Dreher's thesis in Live Not By Lies is that Western society, and America in particular, is sliding towards a soft totalitarianism. A totalitarian state is "one that aspires to nothing less than defining and controlling reality." Soft totalitarianism appeals to pleasure and comfort more than threats of pain and punishment. It's more Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and less George Orwell's 1984. This soft totalitarianism, argues Dreher, will be supported by a nexus of big business (Fortune 500 companies and others), big tech - social media, and consumer habit data collection mechanisms in … [Read more...] about Live Not By Lies
C.S. Lewis: "There is a story about a schoolboy who was asked what he thought God was like. He replied that, as far as he could make out, God was 'the sort of person who is always snooping around to see if anyone is enjoying himself and then trying to stop it'. And I am afraid that is the sort of idea that the word Morality raises in a good many people's minds: something that interferes, something that stops you having a good time. In reality, moral rules are directions for running the human machine." From Mere Christianity … [Read more...] about Is Morality about Interference or Direction?
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Fantastic post by Michael Patton, author of Now That I'm a Christian: What It Means to Follow Jesus. Patton writes: The central claims of the Bible demand historic inquiry, as they are based on public events that can be historically verified. In contrast, the central claims of all other religions cannot be historically tested and, therefore, are beyond falsifiability or inquiry. They just have to be believed with blind faith. … [Read more...] about Christianity, the World’s Most Falsifiable Religion
New from Dr. R.C. Sproul and Reformation Trust: Everyone's a Theologian. Each chapter is short enough to get through in one sitting. This is truly a systematic theology that any adult, young or old, can read and benefit from. See Professor David Murray's confession and commendation and learn more about the book. Update: Logos Bible Software is offering a pre-order discount on this resource. … [Read more...] about Everyone’s a Theologian: New from R.C. Sproul
David Murray, author of Christians Get Depressed Too: This series of films from HeadHeartHand Media presents five Christians with five very different stories of depression and of how God gave them hope and help to recover. Each 35-40 minute episode tells the story of one such Christian. Their reflections are intercut with interview footage from six counselors representing a wide range of Christian knowledge and experience. While the pain of depression is evident, the overall tone is hopeful and practical. We’re convinced that this holistic and biblical approach to depression will equip … [Read more...] about Christians Get Depressed Too