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Christians Should Not Use the Government to Do THEIR Good Deeds

About 1700 years ago, a certain Roman emperor by the name of Julian the Apostate reigned.  He was called the ‘Apostate’ because of his fierce rejection of Christianity and his sometimes brutal attempt to repress it.  Julian was smart.  He knew that he could not just eradicate Christianity without dealing with the things that made it attractive.  He complained:

Whilst the pagan priests neglect the poor, the hated Galileans devote themselves to works of charity, and by a display of false compassion have established and given effect to their pernicious errors. See their love-feasts, and their tables spread for … continue reading...

A Christian checks out Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals

The impact that Saul Alinksy’s ideology had in the thinking of the man currently occupying the office of the presidency, one Barack Hussein Obama, is well documented.  Thus, I will not document it myself, and submit the reader to Google.

Having only read excerpts of Alinksy’s Rules for Radicals, I was pleased to have the opportunity to sit down and read it for myself in its entirety.  Knowing how influential Alinksy was for the young Obama (and many others who now occupy seats of power) I am more worried than I was before now that I’ve actually read … continue reading...

Shouldn’t Christians Want to Save the Planet?

Last week I posted an entry challenging the notion that we can save the planet.   This generated some interesting comments.  One person pointed out that it was his understanding that Christians should care about the environment.  On this there is no dispute.  Since I rarely speak on this issue I thought something more definitive is in order.  Briefly.

There is no question that Christians should care about the environment.  However, the infantile notion that the planet needs saving or could be saved is not what that means.  This notion rests on the idea that the planet has some sort … continue reading...

Should it be legal to ‘Sext’? Vermont to legalize Sexting

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Text messaging graphic pictures of yourself could soon be legal for teens in Vermont.

Lawmakers there are considering a bill that would make it legal for teenagers 18 and under to exchange explicit photos and videos of themselves – an act that’s come to be known by teens as “sexting.”

Under the current law, teenagers could be prosecuted as sex offenders if they get caught sending graphic sexual images of themselves, even if it was consensual.

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Here is one of those weird situations that our sexually saturated sex-crazed society has created for us to work out.  First of … continue reading...

Christians blaming Christians for the Modern Situation

I just saw two posts on Worldnetdaily.com blaming the Christian church itself for the interesting predicament it finds itself in today in America.  I submit them for your reading pleasure and have just a few comments of my own below.

Article one- The Church’s desertion in a time of war.

Article two- Christians, We are to blame.

I certainly agree with much of their analysis, having said similar things for awhile now.  For example, I think it is clear that our attempt to reverse Roe vs. Wade relied far too much on the political process.  That does … continue reading...

Despicable Trends in Bioethics Inevitable Result of Secularism

Every now and then I read something that really get on my nerves even though nothing any more surprises me.  Recently I came across a man named Jacob M. Appel and his stomach turning positions.  Now, as I mentioned, it doesn’t really surprise me.  However, I think it may be a surprise to some folks… I here think of some atheist friends who laugh away my assertions that there are certain aspects of atheism and secular humanism that logically, if not inevitably, degenerate into certain positions and attitudes.  However, I am also thinking of some fellow Christians who think you … continue reading...

Connecting the dots between unbelief and abortion

A recent entry on my discussion forum illustrates with crystal clarity the arguments I confronted in my book We Chose Life: Why You Should Too.   If you happen to get a hold of my book and you’re wondering if there are real people who hold those views, that example will do.

That’s not what I want to talk about.  The ‘person’ in question (I use the term ‘person’ here loosely, as definitions can change over time 😉  ) is an atheist and secular humanist.  His position on abortion follows naturally from his atheism.  I’m not saying it follows logically, … continue reading...

A Devotional Minute for Atheists and Sick People Everywhere

“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” GK Chesterton

This post is inspired by some discussions about sin and the nature of God that are going on on my forum but also by my own introspection this Lenten season.

The question put to my atheist friend was “Are you claiming to be perfect?”  Of course he denied it and embraced the notion that he was far from perfect.  He seems to have a problem demanding with God demanding perfection and associating that demand with any kind of consequence.  What I wanted … continue reading...

The Forgotten Doctrine: Love

A recent commentator posted something from the Internet Monk and on a whim I thought I would check his website.  He has an article up from 2002 taking the Church (in particular the Evangelical brand) to task for a variety of things, essentially following up on a survey which listed Evangelicals as a group hated in American culture.   I agree with much of what the Monk says.  I usually do, with a few exceptions here and there.  I would concur with much of the article I posted above.

What the article does not address is what I perceive to be … continue reading...

Study: Religion in Decline. What do we do about it?

In my local newspaper the following article appeared documenting the rising number of unreligious people in the country and the growing defection from the ranks of the Christian denominations.

Here is a lengthy quote:

The percentage of people who do not claim a religious identity has nearly doubled since 1990, growing to 15% of Americans last year, researchers with the American Religious Identification Survey found.

Mainline Christian denominations, once bulwarks of the religious landscape, have suffered most from the drift.

Methodists, Lutherans and Episcopalians are among the denominations that have seen their ranks decline.

Although 86% of Americans identified as … continue reading...

Prelude to an Argument for Christianity: The Jewish People

It took a few years after my personal battle with atheism for me to realize the importance of Jesus’ Jewishness in understanding Christianity- and defending it.  The character of the Jewish people at that time is well documented by both the Old Testament and extra-biblical sources.  Some things about Christianity, or perhaps more precisely, the New Testament, make no sense apart from the Jewish context that it arose in.  The brief video presentation below is not an argument for Christianity but rather foundation laying for such an argument.  Everyone loves a puzzle!  Puzzle me this- how has the Jewish nation … continue reading...

Christianese and Shibboleths as Roadblocks to Faith and Brotherhood

Here is an excerpt of a blog entry I posted at the ChristianPost.  It was probably a good time to poke the boys at Godisimaginary.com in the ribs, anyway.  I know, cheap thrills.

In Judges 12, the Gileadites find a way to distinguish between friend and foe by compelling captured refugees to say the word ‘Shibboleth.’  Evidently, Ephraimites couldn’t pronounce it correctly, saying instead ‘Sibboleth.’  Those that said that latter were struck down while those who said the former were allowed to pass.

‘Shibboleths’ abound in society, including among Christians.  Unfortunately, even among Christians, a Shibboleth isn’t simply a quick … continue reading...

The Corporate Church in a Corporate Society

In today’s economy we hear about companies cutting staff and reducing costs, ostensibly on the idea that they are improving the health of the corporation.   A healthy corporation, we assume is a good thing.  Now ‘corporate’ comes out of the Latin for ‘body.’  For the purpose of the law in this country, a business corporation is an entirely separate entity from the people that compose it.  The bottom line is basically the only measurement of ‘health’ that matters.  You can wreck the lives of 5,000 of your workers and strengthen the corporation and it is considered justifiable.

Now, Christians talk … continue reading...

Would an atheist be happy in hell? Cue the Twilight Zone Theme Song…

On a recent thread on my discussion forum an atheist endorsed the view:  “It is better to rule in hell than serve in heaven.”  Of course, this atheist, like all atheists, rejects any notion that heaven and hell are real.  Nonetheless, there are a number of reasons for making the argument.  It essentially amounts to fundamental rejection of the ‘terms of engagement’ that Christians contend that God has laid out.   (This is especially fundamental when the atheist is, as in this example, an Ayn Rand Objectivist).  Additional layers of the argument take it as true for the sake of argument … continue reading...