Posts Tagged by Christian Response

C.S. Lewis on Universal Health Care and the Love of Some

I was reading CS Lewis’s The Four Loves and came across the quote below. Obviously, Lewis is not specifically addressing universal health care or liberalism or the question of using the government to administer love. Even Christians can be found thinking that it is a noble expression of a loving society to have the government do the loving… and this with no apparent thought to the actual effect that this ‘loving’ will have on the people ‘loved’ and the attitude it fuels in the people-government doing the ‘loving.’ The most important thing seems to be that, well, people’s intentions are good, and it’s better to do something rather than nothing. Here is the quote:

This [is] Gift-love, but one that needs to give; therefore needs to be needed. But the proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs our gift. We feed children in order that they may soon be able to feed themselves; we teach them in order that they may soon not need our teaching. Thus a heavy task is laid upon this Gift-love. It must work towards its own abdication. We must aim at making ourselves superfluous. The hour when we can say “They need me no longer” shall be our reward. But the instinct, simply in its own nature, has no power to fulfil this law. The instinct desires the good of its object, but not simply; only the good it can itself give. A much higher love- a love which desires the good of the object as such, from whatever source that good comes- must step in and help or tame the instinct before it can make the abdication. And of course it often does. But where it does not, the ravenous need to be needed will gratify itself either by keeping its objects needy or by inventing for them imaginary needs. It will do this all the more ruthlessly because it thinks (in one sense truly) that it is a Gift-love and therefore regards itself as “unselfish.” (pgs 50-51)

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Colbert Interviews Secular Lobbyist on Atheism, Sex, And Other Things

Stephen Colbert is not someone I watch regularly but when I do I usually find him hilarious. This interview follows the Democratic Convention’s refusal to allow this secular lobbyist group to participate in their faith forum. As interesting as it would be to opine on the Democratic attempt to claim the ‘high ground’ of religion I’ll pass at this time. This is all comedy of course and I can only imagine that the poor lady has had all of her best insights spliced out… but as an apologist it was still quite fun to watch… Maybe I could get Mr. Colbert to run a guest column here at Sntjohnny.com 🙂

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The Golden Compass and Genesis 3

This is probably my last post on the “His Dark Materials” series and to tell you the truth I’m about ready to be done.  There are innumerable issues raised by the HDM series and quite a bit that I wanted to respond to.  This blog contains many of those responses and there probably could be […]

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The Case of Pullman and the Missing Incarnation

Everyone loves a good mystery. As I was reading Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass for my review I kept waiting to hear some dramatic attack on the person of Christ and the doctrine of the incarnation. In fact, the series rarely mentions Jesus at all, and certainly never substantively. Several hypotheses occur to me: Perhaps […]

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Pullman’s God is not the Christian God but that is no Consolation because he Doesn’t Know That

In my 15 page response to the Pullman series I indicated that his notion of God is a strawman notion. The problem is that he doesn’t know that, most atheists don’t know that, and even many Christian theists don’t know that. In the Pullman series, ‘God’ is a very old ‘angel’ who was merely the […]

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Philip Pullman and His Dark Materials Round Up

Here are a collection of posts that pertain to Pullman that exist on this blog. Detailed, 15 page analysis of the Pullman Series. Some Interviews of Philip Pullman Christian Reactions around the Net Parent’s Guide/Church Bulletin Insert All of my entries on the Pullman series. If you have been helped by any of this material, […]

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Some Christian Responses to Pullman’s His Dark Materials

Apart from my own, which is located here, here are some others of interest that I’ve found. It should be noted that my posting of them does not mean that I necessarily endorse them. I am trying to give people the ability to educate themselves. Pluggedinonline – Christian Movie Review site- Pretty good job. http://www.christiananswers.net […]

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Christian Response and Reaction to Pullman and His Dark Materials: the Golden Compass, the Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass

The full response is pasted below, but you may want to download and print it off, or attach it in an email. If so, here it is for download: If you would like to discuss this issue, please use my discussion forum, where this thread has been set up for that purpose. Since this has […]

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The “His Dark Materials” Series is Pullman’s direct answer to CS Lewis’s “Chronicles of Narnia.” Lewis intended to inoculate a Christian worldview using his series and it is clear that Pullman had the same idea in mind. Except in case you didn’t know, Pullman is a hardcore atheist.

Many Christians will focus on the apparent paganism, the hostility to Christianity and more precisely the Church, and some of the less than subtle sexual allusions. These would be the wrong place to put our emphasis. What Pullman aims to do is to offer a naturalistic explanation for anything and everything, including that which might be true in Christianity or in paganism.

He uses a mainstream interpretation within quantum science that posits that there are an unlimited amount of universes that exist and evolution working out in unlimited ways in each of them, so that one could allow yourself to consider almost anything as possible- without ever invoking a God.

It is this that makes Pullman’s series the threat that it is. Young people all over the place are going to school and university and are actually being taught in dogmatic terms that evolution is the real explanation for how we got here and it is only a matter of time before these students learn about the ‘multiverse’ as well as comprehend that scientists really take it seriously.

Thus, young people are primed to receive the atheistic worldview… they read it in high school as fiction only to have the main premises of the series shoved at them as straight science in college. Though the overt hostility to the Church, the pagan elements, and the sexuality are enough to make many a Christian’s blood boil, these are just symptoms, and we Christians should remember that.

For the full examination click the ‘read the rest of the entry’ link below. Or, to Print it off, download it in PDF here: ChristianResponsetoPullmansGoldenCompass (140.0 KiB, 2,323 hits)

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