Thursday, July 20, 2017

Evolution?

Given a starting point of primordial slime, one is forced to live apart from a moral law, with no meaning, no real understanding of love, and no hope.

Ravi Zacharias, The End of Reason, pg.79

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What About the Children?

The ultimate test of any civilization is what we do with our children, and our children are not doing very well.  From abortion to child pornography, atheistic philosophy is having its way with our children.

Ravi Zacharias, The End of Reason, pg. 72

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

What About Tradition?

If tradition is the handing on of cultural and artisanal knowledge, and if we have taught ourselves in our smugness that we can dispense with it, then we will become cultural and artisanal incompetents.  Your grandfather might be a repository of many generations of know-how -- and I am not speaking principally of technological know-how.  If you will not learn from him, from whom will you learn what he knows -- from the pimply teenager next door?  Inane actors on television?  Teachers whose credentials are mainly in the new and improved Methods for Teaching but who do not know the subject they are supposed to teach?  Newspapers? Advertisements on the walls of a bus?  Politicians? Bubble gum cards?

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.9

Monday, July 17, 2017

Denying the Truth

In the last several years, the West has accepted ideas that are wholly incompatible with the most basic truths about the natural male-and-female sex dichotomy. Individuals are encouraged to choose their own gender, while all others are expected to fully accept these choices and to defer to other’s “preferred pronouns.” Of all things, bathroom access has become the next great “civil rights” struggle; women are supposed to welcome men, and vice versa, into their restrooms. They are labeled as excluding others if they have any misgivings about the imposed arrangement.

The character of these demands should not be underestimated. One is not simply witnessing a decay of morals among a small minority, and an increase in libertinism and lasciviousness. With gender ideology, what one sees is a fanatical minority attempting to compel the majority to conform to false teachings. Falsity is, as Aristotle put it, “to say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is”—and that is exactly what the gender ideologues want all others to do. These individuals want everyone to participate in a great offense against truth.

Writing in the early 1990s, Russell Kirk observed that the contemporary “sophists,” as he called them, “have created in the murky caves of the intellect an Underworld; and they endeavor to convince us all that there exists no sun.” In fact…the gender ideologues are trying to convince themselves that there is no sun, by trying to eradicate the evidence that contradicts their faulty first principles.

Lovers of truth, now more than ever, must resist falsehood and proclaim the truth.

Gerald T. Mundy, Hiding From the Sun: Gender Ideology’s Attack on Truth

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Whom Would You Rather Have Govern?

Isn’t it ironic that when Islam is in a position of power, Islamic beliefs are forced on everyone, and that when atheism has the upper hand, atheistic beliefs are enforced on everyone?  Only in Christianity is the privilege given both to believe and to disbelieve without any enforcement.

Ravi Zacharias, The End of Reason, pg. 63

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Objective Moral Values Require God

When you assert that there is such a thing as evil, you must assume there is such a thing as good.
When you say there is such a thing as good, you must assume there is a moral law by which to distinguish between good and evil.  There must be some standard by which to determine what is good and what is evil.
When you assume a moral law, you must posit a moral lawgiver -- the source of the moral law.   …

[A] moral affirmation cannot remain an abstraction.  The person who moralizes assumes intrinsic worth in himself or herself and transfers intrinsic worth to the life of another, and thus he or she considers that life worth of protection (as in the illustrations [Sam] Harris gives, namely, rape, torture, murder, and natural catastrophes).   Transcending value must come from a person of  transcending.  But in a world in which matter alone exists there can be no intrinsic worth.  Let me put it in philosophical terms:

*Objective moral values exist only if God exists.
*Objective moral values do exist (a point Harris concedes…).
*Therefore God exists.

Ravi Zacharias, The End of Reason, pg. 55-56

Friday, July 14, 2017

Pointlessness of Atheism

At least Voltaire, Sartre, and Nietzsche were honest and consistent in their views.  They admitted the ridiculousness of life, the pointlessness of everything in an atheistic world.  Contemporary atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, however, are so blind to the conceit of their own minds that they try to present this view of life as some sort of triumphal liberation.  Sartre, as atheistic intellectual elites know but are embarrassed to acknowledge, denounced atheism on his deathbed as philosophically unlivable.

Ravi Zacharias, The End of Reason, pg. 43

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Endless Pleasure?

The greatest disappointment (and resulting pain) you can feel is when you have just experienced that which you thought would bring you the ultimate in pleasure--and it has let you down.  Pleasure without boundaries produces a life without purpose.  That is real pain.  No death, no tragedy, no atrocity--nothing really matters.  Life is sheer hollowness, with no purpose.

Ravi Zacharias, The End of Reason, pg. 41

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Government Programs Are Slavery

Government programs didn’t arise because the people demanded them or because the free market was unable to provide needed services.  They arose because the politicians found them to be a convenient way to buy votes with other people’s money, a convenient way to enlarge their own power, a convenient way to reward their political cronies, and a convenient way to keep people dependent on government.

Harry Browne

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Meaningless Life?

If non-moral, non-reasoning matter is all there was in the beginning, the result can only be what non-moral, non-reasoning matter produces. . . .
If life is random, then the inescapable consequence, first and foremost, is that there can be no ultimate meaning and purpose to existence.

Ravi Zacharias, The End of Reason, pgs. 38, 39

Monday, July 10, 2017

Evolution Is Impossible

Donald Page of Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Science has calculated the odds against our universe randomly taking a form suitable for life as one out of 10,000,000,000 to 124th power -- a number that exceeds all imagination. Astronomers Fred Hoyle and N.C. Wickramasinghe found that the odds of the random formation of a single enzyme from amino acids anywhere on our planet’s surface are one in 10 to 20th power. Furthermore, they observe, “The trouble is that there are about two thousand enzymes and the chance of obtaining them all n a random trial is only one part in [10 to 40,000th power], an outrageously small probability that could not be faced even if the whole universe consisted of organic soup.” And this is just one step in the formation of life. Nothing has yet been said about DNA and where it came from, or of the transcription of DNA to RNA, which scientists admit cannot even be numerically computed. Nor has anything been said of mitosis or meiosis. One would have to conclude that the chance of the random ordering of organic molecules is not essentially different from a big fat zero. Perhaps that’s why they call it a singularity, because it is without definition or empirical explanation. 

Ravi Zacharias, The End of Reason, pg.35

Sunday, July 9, 2017

America Founded on Christian Principles

The general principles, on which the Fathers achieved independence, were the only Principles in which that beautiful Assembly of young Gentlemen could Unite.... And what were these general Principles? I answer, the general Principles of Christianity, in which all these Sects were United: And the general Principles of English and American Liberty, in which all those young Men United, and which had United all Parties in America, in Majorities sufficient to assert and maintain her Independence.

John Adams, Letter to Thomas Jefferson, June 28, 1813