Archive for July 2009

Governments, Generations, and the Global Village

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I’ve got a few somewhat-related topics in my head right now to talk about. I may not get to all of them, but I wanted to touch on a few before I forget and they all fall into the inky blackness of oblivion. So here goes.

First off, I’m pretty excited today. After writing this post, I plan on watching the final hour-long lesson of the Truth Project. I know I’ve already ranted about it before, so I’ll spare everyone another one. But I’m just glad it’s going to be over soon. I won’t have to dream up creative ways to turn Del Tackett into a human piƱata anymore. The last one I watched (Lesson 11) was about labour. As much as I found some of what he said interesting – some things in this one were actually ideas I’d never heard before – some of it sounded much like a veiled anti-liberal speech. He talked about how things like “forced redistribution of wealth” and “excessive or inappropriate taxation” were bad things. He didn’t come right out and say that “socialism and liberal politics are bad,” but it sounded that way. Now, I have no problem with conservative philosophy, and I have no problem with people that are against socialism. But I do have a problem with people who say that liberalism is bad because God says it’s bad. Because when it comes down to it, that’s essentially what he’s saying. He’s trying to set up a “biblical worldview,” but…Continue Reading

Rumours and Religions

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I have another short thing to talk about tonight (so soon, you ask?). I’ll try to keep this one short, since I always tend to go on longer than I meant to, but since I’m already wasting words with what I’m saying right now, I can’t promise anything. I just wanted to a) get my rant down from being the top post, and b) say a little about what happened last night. So here goes!

Last night I had the opportunity to hang out with Angelie, an old friend of mine. We really haven’t spoken much in quite some time, just due to what happens when people my age go off to college/university. Life happens. But now she is living in the same city as me, so we had the chance to catch up. I mean, we are also both taking the same class online this term, so we were technically also studying for that, but we ended up doing a little bit of both. Anyway, at one point during the night, she gave a long pause and then said, “So, there’s a rumour going around…” Uh-oh. I knew it could only be one thing. I sort of cringed inside and waited for what she would say and how she would say it. She asked me about what was going on with my beliefs, and luckily enough for me (and perhaps her as well), she seemed genuinely interested in what happened. Of course, she was pretty shocked. To be honest,…Continue Reading

Truth Sold Separately

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Please forgive me in advance for this, but I have a rant that I just need to get out. It’s driving me insane. Over the past few weeks I’ve been working my way through “The Truth Project,” a DVD series put out by Focus on the Family. It’s a series that attempts to lay out a comprehensive Christian worldview, and it talks about 12 areas: veritology, philosophy & ethics, anthropology, theology, science, history, sociology, unio mystica, the state, the American experiment, labour, and community & involvement. (I understand that it’s not entirely clear what some of those refer to, but that’s not really important. If you want to know, look it up online.)

Now you may be asking, what am I doing going through such a series? Well, I went home the weekend before Father’s Day, and my dad came to me and asked me, “Would you like to give me an early Father’s Day present?” I said okay, and he asked if I would watch this series. They had been going through it in their small groups at church, and so he wanted me to watch it as well, as he thought it was sure to answer the questions I had. This kind of made me angry. I had actually glanced at it before, since it had caught my attention sitting on the table in the house. I actually was interested in watching at least a few of the lessons. But the fact that he essentially guilt tripped me…Continue Reading