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Saturday Selections – December 21, 2019

Worldview 101 (4 minutes)

Chuck Colson on why worldview matters – it’s only by understanding our own Christian worldview that we can compare and contrast God’s Truth with the lies that others believe. So to be a light in the world, we need to understand the world as God has really made it – we need to view the world rightly.

Psychoanalyst suggests atheists comfort their kids by lying to them

Trusting in God is a comfort, so one psychoanalyst has suggested atheist parents teach their children to believe in life after death. But “as C. S. Lewis observes in The Screwtape Letters, the Creator of the universe will not be used as a convenience: ‘Men or nations who think they can revive the Faith in order to make a good society might just as well think they can use the stairs of Heaven as a short cut to the nearest [pharmacy].’”

The origin story of Handel’s Messiah

We refer to it as “Handel’s Messiah” but he thought of it as Charles Jennens’.

9 out of top 10 of the world’s wealthiest are self-made

In the past, many of the wealthiest people in the world were “conquerors or political rulers” who gained their wealth by pillaging and taxing. In other words, they gained their wealth by taking it from others.

Today’s advocates of “wealth redistribution” and those who say “billionaires shouldn’t exist” act as if our generation’s wealthiest have kept up the pillaging. They treat it as self-evident – no proof needed – that the only way the top 1% could have become so rich is by oppressing the poor.

However, 9 out of the top 10 richest people in the world made their money by selling something others wanted. That’s significant because whenever any sale is voluntarily made, it only happens because both parties think the trade benefits them – I’ll only give up $10 for a book if it is worth more than $10 to me, and likewise, the merchant will take $10 for it only if he values the money is worth more to him than the book. In a very real way, any voluntary exchange makes both parties to it wealthier. And thus an entrepreneur who gains his wealth via many millions of such exchanges has made many millions of others wealthier. That’s the very opposite of oppressing.

So when you hear someone saying “Down with the 1%” – when the only accusation mentioned is that of being rich – understand that they are attacking people who might have gained their billions by giving others even more.

Why sexual morality may be more important than you ever thought (15-minute read)

This is a fascinating look at how a 1930s researcher, J.D. Uwin, found that societies that hold to monogamy and sexual restraint – those that hold to a Christian outworking of sex and marriage (though the researcher doesn’t draw that connection) – flourish, well those that don’t, don’t.

As the article’s author, Kirk Durston, puts it:

“…it has been my thinking that God’s moral laws are not simply a bunch of arbitrary rules given to restrict mankind’s freedom. Instead, they are like operating instructions designed to spare people from suffering while maximizing human flourishing. Unwin’s and Eberstadt’s research provides strong rational justification for the inference that God’s moral laws pertaining to our sexuality, although they may restrain us from some immediate pleasure, protect us from enormous long-term suffering while maximizing our long term flourishing.”

Laura Klassen: it’s time to get more intense (2 minutes)

Laura Klassen, she of the fabulous Magic Birth Canal video, sees a need for pro-lifers to be more explicit about what abortion is: killing, child sacrifice, murder. And she’s seeing how the truth, clearly told, is helping many children and their mothers.


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