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January 31, 2012

Christopher Hitchens’ leap of faith
On how little science actually knows about the universe

In his commentary on Christopher Hitchens’ death, John Ransom makes the interesting point that the problem with people like Hitchens is that they make skepticism an end in itself rather than as the means to something. “I believe that the things you do in life to bolster faithfulness; the things you do in life to support belief in anything or…

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January 28, 2012

David Noebel on Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens, one of the “four horsemen" of atheism (the others being Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett), succumbed to cancer just before Christmas. Of the four, Hitchens seems to have been the one Christian philosophers liked the best—he could be mean but he was also quick-witted, and funny. He was honest, too. Before his death he told Mark…

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January 25, 2012

Why people resent Tebow, and why Tebow doesn’t mind

Whatever else you think about Tim Tebow, he has certainly raised the bar for what it takes to be admired as an NFL player, and as a person. This sort of raising-of-the-bar happens a lot in sports, and in life. Before Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile, everyone who was fast enough to approach that record was a hero. Once…

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January 22, 2012

Tim Tebow: Hero or anti-hero?

Each year the Grammys offer Americans a peek into the bizarre lives of America’s celebrities. For sheer bizarreness it’s hard to beat Lady Gaga’s arrival at last year’s Grammys in a large egg. During the program she "hatched" and performed a dance number called Born This Way, a celebration of homosexuality.

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January 19, 2012

The kind of memorial we should all seek

Just finished reading James Madison by Richard Brookhiser. Brookhiser confirmed something I've believed and shared with audiences for many years: Madison is viewed as the Father of the Constitution for one very simple reason that is very close to my professor's heart. He was the only guy taking really good notes.

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January 17, 2012

God’s petty jealousy?

Oprah used to be a Baptist until she heard a pastor describe God as "jealous." Merriam-Webster defines "jealous" as "intolerant of rivalry or unfaithfulness." It’s not a bad characteristic, but it’s also not something people brag about: "What an amazing person—she’s so jealous!" Oprah’s theology doesn’t allow for negative vibes created by words like jealousy, so she walked away from…

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January 15, 2012

Anarchy in America

For now, though, the OWS movement seems to be winding down. Maybe it’s just because it’s cold out­side. But many com­mentators suspect that it is because the protesters don’t have enough horsepower to create a movement. Kevin D. Williamson in the National Review (Oct. 31, 2011, p. 18) says, "The protesters do not know what they want, they do not…

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January 13, 2012

How did math become so interesting?

I’ve always found inspiration in ag­nostic scientist Robert Jastrow’s statement about the limits of science: "For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountain of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he…

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January 11, 2012

If you can’t teach them to read and write, maybe you can at least teach them not to hit girls

Nothing illustrates the collapse of Secular Humanist visions of utopia quite like the painful way educational experiments reveal their bankruptcy to the world. Heather MacDonald in The Weekly Standard (Oct. 31, 2011, p. 17) details the latest in educational malpractice:

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January 09, 2012

A special note to families preparing for college visits this spring:

Prof. Oskar Gruenwald in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (2011, pp. 16-17) notes that "truth, freedom, and virtue are the quintessential aspects of the human striving for excellence and self-understand­ing as prerequisites for a more felicitous social life. These are also the irreplaceable ideals for a higher education which can empower individuals to discern what is true, good, and beautiful."

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January 07, 2012

Secular humanists wonder: If you can’t beat Christians, can you pass laws to make them go away?

Pitirim Sorokin once commented that when a particular worldview is in its death throes, it redoubles its viciousness. I’m no prophet, but I don’t have to be one to see that many secular humanists, faced with the crumbling foundation of their worldview, will redouble their efforts in 2012 to trying to legislate Christianity (and Christian ethics) out of existence.

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January 05, 2012

Join me for Summit’s 50th Anniversary Winter Conference for Adults

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to share these results with Dr. Del Tackett’s (host of the Truth Project) Sunday school class. One lady asked, "Do you have this kind of training for adults?" I’m pleased to say that we do indeed.

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January 03, 2012

Research about the success of Summit Ministries

In my column for the January Journal I had the pleasure of revealing some of the research about the success of Summit Ministries with young people over the years. All glory to God for this. I can’t imagine any parent looking at this and saying, "Nah, that’s not for our family." Together let’s make 2012 a year of invigorating efforts…

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