As John MacArthur wrote, proponents of the “framework hypothesis” argue the language and details of Genesis 1 are unimportant; they are only meant to show that divine Providence guided the evolutionary process.
But, if that’s really what God intended for us to take away from the first few chapters of Genesis—Providence guided evolution—then why did God provide such exact details with precise language?
Grace to You (n.d.). The Fallacy of the “Framework Hypothesis”. Available http://www.gty.org/resources/print/blog/b100609. Last accessed 28th May 2015
The state says to the individual: you have a right to your religious and philosophical beliefs, but only so long as you keep them to yourself and don’t allow them to be expressed in your relations with your fellow citizens. You may believe what you want in the privacy of your own mind, but you may not translate your beliefs into social or political action. But we are free to translate our leftist ‘theology’ into rules and regulations that diminish your liberty. What then becomes of the “free exercise of religion” spoken of in the First Amendment? It is out the window. The totalitarian state has taken one more step in its assault on the liberty of the individual.
The totalitarian state of the contemporary liberal says to the individual: you have no right to live your beliefs unless we allow you to; but we have every right to impose our leftist beliefs on you and force you to live as we see fit.
Here are some home truths that cannot be repeated too often:
We are not the property of the state.
Our rights and liberties do not come from the state, but are logically antecedent to it, inscribed as they are in the very nature of things.
We do not have to justify our keeping of what is ours; the state has to justify its taking.
Vallicella, B. (2013). Separation of Leftism and State. Maverick Philosopher. Available http://maverickphilosopher.typepad.com/maverick_philosopher/2013/07/separation-of-leftism-and-state.html. Last accessed 16th May 2015.
Grand Cosmological Claim Crumbles? 25,000 times the readers of National Geographic clicked “Like” to promote the alleged confirmation of the big bang’s inflation period [through the BICEP2 project in 2014]. But even many months after they reported the correction, only 51 of their readers similarly promoted the correction.
Anon. (2014). RSR’s List of Big Bang Predictions. Bob Enyart Live. Available http://kgov.com/big-bang-predictions. Last accessed 16th May 2015.
Third, if you do not share the universities’ values [on political issues], it could be a big mistake to send your children to college before they are intellectually and morally prepared for the indoctrination-rather-than-education they will receive there. Therefore, prepare them morally and intellectually and, if possible, do not send them to college right after high school…The younger the student, the less life experience and maturity they have, the more they are likely to embrace the rejection of your values.
The sad fact is that if you love education, revere the life of the mind, care about the pursuit of truth, think young people need to receive wisdom from their elders, and value moral clarity, the university is the last place you would want to send your 18-year-old.
Prager, D. (2015). Oxford and the Crisis of the University. Townhall. Available http://townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2015/01/20/oxford-and-the-crisis-of-the-university-n1945320/page/full. Last accessed 16th May 2015.
Ever since I learned as a teenager that the Saturday Evening Post magazine was actually published on Wednesday mornings, I have been very skeptical about words. “Gun control” laws do not control guns, “rent control” laws do not control rent, and government “stimulus” spending does not stimulate the economy…
Does anyone seriously believe that people who are prepared to defy the laws against murder are going to obey laws against owning guns or large-capacity magazines?
Sowell, T. (2013). Feeling Sorry for Jay Carney. National Review. Available http://www.nationalreview.com/article/351894/feeling-sorry-jay-carney-thomas-sowell. Last accessed 16th May 2015.
The idea of precipitating a collapse in the economic system as a means of introducing socialist solutions was first proposed in the mid-1960s by two Columbia University professors, Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. The Cloward-Piven strategy was originally aimed at the welfare system. The idea was to drive up welfare enrollments to the point where state and local governments could no longer handle the strain, and the federal government would be “forced” to take over public welfare.
Obama’s contribution to the Cloward-Piven strategy is to extend it to every area of life. In other words, if you can overload the local welfare system, why not overload local law enforcement? Why not overload the health care system? Why not overburden the immigration system by letting in hundreds of thousands of illegals? Then you can claim that all these systems are broken and have to be totally rebuilt—preferably in the image of some imaginary socialist utopia.
Kilpatrick, W. (2015). Assuming the Worst. Crisis Magazine. Available http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/assuming-worst. Last accessed 16th May 2015.