The temptation to put “self” first…

We face a danger that is creeping in like a tide, rising with each passing moment, making the spot we are standing on in danger of becoming an island. It is a tide of temptation to put “self” first, to rate personal happiness before all else, to claim our “rights” as our basic platform and “search for fulfillment” as our purpose in life. It is hard not to become infected with some sort of breathing trouble, when surrounded by terribly polluted air. Continue reading

Cognitive faculties of human beings…

Embracing the grand evolutionary view that the sensory organs and cognitive faculties of human beings are the result of random and purposeless natural process raises an issue of trust regarding that which is observed. Does one’s observations and thoughts actually correspond to reality? As a matter of reasonable practice, a person doesn’t typically accept the idea that information, knowledge, and truth can come from a random, accidental source. How can such rational enterprises as logic, mathematics, and science be reasonably justified when the human brain and mind are the result of a non rational, mindless accident? Naturalism, in effect, purports that life, the mind, person hood, and reason came from a source that lacked each of these profound faculties and qualities. This would certainly be an effect much greater than its cause!

Kenneth Richard Samples, from Without a Doubt, kindle location 152

The people are responsible for the character of their Congress…

Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.

James A. Garfield, quoted by Andy Andrews in How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, kindle location 358

History shows that any people who are sheeplike…

History shows that any people who are sheeplike in following their leadership (so long as their personal self-interests are satisfied) may one day awaken to find that their nation has changed in dramatic ways.

Andy Andrews, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, kindle location 329

The punishment which the wise suffer…

The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.

Plato, quoted by Andy Andrews in How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, kindle location 60

This view of the chivalrous Saladin…

As Robert Irwin pointed out, “In Britain, there ha[s] been a long tradition of disparaging the Crusaders as barbaric and bigoted warmongers and of praising the Saracens as paladins of chivalry. Indeed, it is widely believed that chivalry originated in the Muslim East. The most perfect example of Muslim chivalry was, of course, the twelfth-century Ayyubid Sultan Saladin.”

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Charges leveled against Christian missionaries…

Perhaps the most bizarre of all the charges leveled against Christian missionaries (along with colonialists in general) is that they “imposed modernity” on much of the non-Western world. It has long been the received wisdom among anthropologists and other cultural relativists that by bringing Western technology and learning to “native peoples,” the missionaries corrupted their cultures, which were as valid as those of the West. Continue reading