Booker on Wilson’s Defense of Darwinism

Here is an insightful review by Chris Booker of Edward O. Wilson’s work, “the Social Conquest of Earth.” Wilson defends Darwinian evolution, attempting to explain certain social phenomena from that perspective. Booker, however, doesn’t buy it:

“Nothing is more comical about Darwinians than the contortions they get into in trying to explain those ‘altruistic’ aspects of human nature which might seem to contradict their belief that the evolutionary drive is always essentially self-centred (seen at its most extreme in Dawkins’s ‘selfish gene’ theory). Wilson’s thesis finally crumbles when he comes up with absurdly reductionist explanations for the emergence of the creative arts and religion. Forget Bach’s B Minor Mass or the deeper insights of the Hindu scriptures — as a lapsed Southern Baptist, he caricatures the religious instinct of mankind as little more than the stunted form of faith he escaped from.”

Check out the rest here:

via E.O. Wilson has a new explanation for consciousness, art & religion. Is it credible? » The Spectator.

Teacher Fired for Giving Student Bible

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Teacher Fired for Giving Student Bible | FOX News & Commentary: Todd Starnes.

When I read stuff like this its hard to believe that in my lifetime we said prayers over the intercom and recited the “Golden Rule” every day in class. Now, a substitute teacher who gives a Bible to a student who asked for it is fired. Or a pastor who would presume to preach God’s truth regarding marriage is shunned. America is making it clear that citizens who wear their faith on their sleeve, would dare to attempt to unite faith and practice, or would hold to the truth of God’s Word despite the prevailing public opinion will be ostracized. It seems tolerance is a one way street.

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Pop Goes Egalitarianism | Denny Burk

Three thoughts (see link to video below):

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1. I thought being Catholic meant and end to disunity? That’s what most Catholic apologists I’ve heard seem to indicate.

2. “Don’t listen to St. Paul” doesn’t exactly warm my heart to their message! Unless, by St. Paul they mean Pope John Paul, in which case, see No. 3.

3.  Why do they still want to be called Catholic? We have here an example of politically correct “progressivism” still clinging to the idea of traditionalism.

Pop Goes Egalitarianism | Denny Burk.

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What About Santa Claus?

English: Photo of Jonathan G. Meath portraying...

English: Photo of Jonathan G. Meath portraying Santa Claus. Date approximate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What should Christians think about Santa? Should we give up the Santa Clause thing? Before we answer such questions perhaps we should know the real story behind the red suit. For example, did you know that Santa was capable of this:

Arius was given plenty of time to articulate his views downgrading the greatness of Jesus. What happened next is told by the Athenian monk Damaskinos:

The emperor was sitting on his throne, flanked by 159 bishops to his left and 159 to his right. Arian was presenting his views with great vigor and detail. As Saint Nicholas observed the scene, the bishops listened to Arius in complete silence and without interrupting this discourse. Outraged, and prompted by his saintly vigor, he left his seat and walked up to Arius, faced him squarely and slapped his face.

St. Nick was a real individual, who helped others and love Jesus. He even confronted heretics and was tortured for his faith. Perhaps we can redeem the secularization of Santa for the glory of God. Read more here:

via Top 5 Christmas Clichés – Does Santa Claus Really Matter? | Parchment and Pen.

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Letter from Hobby Lobby CEO

English: Hobby Lobby store in Stow, OhioBelow is a letter written from Hobby Lobby‘s CEO David Green in light of the recent lawsuit they have filed against the Obama Administration which denied their request for an exemption for the healthcare mandate:

When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God’s word. From there,Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.

We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.

But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.

Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief.

So, Hobby Lobby – and my family – are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don’t like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.

My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American – and no American business – should have to make.
The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.

Since you will not see this covered in any of the liberal media, pass this on to all your contacts.

Sincerely,
David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc

So, one of the many outcomes of Obama’s big government policies is to force job creating, family owned and operated, businesses to pay huge fines, or forget their principles. For people of faith, the second is not an option. This is just the beginning of what this administration has to offer when it comes to religious freedom. Not a great start for the Obama administration in the quest to bring our economy back. In fact, it is these types of policies that will bring our country to the brink of economic crisis, and these types of mandates that begin to erode the freedoms upon which our country was founded.

So, this holiday season buy from Hobby Lobby. Let the staff know you’re grateful for their business, and right a letter do Mr. Green thanking him for sticking to his principles in the face of outright religious persecution. Let’s not stand for this.

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Thoughts on the Election

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I’ll be voting for Mitt Romney tomorrow. I believe as a responsible Christian this is my only choice. I disagree with those who refuse to vote for Mitt Romney because of his Mormonism (see here). And I think it is absurd to write Jesus into the ballot. Christ is king whether you write him in or not, so don’t waste your vote (see here).

In my opinion we have two options: one who opposes any restrictions on abortion or one who opposes abortion in almost every case; one who would re-define marriage or one who would uphold the biblical definition of marriage; one who leans toward socialism or one who believes in a free-market; big government control or less government control. For me the choice is clear. I choose the latter every time, and a vote for a third party or a failure to vote is in essence a vote for Obama, and such is unacceptable.

Having said that, I fundamentally disagree with a statement Mitt Romney recently made: “America is the hope of the world.” Likewise, there are those who right now consider a particular candidate the hope of America. Neither one is true. Alpha and Omega: Rev 1:7-8The only hope of this world and of America is Jesus Christ, and regardless of who wins tomorrow his command remains the same: repent and believe the gospel. Christ will return and judge all of humanity.

Also, regardless of who wins tomorrow, Christians can rest in the absolute sovereignty of God over all things. We must remember, it is God who causes leaders to raise and fall, and the hearts of kings are in his hand.

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” – Romans 13:1

“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will” – Proverbs 21:1

This should be of great comfort to believers. No matter what happens tomorrow, we can be confident that God is working all things together for the good of his people to bring about his perfect will (Romans 8:28). And above all, let us pray without ceasing for our country, our leaders and for God’s will to be done on earth as well as in heaven.

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