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Defending Christian Culture and the Fall of Secularism

'I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.'  -- Cardinal Francis George (1937-2015) The word 'culture' derives from the Latin word cultus, meaning 'religion'. Thus, the English meaning of the word is that which derives from religion. Culture and religion are intertwined in an inseparable way, for culture comes from the way a religion interacts with a certain people and their environment. Over the last three-thousand years, the Western world has known three dominate cultures, and each were developed by three religions that spawned them. The first of course was Paganism. Various Pagan religions surrounded the Mediterranean Sea, and from these came the cultures of antiquity. The second major culture that developed was Christendom, expressed in two fo…

Saint George - Patron of England

Today is Saint George Day. Do you speak English as your native language? If so, than this day means something to you whether you realise it or not. Five-hundred years ago, a tiny little country on an island in the North Atlantic began the most dramatic expansion in the history of the world. English culture, religion, law, language and heritage, was exported first to North America, then Central America, then Africa, Australia and New Zealand. For a time, it became the largest empire in the history of the world. The sun never set on the British Empire, because it controlled a portion of every corner of the globe. The empire fell apart rather quickly, just a hundred years ago, but it's legacy remains. The reason why we speak English today is because of its influence. Long before its imperial expansion, and long before its break with Rome, England was a Catholic country, and its Patron Saint was (and still is) Saint George. The identity of England is so intertwined with Saint George …

Was There Death Before The Fall?

The notion that physical death did not exist in the universe before the fall of man, may not have originated with Protestantism, but today it is promoted primarily by Evangelical Protestantism. This presents some very big problems for theology, Biblical interpretation, science, and reason. That Catholic Church, for the most part, has rejected this way of interpreting the Fall of Man.

When I was an Evangelical, I was taught that prior to the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden, there was no physical death in the world. The law of entropy did not exist, and everything was in a perfect static state. The common Evangelical teaching today is that death entered the universe through mankind's rejection of God's command, and this in turn set the whole universe into a rapidly decaying state of entropy. The only problem with that idea is that it is unbiblical, illogical, and denies all scientific evidence.

Thomas Aquinas stated it clearly centuries before Charles Darwin ever wrote his &#…

Red Planet = Dead Planet

We've known it for years, but NASA is now beginning the learn the reasons why. (Warning! Geek Alert. I'm getting my geek on here.) Mars is dead, and it's dead for some very good reasons. Yes, there is water there. Apparently NASA is finding out that water is abundant throughout the solar system, and probably the universe. But water alone is not good enough to support life. Temperatures on Mars are cold - damn cold! -- and that's a big part of the problem. The atmosphere is thin too, and that's another part. However, the real problem Mars has, which is causing a lot of these other problems, is the lack of a magnetic field. You see, Earth has a magnetic force field that completely surrounds it. It is believed that this force field is caused not only by the rotation of our planet's inner core, but also the orbit of the moon, which acts as a gravitational stirring spoon on Earth's subsurface magma. These two things working together keep Earth's magnetic fi…

Why Religious Tax Exemption Helps Politicians More Than Churches

Lately there has been an awful lot of talk about religion and politics, and by that I mean, not in a good way. A lot of this centres around same-sex 'marriage' and religious liberty. In the midst of all this ruckus I hear left-wing voices shout 'end religious tax exemption!' Some have even gotten so bold as to put conditions on it, by saying if churches won't support same-sex 'marriage' they should have their tax exemption removed. In the face of such threats and ultimatums, I have to laugh. Mainly because if these people actually got what they wanted, it would be the end of them, politically speaking. Their political momentum would come to a grinding halt. When they decry religious tax exemption, what they are unwittingly advocating is the victory of religion over politics. Be careful what you wish for.

The irony to this is that such cries are meant to be a threat. When they're made, those who make them hope to silence their religious opposition. The …

Are We Living in the Last Days? Part I

The previous century saw the most monumental changes in human history. These changes were primarily in technology, education and quality of life. Overall, living conditions have vastly improved for people living all over the industrialised world. Simultaneously, it was also the bloodiest century in human history. It has been said that more people have died as the result of 20th century wars, and their aftermath, than in all the previous wars in human history combined. I don't know if that's true, but even if it's only half-true, it's still remarkable. In the 20th century, we also saw the greatest threats to Christianity take shape, outside of the traditional Islamic threat, which has always been with us for over a thousand years. I'm speaking of the great communist threat, and its two offspring ideologies, fascism and militant secularism. All of this has caused honest and sincere Christians (Catholic and Protestant alike) to raise a perfectly understandable questi…