Category Archives: Modern Culture

The De-Christianization of Europe, and America Is Next

These telling statistics from The Guardian:

“Europe’s march towards a post-Christian society has been starkly illustrated by research showing a majority of young people in a dozen countries do not follow a religion. The survey of 16- to 29-year-olds found the Czech Republic is the least religious country in Europe, with 91% of that age group saying they have no religious affiliation. Between 70% and 80% of young adults in Estonia, Sweden and the Netherlands also categorise themselves as non-religious. The most religious country is Poland, where 17% of young adults define themselves as non-religious, followed by Lithuania with 25%.”

America is next up for De-Christianization.  If you doubt it, just show up at any Church on a Sunday evening or Wednesday evening (if the churches in your area even bother with such services) and take note of the lack of participation.

For many Christians, their Christianity simply doesn’t matter.  Not only do most have no time for worship or study, they also have even less time for evangelism and ministry.  It is, therefore, frankly, no surprise at all that America, like Europe, has fewer and fewer Christians.  And the downward trend shows no sign of turning around.  And, again, if you don’t believe it, just show up at any church anywhere that has an Evening service.

Someone At Fox Has Had Enough


A retired United States Army lieutenant colonel and Fox News contributor quit Tuesday and denounced the network and President Donald Trump in an email to colleagues.

“Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration,” wrote Ralph Peters, a Fox News “strategic analyst.” “Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed,” he wrote. Peters, who was also a heated critic of Barack Obama’s foreign policy, once described him as having been “date raped” by Vladimir Putin. He didn’t respond to an email about his missive. “Ralph Peters is entitled to his opinion despite the fact that he’s choosing to use it as a weapon in order to gain attention. We are extremely proud of our top-rated primetime hosts and all of our opinion programing,” Fox News said in a statement.

Click the link above for the full letter.  It’s great.


Thank you, Ralph-

[divine judgment] “shal come upon you as a Whirlwind, & overtake you as a Thief in the night, and when you cry peace, then shall destruction upon destruction come suddenly, and you shall not escape; torment shall take hold upon you; and anguish shall seise upon your inward parts; a fire shall be kindled in your bowels for ever, which shall burn, and none shall quench it.” Humphrey Smith (Quaker), 1658.

The Evil Angels According to Luther

The first evil angel is Tatian, with his Encratites, who forbade marriage and wanted to become righteous by their works, like the Jews. For the doctrine of works-righteousness had to be the first doctrine in opposition to the gospel; and it also remains the last, except that it is always getting new teachers and new names, such as the Pelagians, etc.

The second [evil angel] is Marcion, with his Cataphrygians, Manichaeans, Montanists, etc., who extol their own spirituality above all the Scriptures, and who move—like this burning mountain [8:8]—between heaven and earth, as, for example, Münzer and the fanatics in our day.

The third is Origen, who embittered and corrupted the Scriptures with philosophy and reason, as the universities have hitherto done among us.

The fourth is Novatus, with his Cathari, who denied penance and claimed to be purer than others. Of this same sort were, later, the Donatists. Our clergy, however, are all four [of these evil angels] at once. The scholars who know history will be able to figure this out, for it would take too long to relate and prove everything [here].*

Scholars of our own day will recognize that every heresy ever to assault the Church has been around since the beginning.  From the Montanists to the Pentebabbleists and from the Origenists to the Emergents and from the Novations to the Osteenites and everything in between.  When it comes to heresy, there really is nothing new under the sun and every new evil is just an old evil renewed.

*Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 35: Word and Sacrament I (ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, and Helmut T. Lehmann; vol. 35; Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999), 402–404.

When You Leave Your Guns Where the Kids Can Get Them…

Tragic things happen, and you get to live with the knowledge that it’s your fault.

A 13-year-old girl has died after authorities say she was shot Saturday by her 9-year-old brother, local media reported. Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said the girl would not give up a video game controller when her brother wanted it.  Cantrell said she was shot in the back of the head, and that the bullet went through her brain. The girl was rushed to Le Bonheur’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis. Cantrell said late Sunday that she died of her injuries, WLOV-TV and other media reported. Authorities don’t yet know how the child had access to the weapon they say he used to shoot his sister. It’s also unclear how much knowledge the boy had of the dangers of guns. “He’s just 9. I assume he’s seen this on video games or TV,” Cantrell said. “I don’t know if he knew exactly what this would do. I can’t answer that. I do know it’s a tragedy.” The investigation will not be rushed, the sheriff said, and the identities of family members are not being released.

So a 13 year old is dead- killed by a 9 year old- because the adults in their life lack the sense it takes to put guns where kids can’t get them.  It’s sickening.

Not The Onion: The Republican Who Wants to Give Homeless People Shotguns

Worst idea ever, or worst idea of all time?

A Michigan candidate for US Senate has proposed arming homeless people with pump-action shotguns in an effort to reduce crime.

Brian Ellison, who is running against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow, says homeless people are “constantly victims of violent crime” and providing them with firearms would provide a deterrent.

Ellison, a Libertarian who is expected to be the party’s candidate in the November midterm election, said he had settled on pump-action shotguns for practicality purposes.

“Frankly I think the ideal weapon would be a pistol,” he told the Guardian, “but due to the licensing requirements in the state we’re going to have a hard enough time getting homeless people shotguns as it is.

Is he unaware of the fact that a lot of homeless people are suffering mental illness?  Or does he think unstable people blasting away at imagined devils is a good thing?

What is wrong with people…