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

5 Myths about Science

Myth #1: Science gives us more certain knowledge than philosophy or theology.
Myth #2: It is never rational to go against the views of the overwhelming percentage of experts in an area of science.
Myth #3: The success of science shows that other fields like philosophy and theology do not provide us with knowledge of reality.
Myth #4: The advances in neuroscience have shown that consciousness is merely physical states in the brain and that there is no need to postulate a spooky thing like a soul.
Myth #5: The church doesn’t need to teach parishioners about science; its job is to focus on the spiritual and moral lives of people.

J. P. Moreland, from 5 Myths about Science

Resist the Tyranny of Tolerance…

As Christians who care about truth and want to love our neighbors well as people made in the image of God, what are we to do? Here are three practical steps you can take to resist the Tyranny of Tolerance.

  1. Recognize the new moral code being imposed in our culture today.
  2. Prepare today for the conversations that are coming tomorrow.
  3. Stand up when you have the opportunity to graciously push back when your Christian convictions are challenged.

Jonathan Morrow, from 3 Practical Steps to Resist the Tyranny of Tolerance