Today’s Tumultuous Times Are the Result of a Worldview
“Cancel culture,” “intersectionality,” “white privilege,” “microaggression,” and many other buzz words today are the logical consequences of an idea—critical theory—that has taken a foothold in our society.
If someone has swallowed postmodernism (the idea that truth is relative), you won’t get very far trying to convince them that sex outside of marriage is wrong. To them, they are the arbiter of right and wrong. The critical discussion that needs to take place is at the worldview level so they can see that right and wrong are... Continue Reading
2+2 Never Equals 5
Postmodernist Critical Social justice is centrally interested in destabilizing meaning so that those it anoints as sufficiently virtuous can decide what is “true” and so that no one has any grounds upon which they could disagree, even in principle.
So, now I’ve written well over 8000 words on the stupidest topic I could possibly have imagined ever having to write about, but it matters—and there’s a point to take away from all this. It is that postmodernism, particularly in the hands of the ideology of Critical Social Justice, is not at all interested in... Continue Reading
Race and Racism in the Bible
The human race, as constituted and diversely propagated, is natural. Racism, as a rebellious corruption of nature, is unnatural.
The human race, as constituted and diversely propagated, is natural. Racism, as a rebellious corruption of nature, is unnatural. The first two sections therefore address these ideas. Biblical and contemporary terminology pertaining to race and ethnicity is then surveyed followed by a brief presentation of the Bible’s voice against racism. Legitimate and illegitimate divisions of... Continue Reading
The New Bigotry
One of our greatest moral pivots in the past fifty years—one often glossed over in recounting tales of our degenerate slide—has been a burgeoning intolerance for bigotry.
We have become adept at responding to and sniffing out (sometimes with an overly-heightened sense of smell) the aromas of bigotry while the pot is still warming. This is generally a good thing. We’re willing to listen more. With one exception. Even as we strive to become better at appreciating diversity within people’s backgrounds and... Continue Reading
As They Turn To Burning Bibles, Portland Rioters Show Their True Colors
While rioters in Portland previously attacked federal buildings, businesses, and even officers, this weekend, they found a new target: Bibles.
“I don’t know what burning the Bible has to do with protesting against police brutality. Do not be under the illusion that these protests and riots are anything but an attempt to dismantle all of Western Civilization and upend centuries of tradition and freedom of religion.” While rioters previously attacked federal buildings, businesses, and... Continue Reading
Marriage in Rapid Decline, Even Among Evangelicals
It is not an overstatement to say that if this trajectory holds, our society will collapse.
What does it mean for America that in half a generation, the total percentage of men in their prime participating in marriage went from half — already an alarmingly low rate — to close to only a third? From 1 in 2 to 1 in 3 married? If we were a nation that was genuinely... Continue Reading
How to Avoid Falling for Fake News
The primary objective of journalism has subtly shifted from informing to entertaining.
news reports may be skewed—deliberately or not—to satisfy their advertisers, their audience, or their shareholders. Reporters may put opinions before facts. They may play up only one aspect of the story while downplaying the rest. And news that might offend audiences may be ignored altogether. It used to be a lot easier to tell... Continue Reading
Riches and Poverty
Sin is the grand cause of the enormous luxury of the rich–and the painful degradation of the poor.
So long as some are wise, and some are foolish; some are strong, and some are weak; some are healthy, and some are diseased; so long as children reap the fruit of their parent’s misconduct; so long as sun, and rain, and heat, and cold, and wind, and waves, and drought, and blight, and storm, and... Continue Reading
Where Did ‘Cancel Culture’ Begin?
Liars cannot tolerate those who speak the truth.
While it may not seem to Bari Weiss that this has anything to do with what happened to her at the New York Times, in fact Roe v. Wade was arguably the tipping point — a fulcrum of history — that has led to a world in which our basic First Amendment liberties are imperiled. Once our political... Continue Reading
Progressive or Conservative?
If you are heading in the wrong direction you are not making progress.
The labels “progressive” and “conservative” are used quite frequently in my particular political and cultural context in the United States, and a lot of individuals take pride in calling themselves one or the other. To those on the left wing of the political spectrum in the United States, “progressive” is almost synonymous with good while... Continue Reading