In this installment of my series dealing with a local small papers regular article, I respond to the misdirection of energies to ideas surrounding religious and political extremism. A proper understanding of both history and one’s own political leaders can direct... Read More
Well, my cruise to Hawaii and back went as well as one could expect. One of my favorite parts was being “buzzed” by the USS Vinson (Carrier) on our last sea day. Not only did we see a floating military airport, F-18′s, Sea-Hawks, and E-2C Hawkeyes… but we... Read More
Just a quick note on when John says (see below) that he doubts “the origin of homosexuality will be discussed,” he does not discuss it either (if there is even an “origin” to be discussed). And while I admit to not following John’s every... Read More
Now, before I post the exact same critique of the above “meme/quote” I placed on a friends mom’s FaceBook, I wish to note a few things about the “interaction” that followed. Firstly, this action taken by D.N. (friend’s mom) proves yet again... Read More
This is a short, 6-point reason why I believe same-sex marriage should not be “normalized” by society as a whole — THAT IS, gay-unions should not be placed in importance, culturally, as equal in its benefiting society. Gender differences are important and have... Read More
In all my discussions with people about the “hot-button issue” of today, same-sex-marriage, I see a theme. And that is, bias. Not an admitted bias, or a healthy bias, one flirting with fascism. “FASCISM! How can you say that Papa Giorgio!?” Easy, a... Read More
“Properly speaking, homosexuality does not exist among animals…. For reasons of survival, the reproductive instinct among animals is always directed towards an individual of the opposite sex. Therefore, an animal can never be homosexual as such. Nevertheless, the... Read More
I have been too busy as-of-late to keep up with “Concepts,” an article in a local small paper. This recent article did, however, peak my interest and awoke me from my slumber. (As usual, you can click the graphic to enlarge to be able to read the article if so... Read More
It is funny. In this conversation (which is part two, part one can be found here) I have noticed a theme… which is, the detractors in question will bring up topics of a religious bent, even going as far as quoting Scripture; then, when corrected on the theological or... Read More
A Cordial `Clambake` on the Mutability/Immutability of Homosexuality (round 1) ~ Conversation Series
I was graciously invited to a site that is a depot for many conservatively minded homosexuals as well as supporters of these Republican leaning folk. For the record there are many independents and libertarian leaning guys and gals in the group as well. The person that invited me... Read More
Via Life & Times Blog:
This is classic R.C. Sproul. I read his book The Consequence of Ideas many years ago as a post-teenager. Back when my best friends were leaving the church, and some rejecting Christ.. I was moving out of my parent’s house, trying to find the answers to life’s big questions. I had been a Christian since age 6 or 7 however I knew very little except for stock answers giving to me by well-meaning Godly Sunday School teachers. Suddenly, God brought two men into my life to guide me back to where I needed to go: Ravi Zacharias, and R.C. Sproul. I read everything I could get my hands on, I listened to tapes of sermons, I bought VHS movies of these two preaching very tough to understand sermons on deep philosophical issues. But Christ knew it was what I needed to move on to growth in my Faith.
I held up in my 550 Sq ft apartment and read and watched even sometimes on Friday and Saturday nights.
This video was my first time hearing the name Friedrich Nietzsche or the word “Existentialism”.
Classic R.C. Sproul. I encourage you to watch this and learn some basic philosophical truth!
The Philosophy of Religion section of the Tyndale Fellowship hosted a one-day Conference in Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge on Saturday 14th July, 2012. The full title of the Conference was ‘Design in Nature? Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives’. This is the lecture given by Prof. Steve Fuller at that event.
For more information, please visit: http://www.tyndalephilosophy.org.uk
Dinesh D’Souza Quickley Explains the Myth that Hitler was a Christian (Nuremberg Trial Day 28 Portion Included)
“I freed Germany from the stupid and degrading fallacies of conscience and morality…. We will train young people before whom the world will tremble. I want young people capable of violence — imperious, relentless and cruel.” ~ Hitler
On a plaque hung on the wall at Auschwitz (Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live Without God, p. 23)
“The stronger must dominate and not mate with the weaker, which would signify the sacrifice of its own higher nature. Only the born weakling can look upon this principle as cruel, and if he does so it is merely because he is of a feebler nature and narrower mind; for if such a law [natural selection] did not direct the process of evolution then the higher development of organic life would not be conceivable at all…. If Nature does not wish that weaker individuals should mate with the stronger, she wishes even less that a superior race should intermingle with an inferior one; because in such a case all her efforts, throughout hundreds of thousands of years, to establish an evolutionary higher stage of being, may thus be rendered futile.” ~ Hitler
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, translator/annotator, James Murphy (New York: Hurst and Blackett, 1942), pp. 161-162.
“Everything I have said and done in these last years is relativism by intuition…. If relativism signifies contempt for fixed categories and men who claim to be bearers of an objective, immortal truth… then there is nothing more relativistic than fascistic attitudes and activity…. From the fact that all ideologies are of equal value, that all ideologies are mere fictions, the modern relativist infers that everybody has the right to create for himself his own ideology and to attempt to enforce it with all the energy of which he is capable.” ~ Mussolini
Mussolini, Diuturna (1924) pp. 374-77, quoted in A Refutation of Moral Relativism: Interviews with an Absolutist (Ignatius Press; 1999), by Peter Kreeft, p. 18.
Nuremberg Day 28 Church Suppression
Colonel Leonard Wheeler, Assistant American Trial Counsel, on Jan. 7, 1946, submitted the case regarding the Oppression of the Christian Churches and other Religious Groups in Germany and the Occupied Countries. He stated that the Nazi conspirators found the Christian churches to be an “obstacle to their complete domination of the German people and contrary to their master race dogma”.
The Indictment charged that “the Nazi conspirators, by promoting beliefs and practices incompatible with Christian teaching, sought to subvert the influence of the churches over the people and in particular the youth of Germany”.
For further information, see www.roberthjackson.org
Nuremberg trial footage which shows the Nazis persecuted the Christian Churches:
Subject :Relationship of the German Churches to Hitler October 25th, 1945
The Persecution of the Christian Churches
– This study describes, with illustrative factual evidence, Nazi purposes, policies and methods of persecuting the Christian Churches in Germany and occupied Europe
The Nazi conspirators sought to subvert the influnce of the churches over the people of Germany. (1) They sought to eliminate the Christian Churches in Germany
In private, Hitler was more critical of traditional Christianity, considering it a religion fit only for slaves; he admired the power of Rome but maintained a severe hostility towards its teaching.
Historian John S. Conway states that Hitler held a “fundamental antagonism” towards the Christian churches.
According to a US Office of Strategic Services report, Hitler had a general plan, even before his rise to power, to destroy the influence of Christian churches within the Reich.
The report titled “The Nazi Master Plan” stated that the destruction of the church was a goal of the movement right from the start, but that it was inexpedient to express this extreme position publicly.
His intention, according to Bullock, was to wait until the war was over to destroy the influence of Christianity. He articulated his view on the relationship between religion and national identity as “We do not want any other god than Germany itself. It is essential to have fanatical faith and hope and love in and for Germany”
THE NAZI MASTER PLAN
ANNEX 4: THE PERSECUTION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES
Scholarly opinion on Hitler’s religious views:
City Life Church (2013)
William Lane Craig uses his opponents own words to prove naturalism is false. The full debate can be seen here, as well as my isolating the most amazing statement I have heard in such a debate, here. Video description for the above:
On February 1st, 2013 at Purdue University, Dr William Lane Craig participated in a debate with Dr Alex Rosenberg on the topic, “Is Faith In God Reasonable?” Over 5,000 people watched the event on the Purdue University campus along with tens of thousands streaming it live online from around the world. In this clip, Dr Craig responds to metaphysical naturalism which asserts that only physical things exist.
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This 4-and-a-half-minute response during a debate ~ for my “Serious Saturday” post ~ is a great example of using an opponents words against them. Obviously, in regards to the debate between Dr. Craig and Dr. Rosenberg, this usage was a bit easier, but nonetheless, it shows that naturalism (atheism), as a worldview is self-deleting. That is, incoherent and provably false based on its OWN premises.
`Is it reasonable to believe that Christianity is the only way?` ~ Professor Craig Hazen (Serious Saturday)
Professor Craig Hazen answers the question, “Is it reasonable to believe that Christianity is the only way?” at the Thrive Apologetics Conference, held at Bayside Church in Granite Bay, California.
Craig J. Hazen is the editor of the philosophy journal, Philosophia Christi. He is also the author of the monograph The Village Enlightenment in America, the acclaimed apologetics novel Five Sacred Crossings, and dozens of articles and chapters in various books and journals. He is a recipient of the Fischer Award, the highest faculty honor at Biola and has lectured across North America and Europe on key apologetics topics—including lectures on Capitol Hill and in the White House. He is a popular church and conference speaker and former co-host of a national radio talk program. He holds a PhD and MA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
This conference was sponsored by Thriving Churches International (TCI). Ray Johnston, the President of TCI, is also the Senior Pastor of Bayside Church. You can learn more about us by visiting our website at www.ThriveConference.org.
From Video Description:
http://www.veritas.org/talks – We encounter an incredible diversity of cultures, lifestyles, and faiths. Unfortunately our conflicting identities and beliefs often exclude others. Is there truth to real acceptance and inclusion? Join in discussion with renowned international speaker and Christian philosopher Ravi Zacharias. Extended Q&A following the dialogue with Dr. Zacharias and Michael Ramsden, speaker and Director at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University.
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From the video description:
Logos Apologia made and edited this awesome video which demonstrates the scientific fact of the Kalam Cosmological Argument for God’s existence. Over and over again, it has been demonstrated that science (contrary to popular stereotypes) is on the side of theists and not atheists. From Logos Apologia:
“Everything that begins to exist has a cause. The universe began to exist. Therefore the universe has a cause.”
Why couldn’t natural forces have produced the universe? Because there was no nature and there were no natural forces ontologically prior to the Big Bang—nature itself was created at the Big Bang. That means the cause of the universe must be something beyond nature—something we would call supernatural. It also means that the supernatural cause of the universe must at least be:
✯ spaceless because it created space
✯ timeless because it created time
✯ immaterial because it created matter
✯ powerful because it created out of nothing
✯ intelligent because the creation event and the universe was precisely designed
✯ personal because it made a choice to convert a state of nothing into something (impersonal forces don’t make choices).
Turek & Geisler. I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist. CrosswayBooks; 2004.
Thanks to Dr. Frank Turek, Dr. William Lane Craig, RC Sproul, as well as Dr. Henry F. Schaefer III
John Lennox (Ph.D.) Examines David Hume and The Law of Causality In Regards to Miracles (Serious Saturday)
If science is based on the law of causality then do miracles get in the way? Scientist and philosopher John Lennox explores this question, which was made popular by David Hume.
- “I think we have deluded ourselves into believing that people don’t know that abortion is killing.”
Faye Wattleton, former president of Planned Parenthood (1997)
From Video Description:
Published with permission from Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D. We would like to express our special thanks and gratitude for all of the lives saved by Dr. Nathanson. Introduced by Charlton Heston, an Academy Award winner and a conscientious citizen who takes an active part in community and film industry affairs. He urges the news media which he charged have “failed badly to inform the public on the abortion issue” to use the film Eclipse of Reason to promote a better informed public. This film produced by Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D. documents the intra-uterine life of a little boy at 5 months of age as seen through a fetoscope – a camera placed inside the pregnant uterus. Riveting images of a late abortion are then shown with a camera both inside and outside the uterus. Consistently verifiable statistics emphasize that this horror takes place 400 times a day in the US alone. In addition, there are deeply moving interviews with the other victims of abortion, women who have been irreparably injured by abortion, physically and psychologically.
Explaining who Dr. Nathanson is in a discussion:
You do not have to be a scientist to be knowledgeable about this topic? That is silly. It is a fallacy and in academics is called an “appeal to authority.” At any rate, I already posted a link to a medical video by Bernard Nathanson, co-founded the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL), which later became the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and is now NARAL Pro-Choice America. He is the main reason you can celebrate today, while he laments (like Roe) their past actions.
A neat back-and-forth between a super model and Bill Maher. Yes, Bill Maher got worked by a model in reasoning/inference power.
Kathy Ireland, many years ago, was on Bill Mahers Politically Incorrect and the discussion that ensued shows the frailty of the liberal/relativistic position:
Bill Maher: Kathy, why do you oppose a women’s right to choose
Kathy Ireland: Bill, when my husband was going to medical school I underwent a transformation. Because I used to be in favor of abortion. But I noticed when I was reading through some of his medical teaching books, that according to a law in science known as the law of biogenesis, every living thing reproduces after it own kind. That means dog produce dogs, cats produce cats, humans produce humans. If we want to know what something is we simply ask what are its parents. If we know what the parents are, we know what the thing in question is. And I reasoned from that because human parents can only produce human offspring, unborn human fetuses could be nothing but human beings, because the law of biogenesis rules out every other alternative. And I concluded therefore that because human fetuses were part of our family, we should not harm them without justification.
Bill Maher: Well Kathy, that is just your opinion
In October 2002, Kathy Ireland made a compelling argument against abortion on the Fox News Channel’s Hannity and Colmes political debate show. Alan Colmes described Ireland’s opinions as religious, but Ireland said that her views on abortion do not stem from faith. She asserted that even atheists could realize that abortion is wrong. Kathy told Alan that her belief is founded in science and technology, which she says, “has come a long way since Roe vs. Wade.”
Ireland also defended her values as being pro-women, stating, “We need to support these women who are in crisis pregnancy situations.” She claimed that because scientific evidence proves that abortion is murder, “I have no choice but to defend the most vulnerable among us.”
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About usBiased: I have my own interests and personal beliefs in mind when talking to others, spiritually or politically (Proverbs 21:2; Matthew 15:19); Fallen: I am a sinner and tend towards ~ naturally ~ what is not best for me or others. In other words, I will probably let you down (Romans 3:10; 3:23; Lamentations 5:16); Sentenced: since I tend towards rebellion and selfishness, I am judged accordingly and righteously (Romans 5:12; 6:23a; Job 36:6); Forgiven: I am justified before God not through works but by faith (Galatians 2:16; Romans 6:23b; Psalm 86:5); Relational: mercy is not getting what you deserve. And grace is getting what you absolutely do not deserve (Hebrews 4:16; Ephesians 1:5; Jeremiah 15:19a).
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