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‘Scientific’ Rubbish–and Why We Believe It

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Would Mr. Spock ever lie to you?

How do we wind up believing in all-knowing, all-wise space aliens, human evolution into supermen, and intergalactic travel?

In Scientific Mythologies: How Science and Science Fiction Forge New Religious Beliefs, author James Herrick explained exactly how. I reviewed his book in 2015.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/a-review-of-scientific-mythologies

We may not be able to provide everyone in America with a solid scientific education, but we can certainly load them up on science fiction, dumbed-down popular science, and sheer mythology. Herrick abundantly demonstrates that the “science” that has so many people in awe of it is hardly science at all–it’s mostly TV.

Forget about observing nature, collecting data, studying what’s been observed, subjecting it to verifiable experiments, and then coming up with a theory or an explanation that fits the facts–who has time for all that? And it’s boring! So much more enlightening to have some Hollywood celebrity lecture you on “climate change.” Or some actor who played a space alien in a Star Trek movie.

This is a thick, meaty book, jam-packed with information. You can learn a lot by reading it.

And you will be able to answer the question, “When is ‘science’ not science?”


Beyond Putrid: Dem Books for the Kiddies

(Photo originally from National Review)

Coming soon to the children’s section of your local public library, and paid for with the tax money that you worked for–

The ABCs of AOC: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from A to Z

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by the eminent historian, Chelsea Clinton

Nevertheless, She Persisted by Elizabeth Warren

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Makes Her Mark

Muslim Girls Rise, featuring Ilhan Omar

These and others like them will soon be crowding less awful books off the shelves (https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/childrens-books-heavy-handed-politics/). And let’s not forget their 2016 forerunner, Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead.

Nominating people for sainthood while they’re still alive is, well, tacky, don’t you think? And nominating live politicians for sainthood is grotesque. But the libs are coming for your children’s minds, and to them there’s no such thing as “too early for this s***.”

How did it turn out that just about everything that has the word “public” in its title is actually hostile to the public, contemptuous of the public, and working to undermine the public’s best interests? This includes, sadly, our public libraries. The people who run them despise us. They want to saddle us with left-wing tyrants.

I think I need a barf bag.


‘C.S. Lewis and the Deplorable Word’ (2016)

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“If I can’t rule the world, then there won’t be a world!”

Having lived through two world wars, C.S. Lewis understood the temptations of nihilism and the rage of those who reached for absolute power but couldn’t grasp it. He wrote about it several times–in The Chronicles of Narnia and in That Hideous Strength are two examples that come to mind.

https://leeduigon.com/2016/01/03/c-s-lewis-and-the-deplorable-word/

Go ahead–tell me we don’t have politicians and “leaders” today who’d just as soon destroy the world, if they’re not allowed to rule it.

But God won’t let them.


‘I’ve Won Another Award!’ (2014)

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There it is–the silver medal.

It’s nice to get some recognition, now and then. In 2014 The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, Book No. 2 of my Bell Mountain series, won a silver medal in the Global E-Book Awards.

https://leeduigon.com/2014/08/18/ive-won-another-award/

The year before, Bell Mountain itself won a bronze.

See? Official and bona fide proof that my books are worth your time! I’m sure these awards aren’t like the Oscars, where they sometimes give Best Picture to the worst picture. If you haven’t read ’em yet… well, c’mon!


‘Literary Crimes’ (2015)

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Maybe it’s old-fashioned to insist on certain standards in the art of fiction. But what happens when you chuck those standards out the window–ugh!

https://leeduigon.com/2015/08/13/literary-crimes/

No one who has ever tried to write for publication has been able to avoid being mystified by the abundance of really awful stuff out there. This will continue to mystify us till the end of time.

But then we wouldn’t know what literary crimes are, if they didn’t get published so often.

The only thing I haven’t seen is a good writer purposely trying to write dreck, thinking poor quality is the key to achieving publication.


A Great Christian Thinker–from India

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Sometimes the assignments I get from Chalcedon are just so good!

I’ve been asked to read and review This Book Changed Everything, by Vishal Mangalwadi. I’ve only just started reading it, but I can’t wait till I finish to tell you how wonderful it is.

Mangalwadi’s personal knowledge and experience of Hinduism and Buddhism, and life in India, have led him to Christianity–and given him a unique perspective on it. He profoundly understands the dangers of the “post-truth” game being played today by Western intellectuals, and analyzes and explains these dangers clearly and with grace.

The core of his thinking is easy to explain in just a few simple words. You won’t need a degree in philosophy to follow him. Let me briefly sum it up for you:

God is! And He has revealed Himself–and our own selves also–in a book that changed the world: the Bible.

Don’t wait for me to read it and write a full review of it, to be published by Chalcedon. Get it for yourself and read it now. Educating, edifying, and enlightening–Mangalwadi’s work is a gift of God to all the world–by way of India.

Can the West be brought back to Christ by the work of missionaries from countries that the Western missionaries visited so long ago, and taught the Bible to the people of those countries?

It seems like just the sort of thing God loves to do.


‘The Narnia Code’ by Michael Ward–and ‘Bell Mountain’

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In 2011 I reviewed this book for Chalcedon, The Narnia Code by Michael Ward, chaplain of St. Peter’s College, Oxford–who said, “The Narnia books are much more Christian than we’ve realized.”

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/book-review-the-narnia-code-by-michael-ward

He also said this: “If only we had eyes to see it, we would notice the divine plan in seemingly meaningless events.”

Less than an hour before I read this, I was writing of Obst, the teacher, and Obst had this thought: The wind of heaven is blowing all sorts of people in all different directions, and to us it looks like chaos and confusion: but not to God. God never loses His grip on the reins of history, and He guides it where He will.

I’ve always said my Bell Mountain books are smarter than I am; and Obst certainly is. It’s not like I consciously think these things up and then put the words in my characters’ mouths. Those are words God gives me.

For which I give Him all the glory.


‘A Potboiler with a Vision’ (2013)

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Bob Abbett’s covers were my favorites.

I love the “Barsoom” novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Not just because they’re fantastic escape reading, and no end of fun–but sometimes he also came out with something wise and prescient.

https://leeduigon.com/2013/06/11/a-potboiler-with-a-vision/

Synthetic Men of Mars is one of those books that gets smarter as you grow older. If you haven’t read it since you were a teenager, read it again now. It’ll blow you away.

The image of the uncontrollably expanding shapeless mass in Vat Room #4 will stay with you for a long time to come.


‘Are My Books Biased?’ (2013) (Re-run)

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There was a prominent book reviewer in 2013 who wouldn’t review my books because, he said, they were too full of Calvinism.

https://leeduigon.com/2018/01/10/are-my-books-biased-2013/

This reviewer makes a big thing of being a former Calvinist, till he saw the error of his ways and converted to Catholicism. I never heard that he reviewed books only written by Catholics. All I know is, he won’t review books written by me.

So here we go again, having to point out the bleeding obvious: the Temple in Obann is not the Roman Catholic Church; it’s the Temple in Obann and nobody in it ever even heard of Catholics or Protestants.

I’m just sorry my Aunt Betty, a scholar and a nun, died before my books were published. I would have loved to hear her insights!


My Newswithviews Column, July 4 (‘C.S. Lewis Nailed It’)

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Holy moly, it’s not Saturday–it’s Thursday! What with all those doctor visits, and then me crashing and burning yesterday with allergies, I went to bed last night feeling like it had already been Friday. Anyway, it’s time for Newswithviews.

C.S. Lewis Nailed It

If you haven’t yet read That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis, you ought to go ahead and read it now. You’ll be amazed by how clearly he was able to see our own problems of 2019 when he wrote the book in 1943. It’s the third book of a trilogy, but I’ve never had a problem with reading it on its own.

For liberalism, leftism, call it what you will, is a satanic project aimed at un-creating God’s creation.

That’s why they have to be defeated.


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