May 27 2010

Hollywood Hypocrisy: The Prime Directive

In various Star Trek series, the “Prime Directive” ordered a strict policy of noninterference in the cultures of developing planets. For Gene Roddenberry, the show’s creator, the plot device was aimed squarely at the perceived evils of Western civilization, including traditional Christian faith. Indeed, religion always provided a convenient exception to the Prime Directive. Principal characters, especially in the original series and in The Next Generation, were frequently called upon to debunk religious belief or quash its development.[1] For someone like Roddenberry, tolerance was the first and greatest command unless, of course, an inhabitant of the galaxy happened to believe in God.

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Nov 13 2008

Cracking the Code

Nicholas Kristof is ready to “step away from the anti-intellectualism that has long been a strain in American life.”[1] With a profound sense of relief, Kristof welcomes Obama as the first “open, out-of-the-closet, practicing intellectual” to occupy the Whitehouse since John F. Kennedy.
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Nov 5 2008

Can the “Clergy” Get Behind Evolution?

Note: Over the next year or so, we can expect to hear a lot about Charles Darwin. His Origin of Species hit the bookshelves on November 24, 1859. Evolutionists, and their allies in the media, plan extensive celebrations of the book’s 150th anniversary. The Columbus Dispatch has already started. On October 22, they printed an unsigned editorial praising Darwin and calling all “clergy” to get behind the celebrations. I knew they wouldn’t give me enough room to respond to all the errors, so I concentrated on the point about ministers and preachers. As expected, my letter appeared neither in the printed edition nor online, and so I present it below. It is necessarily abbreviated, but the take-home lesson is this: you cannot be a Christian and a Darwinian evolutionist at the same time. Enjoy…
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Jan 13 2006

Mr. Darwin Comes to Ohio, Again

The issue of origins is in the news once again. No matter what side you’re on, it goes to the very heart of what we are as human beings, and what we believe is ultimately real. Many Americans have a take-it-or-leave-it approach to prayer, but an overwhelming majority of Americans (around ninety percent) believe in a higher being of some kind.
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