- Rhetorical deception and manipulation (“Can’t you see it’s about choice – or do you hate women?”)
- Denigration of truth as final and knowable (“You Christians – you’re so intolerant!”)
- In the name of compassion, continue enlarging the state so it usurps the role of God (“Don’t you care about the poor?”)
- In the name of security, lose more and more of your liberties (“Oh, c’mon, you conspiracy theorist – you can trust the government!”)
Place the lives of children in their formative years, despite the convictions of their parents, under the intimate control of experts appointed by the state, force them to attend schools where the higher aspirations of humanity are crushed out, and where the mind is filled with the materialism of the day, and it is difficult to see how even the remnants of liberty can subsist.
No society that disregards ethical finalities can long postpone ignominious collapse.
Paganism is that view of life which finds the highest goal of human existence in the healthy and harmonious and joyous development of existing human faculties. Very different is the Christian ideal. Paganism is optimistic with regard to unaided human nature, whereas Christianity is the religion of the broken heart.
There is a simple way to understand the deep conflict of contemporary worldviews. Don’t be intimidated by the word “worldview.” According to the Apostle Paul, there are only two: You worship creation or you worship the Creator (Rom 1:25). This is the ultimate “binary,” by which I mean things that are and remain distinct or different, and will never be fused into one.
What is today a matter of academic speculation begins tomorrow to move armies and pull down empires.
Today, reality is so privatized and relativized that truth is often understood only in terms of what it means to each person. A pragmatic culture will see truth as whatever works for any given person. Such a culture will interpret the statement that Christianity is true to mean simply that Christianity is one way of life that has worked for someone, but that would not be to say that any other way of life might not work just as well for someone else.