Content Muster #1

I will occasionally share here clusters of 3-10 pieces of content I find interesting, helpful to building up believers, or helpful to believers and secularists to help both understand secularism. Sharing content here does not mean I affirm everything being said in each article, but do believe they are helpful for provoking thought. I do take full responsibility for my commentary.

The New York Times: “A Confession of Liberal Intolerance”

Commentary: A progressive reflects on how progressives discriminate against conservatives.

The Gospel Coalition: “Five Principles of the New Sexual Morality

Commentary: many Christians claim that secularism’s approval of homosexual practice will result also in an approval of pedophilia. According to this article, that is a straw man argument. In a contractual view of sexual ethics, which seems to be the view secularism is adopting, homosexual practice between consenting adults is OK whereas pedophilia is wrong.

The Washington Post: “As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession.”

Commentary: It is possible to be a rational professional inhabiting secularism and believe in demons and the supernatural.

First Things: “A Subjective Definition of ‘Death’ Would Unleash Great Evil

Commentary: Radical self-autonomy denies the objective biological realities of male and female. Will radical self-autonomy go so far as to deny the objective realities of life and death? Could a man self-identify as “dead” so he could collect his own life-insurance policy?

The Federalist:“Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s ‘Rationalia’ Would Be A Terrible Country

Commentary: scientism is a philosophy masquerading as “science.” All science rests on philosophical presuppositions. We are either self-aware, or unaware, of how philosophy and science interact with one another.

Slavery and the American Civil War

Slavery was a secondary, important issue of the Civil War, but centralization of government was the primary issue.

“My paramount object in this struggle is to save the
Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If
I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would
do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves
I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving
others alone I would also do that.” — Abraham Lincoln, August 22, 1862, letter to newspaper editor, Horace Greeley

C.S. Lewis on Liberty

I recently saw this following image on the internet:

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It reminds me of an excerpt from C.S. Lewis’s The Last Battle. If you are not familiar with Lewis, The Last Battle is a vision of a fantasy world, Narnia, coming to an end. The villain, an ape named Shift, has gained power over the talking animals of Narnia through a complex web of lies. One of his lies is that Aslan, who represents the true God, is the same as Tash, who represents a false demon god:

“‘And now here’s another thing,’ the Ape went on, fitting a fresh nut into its cheek, ‘I hear some of the horses are saying, Let’s hurry up and get this job of carting timber over as quickly as we can, and then we’ll be free again. Well, you can get that idea out of your heads at once. And not only the Horses either. Everybody who can work is going to be made to work in the future. Aslan has it all settled with the King of Calormen—The Tisroc, as our dark-faced friends, the Calormenes, call him. All you horses and bulls and donkeys are to be sent down into Calormen to work for your living—pulling and carrying the way horses and such do in other countries. And all you digging animals like moles and rabbits and Dwarfs are going down to work in the Tisroc’s mines. And——’

“‘No, no, no,’ howled the Beasts. ‘It can’t be true. Aslan would never sell us into slavery to the King of Calormen.’

“‘None of that! Hold your noise!’ said the Ape with a snarl. ‘Who said anything about slavery? You won’t be slaves. You’ll be paid—very good wages too. That is to say, your pay will be paid in to Aslan’s treasury and he will use it all for everybody’s good.’ Then he glanced, and almost winked, at the chief Calormene. The Calormene bowed and replied, in the pompous Calormene way:

“‘Most sapient Mouthpiece of Aslan, the Tisroc (may he live forever) is wholly of one mind with your lordship in this judicious plan.’

“‘There! You see!’ said the Ape. ‘It’s all arranged. And all for your own good. We’ll be able, with the money you earn, to make Narnia a country worth living in. There’ll be oranges and bananas pouring in—and roads and big cities and schools and offices and whips and muzzles and saddles and cages and kennels and prisons—Oh, everything.’

“‘But we don’t want all those things,” said an old Bear. ‘We want to be free. And we want to hear Aslan speak himself.'”

The Danger of Knowledge Without Character

Knowledge without character is dangerous. Here are a few examples:

  1. “One of the weaknesses of the scientific method is it assumes the integrity of all participants involved” (John Grant, Corrupted Science). When scientists lie, science fails. See Grant for numerous examples.
  2. Hitler had a college education.
  3. Dr. Mengele was highly educated and committed intelligent abominations.
  4. Young men joining ISIS have college degrees from Western universities.
  5. Osama bin Laden had a bookshelf full of books.

All Muslims are Terrorists?

We spot the error when people say all Muslims are terrorists. We need to spot the same error when some liberals say all business owners are oppressors and when some conservatives say all poor people are lazy.