Christians, Catechesis, and Contemporary Culture

Sep 3, 2016 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, Culture Watch: We live in a dumbed-down age in which basic knowledge, understanding, discernment, and reasoning are all but shot to pieces. People seldom think carefully and analyse things, they tend to just emote instead. And sadly this is just as true for far too many Christians as well. Thus we almost need to begin from scratch to educate an entire generation which has lost the ability for sustained reflection and critical reasoning. And that means going back to basics...

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Human Identity in Crisis

Aug 20, 2016 by

by Dr Peter Jones, Truth Xchange: A few weeks ago Rush Limbaugh announced that the fastest growing crime in the West is identity theft. It is true that we hear a lot about illegal hacking in the news cycle, as individuals, businesses and even nations have their deepest secrets exposed. But the real crime is the theft of the source of human dignity, namely, the Creator. The removal of God from cultural consciousness, eliminates the true source of human identity. According to a recent study, 91%...

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How To Destroy a Culture and Our Children

Aug 18, 2016 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, Culture Watch: If a race of hostile aliens from another planet wanted to know how to destroy the West from within, they could scarcely improve upon what we are already doing to ourselves. By dumbing down an entire generation, teaching them to emote and feel their way through life, instead of thinking and critically reflecting, you create the perfect storm for national suicide. And that is just what we have been busily doing. Now most people are unable to assess and reflect...

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How cynical populism has created a culture of victimhood politics

Aug 13, 2016 by

by Paul Bickley, Theos: In Theos’ inaugural report, Doing God: A Future for Faith in the Public Square, Nick Spencer suggested that one of the reasons that religiously motivated political engagement was here to stay was the turn to the politics of identity. That is, the end-of-history assumption that liberal democracy was the final point of progress would be disrupted as religious and other identities would stubbornly persist, and continue to drive events. He was more right than he could have...

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Emotion, the Will, and the Spiritual Life

Jul 31, 2016 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch: One of the disturbing things that I have found to characterise so much of the life of contemporary Christians is the tendency to rely on emotions above all else. The reliance of feelings instead of firm acts of the will based on the clear teachings of Scripture has resulted in a woefully substandard Christianity in so many circles today. Biblical Christianity has never emphasised a life of feelings, but a life of faith which is fully channelled by the Word of...

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A psychiatrist looks at personal identity, family structure, and identity politics

Jul 30, 2016 by

by Richard B. Corradi, MercatorNet: Over the past several decades, a series of social and political causes—perhaps most prominently, abortion and same-sex marriage—have polarized the American people. For many adherents of these causes, passionate political involvement now fills the place more traditionally occupied by religious belief. Virtually every cause, led by its militant true believers and enlisted activists, has exploited the tactics of identity politics, vilifying the opposition while...

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