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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Video Lessons on Politics, Science, and the Wuhan Virus

From the Spring of 2020: 

Here we are over a year later, and virtually everything predicted by this gentleman (Chris Sky) has proven true. In addition, we now have the dreaded--but hardly dangerous--"Indian Variant" (more commonly referred to as the "Delta Variant") of the Wuhan Virus. (What happened to the "Alpha," "Bravo," and "Charlie" variants of the Wuhan Virus? Could these variants have been so inconsequential that we almost completely ignored them?!) Thus, the so-called "experts" are warning of further lockdowns, mask mandates, and the like. Don't fall for it! If we gained ANYTHING from the Wuhan Virus it's that lockdowns and masks do little to nothing to halt or even slow the spread of a virus, and more importantly, we should NEVER surrender our liberties to a godless government in the name of "safety!"

And now some brave physicians are speaking out on the widespread bias employed by many in the scientific community when it came to the Wuhan Virus: 

So because "Orange Man Bad" we didn't get the truth from government (and other) scientists on the Wuhan Virus. This is simply another reason why we should NEVER completely defer to the "experts" when it comes to what is good government! 

Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith and Reason.
www.TrevorGrantThomas.com 
Trevor is the author of The Miracle and Magnificence of America
tthomas@TrevorGrantThomas.com


Saturday, June 26, 2021

As You Watch the SHOCKING Video Below, Remember: This Is What Voting For Democrats Gets You!!!

Because of the laws passed by democrats--and supported by like-minded fools throughout America--men WITH THEIR PENIS EXPOSED can walk around in the women's section of a spa!!! And note the fool customer (white T-shirt) arguing with the lady shooting the video. Using the backwards, sin-riddled reasoning of those who support this GARBAGE, he tries to explain to the videographer that what she saw was not a man! FOOLS!!! (Warning: The video contains some foul language.)

This is REASON ALONE to NEVER vote for a Democrat! OPEN YOUR EYES AMERICA!!! 

Also: This is yet another example why America needs the truth, perhaps now more than ever in our history. We need BOLD truth-tellers! We don't need to be vulgar or rude, but we must remember that enemies of the truth will assail and assault even the meekest of those who speak the truth. Remember, Jesus did nothing but tell the truth and He was killed for it! 

Also: This is yet another example of why followers of Jesus need to support Christian education (as I have been saying!). 

Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith and Reason.
www.TrevorGrantThomas.com 
Trevor is the author of The Miracle and Magnificence of America
tthomas@TrevorGrantThomas.com


Thursday, June 24, 2021

The Mission of a Modern Christian School

A quote that is sometimes mistakenly credited to C.S. Lewis declares, “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” A clue that this was not uttered by Lewis is that it doesn’t quite capture the truth. As Lewis would well know, an education without values would be quite unlikely to be “useful.” What’s more, virtually all education incorporates some sort of values. A more accurate statement on values and education would be: “Education without the proper values, as useful as it may appear, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”

In The Abolition of Man (or Reflections on Education with Special Reference to the Teaching of English in the Upper Forms of Schools), Lewis’s seminal work on education and values, the case is powerfully made that a proper education must be grounded in sound moral values and that this proper education not only rightly informs the intellect of pupils, but trains their emotions and attitudes as well.

With this in mind, Lewis fondly reflects on our right-thinking instructional predecessors when he notes, 

St Augustine defines virtue as ordo amoris, the ordinate condition of the affections in which every object is accorded that kind of degree of love which is appropriate to it. Aristotle says that the aim of education is to make the pupil like and dislike what he ought. When the age for reflective thought comes, the pupil who has been thus trained in “ordinate affections or “just sentiments” will easily find the first principles in Ethics; but to the corrupt man they will never be visible at all and he can make no progress in that science. Plato before him had said the same. The little human animal will not at first have the right responses. It must be trained to feel pleasure, liking, disgust, and hatred at those things which really are pleasant, likeable, disgusting and hateful. In the Republic, the well-nurtured youth is one “who would see most clearly whatever was amiss in ill-made works of man or ill-grown works of nature, and with a just distaste would blame and hate the ugly even from his earliest years and would give delighted praise to beauty, receiving it into his soul and being nourished by it, so that he becomes a man of gentle heart. All this before he is of an age to reason; so that when Reason at length comes to him, then, bred as he has been, he will hold out his hands in welcome and recognize her because of the affinity he bears to her.”

In other words, contrary to what many in education say today, we are not only to teach children how to think but also what to think. It is not enough to have the right knowledge on things, we must also possess the virtue that will allow this knowledge to be put to good use. As Lewis puts it,

Without the aid of trained emotions the intellect is powerless against the animal organism…In battle it is not syllogisms that will keep the reluctant nerves and muscles to their post in the third hour of the bombardment…The head rules the belly through the chest — the seat, as Alanus tells us, of Magnanimity…

Modern American education—dominated by the godless government schools—has produced a mountain of “Men without Chests”—i.e. heartless, selfish men who become our “clever devils.” Yet our world “clamors for those very qualities” that our corrupt government education system has rendered impossible. As Lewis rightly concludes, “We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.”

Likewise, we promote promiscuity and are shocked to find our nation racked with sexual diseases. We reject marriage and are shocked when our children turn to gangs and drugs. We scoff at law and order and the police, and we are shocked to find criminals in our midst. We kill the unborn, and we are shocked to find callous disregard for human life throughout our culture.

If we want “Men with Chests,” if we want honorable human beings whose hearts and minds are filled with the right things, then we must have schools that are founded upon the Moral Law of the Law Giver. This is why I penned my recent column, A Challenge to the Modern Church: Invest in Christian Education. Americans—especially Christian Americans—must cease surrendering our children to be educated in the godless government (and private) schools, and followers of Jesus Christ must lead the way in providing our children the kind of education that will allow them to become who they were created to be. In other words, America needs a network of excellent, affordable, and accessible k-12 Christian schools.

Of course, above all, as many Christian schools across the U.S. are currently demonstrating, these schools should endeavor to teach children and young adults the truth about Jesus Christ and what it means to be a follower of Him. Among other things, this means diligently and daily studying the Word of God. Of course, this also means accepting the Bible for what it claims to be: the infallible, immutable Word of God, which not only reveals His redemptive plan for humanity, but also His Moral Law and is the final authority on ALL moral issues. 

Additionally, Christian schools should prepare their students, and continuously develop their faculty and staff, to be powerful lights in our dark world. Given where the moral battles are in America today, this means special attention should be given to several specific topics. 

Christian schools should teach the truth about marriage—namely that marriage is the union of one man and one woman for life. Students should be taught that this view of marriage is a foundational and fundamental truth because the family, led by God-fearing mothers and fathers, is the foundation of every sound civil society in the history of humanity.

As I have said numerous times beforemarriage is the oldest institution in the history of humanity—older than God's covenant with the nation of Israel, older than The Law, older than the church. Marriage is one of the earliest truths revealed by God. If ANYTHING is true, marriage as the union of one man and one woman is true. On this, there can NEVER be compromise. Children should be taught this from a young age.

Noting how it has become one of the most “compelling issues in the City of Man,” Christian schools should teach the truth about sexual activity. This means teaching that the only rightful place for sexual activity is within marriage (again, the union of one man and one woman for life). Christian schools should go beyond merely teaching students to “wait until marriage” and take every opportunity to introduce them to couples who embody what it means to be godly husbands and wives.

On sexual activity, Christian schools should teach what ignoring the truth on sex has led to in our sex-obsessed culture. This means teaching about the lure, dangers, and deadly consequences of promiscuity, pornography, homosexuality, abortion, and the like. Additionally, Christian schools should go to great lengths to teach students of the many evils of the wicked LGBT agenda and how to combat their numerous lies. 

Christian schools should teach the truth about biological sex. This means reminding their students of the long-known truths on the differences between males and females, and how it is impossible to “transition” from one sex to another. Christian schools should teach their students of the many dangers of “hormone therapies” and mutilating surgeries that often result when one buys into the lies of the transgender agenda. 

Christian schools should teach the truth about life in the womb, the evils of abortion, and the many lies of the pro-abortion industry. Christian schools should not hesitate to reveal the ugly, gruesome side of abortion and what it means to take a human life in the womb. 

Christian schools should teach their students that there is no conflict between Christianity and science. Christian schools should teach the history of modern science and the widespread and important role that devoted Christians such as Francis Bacon, Blaise Pascal, Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, and the like, played in its development. Since Darwinian Evolution directly undermines Christianity, Christian schools should give special attention to the Creation vs. Evolution debate and point out the many flaws of “evolutionism.” On the issue of modern science, Christian schools should also teach their students of the many flaws and lies of the modern climate change agenda. 

Christian schools should teach the truth about America and her founding. Namely, Christian schools should pointedly teach the role that Christians and Christianity played in the miraculous founding of America. Christian schools should teach the ugly history of slavery in America and the huge role that American Christians played in ending this evil in America. Christian schools should strongly oppose the racism of “Critical Race Theory” and reject the evil notion that America is a “systemically racist” nation filled with “systemically racist” organizations and institutions. Also, Christian schools should teach the important role that Christianity has played in making America the greatest nation in the history of humanity. 

Christian schools should teach the biblical principles of handling money. Namely, Christian schools should teach that each of us is a mere steward of God’s property and who we are as Christians is greatly measured by how we handle our earthly possessions. 

Christian schools should focus not only on training pastors, teachers, and missionaries. Christian schools should prepare students to be writers, musicians, athletes, entertainers, politicians, lawyers, bankers, doctors, scientists, engineers, plumbers, mechanics, landscapers, chefs, husbands, wives, parents, good stewards, wise voters, and so on.

America is rife with cultural rot and “clever devils,” and one of the biggest reasons is that Christians have largely abdicated the education of our children to those who have mostly abandoned the notion of “just sentiments” and are failing miserably in training students to “feel pleasure, liking, disgust, and hatred at those things which really are pleasant, likeable, disgusting and hateful.” For this to change, sound, rightly missioned Christian education must become more prevalent in the U.S.

Copyright 2021, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith and Reason.
www.TrevorGrantThomas.com 
Trevor is the author of The Miracle and Magnificence of America
tthomas@TrevorGrantThomas.com

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Anthony Fauci: Prophet of Scientism

We were warned decades ago. In 1958, in Willing Slaves of the Welfare State, C.S. Lewis wrote,

[T]he new oligarchy must more and more base its claim to plan us on its claim to knowledge. If we are to be mothered, mother must know best. This means they must increasingly rely on the advice of scientists, till in the end the politicians proper become merely the scientists’ puppets. Technocracy is the form to which a planned society must tend. Now I dread specialists in power because they are specialists speaking outside their special subjects. Let scientists tell us about sciences. But government involves questions about the good for man, and justice, and what things are worth having at what price; and on these a scientific training gives a man’s opinion no added value. Let the doctor tell me I shall die unless I do so-and-so; but whether life is worth having on those terms is no more a question for him than for any other man…I dread government in the name of science. That is how tyrannies come in.

In the past 18 months, has there been a more dreaded “specialist in power” than Dr. Anthony Fauci? Seemingly reveling in his ability to inflict technocratic tyranny, Fauci has spent much of the past 18 months speaking outside his special subject. And during the Wuhan virus “casedemic” (it was more this than a pandemic) even when he stuck to his “special subject” (immunology and infectious diseases), Fauci has frequently been proven wrong.

On everything from masks (again and again!) to social distancing, testing, the lockdowns, the vaccinated, the asymptomatic, herd immunity, and the origins of the Wuhan virus, Fauci (along with his like-minded ilk) has regularly failed to get it right. Nevertheless, Fauci tells us that those now calling him out—with some (rightly) demanding his resignation or firing—for his repeated failures and deceit are guilty of attacking “science and the truth.”

In other words, in order to protect himself, Fauci is hiding behind “the science.” This is nothing more than another technocrat using scientism to further himself and his perverse agenda, all the while hoping to keep his hands on the levers of Big Government as long as possible. Like all of those steeped in scientism, Fauci is guilty of abusing the scientific method and scientific authority.

Fauci’s scientism has wrought near-immeasurable damage to the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of American businesses were shut down during the foolish lockdowns, with many never to reopen. As a result, millions of Americans lost their jobs. In an attempt to fix this self-inflicted problem, the U.S. government has incurred several trillion dollars more in debt on top of the numerous trillions in debt with which we were already burdened.

In addition, churches were shuttered, playgrounds were closed, sports—even outdoor sports!—were cancelled, concerts were called off, and so on. America entered an unprecedented—and tragically unnecessary—era of inactivity. Because we were repeatedly and wrongly told that a “wave” of virus cases was imminent, hospitals virtually emptied out, postponed treatments and surgeries, and told most everyone to stay away. In other words, thanks largely to Fauci’s scientism, the health care demands of the Wuhan virus were grossly overestimated and many who needed medical care could not get it.

As I noted back in August of 2020, these demands were so “grossly overestimated” that billions of taxpayer dollars were unnecessarily spent—in other words, wasted—on “field hospitals” that were supposedly meant to help “handle” the virus patients as states fought to “flatten the curve.” Numerous hospitals that cost tens of millions of dollars each never treated a single patient. Others treated only a few dozen. Additionally, the hospital patient shortage was so massive that numerous U.S. hospitals suffered unprecedented, albeit self-inflicted, financial devastation.

In spite of being in less danger from the Wuhan virus than they are from the seasonal flu, millions of U.S. students have not seen the inside of their schools for almost a year-and-a-half. Most of those that were allowed to return to school have been foolishly and ignorantly required to wear a face mask. Since U.S. schools were shut down in March of 2020, week after week has provided clear data that shows that the young and healthy are in virtually no danger from the Wuhan virus. Yet the shutdowns and the masking persisted. Why?! The only answer is: scientism.

Fauci has proven himself to be the high priest of this perverse ideology. Make no mistake: much of what has been imposed in the name of the Wuhan virus—including widespread changes in election methods—was done to keep Donald Trump from winning re-election and to further empower power-hungry democrats. However, scientism was the means by which almost all of this was accomplished.

What else could explain many Americans still wearing masks outdoors and alone in their cars? What else could explain an insistence (and then quick reversal) that the vaccinated continue to wear masks and practice “social distancing?” What else could explain the eager rush to shun the idea that the Wuhan virus was manufactured and escaped from a Wuhan lab? What else could explain the rejection of proven remedies to fight diseases like the Wuhan virus?

It was never the business of men (or women) like Dr. Fauci to lead the way in deciding how any government—but especially the government of the United States of America—should govern during a health crisis. Living life on his “terms” during the Wuhan virus debacle has proved a tragic mistake. Hopefully enough Americans have learned the right lessons.

(See this column at American Thinker.) 

Copyright 2021, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
www.trevorgrantthomas.com
Trevor is the author of the The Miracle and Magnificence of America
tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com

Sunday, June 6, 2021

A Challenge to the Modern Church: Invest in Christian Education!

On schools, the Father of the Reformation, Martin Luther, said,

I am much afraid that the universities will prove to be the great gates of hell, unless they diligently labour in explaining the Holy Scriptures, and engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not unceasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.

Tragically, the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in America have proven this wise adage true. In the world today, there are few things more corrupt than the godless government schools that dominate the education system of the United States of America. Additionally—proving themselves “great gates of hell”—few things are more responsible for the widespread immorality, and corresponding cultural rot, that currently plagues America than are the godless government schools. This is true of k-12 schools as well as colleges and universities.

Not only do American government schools shun the Scriptures, but they directly undermine them. Everything from instruction to discipline is rooted in a godless, secular worldview. America's government schools promote or encourage a wide variety of wicked philosophies that are almost always in direct opposition to a Christian worldview. Most of such philosophies are rooted in the evil “theology of self.” The ultimate goal of the “theology of self” is to make oneself the center of all things, or put another way, to rule one’s own world. From the Fall until today, this is the age-old problem of humanity, and nothing in secular education, therapy, science, or politics is—nor are those devoted only to such—properly designed to deal with this problem.

A “theology of self” elevates humanity above God and looks to human efforts and achievements alone to solve the world's problems. Foolishly thinking that humanity alone has the solutions for all that ail us, the godless government schools have helped lead the way in turning generations of Americans away from true religion and the Truth and into scientism. Scientism is not science. It is an ideology that is often confused with science. It is, rather, an abuse of the scientific method and scientific authority.

In other words, scientism is a false religion with many “denominations:” Darwinism, environmentalism, feminism, hedonism, humanism, Marxism, socialism, and so on. Scientism arrogantly attempts to lift itself above all other beliefs and disciplines—philosophy and theology included. “Philosophy is dead,” declared Stephen Hawking in his 2010 book The Grand Design. Hawking declared it “dead” because, “Philosophy has not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics.”

Thus, as we see, scientism seeks to elevate the methods of natural science to a level where it is the bar by which every other intellectual discipline is held. Scientism ridicules faith and religion and tells us that “God is dead.” Scientism tells us that the “debate is over,” so “shut up and get in line!” Scientism tells us to “put on your mask” and that you must “get the [experimental] vaccine!”

As a result of decades of indoctrination in godless philosophies, staggering numbers of American youths are abandoning Christianity and the Church. According to the American Worldview Inventory 2021—a study conducted by the Cultural Research Center of Arizona Christian University—more than any other generation of Americans, millennials (born 1985-2002) have cut ties with Christian beliefs. Tragically, 43% of millennials stated that they either don’t know, don’t care, or don’t believe that God exists.

Additionally, the study notes that “Millennials…are far more likely than any other generation to:

· Define success in life as happiness, personal freedom, or productivity without oppression  

· Consider an abortion performed to reduce personal economic or emotional discomfort to be morally acceptable

· Consider premarital sex with someone expected to be their future spouse to be morally acceptable

· Deem reincarnation a real possibility

· Be liberal regarding fiscal and social policies

· Champion liberal theology.”

The study also reports that millennials are “much less likely [their emphasis] than Americans from older generations” to:

· Embrace the Bible as their primary source of moral guidance

· Accept the notion of God being the all-knowing, all-powerful and just creator of the universe who still rules that universe today

· Consider Satan to be a real and influential being

· Participate in religious activities such as worshipping God, praying to God, studying the Bible, seeking and following God’s will, and asking for God’s forgiveness for their sins

· Identify as a Christian

· Believe that after they die they will spend eternity in God’s presence solely because they have confessed their sins and have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.

Of course, millennials did not get to this sad point on their own. These “spiritual transitions” represent a continuation of dramatic changes introduced by Gen X prior to the arrival of the Millennials. As George Barna—Director of Research at the Cultural Research Center—points out,

[T]he reshaping of America’s religious landscape began nearly 60 years ago. Baby Boomers were the most aggressive initiators of spiritual change, embracing dramatically different beliefs and behaviors than their predecessors. Their successors, Gen X, realigned the nation’s religious boundaries even further. The youngest adult generation of today, Millennials, are now threatening to reshape the nation’s religious parameters beyond recognition.

To combat this long and tragically effective war on Christianity and the truth, U.S. churches must embrace and invest in Christian education. For far too long, far too many American Christians have surrendered their children to the godless government schools. This must change, and the church in America must act as a powerful agent for this change.

This is especially true for churches with large campuses and large budgets. These large campuses often sit mostly empty throughout the school day and could be used for classrooms, cafeterias, theaters, and the like. Gyms and athletic fields could be built; buses could be bought; and so on. It’s true that schools require large budgets, but churches—especially “mega churches” could forego campus expansion and the like and devote such resources to providing children with a sound Christian education.

Also, many U.S. churches have long been devoted to foreign missions, and rightly so. However, while seeking to spread the Word on other continents, many American churches have neglected the moral decay and the war on Christianity that’s been right under their noses for decades. Instead of trying to undo the vast damage caused by godless government schools, churches should rid themselves of the problem by getting in the education game.

Small churches that lack the budgets and other resources to provide a quality education could pool their resources and partner with other small churches, or they could partner with larger churches. Christian schools could be supported by a network of churches, both large and small, making this an affordable educational option for Christian families. This could happen in communities across the U.S.

What’s more, once this network of Christian schools spreads and becomes more popular, Christians could lobby for state laws to change so that the tax resources of Christians could be directed to the schools of their choice. Thus, not only would the godless government schools lose vast numbers of students, they would also lose the large financial resources that (are supposed to) follow these students. Almost without fail, Christian schools would prove themselves much better stewards of these resources (both financial and human).

To turn the tide of rampant immorality that currently plagues the U.S., many Americans are longing for a new spiritual “Awakening” for our nation. Educating millions of American youths from a Christian worldview would go a long way toward this end.  

(In the coming days I will publish my opinion on what should be the mission of modern Christian schools.)

(See this column at American Thinker.)

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.
Trevor Grant Thomas
At the intersection of politics, science, faith, and reason.
www.TrevorGrantThomas.com
Trevor is the author of The Miracle and Magnificence of America.