Monday, November 30, 2015

The Harm Caused by Prejudice

The harm that is done by prejudice is incalculable.  It is always based on ignorance, of course and the lack of clear thinking.  But it is a terrible thing because it is deep and it is emotional and it can do great damage.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Experiencing the New Birth: Studies in John 3,” pg.13

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Day Care Children Have High-Risk for Illness

Children in day care, especially infants and toddlers , are at increased risk for acquiring and spreading infectious diseases, compared to children not in day care.  They have more respiratory, gastro-intestinal, skin and epidemic childhood infections, e.g., meningitis, than are children in home care.  Infectious diseases are more common and more severe and more complications occur in the younger ages.  Important also is the fact that day care-related illnesses, e.g., hepatitis A, may be spread to members of the household and to the community at large.

Reed Bell, M.D., “Health Risks From Daycare Diseases," cited by  Gregg Jackson, Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies, p.160

Friday, November 27, 2015

Husbands, Earn Access To Your Wife

Consider the fact that a woman has every right to expect that her husband will earn access to the marriage bed.  As the apostle Paul states, the husband and wife no longer own their own bodies, but each now belongs to the other (see 1 Corinthians 7:4).  At the same time, Paul instructed men  to love their wives even as Christ has loved the church (see Ephesians 5:25).  Even as wives are commanded to submit to the authority of their husbands (see verse 22), the husband is called to a far higher standard of Christlike love and devotion toward his wife.  Therefore, when I say that a husband must regularly "earn" privileged access to the marital bed, I mean that a husband owes his wife the confidence, affection, and emotional support that would lead her to freely give herself to her husband in the act of sex.

R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Desire and Deceit: The Real Cost of Sexual Tolerance, pg.38

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Without God's Law, Nothing is Ultimately Wrong

Sin has little meaning as an abstract concept.  It has meaning only relative to God’s eternal and unchanging standards of holiness as revealed in Scripture, and it consists of rebellion against those standards.  Without God’s law, nothing is finally and ultimately wrong—everything is only relative.  One man thinks slaughtering Jews is right and proper, another thinks it is evil—who can say which is right?  Conscience is inadequate.  We need standards and we need rules.  Those rules are derived from God, and sin resists them, rejects them, and puts false concepts of good and evil in their place.

It is this sin that underlies all of the various manifestations of evil in the entire history of the human race.  Walking in darkness, enslaved to sin, wicked men imagine that their evil deeds are right, and in some cases even pleasing to God.  In reality, however, far from pleasing God, they are treasuring up unto themselves wrath “against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; who will render to every man accruing to his deeds…” (Romans 2:5-11).

Joseph Keysor, “Hitler, the Holocaust, and the Bible,” pg.19

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Antipsychotic Drug Abuse

The biggest puzzle is the huge success of antipsychotic drugs.  Despite their dangerous side effect and narrow indications, they are being given out like candy.  Antipsychotics have proven usefulness only in treating the disabling symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but this has not stopped drug company seduction promoting their general use for anyone having trouble sleeping, or run-of-the-mill anxiety, or depression, or irritability, or eccentricity, or the temper tantrums of youth, or the crankiness of old age.  More than 3 million Americans are already on board, with a (shareholder satisfying) growth rate of 20 percent a year.  The number of prescriptions for antipsychotics has doubled in ten years, up to 54 million and counting.  Off-label use has also doubled—undeterred by the big fines that don’t seem so big when you consider the ill-gotten gains they enable.  How could this happen?  Big bucks.  An advertising budget of $2.4 billion per year spent on Abilify and Seroquel has catapulted these two very so-so and not-so-safe drugs to fifth and sixth place as revenue producers among all of the many medications sold in America.  The full court press on primary care doctors as them inappropriately prescribing an antipsychotic for 20 percent of all their anxiety disorder patients.  This massive misuse of antipsychotics is crazy and shameful—a triumph of marketing might over common sense and good medical practice.

Allen Frances, M.D, "Saving Normal," pg.105

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Psychotherapy Promotes Narcissism

The core of Freud’s theory and therapy are both fundamentally narcissistic in assuming that one’s happiness is the greatest good.  This was clearly described in 1956 by Alfred Kazin, who wrote, “The overwhelming success of Freudianism in America lies in the general insistence on individual fulfillment, satisfaction and happiness. . . .  The insistence on personal happiness represents the most revolutionary force in modern times.”

The narcissism inherent in Freudian theory and therapy is equally applicable to many of its psychotherapeutic offshoots.  FromAdlerian psychotherapy to Zaraleya psychoenergetic technique, the main ingredient in the alphabet soup of American psychotherapies is “Me.” . . . 

Indeed, the focus of virtually all psychotherapy systems, many of which come and go in America like cerebral fall fashions, is not some higher ideal, not one’s fellow man, but merely oneself.

E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., "Freudian Fraud: the Malignant Effect of Freud's Theory on American Thought and Culture," p.247-248

Monday, November 23, 2015

Evolutionists’ Imaginations Run Wild

Fossil bones do not come with little labels attached telling you how old they are.  Nor do fossils have photographs with them telling you what the animals looked like as the roamed the earth long ago.

When people visit a museum they are confronted with bits and pieces of bones and other fossils neatly arranged in glass cases.  These are often accompanied by pictures representing an artist’s impression of what the animals and plants could have looked like in their natural environment.  Remember, no one dug up the picture, just the fossils.  And these fossils exist in the present.  For example, in Tasmania there is a sandstone bed containing millions of pieces of bones, most of which are no larger than the end of your thumb.  The evolutionists have placed a picture at one particular excavation so that tourists can see how the animals and plants lived in the region “millions of years ago.”  You can stare at those pieces of bones for as long as you like, but you will never see the picture the scientists have drawn.  The picture is their story of their own preconceived bias, and that, ultimately, is all it ever can be.

Ken Ham, “The Lie,” pg.17-19

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Should We Lower Standards to Prevent People From Being “Excluded”?

Performance Standards are often depicted as mere subjective barriers reflecting the biases of those who create them.  Thus Professor Stanley Fish of Duke University charges “insincerity” to opponents of affirmative action who want everyone to compete by the same rules by saying that “the playing field is already tilted” in favor of the majority because “the skills that make for success are nurtured by institutions and cultural practices from which the disadvantaged minority has been systematically excluded.”  With the word “excluded” being used in very elastic senses today, it is hard to know how this statement differs from saying that people from different cultural backgrounds have the prerequisites for various activities to varying extents.  In a similar vein, former Harvard president Derek Bok said that to apply the same admissions standards to minority students as to everyone else would be to “exclude them from the university.”  Among other things, this ignores the fact that blacks were receiving both college and postgraduate degrees from Harvard in the nineteenth century, when it was very unlikely that they were being admitted under lower standards.  The more fundamental fallacy, however, is in using ex ante words like “exclude” to describe ex post results.

Thomas Sowell, "The Vision of the Anointed," pg.199

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Teach the Textbook of God.

I often think that the depression which has become endemic in our teenage population is another consequence of the secular world view with which we have indoctrinated our young people.  We teach the textbooks of science, medicine, and plumbing; it is baffling to me that we would decline to teach the textbook of God.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, "America's Real War," pg.117

Friday, November 20, 2015

Why Pay Attention to Evolution?

If all ideas are products of evolution, and not really true but only useful, then evolution itself is not true either.  And why should the rest of us pay it any attention?

Nancy Pearcey, “Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity,” pg. 217

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Destroy Family for Government Power

The destruction of the family is often simply one tool for increasing government power over individuals by eliminating competing loyalties, in an attempt to create total allegiance to the state.

Nancy Pearcey, “Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity,” pg.131

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Welfare Can Make Things Worse

Government aid can actually make things worse.  By handing out welfare checks impersonally to all who qualify, without addressing the underlying behavioral problems, the government in essence “rewards” antisocial and dysfunctional patterns.  And any behavior the government rewards will generally tend to increase.  As one perceptive nineteenth-century critic noted, government assistance is a “mighty solvent to sunder the ties of kinship, to quench the affections of family, to suppress in the poor themselves the instinct of self-reliance and self-respect—to convert them into paupers.”

Nancy Pearcey, “Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity,” pg.61

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Public Dole Can Be Harmful

There are certainly times when the poor do require help in the form of cash and non cash benefits in the present, in the short run.  But a system of “aid” that encourages people to become dependent on the dole, that robs the poor of any incentive to seek ways of helping themselves, that leads the poor into a poverty trap, is hardly a model of genuine compassion or of wise public policy.

Ronald Nash, Poverty and Wealth: The Christian Debate Over Capitalism, pg. 167.  Cited by David A. Noebel, Understanding the Times, pg.709

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Hammer in Truth to the Point of Death

A man who knows that the earth is round but lives among men who believe it to be flat ought to hammer in his doctrine of the earth’s roundness up to the point of arrest, imprisonment, or even death.  Reality will confirm him, and he is not so much testifying to the world as it is—which is worth nothing—as to Him who made the world, and Who is worth more than all things.

Hilaire Belloc,  cited by George Grant, "Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood," pg.291

Saturday, November 14, 2015

How to Harm the Souls of Citizens

A culture whose institutions do not prize intrinsic value but rather seek justification by appealing to an instrumental value such as desire, want, pleasure, or personal autonomy, harms the souls of its citizens.

Francis J. Beckwith and Gregory Koukl, “Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air,” pg.127

Friday, November 13, 2015

Purpose and Pleasure of Sex

Sexual intercourse can be an intense and pleasurable experience, but it is more - much more.  Sexual intimacy triggers the strongest and deepest, most exhilarating passions in life.  Its purpose is to bond a man and a woman into "one flesh" in the deepest intimacy that human beings can share.  Further, sex is designed to both create life and build a strong relationship to protect and provide for that life.  Little wonder that the Creator fashioned the means of creating life in such a way that it is one of the most awesome forces in our lives and then linked it to marriage so as to signify to us, "Priceless.  Handle with great care." 

Janice Shaw Crouse, “Straight Talk About Casual Sex

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Casual Sex Leads to Depression

Casual sex leaves young people alone and lonely.  Counselors tell us that sexually active girls are three times more likely to be depressed than their abstinent peers.  Among the boys, sexually active ones are depressed twice as often.  Sexually active teens are more likely than their abstinent counterparts to attempt suicide (girls 15 percent to five percent and boys six percent to one percent).  But the most telling fact is that the majority of teenagers, 72 percent of the girls and 55 percent of the boys, acknowledge regret over early sexual activity and wish that they had waited longer to have sex.  So much for the cultural mantra that "sex is no big deal!"

Janice Shaw Crouse, “Straight Talk About Casual Sex

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Casual Sex Harms Bonding

Casual sex impairs the ability to establish a lasting emotional bond.  When natural human emotional responses are repeatedly denied, the person is hardened and the capacity to bond is weakened.  Dr. Donald Joy published groundbreaking research in the early 80s and has updated it periodically in the intervening years.  He chronicles the ways that intimacy produces bonding.  His research indicates that human beings respond to sexual intercourse by bonding, and they are driven to make that bond permanent and exclusive.

Dr. Joy reported on the work of a researcher at a hospital clinic in Detroit who worked with 1,000 couples for 10 years studying their marital problems and recording their sexual histories.  He concluded that sexual intercourse is constructive only within marriage.  His evidence is overwhelming that one or the other of the partners in casual sex (usually the girl or woman) experiences immediate emotional pain even in the absence of acknowledged injury.  The experience of casual sexual intimacy produces memories that can contaminate future relationships and create lingering problems later on, when the person eventually marries.  When the married couples in his research had problems, he said, "The pain in the marriages was rooted in their promiscuity."

Janice Shaw Crouse, “Straight Talk About Casual Sex”

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Marriage Mythbusters

One of the common myths about marriage in America is that “50% of all marriages end in divorce.”  But that figure is derived not from long-term analysis but from the fact that the raw number of new divorces each year is roughly 50% of the raw number of new marriages.  These numbers are distorted by the fact that people with successful marriages usually marry only once, while people with failed marriages have often married and divorced multiple times.  Fortunately, new data from pollster George Barna included a more meaningful statistic.  Of all Americans who have ever married, only one-third have ever been divorced.  This two-to-one ratio of marital success should encourage young people who may actually fear the “50-50” marriage myth.  

Another misconception is that a person’s religion and values have nothing to do with marital success.  Barna found that the percentage of people who have been divorced after marrying is lower among Catholics, evangelicals, and conservatives than it is among non-Christians and liberals.  That’s not to mention the fact that more born-again Christians (84%) have been married in the first place than atheists and agnostics (65%).

Family Research Council e-mail news, 4/1/08

Monday, November 9, 2015

Cohabitation Steals Romance From Marriage

Cohabitation leeches a good deal of the romance out of marriage.  The breathless excitement a young married couple feels about setting up house together and sleeping in the same bed is one of the great joys of life.  Looking back on it later cements the sense that marriage is something sacred and precious.  But if the male/female living arrangement becomes a matter of convenience rather than commitment, if crossing a threshold is not accompanied by thrown rice and silver gift packages, it does become more hollow and more brittle.

Mona Charen, “Living together: Test run for loneliness,” Conservative Chronicle 3/31/99, pg.12

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Spirit of this Age Makes No Moral Demands

The emerging, dominant spirit or our age is not the skeptical one that denigrates all religion, but rather a profoundly and perennially religious spirit that stands opposed to the ethical monotheism of the Christian faith and of Orthodox Judaism.  The tenets of this newly emerging religion, whether articulated deliberately or merely at work tacitly in the background, are coming swiftly to dominate our public morality.  But the religion itself is not really new, neither are its theological beliefs.  It is simply the reemergence of paganism, and its beliefs are gnosticism. …

Clearly this reemerging paganism is not merely a belittling of religion.  Nor is it merely the religion of humanism, even though humanism is a visible and prominent aspect of it.  For its followers the pagan spirit offers not only a meaningful answer but a better answer than Judaism or Christianity to the crisis of meaning that has followed the rise of the materialistic, scientific worldview.  Part of paganism’s appeal stems from the fact that pagan spirituality makes few moral demands on the individual, and is thus more “tolerant” of human differences—that is of “diversity.”  (In Joseph Campbell’s words, “Follow your bliss.”)

Jeffrey Satinover, M.D., Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth, pg.230

Friday, November 6, 2015

The "Experts" Don't Know About Child Care

The creation and dissemination of knowledge on how to raise children now appears to be one of the greatest academic hoaxes of our times.  Judging from the accumulated evidence, it appears probable that the intelligent, intuitive parent knows as much, or more, about child care as the child educator, the parent-child expert, the psychologist, the social worker or the psychiatrist.

Martin L. Gross, The Psychological Society, pg.267.  Cited by Dr. Tana Dineen in, Manufacturing Victims: What the Psychology Industry is Doing to People, pg.154

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Education Teaches Values

At times a debate has raged about whether education should be concerned with values.  It is an idiot debate in that form, on a hopelessly archaic question.  As well ask whether religion should deb concerned with the problem of the Godhead.  Every actor in the educational drama -- teacher, student, family, administrator, media, peer group -- is up to its neck in values.  Like it or not, education is values drenched.

Max Lerner, cited by Earl J. McGrath in "Relating Faith and Learning," Private Higher Education: The Job Ahead, vol.12, American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities, 1983, pg. 25.  Referenced by Robertson McQuilkin in An Introduction to Biblical Ethics, pg.489

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Are You Intrepid Enough?

It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.

Archibald Alexander Hodge, cited by Bill McKeever, 10/7/06, in a tribute to Jerald Tanner upon his death.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Divorce Is Not An Argument for Fake Marriage

The fact that heterosexuals have degraded marriage through divorce is not an argument for same-sex marriage.  In fact, the recent history of the law and divorce actually argues against same-sex marriage.  The vast social problems we are experiencing since the liberalization of divorce laws should help us realize just how important the law is to the health of the family.  When you pass laws that weaken the family, the entire nation gets sick.  This should cause us to protect marriage, not weaken it further.  When a patient has a disease, giving him another disease is not a prescription for wellness.

Frank Turek, Correct, NOT Politically Correct, pg. 41

Monday, November 2, 2015

Family Benefits Promote Social Stability

Rather than being intended as a penalty to homosexuals, family benefits have always been meant as an incentive for the glue that holds society together: the family.  Family benefits provided by both government and private industry have always been part of a conscious social policy for the encouragement, support, and affirmation of the traditional family.  Why?  Because the traditional family represents and fosters social stability, strength, and continuity.

F. LaGard Smith, Sodom's Second Coming, pg.202

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Same-Sex Unions Are Harmful to Children

Not only do the social sciences show that fatherless and motherless families are harmful to children (which every same-sex home suffers from), but they also show that stepfamilies where a child's mother or father is replaced by a stepmother or stepfather (which constitute many -- if not most -- same-sex homes) are some of the most troubling family forms for children.

Glenn T. Stanton and Dr. Bill Maier, Marriage on Trial: The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting, pg.37