Strange Bedfellows

If, as it is said, politics makes for strange bedfellows, Cultural Ideology says, “Hold My Beer.” Peter Boghossian, a philosophy professor, In his essay Welcome to Culture War 2.0, claims that we are witnessing a “great realignment” of cultural forces. And they are some strange bedfellows indeed. First Boghossian distinguishes Culture War 1.0 and 2.0. This first culture war was mostly fought over issues of religious faith and morality, such as whether creationism was a … Continue reading

Thanks for the Memory

Thanks for the Memory is a song which actor, comedian and entertainer, the late Bob Hope, performed with actress Shirley Ross. It was written for the film, The Big Broadcast of 1938 which co-starred Hope and Ross. It is a recitation of mostly small but, as it turns out, important moments in their lives: Thanks for the memory Of faults that you forgave, rainbows on a wave And stockings in the basin when a fellow … Continue reading

Here Be Giants

This is fourth the series of articles on angels, demons, and Nephilim and will be followed by one about Heaven and Hell. These articles are succinct versions of otherwise very detailed elucidations from several books I have written.1 (All Bible quotations are from the NASB) Many people dive into discussions about giants without defining the key term: Just what is a giant? The definition is not as simple as it may seem, since some may … Continue reading

‘Look, here is the Christ!’

In Matthew 24:23 Jesus forewarns His followers to be aware of deception and deceivers to come, saying, Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. This warning is also recorded in Mark 13. Why is He warning them? For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. (Matthew 24:24) … Continue reading

A Prayer for the Czar?

In one of our all-time favorite films, Fiddler on the Roof, the Jewish citizens of the fictional Russian shtetl of Anatevka ask the rabbi if there is a prayer for the Czar. With a twinkle in his eye, he assures them there certainly is, and then goes on to cite the prayer for his listeners. “May God bless the Czar and keep him – far from us!” Living in Illinois, we sometimes think that might … Continue reading

What is Truth?

In John 19:38 Pilate responds to Jesus when he quips, “What is truth?” It was more of a commentary on the problem of language in that day than on the claims of Jesus. The very definition of “truth” in Greco-Roman culture was elusive and contradictory. For the common people, all truth claims were regarded as equally true. For philosophers, all truth claims were equally false. For politicians, all truth claims were equally useful. When Jesus … Continue reading