If you work on Capitol Hill, you likely heard of Blaise Pascal somewhere along the way, most likely in a college course where he was dismissed as one of those “old white guys” who created the oppressive monster better known as “Western Civilization.”
But, as philosopher Kenneth Samples explains on Reflections, Pascal was not only a philosopher and a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, he was also a technological genius and a “Renaissance Man” of the first order.
Kanye West’s latest video is a little more than two minutes long and it features the hip-hop star, his wife Kim Kardashian, the couple’s four young kids, Kardashian family matriarch Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian and her kids, and Kanye West’s father.
A couple of lines in the lyrics are sure to prompt sharp criticism from those seeking to transform traditional family structures or end them entirely:
When you got daughters, always keep ’em safe Watch out for vipers, don’t let them indoctrinate …
Raise our sons, train them in the faith Through temptations, make sure they’re wide awake …
And so will this line:
Follow Jesus, listen and obey No more livin’ for the culture, we nobody’s slave.
So before the critical onslaught begins, watch the video here and make up your own mind:
The name of Jesus Christ, before whom someday every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is God. Hillsong’s Brooke Ligertwood puts this in a song that is itself as lovely as an infant’s smile.
Science and logic are wonderful pursuits, they have been the means for countless blessings to all of us, and I cannot imagine what civilization would be like without them.
And, while I don’t even remotely claim to be particularly proficient in any of those three pursuits, there are facts about which I become more convinced with every passing day, thanks to what I do know about science, philosophy and logic, and common sense (in the usual sense of that term, not the Scots’ School of Common Sense Philosophy).
The most basic of these facts is that God exists. Here’s why I say that: I can’t explain why there is something rather than nothing, but I know that there is something, so I seek the most reasonable inference from what I know, learn and see.
There are only three possible answers to the basic question: There is something rather than nothing because: A. God exists and He created it for His purposes; B. God doesn’t exist but something has always been here and always will be, or C. something exists because a chance combination of elements produced it in the inconceivably distant past.
God and creation can’t be put in a lab experiment and then be repeatedly shown to exist, but He can and has given us faculties that enable us to know quite a lot about Him and His creation. The “Big Bang” theory and supporting evidence goes here.
If there is something rather than nothing because the something has always been and will always be, science can’t, by definition, demonstrate eternal existence because it would be the endless experiment. This possibility requires a truly blind leap of faith.
Which leaves us with that chance combination of elements producing the beginnings of life some time in the far distant past. Evolution offers an explanation for how that life developed once begun, but it assumes the chance combination, or ignores the most fundamental question entirely. I don’t have enough faith to rely upon chance or simply not thinking about these issues.
And one more thing: This is no more “God of the Gaps” rationalization than it would be to believe science will ultimately explain everything, even though it can only explain some of it now — i.e. “Science of the Gaps” thinking.
If you are reading this post on HillFaith, odds are excellent that you are alive and breathing, thinking, talking. Even if you are going through rough times, being alive is the one thing we can all be thankful for on Thanksgiving.
But do you know what the odds are against any of us being alive in the universe? They are beyond astronomical, according to author, speaker and talk radio host Eric Metaxas.
Check out this Prager University video in which Metaxas relates some genuinely amazing information about how science has in recent decades added to the evidence that there is a God and we are all miracles.
Massive majorities of Americans across the political spectrum support maximum toleration and accommodation of religious practices in the public and private realms, according to a newly launched annual survey.
The accompanying chart dramatically demonstrates that support for religious freedom is overwhelmingly bipartisan, cutting across the ideological and party spectrums. The yellow areas indicate opposition, while the blue areas represent support for religious freedom.
Congress, as the First Branch, has the power of the purse, but not enough staff to carry it where it needs to go
A report by the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Task Force Project on Congressional Reform finds that Congress desperately needs to enlarge its staff and improve pay and working conditions if it hopes to regain equal footing with the executive branch.
Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, liberal or conservative, the issue of restoring the ability of Congress to go toe-to-toe with the executive branch is a constitutional priority. And the task force makes clear that expanding congressional staff and paying staff better is a key first step in that effort.
“Congress today is overwhelmed. After decades of self-imposed disinvestment in expertise and staffing, Congress lacks the resources and knowledge to stand on an equal footing either with the executive branch, or with the tens of thousands of lobbyists employed in Washington (many of whom are former staffers now earning multiples of their Capitol Hill pay),” the task force wrote. Continue reading “Task Force Says Congress Needs Bigger, Better-Paid Staff”