Essays, Politics-Government, Reviews.

Christianity good, secularism bad

Book Book Review Part II, Title How Should We Then Live?, Author Francis A. Schaeffer, Rating 2.5,

How Should We Then Live?

Francis A. Schaeffer

Book Review Part II

The second part of this four-part review of Francis Schaeffer's How Should We Then Live: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture examines the author's historical approach, and evaluates his comparison of Christendom and secular society.

Essays, Politics-Government, Reviews.

Absolutely relative

Book Book Review Part III, Title How Should We Then Live?, Author Francis A. Schaeffer, Rating 2.5,

How Should We Then Live?

Francis A. Schaeffer

Book Review Part III

The third part of this four-part review of Francis Schaeffer's How Should We Then Live: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture examines the author's claims that Christian ethics are the only absolute standard for society.

Essays, Politics-Government, Reviews.

The good old days of Christendom

Book Book Review Part I, Title How Should We Then Live?, Author Francis A. Schaeffer, Rating 2.5,

How Should We Then Live?

Francis A. Schaeffer

Book Review Part I

In his book How Should We Then Live: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture, what did Francis Schaeffer have to say that influenced so many Evangelicals to become more politically active? In this first of a four part review, the author's primary theses are summarized, then the impact of critical historical events that were minimized or left out of the author’s analysis of Western Civilization are assessed.

Essays, Politics-Government, Technology.

The superweed and GMO crops

Superweeds are weeds that cannot be killed with the usual pesticides used by by today's agro-businesses, such as Roundup. They have begun to pop up in fields that grow crops which have been genetically modified (GMO) to increase their resistance to pesticides. This allows farmers to use Roundup more liberally to kill weeds. This approach worked very well at first, but after a prolonged overexposure of the weed population to Roundup, weed species resistant to Roundup have been selected. This is a serious agricultural problem, as these weeds lower the yield, increase the cost of harvest, and remain a problem that is not easily solved. Why is this strategy employed, when agronomists predicted that such an outcome was inevitable? Why not just move to organic farming, eliminating the use of chemical pesticides, which like antibiotics, are indiscriminate in destroying both pests and beneficial organisms?

Essays, Philosophy, Religion, Science.

What to believe?

Confusion is the only rational outcome of the questions raised by religion.  How can one be certain that God exists or certain that God does not exist, or if God exists, what form God takes?  To insist that any religion has the unequivocal answers to these questions is to be blinded by the fear of uncertainty and the fear of death.  That is not to say that the religious impulse is a false one.  What is the purpose of life?  How do we live a good life, a meaningful life, a fulfilled life?
Essays, Philosophy, Science.

Zeno’s Paradox? Not so much

Zeno of Elea, an ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher, was well-known for his logical paradoxes.  One involves shooting an arrow at a target, which he argues first must move half-way to its target, then half-way again from the midpoint, then half-way again, never quite reaching the target; in fact, in order to get to the first half-way point, the arrow must go half-way to it, and to get to that point, it must go half-way to it, etc., requiring an infinite number of steps to reach the target. According to Zeno, then, you can never get to where you are going.