Biden pushes for ‘equity’ over ‘equality.’ Here’s the difference — and why it matters

By Bailey Aldridge – February 01, 2021 2:24 PM – for McClatchy News My cmnt: I post this because it shows the blindness of young Libs to the dangers of promoting “equity” over “equality”. It always ends badly for everyone except the favored few. The whole cry of communism since its inception has been the lie that they will MAKE everyone equal. What they have actually shown over 100 years of recent history is that the elites, like elite democratic leadership in America, live in the Hamptons while the masses live in the ghettos. The only equity they achieve is … Continue reading Biden pushes for ‘equity’ over ‘equality.’ Here’s the difference — and why it matters

How millennials became aggressively illiberal, censorious young adults

By George F. Will – Columnist The Washington Post | July 8, 2022 at 4:25 p.m. EDT Time was, conscientious parents fretted about “summer learning loss.” Now, when much of what schools do subtracts from understanding, summer could at least be a time for recuperation from educational malpractice — were summer not just another season of screen addictions for young people deformed by this digital age. In 2008, Americans were being inundated by journalism performing anticipatory sociology. “Techno-cheerleaders” — Mark Bauerlein’s term — predicted that millennials (born 1981-1996), the first generation suckled by their digital devices, would dazzle the world … Continue reading How millennials became aggressively illiberal, censorious young adults

The God Gap Helps Explain a ‘Seismic Shift’ in American Politics

The most important religious divide isn’t between right and left, but between left and left By David French – Jul 17, 2022 – the French Press My cmnt: Only an arrogant, indoctrinated marxist like B.O. could come up with a phrase like “coalition of the ascendant.” People have wondered whether Obama and his racist mentor-pastor Wright were really Christians. It’s not a matter of whether or not he CLAIMS to be a Christian, we see by his constant disdain for Christians worldwide and his endless empathy for murderous Muslims worldwide where his heart lies. But even that is not the … Continue reading The God Gap Helps Explain a ‘Seismic Shift’ in American Politics

Is the Universe Made of Math?

In this excerpt from his new book, Our Mathematical Universe, M.I.T. professor Max Tegmark explores the possibility that math does not just describe the universe, but makes the universe By Max Tegmark on January 10, 2014 – Scientific America Excerpted with permission from Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality, by Max Tegmark. Available from Random House/Knopf. Copyright © 2014. My cmnt: My PhD physics buddy: Please let me know what your take is on all of this. What’s the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything? In Douglas Adams’ science-fiction spoof “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, … Continue reading Is the Universe Made of Math?

For Math Fans: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Number 42

Here is how a perfectly ordinary number captured the interest of sci-fi enthusiasts, geeks and mathematicians By Jean-Paul Delahaye on September 21, 2020 – for Scientific American Everyone loves unsolved mysteries. Examples include Amelia Earhart’s disappearance over the Pacific in 1937 and the daring escape of inmates Frank Morris and John and Clarence Anglin from Alcatraz Island in California in 1962. Moreover our interest holds even if the mystery is based on a joke. Take author Douglas Adams’s popular 1979 science-fiction novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the first in a series of five. Toward the end of the book, the supercomputer Deep Thought … Continue reading For Math Fans: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Number 42

Doubting Rationalist: an interview with Phillip E. Johnson

“Intelligent Design” Proponent Phillip Johnson and How He Came to Be by Michael Powell  Washington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 15, 2005; D01 BERKELEY, Calif.  “The Washington Post is not one of my biggest fans, you know that.” Hello? The Washington Post reporter has just walked out of a spray of Pacific-borne rain into the living room of a modest bungalow west of downtown. There’s a shag rug, an inspirational painting or two and Phillip Johnson, dressed in tan slacks and a sweater and sitting on a couch. He pulls a dog-eared copy of a Post editorial out of his shirt … Continue reading Doubting Rationalist: an interview with Phillip E. Johnson

The Complex History and Uneasy Present of ‘Porgy and Bess’

It has entertained, and sometimes enraged, generations of audiences. Now the Gershwin classic is opening the Metropolitan Opera’s season. By Michael Cooper – Published Sept. 19, 2019 Updated Sept. 21, 2019 – New York Times It was one of those mythic New York nights: the Broadway premiere of the Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess” in 1935. The starry opening drew Hollywood royalty, including Katharine Hepburn and Joan Crawford. After the ovations died down, the A-listers headed to a glamorous after-party, where George Gershwin played excerpts from his score on the piano. By the next morning, though, the questions would begin. Those questions — about … Continue reading The Complex History and Uneasy Present of ‘Porgy and Bess’

Bleak Nation

Our colonial past was not beautiful, but it was also not more destructive than many other pasts. by Allen C. Guelzo – Spring 2022 – for the Claremont Review of Books My cmnt: Allen Guelzo reviews a book here by Alan Taylor who takes a Leftist, slanted view of the American founding and founders. Guelzo shows how an “eminent” scholar and historian like Taylor can pick and choose when writing a history according to his preconceived notions of where he wants to end up and what he wants to convey to his readers. In other words history can be written, even … Continue reading Bleak Nation

Pursuing Happiness

Tracing the radically different conceptions of human flourishing that have been in contention over the past half-millennium can help us acquire self-knowledge. by Diana Schaub – Spring 2022 – for the Claremont Review of Books We have an inalienable right to pursue happiness, but are we any good at it? Do we ever achieve happiness, or does the mode of our pursuit push away its satisfaction? Do we substitute busyness for contentment? In agreement with Alexis de Tocqueville’s description of Americans as “restless in the midst of their well-being,” Benjamin and Jenna Silber Storey offer a philosophical genealogy of our unquiet … Continue reading Pursuing Happiness

Government 101 – Syllabus

Laying the foundation Philosophy – Religion – Worldview – Apologetics – History – The Enlightenment – Building on that foundation Government – Economics – Science – The result of that foundation The American Revolution The French Revolution America – The Constitution The Bill of Rights – Ripping up the foundation The Culture Wars Secular Humanism Communism Biblical Higher Criticism Darwinism Scientism Modernism Postmodernism Radical Environmentalism Feminism Gender Theory Liberation Theology Critical Race Theory Covid-19 politics The End of Freedom? Bibliography How Should We Then Live?: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture – Francis Schaeffer Worldviews in Conflict … Continue reading Government 101 – Syllabus

What Does Postmodernism Really Amount To?

Even its practitioners don’t know. by John M. Ellis – Spring 2022 – for The Claremont Review of Books My cmnt: See my essay on postmoderism here. If you want to know what postmodernism is, or just what the word means, you don’t get much help from either its advocates or interpreters. Most words that label theories bear some relation to their content: words like “evolution” or “Communism” give you at least the beginning of an understanding of what they are about. But words, like “modernism,” that refer only to an unspecified time have the drawback not only of omitting any … Continue reading What Does Postmodernism Really Amount To?

My essay on postmodernism

A very brief but helpful explanation of pre, extant, post and post-post modernism. In the pre-modern era the intellectual community existed in the Christian milieu and its presuppositions started with ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’; its moral underpinnings were the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. Some would say the modern era began with Isaac Newton, a devout Christian, and the publishing of his monumental work Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (1687), commonly known as the Principia. Philosophers like Immanuel Kant were convinced from reading this work that Newton had laid the foundations for a Deistic … Continue reading My essay on postmodernism

You Know What Would Deter More Shootings Than Red Flag Laws? Executing Mass Killers Quickly

BY: KYLEE GRISWOLD – JULY 07, 2022 – 5 MIN READ – for The Federalist My cmnt: This piece is correct. Swift and Certain justice (that means execution) is the only and best deterrent to cold-blooded, calculated murder, rape, kidnapping, torture, etc. My cmnt: However once a people have lost a healthy respect for, and fear of God, and have become convinced by pseudo-science and Darwinism that they are nothing but animals they will indeed murder and riot without remorse nor fear of consequence. My cmnt: And even worse are the Islamists who have been taught that to rape and murder … Continue reading You Know What Would Deter More Shootings Than Red Flag Laws? Executing Mass Killers Quickly

Some Thoughts About Being Safe

By Dennis Prager – Posted: May 19, 2020 12:01 AM In a recent “Fireside Chat,”  my weekly talk show on the PragerU platform, I commented on society’s increasing fixation on being “safe.” The following is a condensed version of what I said: We have a meme up at PragerU: “‘Until it’s safe’ means ‘never.’” The pursuit of “safe” over virtually all other considerations is life-suppressing. This is true for your own individual life, and it is true for the life of a society. I always give the following example: I have been taking visitors to Israel for decades, and for all … Continue reading Some Thoughts About Being Safe

Yazidis ask for help, hold onto hope

by Chris Dunker – Aug 3, 2015 Updated Oct 5, 2016 – Lincoln Journal Star My cmnt: Part of my interest in these people is from having an extended Yazidi family living next door to me since 2017. Their story is one of persevering, maintaining a positive outlook and overcoming. They value education and work and are contributing citizens and good neighbors. My cmnt: Obama was responsible for a lot of this violence against Yazidis and Kurds. Trump Crushed the ISIS Caliphate – Obama’s premature and reckless decision (with many warning against it) to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011 … Continue reading Yazidis ask for help, hold onto hope

Jesus is Jehovah

An extensive tho’ not exhaustive list of Holy Scripture demonstrating Jesus the Messiah is Jehovah God, the great I Am of Israel I will add a new title or name or attribute every so often until the list is complete There is only one God Deut 6:4 – Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. 1 Cor 8:4-6 – Now concerning eating food offered to idols: We know that no idol is real in this world and that there is only one God. For even if there are “gods” in heaven and on earth (as indeed there … Continue reading Jesus is Jehovah

Dan Chaon Doesn’t Want to Hear About Your Middle-Class Norwegian Life

The novelist and story writer, whose new book is “Sleepwalk,” wishes more authors would write about ‘anything other than themselves. I love writers … who use some aspects of their own experience to tell a far-out tale.’ Presented in BY THE BOOK – for The New York Times – May 2022 My cmnt: I include this article because Dan Chaon is a native Nebraskan and fairly famous author and teacher. He, like most liberal/leftists and English majors/teachers, is an imbiber in the Global Warming/Climate Change hoax, voted for Hillary, believes the earth and mankind are doomed to extinction in the … Continue reading Dan Chaon Doesn’t Want to Hear About Your Middle-Class Norwegian Life

Candace Cameron Bure addresses criticism of ‘inappropriate’ photo with husband

By Jessica Bennett September 10, 2020 | 6:00pm for Page Six Candace Cameron Bure has addressed the heavy criticism she received after posting what some fans deemed an “inappropriate” photo of herself with husband Valeri Bure. The offending image showed Val, 46, resting his hand on the 44-year-old “Fuller House” star’s breast, apparently offending her more conservative supporters who chose to call her out for the snap. Candace eventually deleted the photo from her Instagram page, venting her frustration over being judged for being affectionate with her husband of over two decades. She later re-uploaded the image to her Instagram Stories. “For all of the … Continue reading Candace Cameron Bure addresses criticism of ‘inappropriate’ photo with husband

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Still believe in God

In Season 4, Episode 9 – Final Mission (1990) Before leaving for Starfleet Academy, Wesley Crusher accompanies Captain Picard on a routine mission but danger erupts when they are forced to crash land on a barely inhabitable moon with extreme desert-like conditions. After crash landing Picard emerges from the shuttle, looks around at the hot, bleak conditions and the first thing he says is, ‘Dear God.’ At the end of the episode Dr. Beverly Crusher, Wesley’s mom, finds him weak and semiconscious. When he finally opens his eyes after she repeated his name several times the first thing she says … Continue reading Star Trek: The Next Generation – Still believe in God

San Francisco Archbishop Prohibits Nancy Pelosi from Receiving Holy Communion Over ‘Extreme’ Abortion Stance

By KATHERINE HAMILTON – 20 May 2022 – for Breitbart.news My cmnt: Here are two articles on Catholics and abortion. Both the Archbishops of San Fransisco and of Denver finally take action, years in the making, to properly discipline evil, democrat politicians who falsely claim to be “devout Catholics”. Click here for a blog on this from over a year ago. San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced on Friday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is forbidden to receive Holy Communion because of her increasingly “extreme” pro-abortion views. Cordileone wrote: After numerous attempts to speak with her to help her understand the grave evil … Continue reading San Francisco Archbishop Prohibits Nancy Pelosi from Receiving Holy Communion Over ‘Extreme’ Abortion Stance

Homochirality: A Big Challenge for the Naturalistic Origin of Life

by Dr. Hugh Ross October 2, 2017 “On the other hand . . . ” Whenever we hear that phrase, we know exactly what’s coming next. We are about to hear a second perspective. Just like every debate has two sides so, also, do some molecules. This two-sidedness is especially the case with the building block molecules that comprise the proteins, DNA, and RNA that are the critical molecular components of all living organisms. In particular, any molecule with four different chemical groups bonded to a central carbon atom manifests two distinct three-dimensional configurations akin to our left and right hands (see figure below). … Continue reading Homochirality: A Big Challenge for the Naturalistic Origin of Life

X-Files Monster of the Week Episodes

These are listed in x-files.fandom.com “Monster of the Week“, or MOTW, refers to episodes of The X-Files that typically deal with some type of supernatural or paranormal creature/entity, but may also be a simple criminal with a unique ability. They are usually separate from episodes dealing with the conspiracy, although certain elements can crossover between the two. Monster of the Week episodes populate the majority of each season, as to avoid the risk of over exposing the mythology arc. My cmnt: The MOTW episodes are what made The X-Files the entertaining and fun series that it was. The alien-mythology arc is unneeded and tedious. It is … Continue reading X-Files Monster of the Week Episodes

Confession is beautiful, grace-filled and a necessary part of growing spiritually

By Colleen Kenney – March 5, 2004 – for the Lincoln Journal Star My cmnt: Philosophical materialists (i.e., atheists, earth worshipers, communists, secular humanists, Darwinists, radical environmentalists) scoff at the idea of there being a God and most certainly a God who forgives sins. “We are free to do what we want, especially sexually”, they tell us. But as my recent posts on Earth Day and such show, no one escapes from guilt and the need for pardon – for all have sinned, feel it in their hearts and want forgiveness – even if the sin is not recycling enough … Continue reading Confession is beautiful, grace-filled and a necessary part of growing spiritually

Environmentalism is the new socialism

By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER | Orange County Register December 11, 2009 at 12:00 a.m. My cmnt: These are three columns from my files that seem as appropriate on this Earth Day as when they were written. Environmentalism and Earth Day in particular is a religious celebration of the Left and all nature worshipers. C.S. Lewis wrote that the worshipping of nature is like being so enamored with the postman and his uniform that you fail to read the letter he delivered. WASHINGTON In the 1970s and early ’80s, having seized control of the U.N. apparatus (by power of numbers), Third World countries decided … Continue reading Environmentalism is the new socialism

Jesus Christ’s Resurrection Is Probably The Best-Documented Historical Event Ever

BY: SCOTT POWELL – APRIL 15, 2022 – for The Federalist Because of their experience with the resurrected Jesus, the apostles were in a unique position, knowing with certainty that Jesus was truly the Son of God. There are many religions with different founders, prophets, and teachers going back thousands of years. But only one of them, Christianity, has a founder who professed to be the Messiah—the son of God—who provided irrefutable proof of who he was by conquering death through resurrection. Easter is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Christ is also the only person in history who was pre-announced starting … Continue reading Jesus Christ’s Resurrection Is Probably The Best-Documented Historical Event Ever

Sexual Harassment Went Unchecked at Christianity Today

Women reported two top leaders’ inappropriate behavior for more than 12 years. Nothing happened. DANIEL SILLIMAN | MARCH 15, 2022 02:30 PM – for Christianity Today Disclosure: This story was reported by CT news editor Daniel Silliman, edited by senior news editor Kate Shellnutt, and published without prior review by ministry executives. Neither editor had access to personnel files or meetings regarding the allegations or investigation. You can read president and CEO Timothy Dalrymple’s statement here. For more than a dozen years, Christianity Today failed to hold two ministry leaders accountable for sexual harassment at its Carol Stream, Illinois, office. A … Continue reading Sexual Harassment Went Unchecked at Christianity Today

I Really Do Hate These Leftists

by Derek Hunter – Apr 10, 2022 12:01 AM – for Townhall.com The opinions expressed by this columnist are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of Lord Buckbeak My cmnt: The democrats have declared war on America in general and Christians in particular. They hate us and are doing everything they can get away with to harass, enslave, subdue and destroy us. Reconciling the horrors of war with the Christian virtue to love our enemies is a balancing act. Great books and films speak to this issue of love and war. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten … Continue reading I Really Do Hate These Leftists

Poll: Most Americans Believe In Biblical God, Heaven And Hell, And Purpose For Suffering

BY: PAMELA DANZIGER – DECEMBER 08, 2021 – for The Federalist If you only watched corporate media’s coverage of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Organization abortion case before the Supreme Court last week, you’d think very few people still believed in Christianity and its values, prominent among which is the belief that life is divinely created and precious. But a recent poll suggests the majority of Americans do express a belief in God. In a survey of some 6,500 American adults, Pew Research Center found that many Americans still hold religious convictions including a deep and abiding belief in God, belief in heaven and hell, … Continue reading Poll: Most Americans Believe In Biblical God, Heaven And Hell, And Purpose For Suffering

Plymouth Rock Landed on Them

The immigration crisis of 1620. by Christopher Caldwell – Fall 2020 – for Claremont Review of Books Possibly someone will surprise us at the last minute. Possibly the coronavirus is to blame. But with 2020 nearly over, it looks like the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth, Massachusetts, is going to pass uncommemorated. There have been no TV features relating what happened 400 years ago. No magazine essays unstitching the religious conflicts that drove the Puritans into exile or the republican philosophy of the Mayflower Compact and its relevance to us. Absent is the passion society’s leaders bring … Continue reading Plymouth Rock Landed on Them

The Books Boomers Will Never Read

Article by John Piper Founder & Teacher, desiringGod.org – SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 My cmnt: Click here to read a short bio of former national Poet Laureate, and fellow Nebraskan, Ted Kooser. My cmnt: As I live in Nebraska it is a big deal to have our national Poet Laureate signing his books of poetry at the local Barnes & Noble. Our State Poet of Nebraska, William Kloefkorn, was also there signing some of his works. Ted was not at all comfortable, it seemed to me, being there, while Bill loved it. Again, it seemed to me, that Bill was just a little … Continue reading The Books Boomers Will Never Read

Ted Kooser’s poetry of the people

The U.S. poet laureate and winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in poetry is a Unitarian Universalist. DAN CRYER  12/5/2005  WINTER 2005 My cmnt: As I live in Nebraska it is a big deal to have our national Poet Laureate signing his books of poetry at the local Barnes & Noble. Our State Poet of Nebraska, William Kloefkorn, was also there signing some of his works. Ted was not at all comfortable, it seemed to me, being there, while Bill loved it. Again, it seemed to me, that Bill was just a little miffed at the attention Ted was getting compared to … Continue reading Ted Kooser’s poetry of the people

No Other Gods Before Me

By Robert Louis Wilken – Nov 1993 – First Things My cmnt: Written 28 years ago, this essay on the Truth of Christianity is as relevant today as it was then. What we are witnessing today is the rotten fruit of the Left systematically dismantling Western culture as Professor Wilken warned us in this essay. My cmnt: Wilken writes of “practical atheism” which he calls secularism. At that time we tended to call atheism “secular humanism”. This turned out to be too weak of a description. It doesn’t really capture the true essence of post-modernism in the 21st century. My … Continue reading No Other Gods Before Me

The Gods Must Be Tidy!

Is the Cosmos a Work of Poor Engineering or the Gift of an Artistic Designer? by Jonathan Witt – Jul/Aug 2004 – for Touchstone magazine My cmnt: This is a brilliant essay well worth the long read. Darwinists are fond of pointing out what they consider design flaws in living things. Inefficiencies, in their minds, that a master designer simply would not do. Yet Witt contends that Messy things not only make the world better but also a lot more interesting. My cmnt: It reminds me of when a boy first learns about a girl’s reproductive system. Ewww, they are … Continue reading The Gods Must Be Tidy!

Domestication, Human Exceptionalism, and Creation

by Hugh Ross – April 20, 2020 – for Reasons to Believe How many origin events has Earth’s life undergone? From a naturalistic perspective there is just one origin of life: the origin of the Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA). Naturalistic models for life posit that somehow physics and chemistry on the early Earth gave rise to a simple bacterium from which all organisms presently have a common descent. These models also claim that all life can be explained by physics and chemistry alone. Genesis 1 declares that there were three distinct origins of life: (1) the origin of purely physical life … Continue reading Domestication, Human Exceptionalism, and Creation

Yazīdī

religious sect Alternate titles: Êzidî, Azīdī, Izadī, Yazdani, Yezīdī, Zedī from the Encyclopedia Britannica – Feb 17, 2022 Yazīdī, also spelled Yezīdī, Azīdī, Zedī, Izadī, Êzidî, or Yazdani, member of a Kurdish religious minority found primarily in northern Iraq, southeastern Turkey, northern Syria, the Caucasus region, and parts of Iran. The Yazīdī religion includes elements of ancient Iranian religions as well as elements of Judaism, Nestorian Christianity, and Islam. Although scattered and probably numbering only between 200,000 and 1,000,000, the Yazīdīs have a well-organized society, with a chief sheikh as the supreme religious head and an emir, or prince, as the secular head. The origins of the name Yazīdī are uncertain; some scholars have proposed that it comes from the Old Iranian yazata (divine being), while others … Continue reading Yazīdī

Yazidism: the religion and beliefs

from Wikipedia – Feb 17, 2022 My cmnt: I do not trust Wikipedia for anything that can even slightly be used to further the Leftist agenda of the democratic party. That is a LOT of things. My cmnt: I’m only including the first paragraph of the Wiki article. Click the link above to read the whole piece. In general it seems to be a fair and accurate assessment of their beliefs. Yazidism (Kurdish: Êzdiyatî, Êzdîtî) or Sharfadin[7] (Kurdish: شه‌رفه‌دین, Şerfedîn)[8][9][10] is a monotheistic ethnic religion that has roots in a western Iranic pre-Zoroastrian religion directly derived from the Indo-Iranian tradition.[11] Yazidism is followed by the mainly Kurmanji-speaking Yazidis and is based on belief in one God … Continue reading Yazidism: the religion and beliefs

Do Muslim Women Get a Harem of 72 Sexy Studs in Heaven?

By Raymond Ibrahim – Feb 3, 2022 – for The American Thinker My cmnt: I worked with a Muslim man from Pakistan who was quite religious. He would not drink alcohol, prayed five times a day (some while at work), would not eat pork and overall was a very decent fellow. At the time I knew very little about Islam and so took advantage of our association to ask any number of questions. When the suicide bombers became a news item it wasn’t long before we all heard of the 72 virgins awaiting them in Muslim heaven. My cmnt: My Muslim … Continue reading Do Muslim Women Get a Harem of 72 Sexy Studs in Heaven?

AT&T Commercial Star Milana Vayntrub: ‘I Am Grateful for the Beautifully Boring Abortion I Had’

By DAVID NG – Feb 8, 2022 – for Breitbart.news Comedian-actress Milana Vayntrub, who is known to millions of TV viewers for playing cheerful saleswoman “Lily” in AT&T’s ubiquitous wireless commercials, has penned a personal essay in which she expresses gratitude for abortion, describing her own experience terminating her unwanted child as “no big deal.” She also describes women as “all of us with a uterus” and abortions as a form of “essential health care.” “Over the past decade, I’ve hardly thought about my abortion, except for when I think of those who may not have access to one,” she wrote … Continue reading AT&T Commercial Star Milana Vayntrub: ‘I Am Grateful for the Beautifully Boring Abortion I Had’

‘Why Do Good Things Happen At All?’ Asks Atheist Struggling With His Faith

January 26th, 2022 – BabylonBee.com PORTLAND, OR—Local atheist Marcus Blaine has been wavering in his atheism recently, wondering why good things happen at all. Marcus has found himself asking why he has it so good in what should be a cold, meaningless world that doesn’t care whether he suffers or not.  “How could there be no God if so many good things keep happening?” asked Marcus Blaine. “Oh, Materialism forgive me as I wrestle with doubt. Forgive me for seeing beauty and wonder in a world as if it were designed by a Creator!” Sources say that Marcus often says that he’s … Continue reading ‘Why Do Good Things Happen At All?’ Asks Atheist Struggling With His Faith

Separating, forming and filling – Genesis One as a theological Framework

Genesis one is best understood as a literary, theological framework for God’s creative activity given to us by the Holy Spirit through Moses in Genesis 1:1-2:3. Commentators have noted for centuries that the chronology of events is not sequential. We easily notice that light is created before the luminaries.  Critics act as if the Hebrew people, including the writer Moses, were so stupid that they did not notice this in their ignorant, pre-scientific minds. We maintain however that the prophet Moses was not writing a scientific explanation for creation but a theological revelation of God as creator and redeemer of mankind. … Continue reading Separating, forming and filling – Genesis One as a theological Framework

The Ambiguity of the Evidence

The God Hypothesis should be considered as a possible explanation for our universe. by Leonard Sax – Fall 2021 – The Claremont Review of Books Friedrich Nietzsche was among the first philosophers to wrestle seriously with the implications of Charles Darwin’s theories. In Daybreak (1881), Nietzsche considered the metaphysical consequences of Darwinian evolution: Formerly one sought the feeling of the grandeur of man by pointing to his divine origin: this has now become a forbidden way, for at its portal stands the ape, together with other dreadful beasts, grinning knowingly as if to say: no further in this direction! One therefore now tries the opposite … Continue reading The Ambiguity of the Evidence

What is Mariology?

From the website: gotquestions.org Mariology is the theological study of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Within the Roman Catholic Church, Mary is venerated over all other saints. Anglicans share some of the beliefs of Roman Catholic Mariology, but not all. The Eastern Orthodox Church calls Mary the “God-bearer,” emphasizing Mary’s status as the mother of God Incarnate, gives her the title “Ever Virgin,” and emphasizes her sublime holiness, her share in redemption, and her role as a mediator of grace. Most Protestants endorse the Apostles’ Creed, which acknowledges the virgin birth of Christ, but they do not believe in most of the … Continue reading What is Mariology?

The Abortion I Didn’t Have

I never thought about having an abortion. Instead, at 19, I erased the future I had imagined for myself By Merritt Tierce – Published Dec. 2, 2021 Updated Dec. 5, 2021 for the New York Times My cmnt: I certainly appreciate this woman’s story. I too grew up in a Church of Christ and knew girls who got married after finding out they were pregnant. I also knew a girl who had an abortion when she found out she was pregnant and not wanting to marry the father. My cousin got a girl pregnant in early high school and rode the bus with … Continue reading The Abortion I Didn’t Have

Is Mary the mother of God (Theotokos)?

As posted on gotquestions.org My cmnt: As we once again enter Advent and the Christmas season I thought this would be a good time to address this question. The phrase mother of God traces back to the third century and continues to be used in some liturgical churches, including the Roman Catholic Church. One of the topics at the Council of Ephesus in AD 431 was the use of the Greek term Theotókos (literally, “God-bearer” or “the one who gives birth to God”) in reference to Mary. That council’s use of Theotokos was meant to counter the heresy of Nestorianism, which cleaved the nature and person of Christ in … Continue reading Is Mary the mother of God (Theotokos)?

Women make up just 14% of The Forbes 400. But these 56 Heiresses are worth a collective $564 billion.

By Lisette Voytko Forbes Staff – 2021 – My cmnt: Like chess players, mathematicians, theoretical physicists, etc., almost all of the top people in these fields and almost all of the billionaires in America and the world are men. The female billionaires almost always inherit their fortunes from their dead (or divorced husbands) or fathers. My cmnt: Why this should be, given that becoming a billionaire does not depend on superior size or strength, is not hard to understand. To get to the top of these professions requires uncommon intelligence, drive, and single-minded focus. While many women have uncommon intelligence, … Continue reading Women make up just 14% of The Forbes 400. But these 56 Heiresses are worth a collective $564 billion.

Taking Leave of Darwin

A Longtime Agnostic Discovers the Case for Design Here is an interesting little book which at 146 pages won’t leave you bogged down in any but the most necessary detail the author requires to explain himself and his enlightenment. For those of my readers who would like to dig deeper into the foundation of modern atheism I can recommend any number of books exposing in detail the fallacious hypothesis which is Darwinism. Simply drop me a note under ‘Contact’ in the menu and I will email you back a list. Please let me know a little about your background or … Continue reading Taking Leave of Darwin

From spellcasting to podcasting: Inside the life of a teenage witch – WaPo

By Michelle Boorstein Photos by Ilana Panich-Linsman for The Washington Post Oct. 28, 2021 My cmnt: Here is the original WaPo article about Bennett the teenage witch. Because Bennett uses they/them pronouns to refer to herself this article can be confusing on first read. Once your mind gets use to the game of substituting she/her every time you see they/them the reading gets easier to follow. My cmnt: Although Bennett has a BOYfriend she still insists she is not a GIRLfriend which seems odd and contradictory at best and simply stupid at worst. My cmnt: It does seem to me … Continue reading From spellcasting to podcasting: Inside the life of a teenage witch – WaPo

From spellcasting to Podcasting: Inside the life of a teenage witch

Washington Post Reports On Demonic Energy Behind The Left’s Culture War While they are described benignly as seeking ‘forgiveness,’ ‘spiritual power,’ and ‘peace,’ these practitioners of witchcraft do hate something: Christians. By Joy Pullmann November 1, 2021 – for The Federalist My cmnt: Witchcraft goes back to the Garden. More recently I was made aware of just how prevalent witchcraft is among girls. When my wife and I were first married we hosted a young person’s carnival/fun nite in the basement of the church we were married in. We invited several young people to set up little booths in various … Continue reading From spellcasting to Podcasting: Inside the life of a teenage witch

Is Stealing Wrong? Not on the Left

Dennis Prager | Posted: Nov 02, 2021 12:01 AM – for Townhall.com To most readers of this column, the question is absurd. The reason is not because the question is, in fact, absurd; it is because most readers of this column are conservative, and many are religious. Am I implying that most leftists do not believe stealing is wrong? Yes, I am. As incredible as this assertion is to just about all religious people and virtually all conservatives, most leftists do not believe stealing is wrong. Since I always draw a distinction between those on the Left and liberals, let … Continue reading Is Stealing Wrong? Not on the Left