I thought you might enjoy my 2005 interview with Lee Strobel–lawyer, former legal affairs editor and reporter for the Chicago Tribune, former atheist… and now, for many years, a servant of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Mr. Strobel was about to go skiing when I phoned him, and he said he could give me 15 minutes. But we hit it off, and wound up talking for an hour and a half.
In this interview, shortly after the publication of his book, The Case for a Creator, Mr. Strobel predicted that science itself would help lead us to belief in God and away from Darwinism. But unlike some Intelligent Design proponents, he doesn’t stop there. Science may teach us that there is an intelligent design that governs the universe, but we need the Bible, and faith, to tell us of the Designer.
Humanism is dying, as we can see by its fervent embrace of such cruel follies as abortion, sexual anarchy, socialism, censorship, assisted suicide, and the incessant growth of government. There is no leftist project that does not bear the stink of death.
This Chalcedon editorial, published today, meets this crisis head-on.
Christians do know what they’re against, but they’re not so clear about knowing what they’re for. This is what needs to be changed.
We do need “a new civilization,” founded on God’s law and God’s word; and the good news is that we, all of us, can start building one now. Right now. New schools, a re-commitment to the family, new science, and new churches. New everything.
We pray that God will equip us for our service to Christ’s Kingdom.
Yep–it came to America, all right. Lucky us.
When I wrote this article for Chalcedon in 2011, a few of my colleagues refused to believe that any such things could ever happen in America. I wish I had been wrong instead of they.
The article focused on what was then a new handbook intended for use by the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, dedicated to weeding out “gender conformity”–like that was bad or something. The depth of inanity and foolishness in that document was truly profound. “Two-spirit persons…” Feh.
The article also contained a link to a video of “gender instruction” in a California public school, with a captive audience of kindergarten children being “taught” by a big fat mutant. It wasn’t that such things couldn’t happen in America. By 2011 they already were happening.
This is culture-killing. Be warned: kill the culture, and it will kill you back.
If the people are lawless at heart, you can station a policeman on every street corner and you’ll still have crime.
This is why God has devised a new covenant to be written on our hearts and lived out in the world–for everyone to see.
The problem with the Old Covenant was that God’s people couldn’t keep it. Again and again they rallied back around the law, and again and again they fell away from it. So God made a better covenant, and sent His Son to establish it. A covenant of grace. A covenant of the law written not on tables of stone, but on our hearts.
Do God’s laws and God’s grace clash with each other? St. Paul has answered that question.
“Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31)
In light of some of the totally daft public policies and cultural spasms we’ve been reading about this week, we might well ask, “What is the next phase of history?”
Mark Rushdoony has a thoughtful essay–and in it, I think, he’s dug his way down to the heart of the matter.
Humanism, now embracing and promoting such total irrationalities as “transgender” and “open borders,” while at the same time proclaiming the imminent end of the world unless we all do exactly as they tell us–humanism has embraced its own destruction.
Because, as Mark says, reality is real and cannot be pushed aside by any amount of wishful thinking.
And it will devour those irrationalities.
What will replace humanism? We pray it will be a new growth in God’s Kingdom on the earth–which we can already see happening in such unlikely places as China and Iran.
I look forward to the day when “gender fluid” will be of interest only to cryptozoologists.
When R.J. Rushdoony wrote this essay, thirty years ago or so, the Western intellectual mind (pardon the oxymoron) had not yet degenerated to “your truth, my truth, no truth.” But as he so often did, he saw exactly where it was heading and could tell you exactly where it came from.
There’s a lot of meat to this essay, but stick with it–because it tells us how we got here and points us back to God.
Postmodern poop that rests on such philosophical gems as “I is reality” has no future.
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.
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?”
(This Chalcedon editorial appeared Sept. 7, 2019.)
One of R.J. Rushdoony’s more controversial assertions was that humanism is busy killing itself, and slated for extinction. He then went on to ask what that requires us, as subjects of the Kingdom of God, to do. That question’s still here, right in front of us.
Because they’re running wild, heaping up wealth and power, and generally trashing our whole civilization, it’s easy to wind up thinking Christ’s enemies are winning. But everything they, er, “achieve” hurts them even more than it hurts us. Homosexual parodies of marriage, transgenderism, and, only lately, a dalliance with the prospect of wholesale cannibalism–these are not winning game plans. They think they’re on the path to creating a global government. But all they’re creating is chaos–and in the end, they’ll choke on it.
Yes, they look like Goliath, and they scare us. But remember what happened to Goliath.
This insightful piece by Andrea Schwartz appeared in 2010 in the Chalcedon Blog.
Think about it: you knock yourself out to give your child a good, solid homeschooled education… and then you send him off to “college”? Plug him into “the artificial environment of college,” with peer pressure and arrogant left-wing professors taking the place of family and church? “To funnel these bright, homeschooled graduates into the modern education system makes little sense,” Andrea writes.
Even in 2010, nine years ago, there were good alternatives to a public college “education.” Today there are even more.
Homeschooling is a key to re-Christianizing America and saving it from dumbed-down socialism. Don’t abandon it just because your kid turns 18.
Kill public education, and Far Left Crazy dies.