Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Decline of Civilization

“Back in the late first century [ca 98 A.D.], Ignatius [of Antioch and student of John the Apostle] injected himself into enough ‘political debates’ that he wound up getting eaten by lions at the Roman Coliseum.  Ignatius’s successor bishops have opted for an ignobler end, agreeing to be nibbled to death by Leviathan [the State].”  Mark Steyn, National Review, March 5, 2012, p,. 27

“Towards the end of his recent book, Civilization, the historian Niall Ferguson drops into his analysis an explosive depth charge.  He quotes a member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, part of a team tasked with the challenge of discovering why it was that Europe, having lagged behind China until the 17th century, overtook it, rising to prominence and dominance.  At first, he said we thought it was your guns. You had better weapons than we did.  Then we delved deeper and thought it was your political system.  Then we searched deeper still, and concluded that it was your economic system. But for the past 20 years we have realized that it was in fact your religion, Christianity.  It was the Christian foundation of social and cultural life in Europe that made possible the emergence first of capitalism, then of democratic politics. Equally arrestingly, Ferguson repeats the point made by the editor and Washington correspondent of The Economist, John Micklethwait, and Adrian Wooldridge two years ago in their book God is Back.  While Christianity is in decline in Britain and most of Europe, it is growing and thriving in China, where the number of people in church on Sunday is greater than the total membership of the Communist Party—and this in the land that in 1958 Chairman Mao had declared ‘religion-free.’ Continue reading

“The Hinge on Which the Door of History Swings”

“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the wall of his cell.”  C. S. Lewis

“This would be the first step in apostasy:  men first forget the true, and then adore the false.”  Charles  Spurgeon

“Christian leadership involves servant hood (Mark 10:44) and a non-quitting attitude (2 Cor. 4).” Anon…

“’I can’t be sure God does not exist.’  World’s most notorious atheist Richard Dawkins admits he is in fact agnostic.”  Suzannah Hills, London Mail Online, February 24, 2012

“We shall learn more of the nature of man by watching his behavior through the sixty centuries than by reading Plato and Aristotle, Spinoza and Kant.  ‘All philosophy,’ said Nietzsche, ‘has now fallen forfeit to history.’”  Will Durant, Caesar and Christ, Preface Continue reading

Homosexuality and the Evolution of Constitutional Jurisprudence

“There shall be no prostitute of the daughters of Israel, or a sodomite of the sons of Israel.” Deuteronomy 23:17

“This is why God delivered them over to degrading passions.  For even their females exchanged natural sexual intercourse for what is unnatural.  The males in the same way also left natural sexual intercourse with females and were inflamed in their lust for one another.  Males committed shameless acts with males and received in their own persons the appropriate penalty for their perversion.”  Paul, Romans 1:26,27

“In 2002, the Swedish constitution was amended to criminalize criticism of homosexuality.”  Mark Steyn, National Review, March 5, 2012, p. 26

“We used to have standards of decency.  Now the thought police have to protect the standards of indecency…Homosexuality is sacred on campus.”  Jim Nelson Black, Freefall of the American University, p. 196 Continue reading