillar]

    11/10/2011 7:32:38 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    layman.org ^ | 11/10/2011 | Carmen Fowler
    This is no nursery rhyme but rather the cast of characters lining up to appear at the 2012 Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly meeting in Pittsburgh. ACT I: An assault on marriageThe chameleon: This character will attempt to lead commissioners to see marriage differently than the Church has historically defined it. Separating marriage from the Biblical narrative of creation and the Biblical witness of Jesus' affirmation between one man and one woman, the assembly will be asked to see a "new normal" that is inclusive of gay marriage. Presented plainly, the redefinition of marriage will arrive at the assembly through...
  • 'Glee' scoop: Why next week's sex-themed episode, 'The First Time,' is a game-changer (teen gay sex)

    11/03/2011 5:38:49 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 64 replies
    Entertainment Weakly ^ | 11/3/11 | Tim Stack
    The couples losing their virginity? Finn and Rachel andKurt and Blaine! Yep, the couple who was featured on the cover of EWs Gay Teens on TV issue finally decide to take the next step in their relationship. Its all handled very delicately and is incredibly moving. I cant think of another network series thats taken a teenage gay relationship so far or been so progressive.
  • Letter To Sister

    10/04/2011 12:23:58 PM PDT · by JosephJames · 4 replies · 3+ views
    Blog: Spiritual Food ^ | September 28, 2011 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    The following letter was sent to my Sister. - - - - - - - Dear my Sister, Thank you very much for putting on the web the pictures of the family last November. I finally got around to downloading them. It took a while because there were over 500 pictures! On our last phone call for your birthday, I told you that I do not heat my apartment next to the church in the winter so as to give my savings to Jesus who is dying of hunger in Brazil and Africa. Did you know that 100,000 die every...
  • Does the GOP also practice moral relativism?

    08/19/2011 5:11:51 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 2011-08-18 | Alan Keyes
    (snip) I'm sure that some among you think that the point of my mental note is that, since all politicians make mistakes in judgment, it's unfair to single out any one of them in particular? But that's not what I was thinking. I was thinking that mistakes in judgment are inevitable when you agree to participate in a system that makes winning the only standard that matters. Mistakes in judgment are inevitable when you base the conduct of politics on an understanding of government that makes "getting things done" the only standard that matters. Mistakes in judgment are inevitable when...
  • Moral Relativism and Fall: Solzhenitsyns Forgotten Warning to America

    06/01/2011 4:34:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 6/1/11 | BD.L. Adams
    It is not understood definitively anywhere when the decline came. What is understood and easily seen is that we are a culture and society in deep trouble. There are proofs and evidence everywhere for those who care to look for such things. We were warned by one of the greatest men of the 20th century that our civilization would fall if we lost our core beliefs and our identity. Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Soviet prisoner of conscience, author of Gulag Archipelago, and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch, a titan of moral clarity warned us about the coming
  • Moral relativism paves way for Satanism, says expert

    04/13/2011 2:18:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | April 11, 2011
    Rome, Italy, Apr 11, 2011 / 05:55 pm (CNA).- A society dominated by moral relativism fosters the spread of Satanism, an expert recently explained.Carlo Climati told CNA on April 5 that Satanism destroys those universal values that are written in the hearts of each human being. It creates a society that is turned on its head, in which good becomes evil and evil becomes good.Climati is the press director of the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome.He said young people become captivated by the illusion of a life that appears to be free of all rules and by a deceiving...
  • Collapse of the Obama Worldview

    03/27/2011 6:48:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2011 | Austin Hill
    Today I authorized the Armed Forces of the United States to begin a limited military action in Libya, in support of an international effort to protect Libyan civiliansThus began a press conference with President Barack Obama. It was Saturday March 19th. While traveling in Brazil, he took a few minutes to announce that a military response to the Gaddafi crisis was underway. Calling the matter a limited military action in Libya that would protect Libyan civilians was an earnest attempt at a positive spin. But this fact remains: after spending the first two years of his presidency insisting that the...
  • Refuting Islam, Relativism and Squashing the Political Ambitions of the Future PM of New Zealand

    03/26/2011 2:27:07 PM PDT · by damonw · 1 replies
    Having recently started to use Facebook, I had an experience I have to share with ya'll. I actually met and got to do some verbal jousting with the future Prime Minister (PM) of New Zealand - Dean Campbell. THE PM SAID,, muslims terrorist physically attack but the christians do it in a mental way to make... their way to power,, and then the PM went on to say "if a man broke into my house i would discuss why he did it and how he could change even if he had a gun to my head. just so you know...
  • Feeling the Bite and Sting of Multicultural Relativism and Islam by Damon Whitsell

    03/04/2011 6:06:36 AM PST · by damonw · 1 replies
    Let me start with one big OUCH and a preface. Plus Ill drop a few kool quotes along the way. I was raised in a family with Mormons and Oneness Pentecostals. As a result I have studied Christian Cult apologetics and world religions since 1985 and have worked full time cult apologetics ministry for 10 years. All the way back to 98 when I decided to get into that fight, I have been called ever name in the book. I could literally list thousands of words and names that have been hurled at me to try to silence me, even...
  • The challenge of public diplomacy vis-a-vis the delegitimisation of Israel

    01/05/2011 10:07:18 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 6 replies
    melanie phillips ^ | Melanie Phillips
    As we all know by now, Israel has lost the battle for public opinion in the west. Even the Israel government is now acknowledging this fact. Israel and its defenders have been outclassed and outmanoeuvred in a war of the mind being waged on a battleground it never even acknowledged it was on. Calls for more and better hasbara, however, are meaningless if the message or narrative promoted by Israel and its defenders misses the point of the attack being waged upon it. And it does miss that point, by a mile. You cannot resist or overcome a threat unless...
  • Christmas Letter 2010

    12/25/2010 11:35:13 AM PST · by JosephJames
    Blog: Spiritual Food ^ | December 2010 | Fr. Joseph Dwight
    Dear friends, How are you? I hope my Christmas greeting finds you well! For many people Christmas is a joyful season because THEY HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE enough to have received from their parents or from other faith communities a knowledge and a first hand experience of what Christmas means in the lives of people around them. Many others, who HAVE NOT BEEN SO FORTUNATE to have experienced a true communion of love with God personally and with others, have taken refuge in the less demanding belief of deism. They believe that God is a supreme being; at the beginning of...
  • Islam as Victor of Western Value Relativism

    11/21/2010 11:30:01 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 6 replies
    Politically Incorrect ^ | Michael Mannheimer
    The clash of civilizations, the collision between cultures, forecast by Samuel P. Huntington, has long since become an obvious fact in modern-day Europe, finding its clearest expression in the confrontation of Islam with the remnants of European Christianity. This collision not only is echoed in form of terrorist attacks but also in form of a bitter fight of ideals between two systems of values that could hardly be more opposed to each other, namely the archaic-totalitarian value system of Islam and the one represented by post modern European Enlightenment.
  • Relativism Promoted by German Diocoese in Children's Literature

    11/04/2010 12:03:10 AM PDT · by 0beron · 2+ views
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 11/02/2010 | Tancred
    Editor: Reminds us of the old saying, "we'll get to you through your children", or the Jesuit adage, "give us a boy till seven, and I'll show you the man" The following was translated from the website, "The Catholic Church in Germany" put out by the German Bishops, thank you very little. It's a children's book which features a visit by two friends of different confessional backgrounds to each others churches. Lena is Protestant. She and Laura are good friends. Last Sunday Lena asked: "Would you like to go with me to Protestant Service?" And Laura said yes. There was...
  • Archbishop Chaput calls for resistance to intolerance of Christianity

    08/25/2010 8:54:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | August 25, 2010
    Archbishop Charles Chaput Spisske Podhradie, Slovakia, Aug 25, 2010 / 05:48 am (CNA).- Addressing the first session of the 15th symposium for the Canon Law Association of Slovakia on Tuesday, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver called for Catholics in America and Europe to oppose the rise of a state-encouraged atheism which reduces religion to an individual lifestyle accessory incapable of influencing the world. The archbishop exhortedChristians to respond to these trends by rediscovering their historic faith as the only sound basis for a just society.Recalling the historical experience of the Slovakian Church under Communism, Archbishop Chaput told the assembly...
  • The Truth about Obama's Muslim 'Faith'

    08/23/2010 3:27:25 AM PDT · by Scanian · 38 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 23, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    Now that Barack Obama has decided to be for the Ground Zero mosque before being implicitly against it (perhaps), discussion about his faith has once again reached a fever pitch. To many, his stance proves he's a Muslim, with a recent poll showing that almost 20 percent of Americans hold that opinion; to others, it just reflects a desire to be faithful to the Constitution (now, that would be change). The truth, however, is a bit more nuanced. Obama is not religiously Muslim. Culturally, though...well, that's a different matter altogether. In reality, calling Obama a "Muslim" gives him too much...
  • Religious Relativism at Work

    05/29/2010 5:15:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 120+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | 5/28/2010 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    I always find it intriguing to monitor the news forindicators of religious relativism. There has been no shortage in the supply over the past few days, affecting Catholicism, Anglicanism and even Islam. Each case is instructive.The uproar in Quebec over Cardinal Marc Ouellets recent statement that abortion is a moral crime that cannot be justified even in cases of rape has been about as revealing as anything can be. The National Assembly of Quebec voted unanimously to express support for free access to abortion. Quebec, of course, was at one time a thoroughly Catholic province in terms of belief,...
  • What Do Italian Priests' Mistresses Want You To Know?

    05/29/2010 4:19:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies · 1,227+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 5/29/2010 | Jimmy Akin
    A group of 40 or so mistresses of Italian priests, including Stefania Solomone (pictured), want youand especially Pope Benedictto know that they dont like priestly celibacy. Thats why theyve written the Pope a letter (Italian original) on the subject. The occasion was Pope Benedicts statement that The horizon of the ontological belonging to God also constitutes the proper framework for understanding and reaffirming, in our day too, the value of sacred celibacy which in the Latin Church is a charism required for Sacred Orders and is held in very great consideration in the Eastern Churches . . . It...
  • 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...
  • *VIDEO* Free Will Arminianism: The Root of (Christian) Liberalism?

    02/28/2010 6:01:46 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies · 445+ views
    You Tube ^ | The Apologetics Group
    A 10-minute historical look at one of the most enduring theological debates within the Christian religion. The scholars in the video make a case for how and why Arminianism (Free Will theology) is the root of the vast liberalism we see in the professing church today (and arguably the liberalism we see in the greater Western culture and modern world.)