May 17, 2016
Posted by Theosophical Ruminator under Hamartiology
I am no prophet, but based on the current trends in our culture, I think the following may be the cultural and moral battles of the near future:
- Normalization of sex between adults and underage teens (age ~14-17)
- Genetically modified designer babies (for health, longevity, intelligence, etc.)
- Sexual reproduction to be replaced by the scientific engineering of babies (babies created and grown in the lab – artificial wombs)
- Temporary marriages
- Marriage to robots and animals
- Normalization of adultery and open marriages
- Parental “ownership” of their children will be denied
- Some animals will be deemed “persons” with rights
- Nature rights will spread
Do you agree or disagree? Any items you would add to or remove from the list?
May 12, 2016
Posted by Theosophical Ruminator under Odds & Ends
All of us like compliments, but why? I think a large part of the reason is that they serve to either validate our own healthy sense of self-perception or, if we have an unhealthy self-perception, they serve to bring hope that we just might be better than we perceive ourselves to be. Compliments serve as confirmation that we are, indeed, valuable. Receiving compliments is necessary to a healthy development of one’s self-perception. A failure to receive compliments can cause someone to doubt their own value, and may lead to them doing abnormal things to solicit compliments so they can be reassured of their own value.
Of course, there is always the temptation to pride when one receives compliments. That’s where a health Christian theology comes in handy. We recognize that everything we are, and everything we do, is because of God’s grace. He is to be thanked for everything we are/do, and thus we redound the praise to the glory of God.
May 5, 2016
Many scientifically-minded atheists claim that science can explain or has explained everything that God was once invoked to explain, and thus there is no more room for belief in God. But when theists point to gaps in scientific knowledge and argue that God best explains that gap, atheists accuse us of committing a God-of-the-gaps fallacy. If the discovery of natural processes to explain some phenomena counts as evidence against God, how can it also be that the lack of a naturalistic explanation cannot count as evidence for God’s existence when God is the best explanation for the phenomena? Heads I win, tails you lose.
Obviously the lack of a naturalistic explanation for some phenomenon in and of itself is not evidence for theism, but it does show that (1) science has not explained everything that needs to be explained or that the God hypothesis has been invoked to explain, and (2) it shows that there is still explanatory power in theism.
May 4, 2016
Posted by Theosophical Ruminator under Uncategorized
Why is Jesus the only way to God/heaven?
Alan Shlemon has answered that question in the space of a tweet: “There’s only one way to Heaven because there’s only one God that exists who’s made only one offer of forgiveness through His only one Son.”
Well put. He unpacks the statement as well in a short article.
April 26, 2016
ESPN fired commentator Curt Schilling because he posted a meme to his Facebook page that was critical of transgender people using the bathroom of their choice. A short statement was issued by ESPN that read in part: “ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”
ESPN says they are an “inclusive company.” Hogwash. They are an exclusive company using word manipulation to make people think they are something they are not. An inclusive company is one that hires those who affirm the normality of transgenderism and those who don’t. An exclusive company is one that fires any of their employees who do not share the company’s view on transgenderism.
April 22, 2016
Georgia’s Department of Public Health hired a distinguished California doctor, Eric Walsh (Walsh served on the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS under Bush and Obama), as a district health doctor. Georgia officials heard about some controversy over comments Walsh made regarding human sexuality, Islam, and evolution in messages he had preached over the years. They tasked government workers with listening to his sermons, and then decided to fire him because they did not like what he had to say. One official called Walsh and told him “you can’t preach that and work in the field of public health.” Here’s a well-qualified man who is fired for his personal religious beliefs expressed in a private setting on his own time. Just remember, gay rights and same-sex marriage won’t affect anyone.