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  • The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism and Western Success

    07/25/2016 10:51:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    Many books have been written about the success of the West, analyzing why Europe was able to pull ahead of the rest of the world by the end of the Middle Ages. The most common explanations cite the West's superior geography, commerce, and technology. Completely overlooked is the fact that faith in reason, rooted in Christianity's commitment to rational theology, made all these developments possible. Simply put, the conventional wisdom that Western success depended upon overcoming religious barriers to progress is utter nonsense. In The Victory of Reason, Rodney Stark advances a revolutionary, controversial, and long overdue idea: that Christianity...
  • Who May Speak, After Orlando?

    06/29/2016 9:37:44 AM PDT · by truthxchange · 23 replies ^ | 6/28/2016 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Who has a right to speak out about homosexuality after the Orlando Gay Bar massacre, and what should be said? It is tempting for Christians who hold to the biblical condemnation of homosexuality to go silent, but is that right? One group that does not hesitate is ISIS, which from the beginning has openly claimed responsibility, describing the gunman as one of its heroic fighters. Various Islamic spokesmen, like Fahad Qureshi, admitted in 2013 that the desire to see homosexuals killed was a belief held even by “moderate” Muslims. Just weeks before Orlando, Muslim cleric Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar, during a...
  • Socialisms Lonely Eden

    04/09/2016 4:00:11 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Christ and Pop Culture ^ | 3/22/16 | Chad Ashby
    Politics Socialism’s Lonely Eden by Chad Ashby March 22, 2016 The rise of Bernie Sanders this election cycle has American voters dusting off an old question: What is socialism? In 2016, the Cold War is a distant memory, and many millennial voters were born after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In a political race shaped by tweets and sound bytes, it’s tempting to think socialism is just a catchall term for a hodgepodge of liberal policies like free college, universal healthcare, wealth redistribution, and tax plans. Such assumptions suggest that socialism is misunderstood in the 21st century—in fact, even...
  • Star Wars and the Ancient Religion

    12/16/2015 1:37:06 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 12/16/15 | Peter Jones
    The appearance of a new episode of the Star Wars film series is an important moment for Christian witness. To be sure, we can shrug our shoulders, since Star Wars is old news. Or we can enthusiastically introduce our grandchildren to what we might think is a beloved, harmless yarn. Or we can—and should—discover in the series an occasion to sharpen our presentation of the gospel message and help our children and grandchildren, and anyone else who might be interested, to understand the culture in which they live.In this famous and creative saga, which we must respect for its artistic...
  • Obama Decree Unleashes Behavioral Science Squad to Nudge You

    09/19/2015 4:16:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 74 replies
    The New American ^ | September 18, 2015 | Alex Newman
    Prepare to be nudged by Obama's new behavioral science squads for your own good, of course. Under the guise of better serving the American people through government, Obama signed an executive order this week calling for federal agencies and departments to deploy emerging behavioral science techniques against the public.Among other goals, the expansion of federal mind manipulation is supposed to help more Americans access government welfare programs, take their recommended vaccines, supply more information about themselves to the federal government, and accelerate the transition toward what Obama called a low-carbon economy. The controversial decree, signed on September 15, explicitly...
  • 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...
  • How Christianity invented children

    04/23/2015 8:04:57 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 19 replies
    The Week ^ | 4-23-15 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    We have forgotten just how deep a cultural revolution Christianity wrought. In fact, we forget about it precisely because of how deep it was: There are many ideas that we simply take for granted as natural and obvious, when in fact they didn't exist until the arrival of Christianity changed things completely. Take, for instance, the idea of children. Today, it is simply taken for granted that the innocence and vulnerability of children makes them beings of particular value, and entitled to particular care. We also romanticize children their beauty, their joy, their liveliness. Our culture encourages us to...
  • The Church of the Left

    04/03/2015 6:44:56 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 12 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 4-3-15 | Yuval Levin
    (Snip) They [Christian small business owners]are in this sense more like religious believers under compulsion in a society with an established church than like believers denied the freedom to exercise their religion. Liberals are in this respect right to say theyre not trying to kill religious liberty. Theyre trying to take it back to something like the form it had in the Anglo-American world when the Anglo-American world had a formal state religionexcept now the state religion is supposed to be progressive liberalism. Read more at:
  • Atheist Group Freedom From Religion Foundation Targets NCAA for Use of Christian Chaplains

    03/29/2015 11:57:21 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 9 replies
    Gospel Herald ^ | Mar 27, 2015 | Shawn Schuster
    As the NCAA Basketball Championships continue through March Madness into the last of the regionals this weekend, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is targeting five college teams for their use of chaplains.
  • The New Christian Left Is Twisting the Gospel: Here's How [Matthew 7]

    03/12/2015 12:27:58 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 15 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 3/10/2015 | CHELSEN VICARI
    Peek behind the curtain of some "progressive" or "hip" evangelical churches, past the savvy technology and secular music, and you will find more than just a contemporary worship service. You'll find faith leaders encouraging young evangelicals to trade in their Christian convictions for a gospel filled with compromise. They're slowly attempting to give evangelicalism an "update"and the change is not for the good. It's painful for me to admit, but we can no longer rest carefree in our evangelical identitybecause it is changing. No doubt you have seen the headlines declaring that evangelicalism is doomed because evangelical kids are leaving...
  • The Worldview in 5 Minutes 2/25/2015

    02/25/2015 7:32:41 PM PST · by Theophilus · 7 replies
    Generations With Vision ^ | 2/25/15 | Adam McManus
    The World View in Five Minutes February 25th, 2015 This is THE WORLD VIEW in 5 Minutes. Im Adam McManus. As it turns out, God still controls the weather patterns, and Congress does not! Theyre calling it a snow-pocalypse on the East Coast. And they are not calling it global warming. Washington DC broke a 120 year low temp record last weekend. And Boston has cleared 100 inches (or 8 feet) of snow, and is expected to top its all time season record. Syria reports more kidnappings by Isis. An additional 90 women, children, and elderly have been reported missing...
  • Why Evil Disproves Atheism

    01/17/2015 6:20:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/17/2015 | Frank Turek
    As Islamists continue to kill innocents, they provide more fuel for the oft-made atheist claim that religion is evil. Atheist Richard Dawkins condemned the recent attacks in France by tweeting, "No, all religions are NOT equally violent. Some have never been violent, some gave it up centuries ago. One religion conspicuously didn't." Dawkins is right that some religions and religious people have consistently perpetrated evil. Atheists often use this fact to support atheism. However, the existence of evil turns out to be a bigger problem for atheists to explain than for theists. The kind of evil Dawkins and the rest...
  • 5 Things Every Young American Should Know About Politics

    01/17/2015 6:09:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | January 17, 2015 | John Hawkins
    "Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you." – Pericles "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." -- Groucho Marx Politics requires you to be cynical without losing your idealism, skeptical without giving up on problem solving, and it demands that you compromise with people who disagree with you on almost every issue. It has also become so complicated that the politicians don’t even bother to read the bills anymore. So, imagine being a young inexperienced kid...
  • Moral Relativists In The University: They Arent Who You Think They Are

    08/24/2014 1:44:13 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 31 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 8-24-14 | Collin Garbarino
    This year the movie God Is Not Dead preyed on every Christian parents fear of sending a child off to college only to have their familys faith and values undermined by an atheist college professor espousing some form of moral relativism. The movie hinges on a certain clich, but the clich is a clich because many of us took a class with that professor. He might not have been so over-the-top, but his prejudices were evident. The American university tends to be fairly hostile to the conservative movement. One of the core tenets of conservatism is the Judeo-Christian teaching that...
  • The Worldview that Makes the Underclass

    07/01/2014 7:22:00 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 26 replies
    Imprimis ^ | May 2014 | Anthony Daniels
    May 2014 "The Worldview that Makes the Underclass" Anthony Daniels Writer and Doctor -------------------------- ANTHONY DANIELS, who often writes under the penname Theodore Dalrymple, is the Dietrich Weismann Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Born in London in 1949, he qualified as a doctor in 1974 and has worked in various countries in Africa and elsewhere. From 1990 to 2005, he worked as a doctor and psychiatrist in a prison in Birmingham, England. He has written a column for the London Spectator for 14 years, and writes regularly for National Review and the Wall...
  • Icky Theology Doesn't Hack It

    03/06/2014 8:51:03 AM PST · by truthxchange · 7 replies
    truthxchange ^ | 03/04/2014 | Dr. Peter Jones
    These cases exhibit the lack of clear, convincing reasoning about sexualityreasoning that respects the interlocutor as a person made in Gods image, while grounding the discussion in sound biblical theology.
  • 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...
  • "The Om School Movement" By Dr. Peter Jones

    11/08/2012 6:28:20 PM PST · by truthxchange · 10 replies ^ | Nov. 6, 2012 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Do you believe the claim Newsweek made in 2009 that We are all Hindus now? Phillip Goldberg does. In his book American Veda: How Indian Spirituality Has Changed the West (2010) he makes the compelling case that many Americans have adopted the spiritual Hindu principle of Advaita, meaning not two, and now believe that all is one. So Bill Clinton uses Eastern meditation, we speak freely of mantras, avatars, karma, mandalas, andwe practice yoga. Yoga is big in Southern California, even among Christians, and even in the schools. Is yoga just exercise, or is it part of the Hinduization of...
  • The Reason Democrats Left God Off The Platform

    09/06/2012 11:56:37 AM PDT · by Guido2012 · 13 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 9/6/12 | Tony Caruso
    Of course the delegates didnt want any mention of God in the platform, because their worldview, and thus the policies they espouse and support, is godless. This is a consistent pattern in todays modern Democrat Party. They cant get elected by showing everyone who they really are. Thus, it is imperative that they hide their true belief system and their agenda from mainstream America (with a great assist from the media), so they can gain and hold onto power. This is why the platform had to be changed for political expediency only. This is why Obama and many other...
  • In a gaffe, Obama's worldview is revealed

    06/18/2012 1:04:01 PM PDT · by Kukai · 24 replies
    BaltimoreSun ^ | July 18, 2012 | Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
    The political world is a-twitter about the president's recent statements on the condition of the economy. You know, the one where President Barack Obama said the private sector is "doing fine." Well, that one was not received in the way it was intended. In fact, it generated so much ridicule that a few hours later the president again took to the public stage in order to correct his initial assessment. The subsequent damage control statement did little to calm the political waters, however. But it did a lot to illuminate this president's state of mind regarding job creation and the...
  • IO 88: For ShameSpeech Crimes and Ideology

    04/18/2012 12:10:40 PM PDT · by truthxchange · 1 replies
    truthxchange ^ | April 18, 2012 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Fifteen years ago James Twitchel’s For Shame: The Loss of Common Decency in American Culture argued for the socially redeeming character of shame: “Shame is the basis of individual responsibility …It is where de­cency comes from… shame inhibits behavior— that’s the point. It retards action, it increases reticence, it invokes self‑censorship. Its final object is not banishment, but reintegration.” Twitchell’s book describes a past moral ethos eroded by an ideology of radical sexual freedom that shamelessly rejected the “old ways.” In 1996 Senator Fred Thomson said of Bill Clinton: “He is a man of his times…He literally has no shame.”...
  • O'Malley signs executive order on Md. growth plan (Fascist scum mini-obamao alert)

    12/20/2011 5:32:34 AM PST · by SuperLuminal · 23 replies · 1+ views
    WTOP ^ | 12/20/11 | By BRIAN WITTE Associated Press
    (Excerpt) Glendening, who has long been a smart growth advocate, said the tension has resulted from the traditional reliance on local decision making and concepts of private property."That worked fine for several hundred years," Glendening, who was governor from 1995 to 2003, said.
  • The Thought Slavemasters

    11/11/2011 9:19:41 AM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11-11-11 | Timothy Birdnow
    Liberals have advanced their worldview through countless acts of subversion through science. The DDT ban. The nuclear freeze movement. Global Warming. We have witnesses the abuse of science for well over a century. And that abuse has always extended to the human mind. Psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology have all been attempts to understand the human thought process, and frequently to alter it. Consider the rise of modern propaganda ...
  • The Studied Irrelevance of American Foreign Missions

    05/21/2011 9:05:09 AM PDT · by it_rr
    American Vision ^ | May 18, 2011 | Bojidar Marinov
    The words of Jesus Himself declare that a stranger is in a better position to proclaim the Gospel than a local person: A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country and in his own house (Matt. 13:57). There is something that a stranger brings to the table that a local person doesnt. ... Especially in Eastern Europe, where an ideology with a comprehensive worldview was politically dominant to the exclusion of all its rivals, the majority of the population is trained and conditioned to think in terms of comprehensive worldview, even if they have no formal theological...
  • Why I Think the New Atheists are a Bloody Disaster

    08/16/2009 7:01:45 PM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 81 replies · 3,193+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | August 14, 2009 | Michael Ruse
    In my seventieth year I find myself in a very peculiar position. Raised a Quaker, I lost my faith in my early twenties and it has never returned. I think of myself as an agnostic on deities and ultimate meanings and that sort of thing. With respect to the main claims of Christianity - loving god, fallen nature, Jesus and atonement and salvation - I am pretty atheistic, although some doctrines like original sin seem to me to be accurate psychologically. I often refer to myself as a very conservative non-believer, meaning that I take seriously my non-belief and I...
  • The Attitude of Ideology

    05/17/2009 3:14:05 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 372+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 17, 2009 | Larrey Anderson
    Why is it that so many people believe that the world works the way that they want it to work, rather than the way it actually works? The philosopher Robert Nozick taught me the answer to this question. He also taught me that leftists are not the only people in America who cannot escape from the "attitude of ideology." Robert Nozick's office was a bastion of intellectual refuge for me when I was a college student at Harvard. I spent hours in his office complaining about my Harvard education --an education that seemed to me to be mostly indoctrination into...
  • Survey: Less Than 1 Percent of Young Adults Hold Biblical Worldview

    03/10/2009 1:55:01 PM PDT · by Squidpup · 40 replies · 3,033+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | March 10, 2009 | Jennifer Riley
    Less than one percent of the youngest adult generation in America has a biblical worldview, found a new study examining the changes in worldview among Christians and the overall U.S. population. The Mosaic generation, those between the ages of 18 and 23, rarely have a biblical worldview as defined by The Barna Group. The research data found that less than one-half of one percent of Mosaics have a biblical worldview. A biblical worldview, as defined by the Barna study, is believing that absolute moral truth exists; the Bible is completely accurate in all of the principles it teaches; Satan is...
  • Are You a Schizophrenic Christian?

    03/10/2009 7:33:08 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 16 replies · 472+ views
    American Vision ^ | March 10, 2009 | Gary DeMar
    Similar to the way ancient pagan civilizations, including Greece and Rome, experienced a stillbirth in science because the ideological glasses they were wearing did not allow them to see the world as a distinct creation by God with fixed laws rather than an emanation from God with ever-changing forms, modern-day Christian worldview thinking has an inherent stillbirth factor built in. Every time some progress is made in defining a cultural problem that needs to be fixed in a biblical way, someone will enter the stage, take his position behind the podium and state in unequivocal terms, This is all true,...
  • The Point Of No Return

    10/25/2008 5:36:22 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 726+ views
    Forbes ^ | October 24, 2008 | Peter Robinson
    Then there is Thomas Sowell, the economist and political philosopher. He prefers an older way of looking at American politics--a much older way. In his classic 1987 work, A Conflict of Visions, Sowell identifies two competing worldviews, or visions, that have underlain the Western political tradition for centuries. Sowell calls one worldview the "constrained vision." It sees human nature as flawed or fallen, seeking to make the best of the possibilities that exist within that constraint. The competing worldview, which Sowell terms the "unconstrained vision," instead sees human nature as capable of continual improvement. You can trace the constrained vision...
  • Hotels replacing Bibles with new 'intimacy kits'

    11/18/2007 2:10:16 PM PST · by wagglebee · 111 replies · 690+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 11/15/07 | WorldNetDaily
    Hotel chains are removing Bibles from guest rooms, replacing them with "intimacy kits" and adding "One Night Stand" packages as well as "romance concierge" personnel to their offerings, according to a new report in Newsweek. Tens of thousands of Americans are protesting the trend, through an action e-mail alert sponsored by American Family Association. The Newsweek report by Roya Wolverson suggested a new marketing campaign could be based on the apparent values-less programs that are appearing. "Marriott spokesman John Wolf says the Bible question [whether to include them in guest rooms] is premature for the new [boutique hotel] venture, which...
  • Are We Goin' to San Fransisco?

    08/16/2007 9:01:39 PM PDT · by · 7 replies · 542+ views
    CWIPP (Christian Witness to a Pagan Planet) ^ | Aug 15, 2007 | Dr. Peter Jones
    by Dr. Peter Jones In 1974, when I left the States to teach in "godless" France, the cultural revolution was a Left coast/San Fran' phenom', and America was still "Christian." When I returned in 1991, I was in for culture shock, but still never imagined what lay ahead. One man warned us. In 1978, Pastor Charles Mcllhenny recorded his experiences after his church fired a homosexual organist (When the Wicked Seize a City). Church property was repeatedly vandalized and his family almost killed by a firebomb. "Law enforcement" never found the culprits. Mcllhenny used San Francisco as a striking example...
  • The world according to Pyongyang (reading between the lines of NK propaganda speech)

    07/12/2007 8:32:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 940+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 07/13/07 | Andrei Lankov
    The world according to Pyongyang By Andrei Lankov Over the past couple of weeks, the small community of Seoul-based Pyongyang watchers was busy discussing a minor professional sensation. The Wolgan Chungang monthly, widely known for its good insights on all things North Korean, published a lengthy transcript of a speech, allegedly delivered last December, by a high-level Central Committee official. He was obviously talking to a group of prominent academics and engineers. The official's name is cited as Chang Yong-sun, but he seems to be a complete unknown to the North Korea experts. The authenticity of the transcript cannot be...
  • One Hundred Million Victims: The Utopian Nightmare

    06/21/2007 2:47:20 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 72 replies · 1,647+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 6/21/2007 | Chuck Colson
    One hundred million people: thats how many died under the oppression of Communism. Those victims have too often been ignored by much of the Western pressespecially by members of the media who were sympathetic with the Communist ideology. But on Tuesday, the victims were rememberedand a Washington park was dedicated to their memory. Its called the Victims of Communism Memorial Park. Rising above the park grounds is the statue of a woman, her arms lifting a torch aloft. Its a replica of the Goddess of Democracy statue carried by anti-Communist demonstrators in Tiananmen Square 18 years ago. The statue and...
  • Anger is Good For You

    06/11/2007 3:12:38 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 14 replies · 283+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 03 November 2005.Heh | Robin Lloyd
    PITTSBURGH - Anger is good for you, as long as you keep it below a boil, according to new psychology research based on face reading. People who respond to stressful situations with short-term anger or indignation have a sense of control and optimism that lacks in those who respond with fear. "These are the most exciting data I've ever collected," Carnegie Mellon psychologist Jennifer Lerner told a gathering of science writers here last month.
  • Thirty Pints of Blood

    03/06/2007 8:38:53 AM PST · by Sopater · 14 replies · 563+ views
    Prison Fellowship ^ | 3/6/2007 | Chuck Colson
    A Contrast in Worldviews What difference does a worldview make? Around the world, we are seeing the clash of civilizations in action. In recent days, that clash has given us a story of life, and stories of death. In Baghdad yesterday, a terrorist blew himself up with a car bomb, killing at least twenty-eight people and wounding dozens more. One witness told the Associated Press that pieces of human flesh were scattered all around the marketplace. In Afghanistan last month, another terrorist blew himself up near a crowd gathered for a ceremony to open a hospital emergency ward. A few...

    01/16/2007 8:00:22 AM PST · by cowboyfan88 · 106 replies · 1,815+ views
    You would think that all Christians have a biblical view of the world around them. After all, we go to church, were a part of a small group, weve read The Purpose-Driven Life. Are you ready for a reality check? The research says just the opposite. Most Christians do not have a biblical worldview. Author and researcher George Barna made waves by citing statistics that show just 9 percent of all adults in America who claim to be born again have a biblical worldview. You didnt read that incorrectlyit was 9 percent. Protestants as a whole could only manage 7...
  • It's the Worldview, Stupid

    01/04/2007 5:18:15 PM PST · by lancer256 · 20 replies · 708+ views ^ | 01/04/07 | david limbaugh
    The American left exhibits ambivalence toward Christians and Christianity. On the one hand it routinely demonizes them and their values, and on the other, identifies with them. This sometimes looks like an insulting charade. Liberals often mock the perceived backwardness of Christianity, yet their prominent politicians jump at the chance to appear at megachurches to rub elbows with their robust congregations. They conspicuously wear their Bibles for photo-ops and cite Scripture in campaign speeches, yet deride Christian conservatives and condemn Republican politicians for allowing their Christian beliefs to inform their policies. Their pastors write books upbraiding Republicans and conservatives for...
  • Two World Views

    12/29/2006 3:07:52 PM PST · by grandpa jones · 4 replies · 264+ views
    Peace and Freedom ^ | 29 December, 2006 | John E. Carey
    As we bid farewell to President Gerald Ford, we should duly note that he lived squarely in the camp of those that eschewed the opinion polls and did what he thought was the best thing for the nation. With the American public overwhelmingly in favor of a public trial for former President Richard Nixon, President Ford issued a full pardon. In his address to the nation he said, It can go on and on, or someone must write The End to it. I have concluded that only I can do that. And if I can, I must. At the time...
  • Arrows for the War [Christians Breeding Soldier-Babies!]

    11/13/2006 2:53:05 PM PST · by madprof98 · 24 replies · 1,153+ views
    The Nation ^ | 11/27/06 | Kathryn Joyce
    When the Gospel Community Church in Coxsackie, New York, breaks midservice to excuse children for Sunday school, nearly half of the 225-strong congregation patters toward the back of the worship hall: the five youngest children of Pastor Stan Slager's eight, assistant pastor Bartly Heneghan's eleven and the Dufkin family's thirteen, among many others. "The Missionettes," a team of young girls who perform ribbon dances during the praise music, put down their "glory hoops" to join their classmates; the pews empty out. It's the un-ignorable difference between the families at Gospel Community and those in the rest of the town that's...
  • The New Naysayers

    09/29/2006 8:26:19 AM PDT · by flevit · 16 replies · 552+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Sept. 11, 2006 | By Jerry Adler
    Believers can take comfort in the fact that atheism barely amounts to a "movement." American Atheists, which fights in the courts and legislatures for the rights of nonbelievers, has about 2,500 members and a budget of less than $1 million. On the science Web site, the astronomer Carolyn Porco offers the subversive suggestion that science itself should attempt to supplant God in Western culture, by providing the benefits and comforts people find in religion: community, ceremony and a sense of awe. "Imagine congregations raising their voices in tribute to gravity, the force that binds us all to the Earth,...
  • A Lesson In Bias (Joseph Farah Responds To Mel Seesholtz In Second Editorial Alert)

    09/16/2006 12:15:06 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 786+ views ^ | 09/16/06 | Joseph Farah
    A Lesson In Bias Joseph Farah It's unusual for me to devote an entire column to an otherwise obscure assistant professor with a less-than distinguished writing career let alone a second column. But Mel Seesholtz of Penn State University, the subject of my musings Wednesday, has responded in a letter to the editor suggesting I ignored the substance of his argument in favor of "bias free" education and dwelled only on his thinly veiled call for my death, along with James Dobson's. Somehow, it had never occurred to me that I should concern myself with the substance of an...
  • Worshipping at the altar of science

    09/03/2006 11:30:24 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 39 replies · 1,116+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 4, 2006 | Tom Flannery
    At the end of the 18th century, Founding Fathers like John Adams and Alexander Hamilton were becoming increasingly troubled by the revolution that was unfolding in France. Unlike the American Revolution, which was founded on the Christian principles delineated in the Declaration of Independence, the French version was virulently anti-religious (particularly in regard to Christianity). The revolutionaries sought to replace religion with human reason, even going so far as suggesting that Notre Dame be renamed the "Cathedral of Reason." Adams observed of France with great alarm: "I know not what to make of a republic of 30 million atheists." Hamilton...
  • Liberalism as Religion: The Culture War Is Between Religious Believers on Both Sides

    06/14/2006 11:57:27 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 5 replies · 808+ views
    Touchstone ^ | May 2006 | Howard P. Kainz
    . . . < snip > . . . Among such liberals can be found a cluster of many of the same religious components: 1. Dogmas. The backdrop for the major dogmas of the religiously liberal are those of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment: that mankind must overcome religious superstition by means of Reason; that empirical science can and will eventually answer all the questions about the world and human values that were formerly referred to traditional religion or theology; and that the human race, by constantly invalidating and disregarding hampering traditions, can and will achieve perfectibility. Contemporary liberalism also includes three...
  • Do We Need Religion? (Islam & the Left vs the Judeo/Christian world)

    04/21/2006 7:30:03 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 177 replies · 2,273+ views ^ | 4/21/2006 | Wolfgang Bruno
    Ali Sina is the Iranian ex-Muslim behind the website Along with other former Muslims such as Ibn Warraq, Sina is spearheading what may be the first organized movement of ex-Muslims in Islamic history, made possible during the past ten to fifteen years by Muslim immigration to the West and the growth of the Internet. Publishing rational criticism of Islam, reaching hundreds of thousands of people and potentially hundreds of millions of people across the world, has never been done before until a few years ago. This is also part of the inspiration for my own suggestion of creating an...
  • The end of humanism: Mankind doesnt fare too well in cutting-edge intellectual thinking

    04/15/2006 3:55:18 AM PDT · by rhema · 19 replies · 833+ views
    WORLD ^ | April 22, 2006 | Gene Edward Veith
    Remember humanism? That optimistic belief that human beings are the apex of the universe, the source of all values, and the measure of all things? Throughout the 20th century, many intellectuals believed that humanism would take the place of the world's religions. And yet, even within the world of humanism, the status of "Man" has been diminishing. In the sequence of Humanist Manifestos issued over the years, what began with the exaltation of "Man" has been reduced to the exaltation of "science," by which adherents mean evolution. Today, "secular humanists" still believe in secularism, but the humanism is all but...
  • The Big Story

    03/18/2006 6:24:23 AM PST · by jonno · 61 replies · 715+ views
    RZIM ^ | 03/16/06 | Joe Boot
    In modern society it is often considered arrogant and intolerant to suggest that any individual or group knows the truth about the world. Yet as we see from moment to moment in life all around us, truth is inescapable. To reject any worldview is simply to counter it with your own, whatever that may be, or however undeveloped in your own mind. The question is simply, which account of the universe is true? The atheistic evolutionist's and humanist's big story about the human condition is summarized by Oxford zoologist and atheist Richard Dawkins: If the universe were just electrons and...
  • I've given up on trying to teach anyone here anything (They gave Socrates hemlock, now this guy.)

    02/12/2006 7:39:47 AM PST · by a true thinker · 336 replies · 7,739+ views
    There's no helping you. This site is now just a diversion -- like a train wreck. This site is inherently for and about raving egomaniacs, and Jim's site policies -- which amount to excluding reality and actual dialogue in favor of political/militaristic pornography -- is conducive to cognitive dissonance, which at the times your worldview is threatened leads you into psychotic breaks (on the political cognitive plane, that is, and just maybe in other realms too). Not to mention that your baseline politics is based in mythology about American demographics, science, economics, ethics etc. You spoonfeed each other in the...
  • Marx and the Worship of Man

    02/06/2006 7:01:01 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies · 581+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Dec. 21, 2005 | Steve Farrell
    Missing the Mark With Religion, Part 4 Again I pose the same question, but with slight variation: Do religion and morality have a place in public policy, public law, and public education or are they to be scorned, shunned, and silenced? Finding the answer to that question in lieu of the hot battle between 21st Century Compassionate Conservatism on the one hand, and 20th Century Modern Liberalism (and its twin sister on moral and religious issues Libertarianism) on the other, is a quest worthy of our full attention. As I've already stated without apology, the unspoken consensus ...
  • A reasonable religion: how Christianity changed politics, economics, and much besides

    11/30/2005 5:33:26 AM PST · by rhema · 39 replies · 1,154+ views
    WORLD ^ | December 3, 2005 | Marvin Olasky
    Rodney Stark's latest book, The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success (Random House, 2005), is scheduled for publication next Tuesday. It's a useful corrective for folks in Austin, Boston, and other blue spots who think of Christianity and rationalism as opposite historical forces and philosophical concepts. The veteran Baylor professor discussed with WORLD how the Christian sense of progress led to political, technological, and economic advances. WORLD: How is Christianity unique in emphasizing the idea of progress? STARK: The other great faiths either taught that the world is locked in endless cycles or that...
  • The Intrinsic Evil of Evolutionary Humanism

    11/15/2005 7:11:30 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 85 replies · 1,741+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 11/15/2005 | Linda Kimball
    In 1920, Winston Churchill spoke of a group of Enlightenment conspirators who had produced a system of morals and philosophy "as malevolent as Christianity was benevolent, which, if not arrested would shatter irretrievably all that Christianity has rendered possible." He observed that this malignant worldview "has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the 19th century. This worldwide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization and the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality has been steadily growing." (Zionism versus Bolshevism) This malevolent system of warped morals and anti-human philosophy entered into...