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Why I became a Conservative

When I was in college there was this guy 2 1/2 times larger than me… a philosophy major, as I recall… appropriately named ‘Animal.’  I remember having a debate about pain with him.  I argued it was all in our minds- just a brain state- and not real.  Animal said, “Come here, and I’ll show you unreal pain.”

While I was of the mindset that there were just “brain states” or just “subjective opinions” or just “one’s political views”, I was a liberal.  When my mindset changed, so did my ‘political’ stance.  This is a realization that congealed more than … continue reading...

The Courage of Their Convictions: Jared Lee Loughner, James Jay Lee and the Power of Belief

The now humiliated mainstream media first tried to pin the attack by Jared Loughner on conservatives and the Tea Party only to discover that very few of Loughner’s views resembled conservative values  at all.  (As of this writing, I don’t think we do know what his motivations were even yet.)  Conservatives defended themselves with effect, but there was one portion of that defense that I wish to take issue with.

Conservatives have taken the tact of protecting themselves from the very charge they are fending off, bending over backwards to insist that not only did conservative values not influence Loughner, … continue reading...

What Does Atheism Become?

About five years ago I published a collection of essays that is no longer available for purchase.  The collection is titled after the essay below.  It is not, as far as I know, something I’ve published elsewhere.  I was thinking of it recently and decided it should be dusted off.  It seems as relevant today as when I first wrote it.

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That Which Atheism Becomes

Some might say that I just like to argue. The truth is that I believe that ideas have consequences and some consequences are more severe than others. Arguing, or more precisely, debating, these ideas … continue reading...

James Jay Lee’s Manifesto to Save the Planet

James Jay Lee originally posted this at www.savetheplanetprotest.com but it seems the site is down. I am posting it here in full for posterity’s sake.

The Discovery Channel MUST broadcast to the world their commitment to save the planet and to do the following IMMEDIATELY:
1. The Discovery Channel and it’s affiliate channels MUST have daily television programs at prime time slots based on Daniel Quinn’s “My Ishmael” pages 207-212 where solutions to save the planet would be done in the same way as the Industrial Revolution was done, by people building on each other’s inventive ideas. Focus must be

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Short Stories on Kindle – health care, cloning, world domination

A short collection of some of my favorite short stories that I have written is now available in Ebook. Buy on Kindle or Buy on Nook

Three short stories written by speaker and novelist Anthony Horvath inspired by his conversations and philosophical discussions over the years.

Stories:

Polite Company

Sally Apple knows how to maximize hospital profits and properly steward society’s resources. Health care must be rationed and she knows just how to do it. No one is her equal: except Dr. Honey Synger.

Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge of Knowledge

The clarion call of science: Knowledge … continue reading...

The Explanatory Fallacy

I am not familiar enough with formal logic to know if I am coining a new term or describing a fallacy for the first time.  Google was no help.  If you can help, I’d be happy to hear it, but first you ought to read further to make sure you know what I’m talking about.

In the nearly 20 years or so of debating with various kinds of non-Christians, I have often encountered a way of thinking that I think is self-evidently flawed, but oddly common nonetheless.  What I mean is this:  as soon as you press the point, they … continue reading...

Atheism and the Problem of Death

This weekend at church my pastor was sharing his experiences counseling people who were on their death bed.  I thought of all the pastors and spiritual counselors throughout the country, and world, throughout time, who have been face to face with death, the dying, and those left behind.   Then I thought about some of the recent posts (and comments) on my blog.  In one place, an atheist dismissed apologetics organizations because they only serve to advance ‘their narrow, self-interested, point of view.’   However, this came after I pointed out that it has become increasingly clear just how important addressing the … continue reading...

Apologetics is the Answer to Abortion and Euthanasia and other Life Issues

Not too long ago I posted an essay asserting that ‘apologetics is the answer to everything.’  Even then I had in mind to discuss the relationship between apologetics and life issues such as abortion, euthanasia, eugenics, etc, but fought off the urge to elaborate on it.  Now is my chance.

You know, for most of my life, even during my ‘liberal’ years, I have more or less been pro-life.  This became personal when the doctors asked my wife and I if we wanted to ‘terminate’ our child, diagnosed that morning with spina bifida.  But I have always been … continue reading...

History of the Culture of Death

I delivered the following presentation at Concordia University at Seward, Nebraska, on Nov. 20th, 2010.  The event was hosted by Nebraska Lutherans for Life.  I explain what the ‘culture of death’ is and how it got here.  To invite me to present at your organization, you can get more information here.

The Culture of Death: Planned Parenthood, Eugenics, and… Climate Change? from Anthony Horvath on Vimeo.

Pro-life speaker Anthony Horvath recounts the history of the ‘Culture of Death’ from Thomas Malthus to Charles Darwin to Margaret Sanger to Peter Singer, with an array of personalities in between. Horvath … continue reading...

A couple of books to review

I received in the mail today two books to review… reminding me I’ve got a review or two yet to write!  Argh!

To whet your appetite, let me say that both of these books appear to be solid and their respective websites look worthy of your investigation.

The first book is Rational Conclusions by James D. Agresti.  This appears to be a thorough and cumulative apologetic for Christianity drawn from multiple disciplines.  His website is www.justfacts.com.   Find the book on Amazon, here.

The next book, by Dr. Edgar Andrews, is called Who Made God:  Searching for a Theory continue reading...

You are not as smart as you think you are- your brain is smarter than all the computers of the world

A friend of mine pointed me to this article this morning where it was revealed that a new imaging technology makes it possible to ‘see’ the inner workings of the brain to such an extent that it can be said:

A single human brain has more switches than all the computers and routers and Internet connections on Earth.

When presented with a level of complexity that the scientist who laid it bare himself suggests is ‘almost beyond belief’ the obvious conclusion is that you are in the presence of overwhelming evidence for intelligent design, and not just mediocre design, but … continue reading...

Social Issues and Economics Go Hand in Hand

Worldnetdaily.com published a column I wrote.  Read the whole thing.

Apparently, a letter has been written to GOP leaders by conservative homosexuals and some tea-party activists requesting that the GOP lay off its traditional pro-life stance. That would be horrible for many reasons. One reason: In actuality, de-emphasizing life issues is a threat to conservative notions about limited government and individual liberty.

The very first thing that has to be made clear is that those in the culture of death themselves strongly believe that social issues and economic issues are linked. The pro-death camp is perfectly able to present their … continue reading...

Introduction to Ayn Rand’s Anthem Excerpt

I often find Ayn Rand’s words in her introduction to her book “Anthem” to be relevant today.  It is worth posting the bulk of the foreword:

Some of those who read the story when it was first written [in 1937], told me that I was unfair to the ideals of collectivism; this was not, they said, what collectivism preaches or intends; collectivists do not mean or advocate such things; nobody advocates them.

I shall merely point out that the slogan “Production for use and not for profit” is now accepted by most men as a commonplace, and a

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Apologetics is the Answer to Everything

Some Christians will begin seeing red just from reading the title of this entry.  They will be angry and annoyed and may even jump up out of their seats.  Therefore, let me say it again:  apologetics is the answer to everything.

Whether it be the rapid decline of the Christian Church in America, the brisk acceptance of homosexual ‘marriage,’ the prevailing and deepening culture of death, the shallow spirituality of many of the Christians who actually remain in the Church- and certainly much of the lack of action- and many other issues can track back to nothing less than disobedience, … continue reading...