Posted: Monday, July 7th, 2014
Posted: Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
The Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga writes that as a student at Yale the academic culture was wonderfully stimulating, free and open in most every respect but one: whenever the question, “What is the truth about this matter?” came up, it was usually dismissed as unsophisticated and naive. Obviously, Pilate’s question to Jesus, “What is truth?” remains an open issue and an unsolvable riddle – if not a purely rhetorical question – to most of our current crop of cultural elites. As William Gairdner notes in The Book of Absolutes, “Ironically, relativism has become our only absolute.”
Practically-speaking, the question of whether objective truth exists is the foundational issue of the Christian faith. Although people identify with the Christian faith for a variety of reasons, ultimately the only reason for being a Christian is if in fact it is true. But if relativists are right and there is no truth, then all doctrines and professions of faith are purely subjective – in which case the Christian faith is essentially a fraud and its unique truth-claims are ludicrous.
Philosopher Peter Kreeft observes that of all the symptoms of decay in our culture, relativism is the most disastrous. It is, in the words of Michael Novak, “an invisible gas, odorless and deadly, that is polluting every free society on earth.” C. S. Lewis called it “the disease that will certainly end our species (and… damn our souls) if it is not crushed.” It is also the insidious and divisive deception that is driving the culture war and perpetuating the gridlock in our political system.
The absolute truth about relativism is that it is intellectually and morally bankrupt and the basis for much of the spiritual deception in our society today. It is, in effect, the fundamental heresy of our time.
The printed copy of “The Absolute Truth About Relativism” (with its updated cover!) can be purchased online here.
Posted: Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
The Gospel According to Barack: Where Did Barack Obama Get His Ideas About Christianity?
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On May 9, 2012 President Obama announced in an interview with ABC News that his views on same-sex marriage had “evolved” and that he now supports the idea. Many Christians found the President’s pronouncement to be disappointing but certainly not surprising, but what was most alarming was that he cited his Christian faith to justify his position. President Obama, a professing Christian, seems bizarrely confused on a wide range of moral and religious issues. Furthermore, as Catholic bishops have charged, his administration poses the greatest threat to religious liberty in American history.
This publication is a study of where Barack Obama got his ideas about the Christian faith. As such, this is a theological assessment, not a personal or a political critique. Tracing the roots of Obama’s theology is significant because, as he has stated, it is his understanding of the Gospel that informs and influences not only his social and political ideology but his views on some of the most controversial moral and ethical issues of our day. The thesis of this study is that Obama’s understanding of Christianity has been influenced primarily by two factors: (1) Mainline Protestant theological liberalism as mediated through the United Church of Christ; and (2) Black Liberation Theology as advocated by his long-time pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Both of these influences are serious distortions of traditional orthodox biblical Christianity, and as such it calls into question whether or not Obama understands the nature of true Christianity.