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 Abandoned buildings in Detroit Four years ago, someone predicted an all out attack on the Church. He traveled to Greece to show the fallout from anarchists, economic instability, battles between law enforcement and inner city residents, a raging heroin epidemic, and it reminded me of our inner city problems today. He predicted many times the eruption of […]

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The Death of Discipline

 

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We’ve all been caught up in conversations about the state of America. The focus is often about materialism, decadence, anti-religious activity and denigration of this country. One aspect of the American value system that has suffered major damage is the lack of understanding of and appreciation for the characteristic of self-discipline. The loss of self-discipline has been devastating to the integrity and health of our society.

Attributes usually associated with self-discipline are self-restraint, following the rules, keeping promises, and determination. It’s a sign of inner strength, respect for, and a commitment to, society. When we develop self-discipline, we are developing moral character.

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It hulks in that suburban wasteland between business and residential districts. Constructed of those long, very narrow bricks glazed with a dull iridescence resembling the film on stagnant sewage, the great blockish beast hunkers down on its haunches, beetling its craggy, square brows at you. A paragon of brutalism, it is a building brutally windowless. […]

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Is it possible that we are looking in the wrong direction for the restoration of our country?  Is it possible that it is an opportunity, like a mirror being held up to the world like so many countries throughout history, and that a country is capable of turning around when its rogue leadership is humbled?  We […]

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Lest there be any well-intentioned persons who do not perceive the difference…between religion and the cant of religion, piety and the pretence of piety, a humble reverence for the great truths of Scripture and an audacious and offensive obtrusion of its letter and not its spirit in the commonest dissensions and meanest affairs of life, […]

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I came across this video today in response to the @paddysiochain post today on St. Francis. Everyone is so worried about the future, the election, of world events. I am of Polish/Ukrainian descent. I was ignorant of many things, including what happened to Poland, how quickly things went south in Europe prior to WWII, and how […]

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I just found the following post on American Thinker, and before I finished reading it, I thought, “I know some other people who might find this interesting!”.  The title is A Diatribe  Against Baseless Neutrality  and Blind Compromise , by AJ Castellitto.  It’s fairly long, but worth your time, I hope. Preview Open

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This is not a set for the next Ghostbusters movie or a Halloween headline joke. Sure, why not build a monument – an entry point, for the demons of hell, like New York City doesn’t have enough problems! The original Arch to the demonic god Baal was constructed in Syria 1800 years ago and was […]

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My guess is the average person will tell you that economics is about money. A more well-informed person may say that it’s about allocating resources under conditions of scarcity. But I like the answer I’ve heard from Russ Roberts, that it’s about how to get the most out of life. I like this summary because […]

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Blood Red Moon Over Israel in 2015   Today was a strange day in an otherwise normal year (not). I listen to the radio driving around for work. Today’s message on Fox talk radio was how Americans are losing or have lost their faith in God. Many no longer believe in God, or don’t have time for […]

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With all the stress that Ricochettis are experiencing, I feel compelled to suggest practicing meditation as part of your daily routine. Before you roll your eyes, I’d like to explain many of the misconceptions about meditation, followed by the facts. Misconceptions Preview Open

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Sunday, October 13, 1917, just after mid-day, was no ordinary Sunday. Three little children, Lucia dos Santos, Jacinta Marto, and Francisco Marto had already witnessed three apparitions from the Virgin Mary, who appeared to them four times, from July to October, 1917 and always on the 13th. These apocalyptic visions and messages were about dire future […]

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On Monday, June 27th, a federal judge ruled that clerks in Mississippi may not cite their religious beliefs as justification for denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves’ ruling came just days before a new law, HB 1523, was set to take effect that protected such religious objections. The editorial board […]

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Augustine is not a Christian Platonist! He doesn’t think sex is bad! The evil City of Man is not politics! It’s a shame we know so little about Augustine, and that myths about him are so persistent. In light of that (and as another excuse for shamelessly advertising my book, The Conversion and Therapy of Desire: […]

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The holiday of Shavuot, which celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai, is just about here, and instead of the Torah portion, I discussed Shavuot today with my Torah partner. Part of celebrating Shavuot is reading the Book of Ruth. I don’t want to take you through the whole story, but Ruth is IMHO a […]

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Hillary Clinton proudly calls herself a committed, old-fashioned Methodist. So says Paul Kengor, a man who wrote a book on the faith of Mrs. Clinton titled God and Hillary Clinton: A Spiritual Life. But, as Dr. Kengor tells us, Hillary now has a church problem. One of the reasons Herself felt so “comfortable” in the Methodist […]

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I have been working my way through a book called THE FAITH OF CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, which was written by Larry Alex Taunton.  It has so far been a good read, which gives well-researched background information on what possibly made Hitchens the man, the anti-theist, and the public intellectual that he became. The interesting thing is […]

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A Jewish Atheist for a More Christian America

 

shutterstock_222016312A few years ago I got sucked into a LinkedIn college alumni chat group where political discussions were going on. For the most part, the participants were smart, articulate adults, not college students, all of whom, moreover, had endured the famously rigorous classical core curriculum of our alma mater. Nonetheless, in due course, every Media Matters talking point and lunatic piece of campus-Marxist SJW nonsense was trotted out one by one and presented as revealed truth requiring no further proof. These debates — which were heated but civil by Internet standards — went on for close to two years before they finally succumbed to a combination of acrimony and the meddling and censorship of the university’s busybody apparatchiks who ran the thing. Apparently, people don’t like to have their core beliefs about the world subjected to critical scrutiny and found wanting. No minds were changed. It was, on the whole, a depressing experience.

Anyone who has ever engaged in political debate must at some point have come to the conclusion that such arguments are pointless. In the long history of political debate, from the Athenian assembly to the lamentable farce that is the so-called World’s Greatest Deliberative Body, no fully-formed adult human has ever walked away from the experience a convert to the opposing position. When conversions do happen, as with Irving Kristol or David Mamet, they are the result not of rational inquiry, but of protracted mugging by reality. You can’t reason a man out of something he wasn’t reasoned into, and politics, like religion, falls into the category of things whose core precepts are not susceptible to rational interrogation.

Which brings me to my subject – the relationship between politics and religion in America. My claim is that the demise of traditional American political values – democracy, individual liberty and limited government – has a lot to do with the decline of traditional Christianity in the United States. I make this claim as a strong partisan of traditional American political values, but as a disinterested nonpartisan when it comes to traditional Christianity. The title of this post is a bit of an overstatement – I am not really a committed atheist. I am, however, as close to an atheist as it is possible to be while still remaining agnostic. I don’t have a God in this fight, in other words.