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Divine Goodness

As my loyal readers will know, I have often tried to use this space to combat what I have perceived to be the intellectual vacuity exemplified by much of the blogosphere. However, to only inflict upon my readers my own thoughts and musings would not only prove these efforts to be both supremely arrogant and an exercise in intellectual masturbation.

To rectify this error, I begin by posting a short excerpt from C.S. Lewis. Lewis not only demonstrates an incredible style, but his incisiveness and skill at apologetics impress upon this author the crudeness of my own attempts at such writing. This work remains copyrighted, and I reproduce this excerpt here in the hope that upon considering it, some readers will be encouraged to delve further into Lewis' body of work. As the recent feature film will I am sure prove, Lewis is all too often grossly underestimated as being nothing more than the sum of his fiction writing such as The Chronicles of Narnia. His most powerful work will …

Listening to Freddie Mercury

by Emery

Every once in a while I think I’m lying
Take it to the bank; I believe every word I say
Then again this is when you start your prying
But there’s a thought it could be true
But this just isn’t how I imagined it would be

With these random people just asking the most personal things
And to think that somehow I could always come clean
And you shake your head just like you know what I mean

You’re a Christian tell the sinner to find repentance it’s your last chance
You believer where’s your patience?
Answer questions put on faces
What about God?
For you and for me, what about God?
All have fallen short.

(To see if it’s right or wrong to listen to this song, I don’t want you too)
(To see if you’re okay with all the words I say; it can’t be this way)
Somehow, someone is more equal than others
Depending on the words we choose to say

A glance at her too long tonight
But everything I am saying is right in your ears
We are all the sisters and the brothers
Until we find we don’t believe the same


Gary is g…

Sex, Sex, Sex...

Harry had it right.Men and women can’t just be friends; sex always gets in the way.And if it doesn’t, there’s sure to be some busybody to come along and make sure it does.Why is it that “faith based conservatives” treat their own young people as purely sexual beings? We object to the oversexualization of our popular culture, and yet we succumb to it in dealing with young people. Something there about mixed messages?
I'm thinking in particular of a new rule created at a so-called Christian coffeeshop, which has been imposed on patrons of said shop, that says that people hanging out there can't go out and walk around town, after 7:30, unless the group consists of at least 2 girls and one guy. Apparently you need at least one guy so that the helpless girls don't get mugged, and at least two girls to protect each other from their guy protector??
My problem with this rule has less to do with it per se, it's stupid, so what. I don't even object as strenuously to the fact t…

An excerpt from Franky Schaeffer

In his excellent book, Addicted to Mediocrity, 20th Century Christians and the Arts, Franky Schaeffer writes:

"In looking at the diversity of the Scripture itself as well as its contents and form, one can hardly imagine that the Bible has anything to do with the present narrow theological sloganeering aspects of evangelical Christianity. It seems to me that if the Bible had been written along the lines of what much of evangelical Christianity represents today, instead of being the full comprehensive wonderful Book of diversity, beauty, knowledge, truth, wisdom, it would be a three page pamphlet printed on pink paper (because pink sells), possibly with a scratch and sniff section on the back to stimulate some spiritual experience while reading it. In contrast, the real Bible, the Word of GOd, is solid, human, verifiable, divine indeed." - Franky Shaeffer

God Is Dead...

One of my favorite philosophers is Friederich Nietzsche.Not in spite of his statement that ‘God is dead and we have killed him,” but because of it.However, many Christians are afraid of reading and seriously thinking about the thorny issues presented in a philosopher who is not so easy to refute with the Sunday School answers with which the modern church has equipped us to engage our culture.No longer should Christians be afraid to dialogue on scary topics that aren’t easy to defeat.These issues require more attention, not less, since themes of post-modernism, existentialism and nihilism pervade the worldview of our age.The church is stuck in a modernistic system, and unless it adapts it will become irrelevant.We must continue to be able to fight for absolute truth against any wind of philosophy that affects our world.Unlike most logic based philosophers who deny any higher power, Nietzsche actually is internally coherent.Any philosophy which creates a system of morality must rely on …

Sorry Cindy, I'm Not Convinced

Cindy Sheehan Arrested in Protest Outside White House.

I'm sorry Cindy, but if you're looking for provocative ways to protest an unjust war, you'll have to think very hard before you can come up with something new. Getting arrested for sitting on a sidewalk will not make you a martyr. Unless you can find a way to top this:

you'll just be imitating the great protests of the 1960s. Better luck next time. Perhaps the anti-war advocates are waiting for the price of gas to go down before they try self-immolation.


"[Kipling] sees clearly that men can only be highly civilized while other men, inevitably less civilised, are there to guard and feed them." - George Orwell

The Complete Collection of Rudyard Kipling's Poems

You must read The Betrothed, The Virginity, Gunga Din, The Grave of the Hundred Head, If, and just for fun, The Female of the Species.

When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.
- The Young British Soldier -

Go Tell The Spartans, Stranger Passing By, That Here, Obedient To Their Laws, We Lie

I don't usually write book reviews, as they often help comprise the banality that is typical of most web logs, however this book is so unique and enjoyable that I will make an exception.

For the student of ancient or of military histories, this book is especially recommended. Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield, is the self-described Epic Novel of the battle of Thermopylae, where Leonidas and several thousand Greeks held off the two million man Persian invasion, and in doing so, guaranteed themselves a place in immortality. The book has the realistic feel of works like Black Hawk Down, as it includes details of Spartan life and military training. It definately breathes life into historical accounts of the battle, allowing the reader to come much closer in spirit to the Lakedaimonians (Spartans).

One word of caution: This is a book which takes a realistic look at the brutality of ancient warfare. As such, don't expect the characters to speak for polite company whilst hacking eac…

I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon them!

Seeing as I haven't posted much recently, I went digging through old writings and came up with this. The news it is based on is old, but the underlying theme is timeless. The original news stories can be found here:AIDs Scare Shuts Down Porn Films
Porn Again
"O Daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed..."

"While surfing the usual news sites one day earlier last week, CNN, Drudge, Ananova, etc, I noticed an intriguing article.I began following the story as it developed, and felt compelled to respond."See, apparently there has been an outbreak on HIV/Aids in the adult film industry in California.So far two porn actors have tested positive, and about 75% of the industry has shut itself down in a voluntary quarantine, ceasing production until further testing can be completed.

"Now the first reaction of many Christians probably ran something like this."'Well, it’s about time.The Almighty is punishing them for their wicked commerce.Isn’t it great that…

In Empathy With The People of London

Editor's Comments: As many of you know, London saw four bombings today during rush hour, in its mass-transit system. While I'm sure the people of Britain will carry on with the resolve that has seen them through two World Wars and decades of homegrown terrorism, our thoughts and prayers go out to them. As NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani said, after 9/11, New Yorkers looked for strength to the great people who live in our ally across the pond, and for the example of strength through adversity they have set for their fellow man, we are eternally grateful.
"I say to the House as I said to ministers who have joined this government, I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many months of struggle and suffering. "You ask, what is our policy? I say it is to wage war by land, sea, and air. War with all our might and with all the strength God has given us, and to wage war against a monstrou…

A Shoutout To My Friends in Loudoun County

"What I hadn't realized was that government is morally wrong.
"The whole idea of government is this: If enough people get together and act in concer, they can take something and not pay for it. And here, in small-town New Hampshire, in this veritable world's capital of probity, we were about to commit just such a theft. If we could collect sufficient votes in favor of special town meetings about sewers, we could make a golf course and condominium complex disappear for free. We were going to use our suffrage to steal a fellow citizen's property rights. We weren't even going to take the manly risk of holding him up at gunpoint.
"Not that there's anything wrong with our limiting growth. If we Blatherboro residents don't want a golf course and condominium complex, we can go buy that land and not build them. Of course, to buy the land, we'd have to borrow money from the bank, and to pay the bank loan, we'd have to do something profitable w…

Thank YOU Jon Stewart

As many of you know, The Daily Show June 27th Episode featured Jon Stewart's interview with Hanna Rosin, author of a New Yorker article about PHC. A full transcript appears below.

Jon Stewart: Welcome Back, my guest tonight, a reporter from the Washington Post and the author of an article in the June 27th issue of the New Yorker called “God and Country.” Please welcome to the program Hanna Rosin.

Nice to see you, come and sit down.

Let’s get to it, the article is “God and Country,” tell me what you did for the article.

Hanna Rosin: So I spent about three months at a place called Patrick Henry College which is a college in Virginia which is supposed to be like a Harvard for Homeschoolers. It’s a school designed for Conservative homeschooled Christian kids and its supposed to train them for “careers of influence” is how they put it, and that mostly means politics. So it hooks them up with internships in Washington, they work in Congress, a lot of them work in the White House and you k…

Jaffa Versus Mansfield

Does America Have A Constitutional or A "Declaration of Independence" Soul?By Thomas G. West.Posted November 29, 2002This essay* appeared in Perspectives on Political Science 31 (Fall 2002), 235-46. Reprinted The Claremont Institute.What were the original principles of the American Constitution? Are those principles true?Many historians and political scientists write about the first question. Scholars are never shy about telling us what happened in the dead-and-gone eighteenth century. But few of them think it is even worth discussing whether the Founders' principles are true. For example, in a review of my book Vindicating the Founders, historian Joseph Ellis accuses me of having committed "sins of presentism." My error, as he cleverly puts it, is believing "that ideas are like migratory birds that can take off in the eighteenth century and land intact in our time." Ellis does not even try to refute the Founders' principles or their arguments, su…