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September 23, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

Quotes from Tim Keller’s “Making Sense of God”

Science is limited, it didn’t give us ethics or values:

“The humanistic moral values of secularism are not the deliverances of scientific reasoning, but have come down to us from older times . . . they have a theological history. And modern people hold them by faith alone.” (43).

“Jesus himself is the main argument for why we should believe Christianity.” (228)

“Jesus is one of the very few persons in history who founded a great world religion or who, like Plato or Aristotle, has set the course of human thought and life for centuries. Jesus is in that tiny, select group. On the other hand, there have been a number of persons over the years who have implicitly or explicitly claimed to be divine beings from other worlds. Many of them were demagogues; many more were leaders of small, self-contained sects of true believers. What is unique about Jesus is that he is the only member of the first set of persons who is also a member of the second.” (237)

“In the whole history of the world, there is only one person who not only claimed to be God himself but also got enormous numbers of people to believe it. Only Jesus combines claims of divinity with the most beautiful life of humanity.” (237)

“As long as you do not begin with an imposed philosophical bias against the possibility of miracles, the Resurrection has as much attestation as any other ancient historical event.” (242)

Here is the fuller list of Tim Keller quotes that I borrowed these from.

By the way, I’m about 2/3rds of the way through this book and its quite good.  Its a highly developed philosophical and theological work.

September 12, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

Nancy Murphy on the Consequences of the Determinism versus Free Will Debate

“Its view of humanity runs counter to the data of human experience.  All civilization throughout history have recognized that humans are moral agents capable of making responsible choices.  There is no society without some moral code.  The testimony of universal human experience is that humans are not merely little robots.”

Nancy Murphy, Finding Truth:  5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, p. 142

“The testimony of all known cultures through all of recorded history is the that humans do exercise moral freedom and responsibility.  From time to time, quirky individuals have raised objections, but civilizations as a whole cannot survive without the conviction that people can be held responsible for their actions.”

“Humans are so constituted that they cannot function without it.  It is one of those stubborn facts that must be accounted for by any worldview.”

Nancy Murphy, Finding Truth:  5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, p. 146-147

“We should be brokenhearted over the dehumanizing reductionism that dishonor and destroy our fellow human beings.  We should weep for people whose dark worldview deny that their life choices have meaning or moral significance.  We should be moved by sorrow for people whose education has taught them that their loves, dreams, and highest ideals are ultimately nothing but electrical impulses jumping across the synapses of their brain.”

Nancy Murphy, Finding Truth:  5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, p. 175

September 10, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

Are the Gospel accounts reliable and trustworthy?

Are the New Testament Gospel accounts reliable and trustworthy?

“The majority of recent specialized studies,” writes Evangelical biblical scholar Craig L. Blomberg in Making Sense of the New Testament, “has recognized that the closest parallels are found among the comparatively trustworthy histories and biographies of writers like the Jewish historian Josephus, and the Greek historians Herodotus and Thucydides” (28). In his commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, Catholic theologian and biblical scholar Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis writes:

“We must conclude, then, that the genre of the Gospel is not that of pure “history”; but neither is it that of myth, fairy tale, or legend. In fact, euangelion constitutes a genre all its own, a surprising novelty in the literature of the ancient world. Matthew does not seek to be “objective” in a scientific or legal sense. He is writing as one whose life has been drastically changed by the encounter with Jesus of Nazareth. Hence, he is proposing to his listeners an objective reality of history, but offered as kerygma, that is, as a proclamation that bears personal witness to the radical difference that reality has already made in his life.” (Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word, Vol. II: Meditations on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, 44)

Many early Christian authors, such as Justin Martyr, referred to the Gospels as memoirs of the apostles. Blomberg has used the descriptive “theological biographies,” which captures well the supernatural and human elements found within them.

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September 9, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

Kid President’s Guide to Effective Conflict Resolution and Debate


September 6, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

Alex Rosenberg Atheist Philosopher Proves that Atheism Fails as a Worldview

Alex Rosenberg points out that atheism (and scientism, not science) results in nihilism beyond just relativism.

He advocates nice nihilism, but that doesn’t make sense in terms of his own nihilism.

He only does so by going in absurd and self-defeating routes, like denying the self.

This all points to the notion that atheism as worldview is ultimately self-defeating.

September 5, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

Best Steven Covey Quotes on Life, Leadership, and Habits

“Every human being has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will, and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom: The power to choose, to respond, to change.”

Steven Covey

“Deep within each of us is an inner longing to live a life of greatness and contribution – to really matter, to really make a difference. We can consciously decide to leave behind a life of mediocrity and to life a life of greatness – at home, at work, and in the community.”

Steven Covey

“I have made it a regular practice to interview my children. The basic ground rule in this “interview” is that I only listen and try to understand. It is not a time for moralizing, preaching, teaching, or disciplining – there are other times for that – this is a time to merely listen and understand and empathize. Sometimes I want terribly to move in and advise, teach, judge, or sympathize, but I have inwardly determined that during these special visits I will only attempt to understand.”

Steven Covey

“If I were to summarize in one sentence the single most important principle I have learned in the field of interpersonal relations, it would be this: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood.”

Steven Covey

“Leadership is the highest of the arts, simply because it enables all the other arts and professions to work.”

Steven Covey

“Leadership is a choice that lies in the space between stimulus and response.”

Steven Covey

“Education the heart is the critical complement to educating the mind.”

Steven Covey

“We are self-aware. This awareness means that we can stand mentally outside of ourselves and evaluate our beliefs and our actions. We can think about what we think.”

Steven Covey

“Everyone chooses one or two roads in life – the old and the young, the rich and the poor, men and women alike. One is the broad, well-traveled road to mediocrity, the other the road to greatness and meaning.”

Steven Covey

If I make deposits into an Emotional Bank Account with you through courtesy, kindness, honesty, and keeping my commitments to you, I build up a reserve. Your trust in me becomes higher, and I can call upon that trust many times if I need to. I can even make mistakes and that trust level, that emotional reserve will compensate for it. My communication may not be clear, but you’ll get my meaning anyway. You won’t make me “an offender for a word.” When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant and effective.

Steven Covey

List of Steven Covey Quotes

September 1, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

Best Christian Radio Stations

Here are the two main options I am familiar with:

  • K-Love
  • Bott Radio Network

Or set up a couple channels on Pandora like: Mercy Me, Casting Crowns, David Crowder, King and Country, Toby Mac, Switchfoot, and Matthew West. (you could presumably do the same thing on Spotify or whatever music service you might listen to).