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Book Review: ‘Crimes of the Educators’

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Chalcedon has published my review of Crimes of the Educators, by Samuel Blumenfeld and Alex Newman.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/book-review-crimes-of-the-educators

Sam Blumenfeld was one of the pioneers of homeschooling in America, and he worked his heart out teaching phonics and trying to undo the havoc wrought on young minds by the faddish “whole language” method, which left so many of its victims illiterate. But that–which some of the education theorists who pushed it now admit has been a “disaster”–is only one of public education’s multitude of crimes.

It would be hard to name another institution which has done more harm to our country than public education–although our nooze media are doing their utmost to catch up.

Anyhow, it’s all in the book review. Happy landings.


‘One of the Best Fantasies Ever–But Handle with Care’ (2015)

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You need to be in touch with your inner adult…

How many of you have actually read Peter Pan? Trust me, it’s nothing like the Disney movie. In fact, it’s like nothing else you’ve ever read.

https://leeduigon.com/2015/05/26/one-of-the-best-fantasies-ever-but-handle-with-care/

It may seem strange, on a Christian blog, to see any recommendation for such a thoroughly pagan book. I don’t think reading it will wipe out your faith. But reading it and thinking about it, reading it with discernment, may be very instructive.

There’s death at the bottom of it. I don’t know if author James M. Barrie taught that lesson on purpose, or whether this is yet another of those many books that are smarter than their authors. But you won’t find a more honest treatment of what the promises of “magic” boil down to.

Today Peter Pan would be a Democratic Socialist.


‘Survey That Says Christianity is Failing Gets Failing Grade from Critics’

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Lent is just around the corner, and then Easter; and we can expect our fat-head nooze media to come out with their annual announcement that Christianity is just about finished in America.

Here’s how they tried it back in 2009.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/survey-that-says-christianity-is-failing-gets-failing-grade-from-critics

This is a “survey” which Dr. Rodney Stark at Baylor University described succinctly as “Baloney!” The nooze media, though, elbowed each other for room on the bandwagon.

Also covered herein is the exercise in shabby liberalism known as the 2009 National Pastors Conference. “The truth is that almost everybody believes in God,” says Dr. Stark. But libs within the church are trying hard to steer that belief away from the true God of the Bible toward some kind of wifty-pifty idol they’ve invented.

There’s no doubt at all that the usual suspects will be up to their usual tricks again this Easter.

And this is our opportunity to speak up loud and clear, for all the world to hear: Jesus Christ is Lord of lords and King of kings, now and forever, and the one and only Savior. Get ready, take a deep breath… and let ‘er rip.


‘I Almost Review “The Last Banquet”‘ (2013)

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You know a writer’s getting desperate when he reviews his own book. Such was my situation a few years ago. No one else would do it at the time, so I had to.

https://leeduigon.com/2013/02/21/i-almost-review-the-last-banquet/

Oddly enough, The Last Banquet seems to be the book most tapped by readers as their favorite in the Bell Mountain series. Well, I was rather clever with the ending, wasn’t I? Sorry, there I go again.


Was King Arthur a Winner or a Failure?

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I reviewed J.R.R. Tolkien’s posthumously published book, The Fall of Arthur, for Chalcedon a few years ago–one of my better articles, if I do say so myself.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/review-of-tolkiens-the-fall-of-arthur

Much as I cringe at having to take issue with Tolkien, I can’t help it. I think he’s wrong for looking at the fall of Arthur rather than his long-term legacy. Our own time, that we live in every day, would be very different, had there been no Arthur in the 6th century. We do have many serious problems; but it would be worse, I think, much worse, had Arthur never lived.

What–am I crazy?

Read the review and see.


Antichrist’s Jive ‘Christians’

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The clever men at Oxford

Know all that there is to be knowed.

But they none of them know one half as much

As intelligent Mr. Toad!

When Mr. Toad brags about his intellectual attainments, we think it’s funny and we laugh, because it’s only Mr. Toad, a fictional character. But it’s not so funny when the real, live clever men at Oxford and other dives of “higher education” do the same.

Biblical Archaeology Magazine this month is advertising a book, Jesus and After, produced by the savants at University of Massachusetts at Amherst. “What lies at the bottom of the highly stratified Biblical texts from the First Century?” one asks.

Answers Stephen W. Durrant from the University of Oregon:

“The author has accomplished something rare in this outstanding book… Freed from such ‘stumbling blocks’ as the doctrines of blood atonement and bodily resurrection, the original Christian teaching shines forth with simplicity and directness.”

“For the preaching of the cross,” observed St. Paul, “is to them that perish foolishness” (I Corinthians 1:18).

So the doctrines of blood atonement and bodily resurrection are stumbling blocks? Stumbling blocks to what–getting your doctorate in “Religion”? Winning the approval of an unbelieving fallen world?

“Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead,” Paul continues, “how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain… If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (I Cor. 15:12-14, 19).

So these sophomoric twaddlers wish to go back to some supposed “original Christian teaching” that does not provide any cleansing from sins because it jettisons the blood atonement, and does not provide any hope of resurrection–what’s left? “Be nice”? “Sharing is caring”? What kind of shabby excuse for Christianity would that be?

Seest thou a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope of a fool than of him (Proverbs 26:12).

This is the kind of plop that gets taught at our seminaries, and this is why we have “clergy for choice” and “feminist clergy” and all the rest of the smorgasbord of crapola served up by left-wing pseudo-Christianity.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

That ought to make it easy to spot the fools.

 

 

 


‘An Interview with One of My Characters’ (2015)

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Ryons or Fnaa? Only the royal hairdresser knows for sure–and they don’t have one.

I don’t often get a chance to interview a fictional character, so I had to jump on this–an interview with Fnaa, who features in my Bell Mountain series as King Ryons’ double and an all-around scamp. He made his debut in The Fugitive Prince and is still with us six books later.

https://leeduigon.com/2015/07/26/an-interview-with-one-of-my-characters/

If the interview seems short, don’t blame me. Fnaa is not used to sitting around talking. On the whole, he has more fun than most of us do. But that’s adulthood for you.


A Review of ‘Scientific Mythologies: How Science and Science Fiction Forge New Religious Beliefs’ (2015)

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Not really real, folks

I reviewed James A Herrick’s book for Chalcedon in 2015. The review is a little long, but I think you’ll find it worth reading.

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

I am always dumbfounded by how many stupid smart people there are, calling the shots in this fallen world, and by just how stupid they are. Really–is our “science” even real science anymore? We put men on the moon when our scientists used slide rules and a single computer filled a whole room. Now we can’t.

Herrick provides enough proof to choke a horse that in our popular culture, “science” and science fiction have merged into a hash of wishful thinking, unbridled speculation, and pure, unadulterated poppycock.

View it with extreme caution.


‘Science, Science Fiction, and Beliefs That Trash Our Culture’ (2015)

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“When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all”  –Paul Simon

Well, Paul, I’ve got news for you: the crap doesn’t stop when you leave high school, and most of us don’t stop “learning” it. And science and its joined-at-the-hip twin, science fiction, are among the chief purveyors of culture-killing horses***.

https://leeduigon.com/2015/06/25/science-science-fiction-and-beliefs-that-trash-our-culture/

Would it surprise you to hear that a lot of people can’t tell the difference anymore between science and science fiction? Some are not even aware that there is a difference.

Culture-killing, and stuffing people’s minds with made-up piffle that they wind up thinking is true, are serious matters indeed. I think I’d better post the review I wrote for Chalcedon, going into this subject in more depth.

And speaking of science fiction… Today’s temperature is a balmy Globble Warming 4 degrees!


‘The Great Beast from “The Thunder King”‘ (2016)

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It isn’t every day you get to see video of a Baluchitherium, so enjoy it now.

https://leeduigon.com/2016/03/12/the-great-beast-from-the-thunder-king/

The Thunder King, Book No. 3 of my Bell Mountain series, was born of a dream I had, in which a Baluchitherium–the largest land mammal ever–figured dramatically. With a little extra shaping, that dream became the climax of the book.

Just imagine it… Just imagine!


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