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Power

September 16, 2009

You’re it

I make castles, You be ghost,

I kick football , You be post.

I play teacher, You be taught,

I play crime squad, You be caught.

I play tag chase, You be it,

I play kick box, You be hit.

I play hero, You be man,

I play film star, You play fan.

I play farmer, You be pig,

I play doctor, You be sick.

I play leader, You be led,

I play soldier, You be dead.

Steve Turner, Dad, You’re Not Funny, Lion, 2000, p.38

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Ideas have Consequences: Anti-Semitism

August 24, 2009

Should the Jew, with the aid of his Marxist creed, triumph over the people of this world, his Crown will be the funeral wreath of mankind, and this planet will once again follow its orbit through ether, without any human life on its surface, as it did millions of years ago. And so I believe to-day that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. In standing guard against the Jew I am defending the handiwork of the Lord.

Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

1. But the Jewish people, each made in the image of God, are ‘the handiwork of the Lord’

2. His belief in the will of God contradicts God’s revealed will to ‘love your neighbour’. This is the worst case scenario of where subjectivism takes you.

3. Ideas have consequences.

The Fact Value Distinction

August 17, 2009

Middle-class parents want values to be taught to children in schools because life will be more pleasant if these values are adhered to. But they do not ask whether these values have any relation to the “facts” as taught in school. They do not ask whether it is possible to believe that concern for minorities, for the poor, for the disabled is important if the fact is that human life is the result of the success of the strong in eliminating the weak.  If it is a ‘fact’ that human life is the accidental result of the ruthless suppression of the weak by the strong, and it is not a fact that ‘Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever,’ then ‘values’ have no factual basis.  They can only be the expression of what some people choose, and–inevitably–it will be the strong who prevail. The language of “values” is simply the will to power wrapped up in cotton wool. And we cannot use the language of right and wrong because it has no basis in the ‘facts’ as we understand them.

Lesslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, 1989, p.17