- Just twelve years ago Hilary Clinton was making the argument that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare,” while Barack Obama, in the same campaign season, was assuring Americans that marriage meant a union of one man and one woman. Today both of those statements have become anathema. Abortion has been normalised and any suggestion that it should be “rare” has been deemed shaming and harmful by #shoutyourabortion feminism. Obama’s statement is one of the statements that the ANZ has just told us needs to be changed from “hurtful speech” into “Love Speech”
- Against Candy-ass Christianity
- … the Great Scattering: the unprecedented familial dispersion, now sixty-plus years in the making with no end in sight. The engine of this transformation is the sexual revolution, meaning the widespread social changes that followed the technological shock of the birth control pill and related devices delivering reliable contraception en masse for the first time… the revolution has included the de-stigmatization of nonmarital sex of all varieties… skyrocketing rates of abortion, fatherless homes, family shrinkage, family breakup…
Many people… have believed in good faith that these familial mutations amount to a net plus for humanity, and that their own lives have been immeasurably enhanced by the freedoms that only the revolution could have brought… [But] these same changes have simultaneously rained down destruction on the natural habitat of the human animal
- How Richard Dawkins is inconsistent on eugenics
- Missionary syndrome is a real thing. The stinker of it is that engaging with views one previously thought were stupid and false can bring you closer to the truth. After all, any atheist who ever became a Christian had to start somewhere to listen to a view he previously thought was both false and silly! So we can’t tell people, “Never change your mind radically about anything” much less “Never associate with people who strongly disagree with you,” or we’d be locking people up in falsehood in many cases. But at the same time, when I look at people who have something important right, I don’t like to see them talking as if what they have right is actually wrong. (See examples above.) It seems like the only “solution” (which really isn’t a solution) is to try to be clear about what one is saying and thinking all the time and, perhaps, to be willing to be a little more offensive in order to be clear.
- How Your View of God May Be Secular
- Masculinity and Marvel movies
- Dear Izzy: If your wife had been heavily pregnant, and you layed your boot into her stomach while she lay on the floor cowering in the foetal position, you would not be banned. If you had picked up your ex-girlfriend and hurled her into a garage door at 2am following an epic bender, you’d still be on track for your job. If you had only kicked the livin’ daylights out of an unconscious man lying in the gutter, outside a nightclub, you could have avoided this heartache you’re now in. But no, Izzy. You had to go all the way and do something so much worse than these acceptable misbehaviours: you shared the Bible’s message on your own social media page. Now that is unacceptable.
- Why young men are leaving evangelicalism
- Socratic Dialogue on Postmodernism
- … one of liberalism’s greatest successes was to domesticate Christianity, very cleverly, to make it safe for liberal politics. Instead of violently confronting Christian believers, or co-opting Christian figures (tactics that had been tried throughout history by Roman emperors, medieval kings, Enlightenment democrats, and countless others), liberalism colonized Christianity itself.
- Thucydides predicted that future generations would underestimate the power of Sparta. It built no great temples, left no magnificent ruins. Absent any tangible signs of the sway it once held, memories of its past importance would sound like ridiculous exaggerations. This is how I feel about New Atheism.
- Jordan Peterson: High Priest for a Secular Age
- Reforming Apologetics: The Light of Nature
- Babylon Bee: Increasingly Secular Nation Replaces Outdated Religious Ideas With Moral Judgements, End Times Prophecies
- Right Wing Nerds vs. the New Common Sense
Looking for some new stuff to watch on youtube related to apologetics? I’ve got some links for you. The first one I found out about from Capturing Christianity (many more good videos there)
- The Death of God, The Descent of Man, The Death of Humanity
- The Historical Reliability of the Gospels: A Response to the Influence of Bart Ehrman
- Why Is the Christian Subculture Still So ‘Mindless’?
- 9 Reasons Why Joseph of Arimathea Was a Real Historical Figure
- Study the Culture to Better Share the Gospel
- Remembering Death to Really Live
- Is Naturalism simpler than Theism? Some reflections on Graham Oppy’s “Best argument against God”
- The Mutant Says in His Heart, “There Is No God”
Note that I am getting married on Friday, and will be on my honeymoon for a few weeks. So don’t expect much activity from me. Also sorry about an earlier version of this post where the link to the Oppy page was broken.