Monday, October 23, 2017

Government Schooling

Government schooling is the most radical adventure in history. It kills the family by monopolizing the best times of childhood and by teaching disrespect for home and parents.

John Taylor Gatto

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Depths of Value

During the Iraq war, a woman soldier lost her hand when it was blown off by an explosive device that landed near her.  As she was being rushed to the hospital, she kept crying out, not for the hand she had lost but for the ring that was on that hand—her wedding ring.  One of her fighting mates returned to the place, found the hand, and brought back the ring.  

What an amazing transposition of values.  The ring was the band that symbolized her love and union with her husband.  In a dramatic realization of what really mattered, she could live without the hand but wept for the loss of the symbol of the spiritual bond of love.

In some of life’s most defining moments, we find depths of value that shallow moments never reveal. Squandering our existence in the shallow end of life, we miss all that is found in the deep end of discovery and beauty.

Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Secular Gods, pg.173

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Laws of Morality Will Be Proven

Interestingly, I cannot have my own law of gravity, but it seems a person can have his or her own law of morality.  At the end, the law of gravity will hold as we see humanity in a free fall, and the laws of morality will be proven in the process.

Vince Vitale, Jesus Among Secular Gods, pg. 158

Monday, October 16, 2017

Atheism and Intangibles

The atheist in fact talks of the true, the good, and the beautiful, but never asks why we admire or pursue such categories.  These are ideas by which we judge everything….  The same applies for liberty, equality, and justice.  These are ideas by which we seek to live.  Wars are fought over them. Books are written because of them. If such categories exist, which of the worldview is able to explain them or justify them or sustain them?  Atheism simply cannot do it.  To be sure, it has been tried.

Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Secular Gods, pg.56

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Justice Will Be a Thing of the Past

We have become professionals without morals and judges apart from being lawful.  Our courtrooms have become theatrical performances where arguments risk the lives of people and countries, and reasoning has become rationalization for the most debased acts.  With God denied and evil necessarily gone, justice will soon be a thing of the past, as the very generation that cries out for justice has empowered legions of thugs to behave unjustly when their own desires are jeopardized.  This is a society without moral moorings.  Such are the shenanigans we play in the name of reason.

Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Secular Gods, pg.47

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Necessity of Moral Reasoning

Law, philosophy, love, education, justice…all are built not on reason alone but on moral reasoning. This is the discipline under which atheism fails, and the ideas of atheism will be crushed under the very system constructed to make the one who points the guilty finger ineffectual.  The hunger of the human heart is for meaning, reason, purpose, and value, and atheism simply does not have either the answers or the explanatory power to make it possible to build a life on the foundation it offers. That is why some of the best of them discover at life’s termination point that their philosophy was reasoned into irrationality and their temporary victory, pyrrhic—it cost the victor more than it cost the vanquished

Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Secular Gods, pg.29

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Legal vs Lawful

We are always near the breaking point, when we care only for what is legal, and nothing for what is lawful.  Unless we have a moral principle about such delicate matters as marriage and murder, the whole world will become a welter of exemptions with no rules. There will be so many hard cases that everything will go soft.

G. K. Chesterton, As I Was Saying, pg.267

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Islamic Invasion of Europe

Watch Europe cower under the heel of Islamists who have not forgotten that they were stopped from overtaking Europe and beaten back by Charles Martel thirteen centuries ago.  Now, with patience and the clever control of demographics and a gullible media, they stand by, ready to one day take over the structures and edifices built by a different ethic and a different belief system.  It is only a matter of time, and they are in no hurry.  Thirteen centuries ago, Europe was able to stop the theocratic Islamic tidal wave because it had a faith to defend.  The value-less culture of today will not be able to withstand the attack.

Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Secular Gods, pg.12

Friday, October 6, 2017

Richard Dawkins’ Philosophy

Intolerance, prejudice, disrespect, hatred, and offense are all within the fruit of [Richard] Dawkins’ philosophy. In creedal form, his philosophy is hate, discriminate, judge, mock, castigate, eliminate, stop…do whatever you need to do to put an end to belief in God.  Ironically, he condemns God for being prejudiced, hate-filled, egotistical, judgmental, and demeaning to those who don’t agree with Him.  He derides the attributes of God by making a caricature of Him, but justifies the same attributes in himself without caricature.

Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Secular Gods, pg.3

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Did SCOTUS Win “Marriage Equality”?

Obama and five U.S. Supreme Court Justices did not win marriage “equality.” They imposed a radical revision of the legal definition of marriage on the entire country. Equality demands that like things be treated alike. Equality does not demand that we treat unlike things as if they were alike. An intrinsically sterile union of two people of the same sex is as different from a union composed of two people of different sexes as men are from women (which is a difference that even homosexuals acknowledge is real, substantive, and profound). Homosexuals have always been free to marry. They’ve been as free to marry as polyamorists have been. They weren’t fighting for a right they were denied. They were fighting for the unilateral right to revise the legal definition of marriage.

Laurie Higgins, The Audacity of Obama

Monday, October 2, 2017

Founding Fathers on the 2nd Amendment

The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed . . .  If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government.
Alexander Hamilton

What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.
Thomas Jefferson

[The Constitution preserve] the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation ... [where] the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
James Madison

To disarm the people -- that was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.
George Mason

To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.
Richard Henry Lee

cited by Walter E. Williams, A Minority View

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Seek Knowledge for the Right Reason

Seek not to grow in knowledge chiefly for the sake of applause, and to enable you to dispute with others; but seek it for the benefit of your souls.

Jonathan Edwards