It is not difficult to understand the societies we live in when we look at the actions of individuals as stemming from the human heart or soul. All our actions stem from the desires of the human heart, both good and evil. A group of individuals is what makes up our villages, our towns, our cities, our provinces or states, and our nations. It is the corporate thoughts and desires of a group of individuals that also determines whether something good or evil will come out in our corporate actions.
From Pope St. John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation Reconciliatio et Pænitentia (1984): A glance at certain aspects of contemporary culture can help us to understand the progressive weakening of the sense of sin, precisely because of the crisis of conscience and crisis of the sense of God already mentioned. “Secularism” is by nature and definition a movement […]
It is important to recognize that modern science is NOT a pure philosophy representing a comprehensive worldview. Science is essentially a method of observation and measurement, based primarily on five traditionally recognized human senses, referred to as empiricism.
The rationalist presuppositions, theories, and conjecture of science DO NOT necessarily represent truth or reality in its entirety – not even close.
Science in itself, however, does NOT represent the entirety of human knowledge or experience.
A very important distinction to make.
The push of science versus religion politics today is disingenuous at best, and merely an age-old attempt to limit human thought and experience to the realm of scientific rationalism within secular humanism. This alone has huge ramifications in Western society today.
An insidious war has been declared on faith, religion, and the supernatural by those raising their ugly, arrogant, rationalist head once again.
This time in the political arenas of Canada and the US, not to mention the rest of the civilized Western world.
Is competition in society a healthy thing? Good question. The answer, of course, is who’s asking? To the unionist and socialist, outside competition threatens their very real justification to exist. To the brick and mortar department store or small retailer, who has failed to adapt to changing times and the monster we call the Internet, competition is a loathsome creature that is severely cutting into his or her margins, ultimately leading to a dissolution of their business and bankruptcy.
Support your local businesses or otherwise, “…how the hell am I going to send my daughter to Queens?”.
If I had a dime for every person who somehow feels ENTITLED to eke out a prosperous existence on the backs of others, I would be a very wealthy man.
“…evangelicals have more in common with conservative Roman Catholics than they do with liberal Protestants.”
As one who is culturally most comfortable amongst Catholics and yet holds to many evangelical doctrines or beliefs, I must admit that my choices and worldview are a bit of an enigma. I have invested the better part of my life walking that thin line between these two sociocultural and religious groups in order to bring peace and focus on that which unites us rather than divides. This has often put me at odds with the hard right or left thinking of both groups, yet I have remained true to my sense of calling to be a peacemaker and mediator, not only between these two diverse Christian groups, but between a predominantly secular humanist Canadian society and Christianity.
True peace can only be achieved on the basis of truth and not falsehood, exemplified by tolerance and respect for others who have been created in the moral image or likeness of God.
Tolerance and respect are ideals, that if we are truly honest, are ideals that we all falter or fail at from time to time. But, we should never give up in our pursuit of these noble ideals.
God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9 NLT
In case you missed it…Trump’s pick of conservative judge, Neil Gorsuch, for the supreme court is the reason why so many Catholics, Pentecostals, Charismatics, and other conservative evangelical groups voted Republican.
A conservative dominated supreme court in the US will change the moral and ethical landscape of the nation.
For too long, the imbalance in the US supreme court has made for some very questionable bench decisions that pushed liberal values – values that are rooted in relative truth and situational ethics.
Secular humanism and its socialistic underpinnings is not the answer for a troubled US. As a Canadian with conservative values, I am convinced that secularism and socialism is slowly destroying our society from the inside out.
Socialism and its extreme counterpart, Communism, has failed all over the world in the 20th century.
Socialism and Communism in the two-thirds world, like Cuba, has set them back at least 50 years. If Castro was such a glorious comrade and leader (he wasn’t – he was a mass murderer) why have so many Cubans fled to the United States since the 1950’s? To witness former Cuban refugees in Miami, now American citizens, celebrate Castro as a hero smells rotten to me – from hero to zero in 60 seconds.