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Open To Truth

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Merely having an open mind is nothing.

The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.

Or as I’ve heard it once said, “Some people’s minds are so open, their brains have fallen out.”

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Pain And Gain

Another Olympics has just been and gone. I’ve always found it ironic that every 4 years, the world’s top athletes gather to compete in this the most rarefied of elite competitions and in doing so, get the rest of the world to drop their physical activity as they sit watching hours on end.

More profoundly, they didn’t get there by not trying. Quite the opposite. So much so that they have a whole team behind them dedicated to getting them there, especially their coach. With a single minded focus on their success, coaches push their athletes to their limits and beyond. You don’t win competitions resting on your limits. Success lies beyond the edges of it and the coach is instrumental to driving them there.

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Materialist Magicians

Not a day goes by without some bit of news which demonstrates the moral and intellectual strangeness of the times we live in. That “bit of news” may well be a conversation you have had with a someone at your work or in your class. With his usual brilliance, C.S. Lewis vividly and diabolically describes our day and there’s an article which nicely puts it in our context. Here’s a teaser…

“The West is a civilization in moral and intellectual freefall, not just because of materialism or pagan spirituality, but because of a paradoxical synthesis of the two—one that a devil named Screwtape predicted half a century ago.”

“C. S. Lewis, writing as the senior demon Screwtape, speculated that this day might come. When asked by Wormwood, his junior tempter nephew, whether devils should reveal themselves to humans, Screwtape replies that the High Command has forbidden this—at least for the present age: Continue Reading →

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Engaging Destructive People

Here are some interesting thoughts on identifying and engaging with destructive people. It’s July 30th’s entry in “Connect the Testaments” and is written by Rebecca Van Noord…

Some destructive people don’t realize the carnage they leave in their wake. Others intentionally cause rifts and pain, driven by selfish motives. Jude’s letter, which contains succinct prose, startling imagery, and a swift warning, is unlike anything we read in Scripture. The letter equipped early Christians to deal wisely with false teachers who had entered the church community. Today, it can provide us with wisdom to respond to some of the most difficult people and situations we encounter.

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Illogic On Show

“At present parents can choose to keep or destroy their disabled offspring only if the disability happens to be detected during pregnancy. There is no logical basis for restricting parents’ choice to these particular disabilities.
If disabled newborn infants were not regarded as having a right to life until, say, a week or a month after birth it would allow parents, in consultation with their doctors, to choose on the basis of far greater knowledge of the infant’s condition than is possible before birth.”
Practical Ethics, 2nd edition, Cambridge, 1993

In other words, parents should be allowed to kill their infant up to one month after birth.
While ghastly, the above statement is logically consistent with the belief that humans have no more dignity or worth than any other so called evolved animal. And as the founder of the animal rights movement, this is what Peter Singer believes and writes in “Practical Ethics”.

Bad ideas are weaponised when launched by a person of influence. Unfortunately, as a professor of Bioethics at Princeton University in America, Peter Singer is just that. This is yet another example of why one should spend more time on someone’s statement than their qualifications. Continue Reading →

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Religion And Wars

Jihadist violence, it’s becoming disturbingly frequent. So frequent, it threatens to numb our collective minds to its presence, let alone its sheer brutality like the throat slitting of Father Jacques Hamel.

Even so, its persistence has generated reactions, some of which are ill-informed…

“When will we realise that the concessions we have made to faith in our political discourse prevent us from even speaking about, much less uprooting, the most prolific source of violence in our history?”
Sam Harris regarding religion in the book “End of Faith”, 2004.

“And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”
Barack Obama regarding Christianity in light of recent Islamic violence as previously discussed here.

So, religion, including Christianity is the most prolific source of human violence. Really? Continue Reading →

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