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THE LAST Days Conference is now history, and everyone who attended would agree that it was a powerful experience. Organizer Tom Dunn pulled together an impressive group of speakers, all of whom contributed a piece to the puzzle that is the timeline of the countdown to the end of the age.
This week’s show is a summary of what attendees heard, a collection of interviews with the featured speakers direct from the conference in Nashville:
- Chris White — The2012Deception.net
- Documentary filmmaker Chris Pinto on the true faith of America’s founding fathers
- Dr. Michael Bennett (AKA Dr. Future) on the role of sorcery in the coming supernatural showdown
- Michael Tatar, Jr. (AKA Tom Bionic) — StopSleepParalysis.org
- Russ Dizdar of Shatter the Darkness Ministries
- L.A. Marzulli on Politics, Prophecy, and the Supernatural
- Guy Malone on what the Bible says about “alien” contact
- Joe Jordan, co-founder and president of CE4 Research Group, on the human casualties of the cosmic war
Click the arrow on the player below to listen now, or right-click (control-click if you have a Mac) the “download” link to save the mp3 file to your hard drive.
PZ Myers, a biologist toiling away at a small public liberal arts college in rural Minnesota, takes pity on us Hoosiers because our governor professes to be a humble Christian:
The core of Christianity has never been humility, but arrogance. This is a faith that claims its followers have privileged contact with an immortal, omniscient being, that claims that believers are especially loved by the most powerful intelligence in the universe, and that those who believe most devoutly will be rewarded after death with cushy lives in paradise, while the rest of us burn in torment for eternity.
No, not privileged contact. It’s there for anyone who opens a Bible. Sadly, it appears that God fails to live up to Myers’ high standards.
While Myers is correct in pointing out that too many professing Christians cop a holier-than-thou attitude, a careful reading of the gospels turns up no justification for it. Christians, as Daniels points out in his interview, are, like all humans, fallen. There are none righteous in God’s eyes.
Setting aside the question of whether Gov. Daniels is a genuine Christian, how is a believer who acknowledges his hopeless spiritual condition more arrogant than an atheist who denies any need for divine intervention?
And then there is this logical incoherence:
There is no eternal standard of right and wrong.
In the absence of a god-given absolute morality, all that matters is how we treat one another in this one life we have.
No eternal, absolute standard of right and wrong. Yet the bulk of Myers’ writing is devoted to telling the world how absolutely, dangerously wrong Christians are.
And if all we have are these few brief decades, with no eternal judge of right and wrong to whom we must answer someday, how does Myers’ vague love-thy-neighbor philosophy make any sense? What makes that the ultimate standard of a life lived well? Who decided, and on what criteria? What gain to me if I love my neighbor when my eternal reward is nothing, and my punishment for hating my neighbor is…nothing?
While Myers is correct in pointing out that Hitler, contrary to Gov. Daniels’ claim, was not an atheist (Hitler was actually an occultist with beliefs disturbingly similar to those of many prominent New Age gurus), the governor’s point stands: if all that matters is what we get out of this life, then the only logically consistent morality is naked self-interest.
There is no rational basis for atheistic altruism. It’s illogical in the absence of an omnipotent supernatural judge, and it’s anti-Darwinian.
In other words, “morality built on reason” for an atheist means the only limiting factor on behavior is the risk of getting caught.
Whether Daniels is truly a Christian or not, I feel better living in a state headed by a man who claims to be guided by Christian morality.
Good to see that National Endowment for the Arts flack Yosi Sargent has resigned over the “art for Obama conference call. It was an abuse of taxpayer funds that smacked of Soviet Russia or communist China.
That said, at least the source of the propaganda was essentially secular. A segment of the conservative media, especially Salem Broadcasting-type Christian talk radio, propagandizes for the GOP and claims to do so with the authority of scripture.
For example, this statement by popular talk show host Janet Parshall about voting for a third-party candidate for president:
When we do that we have advocated the antithetical position to what we know to be biblical truth. Because, when we sit it out, what we’re saying, in essence, is, ‘Our vote doesn’t count. We don’t care to influence and occupy.’ The other person’s vote takes precedence. The other person de facto gets the vote.
Parshall meant, of course, that voting for anyone other than the Republican nominee was “antithetical” to “biblical truth”. That particular verse must not be in the translations I read.
Now, it’s true that her opinion and the venue in which she expressed it were not financed by tax dollars as far as I know. However, it’s well-known that prominent evangelicals enjoyed relatively easy access to the Bush White House, where they were actively and cynically courted, and one could argue that the 501(c)3 tax-exempt status enjoyed by churches constitutes a government subsidy.
My point: it’s only propaganda when it’s the other party doing it.
VON GLITSCHKA is a successful freelance illustrator and graphic designer with an edgy style, sort of the antithesis of Thomas Kinkade. As such, he occasionally catches criticism from those who find his beliefs intolerant as well as from those who find his work too, well, edgy for comfort.
Our conversation deals with his journey to faith and the challenges that he faces as a Christian who uses his talents for secular clients who want his designs to help them sell stuff.