“But again, you’re tarring all Christians with the same brush, and that’s neither fair nor logi—”
“Look from the present to the past, then, Jonathan! What’s Church history but the unholy saga of oppression and wars over the faith—Christians from Venice looting Christians in Constantinople; the Spanish Inquisition burning heretics and Jews; Catholic armies versus Lutheran armies in the 1500s, drenching the countryside in blood; French Protestants getting massacred; witch trials from Joan of Arc to Salem, Massachusetts; and thousands of other grisly events in history—all in the name of the Lord! And what are green and orange doing to each other to this very day in that cesspool of religious fanaticism called Ireland? Can’t you see that what I’m doing is the most humanitarian gesture I could possibly offer the world?” Continue reading
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
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
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 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
I am a concerned American citizen who demands integrity from those who seek to lead our country.
— Andy Andrews, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, kindle location 307
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
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.”
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