No individual, no group of individuals, and no culture can fail to have an ultimate concern. When you have found their ultimate concern, you have found the object of their faith -- their foundational religious commitment.Douglas Wilson
(W)ill not culture destroy Christianity? Is it not far easier to be an earnest Christian if you confine your attention to the Bible and do not risk being led astray by the thought of the world? We answer, of course it is easier. Shut yourself up in an intellectual monastery, do not disturb yourself with the thoughts of unregenerate men, and of course you will find it easier to be a Christian, just as it is easier to be a good soldier in comfortable winter quarters than it is on the field of battle. You save your own soul—but the Lord's enemies remain in possession of the field.J. Gresham Machen
Here’s a quick response to your typical HuffPost Yay Science! Boo Religion! blog post. I mean, really, these Ph.D.s are so ignorant of basic philosophical difficulties that it’s amazing they can get published.
Mr. Stenger is so blinded by his *own* system of beliefs that it makes my molars ache. In this very article, he condemns “greed” and “unscrupulousness.” Well, that’s very Victorian of him. What magical scientific instrument did Stenger use to discover and measure “scruples”?
If Attenborough is right, and we’re just a plague on the Earth, then what’s up with the Rev. Stenger here telling us how to live and think and treat each other? If people want to live under the motto “YOLO,” why is he all tied up in knots about it? Stenger is the worst kind of fundamentalist: the kind who has the strictest “fundamentals,” but who will never admit to them.
I will now apply methodological rules and formulate a model to describe my observations: Physicists evidently aren’t required to take philosophy in college. If Stenger had, perhaps he would have stopped himself before posting an article full of such hackery and quackery.
O! Government nanny! To whom we scrape and bow.
Protect us from our stupidness, it doesn’t matter how.
O! Government nanny! With trump and harp so glad
Your bureaucrats cocoon me from the freedom I once had.
O! Government nanny! With laurels ’bout your head
Who saves me from the foreign wars and sends my wife instead.
O! Government nanny! With gold and silver hair
Come nickel, dime, and quarter us until our cupboard’s bare.
O! Government nanny! With drones from sea to sea
Strike down allegéd evil ones before they come strike me.
O! Government nanny! With hearts about to burst
We pledge allegiance to our new commandment: “Safety first!”
~ Jon Swerens
Our problem is not that we are stupid, but that we are seekers of pleasure. Our problem is that we are foolish, and thus foolish enough to believe we can educate ourselves better.R.C. Sproul Jr.
"That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence."Christopher Hitchens
Almighty God, since You have delayed with great forbearance the punishment which we deserve and daily draw on ourselves, grant that we may not indulge ourselves but carefully consider how often and in how many different ways we have provoked Your wrath against us. May we learn humbly to present ourselves to You for pardon, and with true repentance implore Your mercy. With all our heart we desire to submit ourselves to You, whether You chastise us, or according to Your infinite goodness, forgive us. Let our condition be ever blessed, not by flattering ourselves in our apathy, but by finding You to be our kind and bountiful Father, reconciled to us in Your only-begotten Son. Amen.John Calvin
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