Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Necessity of Patriarchy

If you do not raise men to be fathers—not just progenitors of children, but fathers in the full sense implied by a phrase like “city fathers”—they will not therefore become compliant and gentle mothers.  They will either drag out their days in ennui and desperation or go very bad, very fast.  Nor will they lack for women, and plenty of them too, who will be attracted to the dangerous man, the rebel, the leader of the gang.  The alternative to rule by fathers, which is what patriarchy means, is male domination in the form of a police state or in the persons of men outside the law.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.103-104

Friday, August 18, 2017

Manhood and Womanhood

A girl grows into womanhood more naturally than a boy grows into manhood, because the potential for motherhood is expressed so obviously in the form of her body; it cannot be missed.  A girl who climbs trees with her brothers and plays ball will naturally and easily turn towards more womanly pursuits as those brothers surpass her in bulk and strength, and as her own body grows less fit for the boyish things.  That is why female athletes sometimes take drugs to suppress the working of the natural hormones in their bodies; or the sports themselves suppress the hormones, as when female long distance runners lose so much of their natural fat that they no longer menstruate.  Their bodies “judge” that they are not fit to conceive and bear and care for a child, exactly as if they were starving.

But the boy must be made into a man; nor is it true, once he has established himself as a man, he need never worry about it again.  Manhood is risky.  It must be publicly affirmed, and you can lose that affirmation by cowardice or effeminacy.  See the movie Four Feathers.  See the old Western Branded.  Which cultures have recognized these truths?  Every single one of them but ours.


Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.97

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Let Boys Be Boys

Sexual morality is predicated upon the reality of sexual being, male and female.  The morality is inseparable from the reality.  If there is no such thing, really, as male and female, only some convenient organs for reproduction, then there is no reason why “a man should leave his mother and father, and cleave unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.”  We have to recover a strong sense of the beauty of each, and of their essence as being-for the other.; man is for woman, and woman is for man, and both are for God.  That means we must cease the destructive chatter about “gender roles,” as if they were thoroughly arbitrary and not built upon nature.  We must see past the factitious distinction between the natural and the social, because man is by nature a social being, and the societies he builds are predicated upon his nature.  . . .

We raise boys and girls, we raise them at once in accord with the sexual nature they possess already and with the flourishing of that nature that we hope to see as they become husbands and wives, fathers and mothers.  We must always shave that aim in mind.  They boyishness of the boy is to come to flowering in manhood and fatherhood.  The girlishness of the girl is to come to flowering in womanhood and motherhood.  That is what the sexes are for.  We want to no longer deny reality.  We want to work in harmony with it, shoring up its weakness, confirming its strength, and delighting in its beauty.


Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg. 95-96

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Male and Female He Created Them

When the European missionaries came to the New World to evangelize the natives, they did not find creatures of a different species.  They found human beings, male and female.  They did not find any tribes in which the women met in council, hunted the large animals, smoked the peace-pipe, trained up their daughters in savage displays of physical courage and endurance (the “sun dance” of the Plains Indians, for example), and established elaborate hierarchies of honor.  They did not find any tribes in which the men took care of small children, gathered roots and berries, made themselves up with pretty decorations to delight their women, ground corn kernels to powder to make bread or paste, carried water while the women were singing war-songs, gossiped with one another to share the news and to keep daily morals in line, and made “nests,” as it were, as clean and neat as possible, for the sake of the little ones, and because that is the way they liked things best.

They found men and women. That is what you will find wherever you go in the world. . . . 

Men and women are different from one another, down to the roots—down to the cells.  We have merely trained ourselves not to see it or not to admit it when we see it.  It is a willed stupidity.  It is also a willed grimness, a willed refusal to delight in the natures God has given us.  There is nothing glad or merry about it.


Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.93-95

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sexual Anarchy

Marriage is in free-fall, and multitudes of ordinary people who in any healthy culture would be married and having a fine brood of children now live in a protracted adolescence or in loneliness and disillusionment.

Nobody foresaw the endless disintegration of sexual personality that is implied in the every multiplying categories of “identities.”  Nobody foresaw that we would be throwing parades for perversion and sadism and recommending them to our children.  Some people foresaw that it would be open season on girls.  Nobody foresaw that it would be open season on boys, confusing them and corrupting them in their never-sure sense of developing masculinity.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.92

Monday, August 14, 2017

Recognize Truth

One way to distinguish truth from all its counterfeits is by its modesty:  Truth demands only to be heard among others while its counterfeits demand that others be silenced.

Sydney Harris 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

What Modern Man Worships

Modern man…is weary of giving honor to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, so he falls back in his lassitude upon the three biggest things that are nearest to him, which he may worship without much exercise of his imagination.  They are himself, his sexual passions, and the all-encompassing state he has built in order to prop up his rickety being and to liberate him sexually from all of the family-protecting and culture-forming restraints that used to humanize his brute impulses and channel them into noble deeds.  He flogs a sluggish horse.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.89

Friday, August 11, 2017

Educating Into Stupidity

Centuries from now, people who do not suffer our current psychoses will read about professors  who gave their students credit for dressing in drag (Muhlenberg College), or who advised students that arguments against sexual perversion would not be admissible in class (Marquette University), or who elevated the trivialities of mass entertainment to the states of great art (everywhere), and shake their heads with dismay, using them as examples of how people can study themselves into a degree of stupidity for which Nature alone would never suffice.  We do not produce many great comedians in the present.  We produce a lot of material for comedians in the future.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.83

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Teaching the LGBT Agenda to Children is Dangerous

To teach children about LGBT life is, in most cases, to introduce and suggest it to them at a time when they shouldn’t be encouraged to jump into it. But let’s say we want to teach kids about this sexual content at a young age to prepare them for the topsy-turvy world out there. The curriculum put forward by Welcoming Schools and other gay-affirming educational groups is not the right way to bring this topic to kids. It is blatantly false, presenting LGBT life as untroubled and joyful. It equates all kinds of intercourse, glossing over the hygienic and epidemiological problems that afflict anal sex in particular. It romanticizes homes, relationships, friendships, and social circles tied to LGBT activities, all but coaxing the children to rush into those milieus expecting happiness and sunshine.

One problem is that this material should never be taught to minors in school at all. But a bigger problem is who is pushing this material right now.

These are the same people who’ve burned us a thousand times before, as I will elaborate in a series of posts on “These are the people who want to talk to your kids.” The movement behind these curricular changes found success almost entirely by threatening, embarrassing, and insulting people who stood in their way. They have never improved the lives of the people they claim to champion. Nor have they ever behaved in a dignified way to people who had reservations or objections to their work.

The impetus for the folly of teaching kids about strange sexualities comes from a group of people who were wrong about every measure they promoted to society at large; they are largely responsible for millions of people in America dying of AIDS not to mention the new drug-resistant forms of syphilis and gonorrhea; they have contributed to mental health disasters among millions of gay Americans caught in a subculture of unstable relationships and unhealthy beauty standards; they are responsible for a spike in same-sex rapes in the military and partly to blame for the rise in military suicides; they have complained about bullying and teen suicide for decades and have only aggravated these problems with every youth program they’ve tested; they undermined the adoption system and contributed to the growth of new forms of human trafficking and eugenics to meet their demand for designer babies; they have been the single greatest force in destroying free speech at schools and universities with their gross distortions of Title IX and anti-harassment laws… but worst of all, they are horrible, vicious people who have made the gay subculture, once a place of blossoming creativity, a place of acrimony and nastiness.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Relativism Destroys

Relativism is an unstable equilibrium—imagine a pyramid upside down, placed delicately upon its apex. It might make you break out into a cold sweat to stand in its shade.  The question is not whether some moral vision will prevail, but which moral vision.  The colleges are thus committed to a moral inversion.  High and noble virtues, especially those that require moral courage, are mocked: gallantry in wartime, sexual purity, scrupulous honesty and plain dealing, piety, and the willingness to subject your thoughts, experiences, and most treasured beliefs to the searching scrutiny of reason.  What is valued then?  Debauchery, perversion, contempt for your supposedly benighted ancestors, lazy agnosticism, easy and costless pacifism, political maneuvering, and an enforcement of a new orthodoxy that in denying rational analysis seeks to render itself immune to criticism.  You sink yourself in debt to discover that your sons and daughters have been severed from their faith, their morals, and their reason.  Whorehouses and mental wards would be much cheaper.  They might be healthier, too.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.75

Monday, August 7, 2017

A World of Inversions

It is…a mistake to point at the [college] students and laugh at them for being weaklings.  The students hold the hammer, and they know it.  Yes, it is true that mere teenage boys in decades past—lads who stormed the bluffs of Normandy, sailed on ships cutting through the ice of the Northwest Passage, and slashed their way with explorers through the fever swamps and forests of Borneo—would not be preoccupied with hurtful words, and that a “trigger warning” in those days was the clutch of a rifle being loaded.  But in our world of inversions, power is granted to people who claim that they have no power and who resent the greatness of their own forebears.  They do not seek “safety.”  They seek to destroy.  The strong man is bound and gagged, and the pistol is pointed at his head—the seat of reason itself.

In such a world, it is insufficient to say that higher education suffers.  Except in the most technical of disciplines, and perhaps even in those, the very possibility of higher education comes to an abrupt halt.  If a professor must negotiate an emotional and verbal and political minefield before he opens his mouth, then he is no professor any longer.  He is a servile functionary, no matter his title and no matter how well he is paid.  He instructs his students not in freedom but in his own servility.  That many of the students demand this servility of him and of themselves makes their capitulation all the worse.


Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.73

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Source Behind Multiculturalism

What's behind the current flavor of multiculturalism for some hardcore leftists is hatred of Judeo-Christianity and rejection of its God. This is evident not only in their treatment of observant Christians and Jews (especially their views on Israel,…), but in their attack on science and truth.  

In the absence of an absolute, there is no "truth"; there is only "power" and "personal narrative." Thus does good become bad, wrong become right, ugliness come to be hailed as beauty. A human baby in utero is "just a clump of cells." Killing it becomes a "human right." Teaching small children how to perform sex acts becomes "education." A man becomes a woman (and vice-versa) by proclaiming that (s)he feels like one.

Anyone who says otherwise -- first and foremost the God of Jews and Christians -- is the enemy.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Anti-Gun Laws Harm Law Abiding Citizens

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms ... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

Cesare Beccaria (1738 - 1794)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Perversion Taught in School is Dung in Your Water

Now the question for us is not whether perversion ought to be taught in school.  Nor is it even whether teachers should instruct small children in how to behave like a member of the opposite sex.  Let us change the terms of the situation so that we can see what the problem really is.  Suppose it is not sex we are talking about, but violence.  Imagine a world in which teachers  introduce children to the thrill-seeking of stabbing and slashing—with precautions, of course, so that the person who is stabbed will probably not bleed to death.  Suppose the teachers bring to the school speakers who delight in cruelty, whose eyes shine when they recount the first time they gouged out the eye of an enemy.  Imagine that parents are not even informed when a machete-wielding gang man demonstrates on stage the proper angle at which to slice off someone’s arms in mid-fight.  Imagine safe switchblades.

The problem is that you would be dealing with people whose imaginations and moral sensibilities are so diseased as to make such things even conceivable.  It will not do merely to restrain them in this or that regard.  They are not fit to teach your children the multiplication table.  They are not fit to be near them at all.  Every moment that your children are in their presence, they will be breathing the putrescent air from the diseased heart and spirit of the instructors, in an institution whose walls stink of it, it has lingered there so long.  We are not talking about sinners here, since everyone is one of those. We are talking about people whom C.S. Lewis called the “bent,” those whose souls are warped, so that the more “honest” and consistent and idealistic they are, the worse they will be. . . .

But the problem is even worse than that.  No such person could ever be hired in the first place unless the entire school system were not slavering for him—or, more frequently these days, her.  From top to bottom the system is laced with people whose imaginations have been corrupted.  If that were not bad enough already, the publishers of textbooks and exams know it and provide them with their materials accordingly.  The evil is not just here or there, in this teacher or that, on this day or that, when this subject or that comes up, in this school or that school.  It is everywhere, a pervasive pollution, like fecal bacteria in your water supply.


Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.52-53

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Modern Sex “Education” is Demonic Slime

Try to imagine explaining to the old farmers of Prince Edward Island the need to teach small children how to insert, safely of course, antiseptically of course, their fingers or tongues or other protuberances into the orifice of another kid of ambiguous sex, including the anus.  It is not that they would disagree with you.  It is not that they would have an alternative opinion about behavior that makes old-fashioned sodomy look like a peck on the cheek. It is that they would think that you had lost your mind.  They would believe that you were suffering a terrifying moral and psychological illness, nigh unto demonic possession, or perhaps well past it.  Would they let you speak to their children?  They would not want you to speak to their parents or friends or anybody, not because they would be afraid that you might persuade or entice one of them, but merely to spare their loved ones the experience of something so gross, so wicked, so repulsive, so sad.  They themselves, in future years, would let the memory of it drop into the darkness and the silence.  You do not make scrapbooks of slime.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.51-52

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Truth is More Important Than Peace

We must not so seek peace with others as to wrong truth.  Peace must not be bought with the sale of truth.  Truth is the ground of faith, and the rule of life.  Truth is the most orient gem of the churches’ crown.  Truth is a deposit, or charge that God has entrusted with us.  We trust God with our souls.  He trusts us with His truths.  We must not let any of God’s truths to fall to the ground.  Luther says, “It is better that the heavens fall—than one crumb of truth perish.”  The least filings of this gold are precious.  We must not seek the flower of peace as to lose the diamond of truth.

Thomas Watson, Puritan preacher (1620-1686)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

People Ripe for Destruction

Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction.

John Witherspoon (1776)

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Sexual Revolution and Loss of Civilization

The sexual revolution promised us more sex and more pleasure. It has actually delivered to us a generation of men who think of women as objects to be used and abused for their sexual pleasure. It has not given us men who know what virtue and honor are. It doesn’t teach men to pursue their joy in self-sacrificially loving and being sexually faithful to one woman for life. It teaches young men to use women for sex and then to discard them when they become unwilling or uninteresting. This means that it has given us a generation of young men completely unprepared for marriage and for fatherhood. And if you lose marriage and fatherhood, you lose your civilization. We have sown to the wind, and our children are reaping the whirlwind—not least our daughters, who are less likely than ever to find a man who hasn’t been corrupted by this.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Truth Will Prevail

Proper first principles are a grasping of what is, of truth. Consequently, first principles can never be created by human action, no matter how hard one tries. The truth does not change according to one’s sentiments. On the other hand, disordered first principles beget disordered reasoning and inevitably lead to disordered conclusions. Like the pleasures of the passionate part of the soul, the treatments meant to conceal and mask the truth can only be temporary.

The truth will always prevail in the end, but that does not prevent damage from being done in the meantime. When society is not in accord with truth, a dark void is created, covering the light of truth and extending a welcoming invitation to the evil that dwells in darkness. In such a society, the many are destined to lead disordered, confused lives, controlled and manipulated by those who capitalize on their confusion and ignorance of truth—as one sees now, with larger numbers of distressed individuals seeking mutilation procedures because their authority figures peddle falsehoods. The acceptance, toleration, and encouragement of basic untruths maim the people’s ability to understand properly basic first principles; it impairs their trust of authorities that promulgate the truth and that have only their flourishing at heart.

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

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Truth - The Obstacle to Gender Ideology

The “first principle” that the transgenderist needs simply is not there, for a woman is not and cannot be a man. So in order to prove the faulty first principle, the transgenderist tries to “create” it, to make it appear to be true. The gender ideologue removes all evidence that conflicts with the transgender principle, surgically mutilating her body and pumping it full of testosterone—for her body, being a woman’s body, is not producing “enough” of that hormone naturally. Even then, the principle’s falsity remains all too evident, so the transgenderist must force others to agree that a woman is a man. For gender ideology, the truth is a great obstacle that must be attacked and destroyed. . . .

As in the case of so many other arguments one sees today, there is no intention to apply the supposition consistently. The premise that everyone creates his own truth contains a concealed asterisk, which states: only select “truths” are to be accepted and respected—only those that validate progressive society’s presupposed first principles.

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

Friday, July 28, 2017

Young People Are Starved for Beauty

Our young people are not only starved for nature.  They are starved for beauty.  Everywhere they turn, their eyes fall upon what is drab or garish: their schools, their music, new books for sale, the fast-food joint, a baseball stadium (where you can hardly talk to the fan sitting next to you, for the noise roaring out at you from the loudspeakers), and, of course, their churches.  Saint Paul wanted to be all things to all men, to save some (1 Corinthians 9:22).  We have applied this dictum to what surrounds us.  We are drab with the drab, garish with the garish, inane with the inane, and we save nobody at all.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.37

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Drab and Garish Culture

Drab is a favorite color in our day; its companion is garish.  I defy any of my contemporaries to name one style of public building or style of dress or form of popular entertainment that is not now either drab or garish.  Our churchmen, no better educated than anyone else in the humanities and the Christian heritage of art, architecture, and music, have gone along with the movement, mostly drab, but sometimes garish, as witness the big childish banners blaring out a favorite comforting verse (never “It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God”), the glad-handing ceremonies of greeting and peace-wishing, the rock bands in the sanctuary, big screens like stadium scoreboards to flash the mantras of the songs, and the smiling Protestant minister in jeans, or the Catholic priest with a jowly smile, far more comfortable joshing with the attendees than praying with the people who are, as he is, as well as we all are, on the inevitable journey to the grave and in dire need of the grace of God.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.35

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Unlearn “Newspeak”

If our language is inane and empty, our thoughts will be inane and empty too.  Garbage in, garbage out.  My students write badly not because teachers in high school never made them write papers.  They have written plenty of papers -- far too many, in fact.  They have absorbed the Newspeak and cannot rid themselves of it. They do not need to learn a second language.  They need to learn their own language, in all its richness.  The only way to do that is to read good books, books written before the current rage of Newspeak.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg. 27-28

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Growing Up Without Mass Media

Consider the conversation of human beings before the advent of mass media.  A boy could grow up and never see anything obscene at all; where would it come from?  Something puerile scrawled on the side of an outhouse?  Meanwhile, the boy would roam the village or the woods and learn things, learn about things, every day.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.24

Monday, July 24, 2017

A Reliable Rule

Here is a quick and generally reliable rule to follow.  It people have always said it, it is probably true; it is the distilled wisdom of the ages.  If people have not always said it, but everybody is saying it now, it is probably a lie; it is the concentrated madness of the moment.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.22

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Incompetent Federal Government

If your uncle gives you a magnificent Rolls-Royce, and a year later he wants to see how you have done with it, and you show him a tangled mess of metal and rubber, caused not by a freak accident but by your habitual misuse, he will naturally conclude that you are incompetent to own a Rolls-Royce.  We were given a republic that guaranteed a wide berth for liberty and for local matters, with the central government reserved only for matters that were truly national.  We now have what every single one of the founders, federalists and anti-federalists both, would have considered tyrannical.  It is a tangled mess.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.11

Saturday, July 22, 2017

An Incompetent Culture

Unmarried men who shack up with women tend to be irresponsible, unproductive, and aggressive; unmarried women who shack up with men tend to be selfish and prodigal and want Big Daddy the government to take the same care of them that fathers and husbands used to take.  But those who do marry no longer seem to know what it is that they are doing.  Is it for keeps, or not?  What happens when children start arriving?  What’s a husband supposed to do?  What’s a wife supposed to do?

We are incompetent in the ordinary things of life.  We divorce more readily than we sell houses, yet for some reason we believe that we possess great wisdom as regards men and women that our benighted ancestors did not possess.  We raise sons who are not weaned at age twenty-five, yet for some reason we have contempt for the old institutions that used to turn boys into men.  We raise daughters who emulate well-paid whores, but who do not actually make the money that the whores make, and yet we persist in believing that only in our time has a girl had half a chance to live a decent life.  We are in debt over the eyeballs, we cannot make ends meet even on two incomes, and yet we hug ourselves for being “liberated,” looking with pity on a grandmother who in a single day did fifty skillful things for people she loved, rather than spending eight hours fielding telephone calls in an office or scraping plaque off the teeth of strangers, while wearing goggles and a face mask to guard against dreadful infections from their blood and spittle.

Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.9-10

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pleasures Need Boundaries

Apart from a moral framework, pleasure is a sure path to sensual bankruptcy.   [T]he Christian who enjoys legitimate pleasure within God’s boundaries experiences life as a perpetual novelty.  The boundary-less life of sensual pleasure is a field of landmines, fraught with the real risk that even the very possibility of pleasure might be blown away.

Ravi Zacharias, The End of Reason, pg.82

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

Saturday, July 8, 2017

A New Utopianism?

A new and intolerant utopianism seeks to drive the remaining traces of Christianity from the laws and constitutions of Europe and North America.  This time, it does so mainly in the cause of personal liberation, born in the 1960s cultural revolution, and now inflamed into special rage by any suggestion that the sexual urge should be restrained by moral limits or that it should have any necessary connection with procreation.  This utopianism relies for human goodness on doctrines of human rights derived from human desires and — like all such codes — full of conflicts between the differing rights of different groups.  These must then be policed by an ever more powerful state.  A new elite, wealthy and comfortable beyond the fantasies of any previous generation, abandons penal codes (especially against the possession of narcotics) and abolishes marital fidelity so as to license its own comfortable, padded indulgence, and it therefore permits the same freedoms to the poor, who suffer far more from this dangerous liberty than do the rich.  Inevitably, it is the Christian churches who are the last strongholds of resistance to their change.

Peter Hitchens, The Rage Against God, pg.213

Friday, July 7, 2017

"Separation of Church and State" is a LIE

Make no mistake: the First Amendment secures Americans’ right to the freedom of religion. The notion that it only secures freedom from religion is a novel and dangerous reinterpretation.

The history of this misinterpretation of the First Amendment begins with the construction of a fake legal principle in Everson v. Board of Education in 1947. Faced with a First Amendment designed to accommodate religious communities and to encourage religious expression, Justice Hugo Black reached for a phrase of Thomas Jefferson and claimed that the point of the First Amendment was to build a “wall of separation” between church and state. However, this use of Jefferson’s language is not only a misinterpretation of his intent but also violates policies he routinely pursued such as endorsing the use of federal funds to build churches and supporting Christian missionary work among Native Americans. Interestingly, the factual question in Everson was whether parents of religious school attendees could receive reimbursement for transportation costs to parochial schools. In approving the expenditure of public funds for such a purpose, the Court indicated that the wall had not been breached. Ever since, however, the misleading concept of “the wall” is regularly used by those who seek to purge religion from American society.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Why the LEFT Goes After the Young

Intelligent revolutionaries are always most interested in the young.  They know that the ideas and characters of mature adults are generally fully formed and cannot be easily changed, thought they can be expensively and painfully terrified, suborned, and cajoled into acting against those ideas.  But they also know that, if they can control the schools and the youth movements, they can stamp out unwelcome beliefs in a generation or two.

Peter Hitchens, The Rage Against God, pg.200

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Modern Stalinists

Most of the people who would have apologized for Stalin in his day have now found other causes — the cultural and sexual revolution, campaigns to tax the Western poor to provide money for Africa’s rich, and above all, the intolerant and puritan secular fundamentalism that gathers around the belief in man made global warming.  Others are devotees of the idea that the introduction of Western democracy into the Muslim world is possible.  These beliefs allow their supporters to feel superior to others and to pursue a heaven on earth whose righteousness reflects on them.  It is quite dangerous to challenge them, even though it is not dangerous at all to challenge Christianity or faith as a whole.  The danger is not usually melodramatic or fatal, though it sometimes is.  The climate change zealots (for example) issue no Fatwas, order no assassinations, and do not drag filmmakers from their bicycles and stab and behead them.  They simply seek to drive their opponents from public debate by scorn, misrepresentation, and smears.

Peter Hitchens, The Rage Against God, pg.169

Monday, July 3, 2017

Where Are We Without Oaths?

Christian societies as a whole are “unnatural,” requiring a host of actions that cannot be based on self-interest, however enlightened, or even on mutual obligation.  Meanwhile, the more civilized a society is, the more power is available within it.  Power cannot be destroyed, only divided and distributed.  It may shatter into an anarchic war of all against all.  Or it may solidify into a tyranny.  Or it may be resolved into a free society governed by universally acknowledged laws.  But on what basis can this be done?  What agency can be used to place law above force?  A law that does not stand above brute force and have some sort of power that can overcome brute force will not survive for long.  How are inconvenient obligations, those of the banker and the messenger and the merchant, to be made binding?  How are the young to be made to accept the authority of parents and teachers, once they are physically strong enough to ignore them, but too inexperienced in life to know the value of peace and learning?

The answer, from a very early stage, is that such contracts were made binding by solemn promises sworn in the name of Almighty God….  These oaths called into every contract an external power—one whose awful vengeance no man could escape if he defied it, and which he would be utterly ashamed to break.  As Sir Thomas More explains in Robert Bolt’s play A Man for All Seasons, when a man swears an oath, “He’s holding his own self in his own hands.  Like water.  And if he opens his fingers then—he needn’t hope to find himself again.”

In their utter reverence for oaths, men of More’s era were in my view as superior to us as the builders of shopping malls.  Our ancestors’ undisturbed faith gave them a far closer, healthier relation to the truth—and so to beauty—than we have.  Without a belief in God and the soul, where is the oath?  Without the oath, where is the obligation or the pressure to fulfill it?  Where is the law that even kings must obey?  Where it the Magna Carta, Habeas Corpus, or the Bill of Rights, all of which arose out of attempts to rule by lawless tyranny?  Where is the lifelong fidelity of husband and wife?  Where is the safety of the innocent child growing in the womb?  Where, in the end, is the safety of any of us from those currently bigger and stronger than we are?

And how striking it is that such oaths were used to make us better, not worse, and that the higher power, the magnetic north of moral truth, found an invariable answer in the urgings of conscience.  These things are far higher than the mutuality and “human solidarity” on which atheists must rely for morality—because they specifically deny the existence of any other origin for it.


Peter Hitchens, The Rage Against God, pg.146-147

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Difference is Seen in Art

Mankind’s immense artistic talent is visible in the paintings on the walls of the Cro-Magnon caves of Lascaux.  The sublime heights to which that talent can rise in the midst of a great Christian civilization can be seen in the works of the Italian and Flemish masters.  The debasement of that talent by the rejection of the very springs and origin of civilization can likewise be seen in much of the work of modern artists.

Peter Hitchens, The Rage Against God, pg.146

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Is Human Character Natural?

In wars men are repeatedly asked to undertake acts of selfless courage that they will not themselves survive.  Men are expected to be responsible for the women who bear their children, for as long as they live.  Women in return are expected to be faithful to those men.  For economies to develop, men must be trusted to guard valuables that are not their own.  Again and again, for civilization to exist and advance, human creatures are required to do things that they would not do “naturally” as mammals.  Marriage is unnatural.  Building for the future is unnatural.  The practice of medicine is unnatural.  The deferment of immediate gratification for a greater reward is unnatural.  Literacy is unnatural, as is the passing on of lore and history from one generation to another.  The Beaver may be able to build a dam, but it has always been the same dam, and it will always be the same dam.  Only mankind can advance from making huts out of branches to building the Parthenon (and only mankind can fall back from the Parthenon to shacks and caves).

Peter Hitchens, The Rage Against God, pg.145-146

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Golden Rule is Not Enough

In their attempt to argue that effective and binding codes can be developed without a deity, atheists often mistake inferior codes of “common decency” for absolute moral systems.  The Golden Rule, or doing as you would be done by , is such a code.  But the fact that people can arrive at the Golden Rule without religion does not mean that they can arrive at the Christian moral code without religion.  Christianity requires much more and, above all, does not expect to see charity returned.  To “love they neighbor as thyself” is a far greater and more complicated obligation, requiring a positive effort to seek the good of others, often in secret, sometimes at great cost, and always without reward.

Peter Hitchens, The Rage Against God, pg.142-143

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Morality Must Come from a Higher Source

For a moral code to be effective, the code must be attributed to, and vested in, a non-human source.  It must be beyond the power of humanity to change it to suit itself.  If that non-human source can be shown to be false, then the moral code that it endorses cannot be absolute.  It will become a matter of choice, or have to be kept in place by the threat of force, or a mixture of both, like any other code of human invention.

Peter Hitchens, The Rage Against God, pg.142

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Without Objective Morality, If You Do It, It’s Wrong; But If I Do It, It’s Right

Left to themselves, human beings can in a matter of  minutes justify the incineration of populated cities, the mass deportation—accompanied by slaughter, disease, and starvation—of inconvenient people, and the mass murder of the unborn.  I have heard people who believe themselves to be good defend all these things and convince themselves as well as others.  Quite often the same people will condemn similar actions committed by different countries, often with great vigor.

Peter Hitchens, The Rage Against God, pg.141-142

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Soviet Communism IS Linked to Atheism

Soviet Communism is organically linked to atheism, materialist rationalism, and most of the other causes the New Atheists support.  It used the same language, treasured the same hopes, and appealed to the same constituency as atheism does today.  When its crimes were still unknown, or concealed, it attracted the support of the liberal intelligentsia who were then, and are even more now, opposed to religion. …

Even after its evils became widely known, the same liberal intelligentsia continued in many cases to sympathize with the USSR and defend it against conservative and Christian critics.  Soviet power was—as it was intended to be—the opposite of faith in God.  It was faith in the greatness of humanity and in the perfectibility of human society.  The atheists cannot honestly disown it, and it is because they know this is in their hearts that they panic and babble when confronted with the problem.  Nothing else can explain the absurd denials they issue.


Peter Hitchens, The Rage Against God, pg.137-138

Monday, June 26, 2017

God is the Leftists’ Chief Rival

God is the leftists' chief rival.  Christian belief, by subjecting all men to divine authority and by asserting in the words “My kingdom is not of this world” that the ideal society does not exist in this life, is the most coherent and potent obstacle to secular humanism.  Christ’s reproof of Judas—“the poor always ye have with you”—when Judas complains that the precious ointment could have been sold to feed the poor rather than applied to Jesus’ feet …, is also a stumbling-block and an annoyance to world reformers.  By putting such socialistic thoughts into the mouth of the despised traitor-to-be Judas, and by stating so baldly the truth known to all conservatives that poverty cannot be eradicated, the Bible angers and frustrates those who believe that the pursuit of a perfect society justifies the quest for absolute power.

The concepts of sin, of conscience, of eternal life, and of divine justice under an unalterable law re the ultimate defense against the utopian’s belief that ends justify means and that morality is relative.


Peter Hitchens, The Rage Against God, pg.134-135

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Why the Fury Against Religion Now?

Why is there such a fury against religion now?  Why is it more advanced in Britain than in the USA?  I have a good reason to seek the answer to this question, and I have found it where I might have expected to have done if only I had grasped from the start how large are the issues at stake.  Only one reliable force stands in the way of the power of the strong over the weak.  Only one reliable force forms the foundation of the concept of the rule of law.  Only one reliable force restrains the hand of the man of power.  And, in an age of power-worship, the Christian religion has become the principle obstacle to the desire of earthly utopians for absolute power.

Peter Hitchens, The Rage Against God, pg.112

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Atheist Virtue

Unlike Christians, atheists have a high opinion of their own virtue.

Peter Hitchens, The Rage Against God, pg.25

Friday, June 23, 2017

Don't Surrender Reason!

Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason and the mind becomes a wreck.

Thomas Jefferson (1822)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Attitude of Anti-Theists

The difficulties of the anti-theists begin when they try to engage with anyone who does not agree with them, when their reactions often a frustrated rage that the rest of us are so stupid.  But what if that is not the problem?  Their refusal to accept that others might be as intelligent as they, yet disagree, leads them into many snares.

Peter Hitchens, "The Rage Against God," pg.12

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What Courage and Manhood Isn't

His idea of courage and manhood is to get together with a bunch of his punk friends and ride around irritating folks too good-natured to put a stop to it.

Hub McCann, "Second Hand Lions"

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Same-Sex “Marriage” vs “Interracial” Marriage

Proponents of same-sex marriage claimed that legal efforts to clarify the definition of marriage was a ban on same-sex marriage, but that wasn’t the case at all. A ban requires something already be in effect, have a history of practice. Same-sex marriage wasn’t being banned, and that’s a significant difference with the supposed parallel with interracial marriage. That was a ban in fact. 

Legal restrictions against interracial marriage was a revision to millennia of human history. Race had never been part of the definition of marriage, so the efforts to ban it were revisionistic, not an effort to conserve and protect marriage as an institution. Of course, same-sex marriage is also revisionistic, overthrowing the definition of marriage for all of human history. And this is, ironically, the actual parallel between the two.

Opponents of same-sex marriage weren’t seeking to ban any practice of common law well-established in human history, such as was the case in banning interracial marriage. It was a revision of current law, just as the efforts to legalize same-sex marriage were revisionistic and revolutionary. In both cases, those that sought to protect the institution of marriage from revision were consistent in the efforts to keep marriage from being fundamentally changed, to maintain a definition well-established in law.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Importance of 2nd Amendment

The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.

Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story (1833)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Liberals and Fools

My aunt sent me an article from the “Senior Beacon,” (pg.37) where the author, Dennis Campbell, changed the word “fool” in various Proverbs passages to be “Liberal,” followed by short commentaries.  The result is what follows:

Proverbs 1:7:  “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but Liberals despise wisdom and discipline.”  The evidence of this can be found on just about any college campus.

Proverbs 10:23:  “A Liberal finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.”  Homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, abortion, euthanasia, foul and profane language, violence toward those who disagree with them—the list of the dark and dismal things Liberals hold dear is long.

Proverbs 12:16:  “A Liberal shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult,” and Proverbs 14:16: “A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a Liberal is hotheaded and reckless.”  Just visit a liberal blog, or listen to most of Hollywood.

Proverbs 15:2:  “The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the Liberal gushes folly.”  Have you listened to Liberal callers to any of the conservative talk-show hosts?

Proverbs 17:16:  “Of what use is money in the hand of a Liberal, since he has no desire to get wisdom?”  Yet, they demand that we giver more and more of it to them!

Proverbs 18:2:  “A Liberal finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.”  Full of emotion and vituperation, but little substance.

Proverbs 20:3:  “It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every Liberal is quick to quarrel.”  Just try to debate one.

Proverbs 23:9:  “Do not speak to a Liberal, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.”  On second thought, perhaps you should not waste your time arguing with them.

Proverbs 27:22:  “Though you grind a Liberal in a mortar, grinding him like grain with a pestle, you will not remove his folly from him.”  Presenting a reasoned and factual argument to a Liberal is futility.

Proverbs 29:9:  “If a wise man goes to court with a Liberal, the Liberal rages and scoffs, and there is no peace,” and Proverbs 29:11:  “A Liberal gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”  This can be verified by those who try to debate Liberals in our colleges and universities, or conservative speakers who face hostile Liberal students.

Finally, when you wonder why Liberals never learn from their disastrous social, economic and political policies, Solomon has the answer:
Proverbs 26:11:  As a dog returns to its vomit, so a Liberal repeats his folly.”