The Murdered Get a Voice

The video:

The great article on American Vision continues…

… the mainstream pro-life movement assumes that every young lady who has ever gotten an abortion has been deceived into believing that her pregnancy is just a lump of tissue and not a baby. Therefore, the industry maintains, every woman getting an abortion can be exonerated as “deceived” and therefore not culpable for murder or any act of aggression against here child. Murder requires intent, after all, and therefore these ladies cannot be called murderers and held accountable.

BAMH explodes this myth. Relating personal testimony, eyewitness testimony, and argument, it relates that the vast majority of aborting mothers—even the young ones—know exactly what they are doing. They are killing, murdering, their child.

In one case, a young lady defiantly taunts a group of protestors yelling, with middle-fingers raised, “Yes! That’s what I do! I murder babies!” It’s not a joke. It’s not sacrcasm. She clearly understands what she’s doing, and sees no wrong with it. She’s quite proud of it.

The original website, Crown Rights, and the Facebook link, is here.

My addition?

  1. Societies and people who kill their children don’t get a future – certainly, they don’t get to grow and expand to the stars!
  2. I am amazed how quickly Christians kneel to evil – even supposedly hard-core believers.
  3. God’s wrath is sure. “Does not He who makes children in the owmb know what happened to them?”

You can either believe that this society will repent (I doubt it – especially when abortion pills become popular), or you can believe that this society will crumble into dust.

I believe the latter. After all, even in the communist nations, the abortions continue – long after the gulags were closed, and the secret police defunded.

But I also believe that the end of this society is certainly not the end of humanity, or of the church. It’s just some murderous, lust-addled, and vicious sinners, marching smartly to their end.

Unmourned.

Resurrection News & Creationist Economies

First, The News

and various asides…

American Vision: Babies in Boxes

In many areas we have abdicated our responsibility as the church and as Christian families.

One of these responsibilities is in the area of charity. In many ways we have given the state a primary role in caring for the poor and needy. As we have, we have watched the influence of the civil government grow to uncomfortable levels. This was one of the powerful lessons in the book referenced in last week’s article. Through charity, the Prussian state was able to excerpt increasing influence over the society. Specifically this was in the area of helping to set up orphanages to care for abandoned children. As Christians counted more and more on the state for the funding and organizing of care for orphans, they saw their own influence diminish.

When the welfare state fails, it will be up to the churches to take responsibility for their people. With responsibility comes authority, and power. It’s best to start practicing this from now.

First Things: Eastern Europe’s Christian Reawakening

Hungary and Croatia are only two examples of post-Communist societies where the public role of religion is growing. Whereas Hungary and Croatia are experiencing a rebirth of Western Christianity, the Orthodox Churches are also booming east of the Elbe. Russia is rediscovering Orthodoxy. Patriarch Kirill’s influence is growing, more monasteries and parishes are reopened, growing numbers of Russians profess belief in God, and more young Russians are choosing a religious vocation. Meanwhile, Orthodoxy is also resurgent in neighboring Georgia. Evidence of this can be seen in the success that Georgia’s bishops had in encouraging their compatriots to have more children. After the bishops’ campaign, Georgia went from having one of Europe’s lowest birthrates to one of the highest among post-Communist countries. Meanwhile, Romania is currently building the world’s largest Orthodox church in Bucharest, a city once dominated by Nicolae Ceausescu’s totalitarian aesthetic.

The dead shall arise, indeed – so log as they repent. It would be a rather interesting future, with tens of millions of Russians, a couple million Poles, and no Germans or Italians…

New York Times: Evangelicals Find Themselves in the Midst of a Calvinist Revival

Evangelicalism is in the midst of a Calvinist revival. Increasing numbers of preachers and professors teach the views of the 16th-century French reformer. Mark Driscoll, John Piper and Tim Keller — megachurch preachers and important evangelical authors — are all Calvinist. Attendance at Calvin-influenced worship conferences and churches is up, particularly among worshipers in their 20s and 30s.

Again, the good guys are going to win. The real question is: what will we do with our victory, around 2050 or so? Just waste it like the atheistic liberals did? Curl up in stagnation, like the Muslims? Cut off ourselves from the world, like the mighty Chinese civilization did? Or do something better….?

Christian Science Monitor: As Spain’s people drift from Catholic Church, government cozies up

After years of moving in a more socially liberal direction along with the rest of western Europe, the Spanish government is now doing an about face, seeking to clamp down on abortion and return the Roman Catholic Church to a prominent role in the country’s school system.

Though the church is still losing ground among the faithful, it has powerful friends in the current conservative Popular Party government, which has traditionally had close ties to the Vatican. Now the PP is pushing a controversial bill in parliament that would dramatically restrict access to abortion.

History does not flow only in one direction. You’d think, with the fall of the European Empires – and then the destruction of the Soviet Union – we would have learnt this by now.

The only true certainty is that Christ’s rule will grow more and more manifest and inescapable – not by some lying bureaucratic World-State blasphemously using His Holy Name for their own power, but in the right way, with His Law-Word shaping the hearts of all, from the babies to the aged; here, there, and everywhere. Inescapable. Relentless. Absolute. Victorious.

And even this historical certainty is not only one way: the growth of the Kingdom is more like three steps forward, one step back, three steps forward, one step back. Yet the trendlines for His kingdom is glaringly obvious now.

Then, the Theology

Gary North, Christian Economics in One Lesson, Part I,

Yet the Bible affirms something far more teleological than mere variations in a species; it affirms that the stars were created to benefit mankind, prior to the creation of mankind. This, far more than the comparatively minor issue of creation in six literal, 24-hour days, is the offense of the biblical account of creation. The motivation of the evolutionist is not to discover the exact date of creation; his motivation is to strip God’s purpose and law out of the universe. But why?

To escape the biblical doctrine of the final judgment. The evolutionist wants above all to deny the doctrine of hell.

[…]

The earth is filled with resources. There are mineral resources (Gen. 2:12). There are animal and vegetable resources. There are, above all, human resources. Man alone is made in God’s image. He alone has been given the authority to improve the earth, Each person shapes his allotted portion of the earth in terms of his own purposes, These purposes are to reflect God’s purposes for the creation. Each man is supposed to think God’s thoughts after Him, in a creaturely fashion. He is then supposed to act in terms of what he knows is both true and good, Obedience is a judicial act: the invocation of God’s blessings in history. In an unfallen universe, for a man to obey God in terms of God’s cosmic purpose – His dominion over nature by means of His representative agents – call down the blessings of God.

To convert idle resources into actual resources, man must add his labor, including intellectual labor, to the natural resources in the environment. Plants and animals multiplied before Adam appeared on the scene, but it was Adam’s presence that brought covenantal purpose into the creation. The creation was governed purposefully before man, but it was not governed representatively. God created man to work for God. It was not that God needed man in order to provide growth and direction in the creation. God does not need man.
But God shows grace to man by allowing him to participate in the dominion process.

God told man to multiply. This should make it clear to everyone what the fundamental resource is: humanity. Why humanity? It is not because some men understand mathematics or certain forms of mechanical or biological cause and effect that the creation can be brought to fulfillment. Rather, it is that all men understand that God has given them appropriate individual tasks in the corporate assignment of the subduing of the earth. In his rebellion, man suppresses this knowledge of his subordinate relationship to God (Rom. 1:18-22), but he never completely loses his awareness of his responsibilities before God (Rem. 2:14-1 5). Man is impelled by his legal status as God’s primary covenantal agent to extend his dominion over the earth, if not in the name of the God of the Bible, then in the name of some other god.

There are quite a lot of chapters in the lesson: it’s all worth your time, though. Lay the foundations deep, so you can build high!

Interesting Books

A nice selection is here, thanks to Joel McDurmon.

And myself? Well, aside of the Bible, I can recall just a few that stand out:
Paradise Restored by Chilton;
Moses & Pharaoh, by North;
The Lord of the Rings, by Tolkien;
In the Minds of Men, by Taylor;
Democracy: The God that Failed, by Hoppe;
Atlas of the British Empire, by Bayly;
There Will Come Soft Rains, by Bradbury;
The Rise and Decline of the State, by van Creveld;
Mortal Splendor, by Mead;
The Politics of Aristocratic Empires, by Kautsky

The Biblical Basis of Western Science

Gary North, mentioned a Catholic Priest, Fr. Stanley Jaki, who did a good job tracing the role of Biblical teaching in Western Science. Two books he mentioned were

  • Science and Creation: From Eternal Cycles to an Oscillating Universe [1974]
  • The Road of Science and the Ways to God [1978].

I did a quick search myself, and found an essay, “The Biblical Basis of Western Science”.

As Father Jaki wrote,

Wherever we find this linear perspective we find the Bible in the background. This is best appreciated if we take a look at the cosmic view of all great ancient cultures. They are all dominated by the belief that everything will repeat itself to no end, or by the idea of eternal returns. Only on occasion does one hear about this. One hardly ever hears that this belief was responsible for the fact that science suffered a stillbirth, indeed a monumental stillbirth, in all ancient cultures.

I coined this phrase, the stillbirths of science, about thirty years ago. The phrase certainly did not catch on in secular academia. The reason is obvious. Nothing irks the secular world so much as a hint, let alone a scholarly demonstration, that supernatural revelation, as registered in the Bible, is germane to science. Yet biblical revelation is not only germane to science – it made the only viable birth of science possible.

That birth took place in a once-Christian West. Still today it is that birth that fuels neocapitalism that not only needs free markets, but also merchandise to bring to market, and needs that merchandise in ever larger quantities. Only science can deliver them. The rise of that science, so crucial for Western man and for the modern world, has distinctly biblical origins insofar as the Bible is a record of Christian faith.

Father Jaki, following Catholic teaching, does not recognize the creation of the world in six days. Too bad, as God explicitly said this. However, it does fit in with the Catholic view that it is the Church that should interpret the Word, and not the believer carefully reading it for himself. “You can’t trust the text – trust the priest to tell you what God really means!”

Even with this failing, though, Father Jaki does recognize that the text teaches complete dependence on God.

With all that discredit piling up on the Bible through its very first chapter, we should not be surprised that it is well-nigh impossible to sell to secular modern culture a most fundamental biblical message: the total dependence of all on God. In the Bible even the heavens and the stars are on equal footing with muddy earth in respect to their dependence on God. Within the biblical world view it was ultimately possible to assume that the heavens and the earth are ruled by the same laws. But it was not possible to do this within the world vision that dominated all other ancient cultures. In all of them the heavens were divine.

And the Greeks drew the logic of this with a particular precision, which is the reason why science suffered a stillbirth even among the Greeks of old, those mythical models of modern rationality. Within the Greek ambiance it was impossible, in fact it would have been a sacrilege, to assume that the motion of the moon and the fall of an apple were governed by the same law. It was, however, possible for Newton, because he was the beneficiary of the age-old Christian faith.

As I just keep saying, There is only One Law.