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Psalm 22 and the Cross Or, One Reason So Many of the First Christians were Jews

This is an essay I wrote up quickly in response to some information about a Bible study lesson I gave.  Rather than submit it as an outline, which wouldn’t, by definition, chart the whole thought pattern that connected the parts together, I wrote it all up as a piece.  I suppose I should still make an outline.  🙂

Below you will find the entire essay, but if you prefer to read it on an e-reader, such as Kindle, or the Nook, I decided to make it available as an ebook, too.  You have several options.  First of all, you can … continue reading...

On the Necessity of Jesus’ Sacrifice for our Sins

I had an interesting email exchange about a month ago concerning whether or not it was ‘necessary’ for Jesus to atone for humanity’s sins by the shedding of his blood.  In some follow up conversation, we talked about different ways of looking at the question, turning on the word ‘necessary.’  As I recall, ‘free-will’ was a component of that follow up.  Since I felt that my original response could have broader application I asked for, and received, permission to post my reply.  You can see it below.


Regarding your question of: Jesus saving.

Your perspective reminds me of that of … continue reading...

The Jaffe Memo and separation of church and state, part 9

This series is, believe it or not, winding down.

In part 8, I highlighted how some of the population control proposals of the 60s and 70s- as illustrated in the Jaffe memo- have been put forward, almost word for word, in our modern times, especially visible in the area of ‘climate change.’  Actually, these proposals go back into the 1800s, past Darwin, and come to rest more or less, as far as modern ‘population control’ thinking goes, on Thomas Malthus.   The proposals and the thinking has remained the same, only the pretext, justifications, and rationales have changed.

Under Malthus, it … continue reading...

The Jaffe Memo and the War Against Climate Change- Religion and Politics Continued – Part 8

This is part 8 of a series reacting to the contents of the Jaffe memo.  Readers who have been following along may want to refresh their memory and obviously new readers should read what has come before or, barring that, at the minimum find the Jaffe memo linked in part one and read it.

I want to begin this section quoting from a truly ghastly article by a columnist from Canada named Diane Francis, who advocated for a globally enforced one child policy:

A planetary law, such as China’s one-child policy, is the only way to reverse the disastrous

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The Jaffe Memo – Part 6; EVERYTHING is Now Political

In Part 5, I concluded that something very significant has happened over the last three decades: ‘politics’ has become all-encompassing.

In short: everything has become political.

And if everything has become political, and Christians are supposed to butt out, that means that the Christian is being asked (or told) that he can have absolutely no opinion at all about anything that happens in society that they are permitted to all. I’m not talking about abortion, or gay marriage. I’m talking about everything.

For example, let’s say we were talking about the minimum wage. At first blush, if ever there were … continue reading...

The Jaffe Memo, Ginsburg, Harris v. McRae, and Population Control – PART 5

In my first post, I showed how the beliefs of the Nazis and the eugenicists are disturbingly similar to viewpoints of some modern liberals.  I gave three examples;  I could have given three hundred.  The Jaffe Memo shows that ‘population control’ is central to the the progressive outlook on the world.  It is an aspect of their ‘religion.’  As progressives have flooded into the government over the last sixty years, the moral (!) righteousness of population control has become institutionalized.

I illustrated this fact by showing how several issues typically promoted as planks of the Democrat platform on the basis … continue reading...

The truth about who pays taxes: Everyone and No One Simultaneously

Conservatives often challenge the logic and rationale behind taxing corporations because the tax is essentially a ‘pass through’ item;  the tax is paid by the consumer, in the form of higher prices for the product or service.  On this view, then, a tax on a corporation is actually a tax on the end user.  And this view is essentially correct.  It cannot be disputed at its core, because it is exactly the way the real world works- and will always work.

However, you can nibble around the edges, and since people will want to sock it to ‘big business’ they … continue reading...

Reflections on the ‘Dragon Mom’

Posted this at the WI-LFL blog:

Someone pointed me to an op-ed in the NY Times by a ‘dragon mom.’  Her son, born with Tay-Sachs, is not expected to live beyond three years old.  And yet, despite this- or is it because of this?-  the joy she has with him is immense and incalculable.   Our society bends over backwards to ‘spare’ children and mothers of this joy, offering a quick and easy termination.  But if you read this article, you see that even in the face of impending grief, joy prevails every time.

Of course, if we’re honest, we understand … continue reading...

Why Sticking it to Big Business Sticks it to the Little Guy

Reality.

Call me quaint, but I believe we are obligated to conform our beliefs to the actual world around us.  It was chiefly on account of this that I felt compelled to take a perspective that we today call ‘conservative.’   There is the world we wished we lived in and there is the world that we actually live in.  Another way of putting this is:  people are as people are going to be and no social engineering will ever change what people are.

I begin this way as a response to those in the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ crowd.   Let me … continue reading...

Evolutionary Origins of Religion:

As I was skimming the web this evening I came across this site reviewing Hitchen’s “God is not Great.” I didn’t spend much time on the blog so I don’t know the gent’s background.  I’m going to comment on a few things he said as a springboard since I have heard it any number of times, including and perhaps especially Dawkins’ The God Delusion.

 However, as discussed in Religion Explained, religion and religious beliefs have natural evolutionary origins and arise out of how our mind works. So religion is here to stay. Even people who do not consider

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DOH, one last reply on Watson and the Professor

He posted another reply and I’m not going to respond to it in full.  I saw this nonsense, though:

if he weren’t so motivated to spread the slanderous insinuation that non-Christians have no ethics.

This shows, I think, that the Doc isn’t really reading my entries because I am not arguing that non-Christians have no ethics.  Indeed, the sillyness of such an accusation is exposed by remembering that I advocate that there is an objective morality.  That would mean that everyone does have ethics.  The question is… can atheism explain why people do have ethics, and why the ethics are … continue reading...

Dumbledore is Gay? What is a Christian to do with Harry Potter?

Yesterday I was given this link here with a discussion by Rowling about the Christian elements in her books. Today I was given this link here with Rowling talking about Dumbledore being gay. I quote:

She was asked by one young fan whether Dumbledore finds “true love.”

“Dumbledore is gay,” the author responded to gasps and applause.

She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards. “Falling in love can blind us to an extent,” Rowling said of Dumbledore’s feelings, adding that Dumbledore was “horribly,

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A Response to Herr Professor Regarding Evolution and Racism, and Watson

Herr Professor, writing here, wants to take me to task for some of the things that I said in this post, here.

I thank the gentleman for taking the time to read my entry though as I read his I did begin to doubt that he really did read mine. Besides the standard skeptical psychoanalysis one has come to expect (think: Dawkins’s argument that religious tendencies are ‘misfires.’ We should be weeding out people with the religion gene, don’t you agree?), I had my first ever experience of being described as racist and somehow siding with Dr. Watson’s … continue reading...

A Review of C. Vaughn Doner’s book “The Late Great Evangelical Church”

I have in hand C. Vaughn Doner’s book “The Late Great Evangelical Church: How an Age-Old Heresy is Killing the Modern-Day Church and How it Can still be Saved.” It is set to be released soon, but you can pre-order it through their website and it is listed on Amazon.com: The Late Great Evangelical Church

Doner aims to diagnose the ailments of the Evangelical church and comes to the conclusion that Gnosticism is the chief culprit. Gnosticism was repudiated by the early church but Doner argues that it was actually re-introduced by many church fathers via Plato and Philo and … continue reading...