|January 22, 2009||Posted by Anthony under abortion, atheism, Blog, General, morality, theism|
The Euthyphro Dilemma returns with a vengeance. Now, instead of the problem being distilled into a single entity, putatively non-contingent, transcendent, immanent, eternal, etc, it is diffused out over the billions of little gods wandering around in their little neck of the wasteland. Here the secular humanist’s attitude becomes twisted and warped. They are the first to make the argument that humans believe that God cares about them out of sheer arrogance, as if God would care about our petty affairs, yet here is an arrogance that far exceeds that, by far. For if there is no God then there is only we ‘gods’ and the Euthyphro Dilemma proves that we don’t exist. I guess.
|January 20, 2009||Posted by Anthony under abortion, Blog, General, morality, politics|
I can join those in renouncing some of the criticism of Obama as being out of step with Christian charity. However, there is nothing special about Obama- we are called to speak the truth in love, even the hard truth- to everyone, regardless of whether or not they are in authority. But it is time to throw out this notion that any criticism at all is out of step with Christian charity. Since we don’t know exactly what Obama hopes to achieve, his ‘success’ could very well be a recipe for disaster. And if you prayed for Obama’s unqualified success, you asked for it. You brought it on yourself. There is such a thing as getting exactly what you ask for.
|January 19, 2009||Posted by Anthony under abortion, atheism, Blog, General, morality, politics|
If terrorists and tyrants want Obama as president that is cause for concern to me. If I am a Christian who is operating on the belief that Obama reflects my values, the fact that secular humanists are thrilled is a warning sign. With no further comment, here you go: [image]
|January 19, 2009||Posted by Anthony under abortion, Blog, General, politics|
While it is understandable why so many black Americans are cheering the election of Barack Obama it is tragic that they were willing to abandon the very principles that brought them their own freedom, overlooking the fact that there exists in this country, and in the man they elected, the view that that there is another ‘subset’ of humanity that does not warrant personhood status. Their success, therefore, is no success at all. They elected ‘one of their own’ and didn’t care if it meant something worse than slavery for millions of people. And many of these believe they are doing the ‘Christian’ thing. It will only be a genuine success after it is achieved in such a way to respect the rights of all individuals- not just those with your skin color or stage in human development.
|January 15, 2009||Posted by Anthony under abortion, Blog, General, morality, politics, spirituality, theism|
The pattern is set in crystal clear clarity in 1 John 3:16 which says “This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”
True love dies. Or, it is willing to die, and in the meantime expend every ounce of energy available to it.
What does this mean? If World War 2 had its Schindler in response to the German extermination of millions of Jews, do we have tens of thousands ‘Schindlers’ in response to the virtual global extermination of tens and tens of millions of the unborn? The answer, I think, is No.
|November 10, 2008||Posted by Anthony under abortion, Blog, General|
There is again a clear correlation between beliefs and the one receiving the vote. I don’t perceive this as particularly insightful: it isn’t brain surgery to deduce that one’s beliefs impact where one puts their vote. However, my proposed solution doesn’t seem as obvious to the Christian church as it does to me: if you want to transform the culture, raise up more educated, informed, passionate Christians.
|November 4, 2008||Posted by Anthony under abortion, Blog, General|
The Obama victory offers us a grand opportunity. Let’s face it, Obama can make the matter only slightly worse, at least in the near term. We are all already acclimated to a world in which a million unborn children die each year in America alone. For so long we pursued legislative means to change this and as legitimate and as important as these efforts were, and are, legislative efforts are successful by persuading more individuals to support your views then there are against them. This individual persuasion is the area where the ultimate solution lies and the area that has chiefly been lacking.