Tuesday, February 01, 2005

"Creeping Fundamentalism" Watch IV

It's a common trope of environmentalists who are hostile to Christianity that Christians, because of their belief in Christ's return, don't give a rodent's hindquarters about environmental issues.

Bill Moyers is just the latest voice of doom to hop aboard the fearmongering bandwagon, warning his readers that Christians are destroying the future and There Is No Tomorrow!

I worked myself into a froth over his column in a post here at Stones Cry Out. Other bloggers have weighed in as well, including Doug at Bogus Gold, Dave Kopel at the Volokh Conspiracy, and even the Great Lileks himself.

Last week Hugh Hewitt got a little worked up over a passage by Jonathan Rauch in the current issue of The Atlantic. The passage went like this:

"On balance it is probably healthier if religious conservatives are inside the political system than if they operate as insurgents and provocateurs on the outside. Better they should write anti-abortion planks into the Republican platform than bomb abortion clinics. The same is true of the left. The clashes over civil rights and Vietnam turned into street warfare partly because activists were locked out of their own party establishments and had to fight, literally, to be heard. When Michael Moore receives a hero's welcome at the Democratic National Convention, we moderates grumble; but if the parties engage fierce activists while marginalizing tame centrists, that is probably better for the social peace than the other way around."

Hugh made this passage the focus of his first "Vox Blogoli" of 2005 (which I heard about too late to enter). And while I think it's important to draw attention to the way Rauch depicted evangelicals, I think Moyers more so than Rauch is definitely deserving of a Blog Swarm after the bigotted garbage he had published in the Star Tribune yesterday.

Go get 'im gang.


At 10:57 AM, Blogger James Fletcher Baxter said...


The way we define 'human' determines our view of self,
others, relationships, institutions, life, and future.
Important? Only the Creator who made us in His own image
is qualified to define us accurately. Choose wisely...
there are results.

Many problems in human experience are the result of false
and inaccurate definitions of humankind premised in man-
made religions and humanistic philosophies.

Human knowledge is a fraction of the whole universe. The
balance is a vast void of human ignorance. Human reason
cannot fully function in such a void, thus, the intellect
can rise no higher than the criteria by which it perceives
and measures values.

Humanism makes man his own standard of measure. However,
as with all measuring systems, a standard must be greater
than the value measured. Based on preponderant ignorance
and an egocentric carnal nature, humanism demotes reason
to the simpleton task of excuse-making in behalf of the
rule of appetites, desires, feelings, emotions, and glands.

Because man, hobbled in an ego-centric predicament, cannot
invent criteria greater than himself, the humanist lacks
a predictive capability. Without instinct or transcendent
criteria, humanism cannot evaluate options with foresight
and vision for progression and survival. Lacking foresight,
man is blind to potential consequence and is unwittingly
committed to mediocrity, averages, and regression - and
worse. Humanism is an unworthy worship.

The void of human ignorance can easily be filled with a
functional faith while not-so-patiently awaiting the foot-
dragging growth of human knowledge and behavior. Faith,
initiated by the Creator and revealed and validated in His
Word, the Bible, brings a transcendent standard to man the
choice-maker. Other philosophies and religions are man-
made, humanism, and thereby lack what only the Bible has:

1.Transcendent Criteria and
2.Fulfilled Prophetic Validation.

The vision of faith in God and His Word is survival equip-
ment for today and the future.

Man is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by nature
and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of Criteria.
Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive characteristic
is, and of Right ought to be, the natural foundation of
his environments, institutions, and respectful relations
to his fellow-man. Thus, he is oriented to a Freedom
whose roots are in the Order of the universe.

See the complete article at Homesite:
"Human Defined: Earth's Choicemaker"

At 5:08 PM, Blogger Drew said...

Ummm . . . yeah. Well, . . . er, . . .

Uh-huh. Hmmmm . . .


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