Folks are always telling us that we need to keep our eye on the ball. Having played baseball as a kid, I understand the imagery and know how important it is to look closely at the lacing for a curve ball. Baseball imagery aside, however, I wonder whether there might not be times we ought to turn away from the ball and take a look around the park. What do I mean? Only this…
There is no problem convincing Americans that Islam is a problem. There is no problem convincing Christians that the new atheists are militant. But I would have my work cut out for me if I tried to tell you that our real threat as Christians, and our real threat as Americans, is coming toward us with neither the fast pitch mentality of Muslim jihad, nor the curveball (or screwball) interpretations of new atheism. Rather, the real threat is paganism. Postmodernism–as many have determined to call the period we now are inhabiting–is not going to be a new era of intellectual accomplishment and technological advancement; rather, it will be a period of regression into a newfound paganism.
Forget slouching toward Gomorrah; we are slouching toward the tribal animism of Africa. New Age [Eastern] Mysticism, environmentalism, and anti-intellectualism (often posing as tolerance) are eroding the ground beneath the feet of America’s future. Eastern mysticism and environmental monism are seeping like water into the ground beneath us, saturating everything we think. We are becoming pagans, and we don’t even realize it because there is no fight, no confrontation, no attempted political takeover. All it takes is ignorant Christians unable to articulate a biblical worldview to neighbors and classmates, and the job is done. Our churches have sadly proven all to eager to comply. So, pagans have filled our pews (see this helpful book by Peter Jones).
A recent Pew Center study found that there is little distinction between Christians and non-Christians on “spiritual” issues such as reincarnation and contact with the dead. Though admittedly quite vague, a chart from the Pew study shows how religious “experiences” have been on the rise in America since the 1960’s. According to the chart, we are now at the “tipping point,” where there will be more people professing to have mystical experiences than not. What this means is that we are starting to think more like pagans and spiritists and less like Christians. Because such decay is so insidious, it appears to be a fatal disease.
The only hope of being saved is the true gospel of Jesus preached and lived out in the life of the church. So, if we are serious about keeping our eye on the ball, we will keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
There are a couple of stories which seem to be indicators of better days ahead for clear thinking. I thought it might be nice to head into the weekend with happy thoughts; so here are 2 stories that might demonstrate that truth still prevails with persistence over time.
First, Signature in the Cell has become a Top 10 Science Book this year on Amazon. This is good news for science and bad news for materialism (or naturalism). The book demonstrates how materialistic evolution cannot explain the cell, once thought the simplest compound of the human anatomy. Check out the story about it here, and be sure to watch the video on the cell that is next to the article (seriously!). Just imagine, each cell is part of about 75 trillion cells in the human body, all working like fine-tuned machines, all the time. By chance?
Global warming has stalled. Now, pay attention here. “Global warming has stalled” is another way of saying the global warming hysteria may be coming to an end. There is no global warming, and there has not been for the past 10 years; it is political hype. Finally, some honest climatologists are admitting as much publicly. This is a good indication of things to come. Please remember those who hitched our fate to the so-called climate crisis and bid them farewell. Send them off in a green balloon filled with hot air. (Here’s the story)
A bug’s life is now discriminatory. Apparently, we should rename the movie and re-tool our thinking about bugs. They aren’t to be thought of as bugs, but beasts. So, we should think of a beast’s life, instead of a bug’s life. Does this sound absurd? Good! It means there are still human beings left on the planet.
However, if the educational elites in Britain have their way, the future of the human race will diminish into a unitary “beasthood.” As crazy as it sounds, educators in the UK are advocating tolerance toward insects. A new school curriculum across the sea instructs children to stop the bug squashing and start respecting ants and roaches with the respect they supposedly deserve. According the the curriculum, bugs deserve to be classified as “beasts.” And, apparently, beasts shouldn’t be swatted or stomped.
As this blog post recognizes, these silly reclassifications serve only to diminish humanity.
Chris Horner from Planet Gore reports on the recent U. S. Chamber of Commerce’s call to hold a hearing on anthropogenic global warming (AGW). [Read: man-made global warming]. I have reported before on the dubious nature of the claims for man-made global warming. More and more information is showing that the last decade has begun global cooling. At any rate, whether the globe is warming or cooling, there is no definitive study on what extent the climate is affected by human activities.
What is disturbing is how much policy is being established on assumptions and working models, rather than on hard scientific data. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants to hold a trial before the public. Call it Scopes II–a trial to establish whether humankind is causing climate change. This blog post offers a reason the EPA won’t go for such a trial.
Wow, people wonder why I think psychology is an unreliable science. This story tells about a recent report from the APA which explains how those who are not urgently concerned about global warming are suffering from a psychological disorder. So, I suppose I’m psycho. Maybe I am, but, if so, it isn’t because of failure to believe global warming. There are good reasons to be skeptical, see here.