Unpracticed Faith is Functional Atheism

Unpracticed Faith is Functional Atheismby Regis Nicoll –
Unpracticed faith—that is, faith without works—St. James writes, is dead. It has no transformative or sanctifying power; it is intellectual assent that descends into paralyzing doubt (or worse), which is no faith at all. That’s because faith is revealed, confirmed, and made perfect by our actions not affirmations (for by their fruits you will know them).

Consider a child, standing nervously at the edge of the pool, coaxed by his father to dive into the water. He has a choice: plunge headlong into the pool where the able arms of dad are ready to receive him, or remain at water’s edge frozen in fear, dithering in doubt. He may sincerely believe that his father won’t let harm come to him, but until he jumps, fear holds him captive in functional unbelief, revealing that his faith is in a danger that his father cannot save him from.

When the “rubber” of belief meets the “road” of decision, a choice has to be made. There is no middle road other than doubt, which defaults to unbelief and tosses us to and fro on the agnostic waves of uncertainty. [Read more…]


The Jena Dodge

City Journal | Heather Mac Donald | September 24, 2007

Demonstrators and the media avoid the stubborn truths of black social breakdown.

Let’s assume the worst about Jena, Louisiana, and the charges of attempted murder brought against five black youths for beating a white student unconscious last December: that the district attorney’s indictments were motivated by rank racism, and that the racial tensions in this town of 3,000 are exclusively the product of white animus against blacks. Does it follow that this latest object of frenzy on the media’s racism beat is emblematic of America’s judicial system or the state of race relations today?

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FrontPageMagazine.com David Forsmark March 8, 2007

At the beginning of the film Analyze This, the psychologist played by Billy Crystal incredulously asks his gangster patient (Robert DeNiro), “What is my goal here, to make you a happy, well-adjusted gangster?” The Sopranos on HBO has a similar but more serious running theme about the therapy culture’s inadequacy when it comes to matters of right and wrong.

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College students think they’re so special

MSNBC February 27, 2007

Study finds alarming rise in narcissism, self-centeredness in ‘Generation Me’

NEW YORK – Today’s college students are more narcissistic and self-centered than their predecessors, according to a comprehensive new study by five psychologists who worry that the trend could be harmful to personal relationships and American society.

“We need to stop endlessly repeating ‘You’re special’ and having children repeat that back,” said the study’s lead author, Professor Jean Twenge of San Diego State University. “Kids are self-centered enough already.”

Twenge and her colleagues, in findings to be presented at a workshop Tuesday in San Diego on the generation gap, examined the responses of 16,475 college students nationwide who completed an evaluation called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory between 1982 and 2006.

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Pornography — The Real Perversion

Townhall.com Dinesh D’Souza January 14, 2007

On a recent trip to Istanbul I encountered a group of Muslim students who insisted that American culture was morally perverse. They called it “pornographic.” And they charged that this culture is now being imposed on the rest of the world. I protested that pornography is a universal vice. “Yes,” one of the students replied, “but nowhere else is pornography in the mainstream of the culture. Nowhere else is porn considered so cool and fashionable. Pornography in America represents an inversion of values.”

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Wall Street Opinion Journal Danielle Crittenden December 14, 2006

Sexual freedom is damaging to students. But health officials must not judge.

“My patients were hurting, they looked to me and what could I do?” So confesses an anonymous campus physician in the beginning of her startling memoir. Over the course of 200 pages, she tells story after story about suffering young women. If these women were ailing from eating disorders, or substance abuse, or almost any other medical or psychological problem, their university health departments would spring to their aid. “Cardiologists hound patients about fatty diets and insufficient exercise. Pediatricians encourage healthy snacks, helmets and discussion of drugs and alcohol. Everyone condemns smoking and tanning beds.”

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The Path to Hysteria

Wall Street Opinion Journal Cyrus Nowraseth September 18, 2006

My sin was to write a screenplay accurately depicting Bill Clinton’s record on terrorism.

I am neither an activist, politician or partisan, nor an ideologue of any stripe. What I am is a writer who takes his job very seriously, as do most of my colleagues: Also, one who recently took on the most distressing and important story it will ever fall to me to tell. I considered it a privilege when asked to write the script for “The Path to 9/11.” I felt duty-bound from the outset to focus on a single goal–to represent our recent pre-9/11 history as the evidence revealed it to be. The American people deserve to know that history: They have paid for it in blood. Like all Americans, I wish it were not so. I wish there were no terrorists. I wish there had been no 9/11. I wish we could squabble among ourselves in assured security. But wishes avail nothing.

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Banish The Bling: A Culture of Failure Taints Black America

Washington Post Juan Williams August 21, 2006

Have we taken our eyes off the prize? The civil rights movement continues, but the struggle today is not so much in the streets as in the home — and with our children. If systemic racism remains a reality, there is also a far more sinister obstacle facing African American young people today: a culture steeped in bitterness and nihilism, a culture that is a virtual blueprint for failure.

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Sex and community

A thoughtful commentary at Paradosis blog. Scroll down a bit once you get there.

Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community was written around the time of the Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas fiasco, which Berry believes is a prime example of the what sorts of things happen when Public vs Private life has usurped Community life. Community having been lost has subsequently been replaced by things such as the daycare industry, cable television, the internet, laws, lawsuits, statutes, regulations, governmental entities, senate hearings, public schools, and of course the ever increasing need for new laws and new lawyers. All of these are seemingly doing the work – however ineffectively – that had once been done by Community