The Wisdom Chronicle

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The Wisdom Chronicle is designed to bring nuggets of wisdom from the dozens of books I read every year. I endeavor to share the best of what I have gleaned. The determination of relevance lies with you. Blessings, Jim Whiddon

321. VERBAL DISCIPLINE “The best way to save face is to keep the lower half shut.”
— C. Seidman
322. REALITY “Christians have a powerful ally in the war of ideas: reality. Whenever someone tries to deny the truth, reality ultimately betrays him. As Francis Schaeffer points out, “Regardless of a man’s system, he has to live in God’s world. The fact is, mankind is made in the image of God and must live in the world God created. Although culture shifts, human nature remains the same. Ideas change, but ultimate reality does not.”
Excerpt From: Koukl, Gregory. “Tactics.”
323. HATE SPEECH  “The Truth is hate speech to those who hate the Truth.”
— Unknown
324. POWER OF SEX “The late James L. Johnson, on the flyleaf of his book What Every Woman Should Know About a Man, called sex “the strange and mysterious drive of the God-given chemistry that has shaped nations, destroyed kingdoms, and brought ruin or ecstasy to millions from the beginning of time.”
Excerpt From: Jerry B. Jenkins. “Hedges.”
325. “THINKING is the hardest work there is, which is probably why so few engage in it.”
—Henry Ford
326. LIBERTY “The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it. When we resist the concentration of power, we are resisting the powers of death. Concentration of power precedes the destruction of human liberties.”
— Woodrow Wilson
327. ABUSING GOD “I now pray to God that he will bless in the years to come our work, our deeds, our foresight, our resolve; that the Almighty may protect us from both arrogance and cowardly servility, that he may help us find the right way, which he has laid down for [our] people and that he may always give us courage to do the right thing and never to falter or weaken before any power or any danger.”
Inspiring words if spoken by a man or woman who respects his or her brothers and sisters. Kind of scary when you realize they were spoken in 1938 by Adolf Hitler and helped influence a nation to genocide.
Excerpt From: Simmons, Annette. “The Story Factor.”
328. INDEPENDENCE DAY “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets “iffy,” and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”
— Erma Bombeck
329. DIETING “Calories you eat standing up don’t count.”
— Unknown
330. SEEKING WISDOM “A person should be so deep in study that he forgets to eat, so full of joy in learning he ignores all practical worries, and so busy acquiring knowledge he does not notice old age coming on.”
–Confusius

 

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  1. Stephen B says:

    “Christians have a powerful ally in the war of ideas: reality. Whenever someone tries to deny the truth, reality ultimately betrays him. As Francis Schaeffer points out, “Regardless of a man’s system, he has to live in God’s world. ”

    One could equally say:
    Naturalists have a powerful ally in the war of ideas: reality. Whenever someone tries to deny the truth, reality ultimately betrays him. Regardless of a man’s system, he has to live in a naturalistic world.

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    • Frank Turek says:

      On naturalism, the “someone” denying the truth about reality hasn’t come to that conclusion because of reason but because he is a molecular machine. He has come to his conclusion because of natural forces over which he has no control. If naturalism is true, we have no warrant to believe naturalism is true or anything else. Thus, Christianity is a much more plausible view of reality than naturalism.

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      • Stephen B says:

        “hasn’t come to that conclusion because of reason but because he is a molecular machine”

        Who says the supernatural is required in order to reason?

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      • toby says:

        “On naturalism, the “someone” denying the truth about reality hasn’t come to that conclusion because of reason but because he is a molecular machine.”

        You’re assuming the universe is deterninistic. Things in this universe can happen at random. Radioactive decay is great example of something that is not deterministic. You know what happens when people assume? That’s right, they end up standing on a god pedestal saying, “I know how everything in the universe behaves!”

        Your dismissal of “molecules in motion” has always made me laugh. One reason is that everything around you is molecules and you’re saying it’s nothing without something supernatural in your head that can never be proven. Mountains of physical objects and reactions vs. a stale idea (dualism).

        And let’s assume you’re right. That we’re all just molecules in motion. Then what we call thinking and reasoning will still be the process that happens in our heads even if it’s just molecular activity. There’s no reason to assume that any given proposition is wrong just because it developed in this universe and was tailored BY the physical realities of the universe TO the physical realities of the universe.

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  2. Luke says:

    Dr. Turek,

    One more quick question so I can give you a proper reply. A quick yes/no will do (though you are free to elaborate if you wish; I’m not trying to force you into oversimplyfying).

    If I understand you correctly, you don’t think gays constitute a suspect class because it’s it’s a behavior that is being discriminated against. Do you think religion constitutes a suspect class? I think all the things you mention about gays, would be true for Catholics, for example. (A desire to love G-d. A desire to please Him. The behavior of taking communion. The behavior of confession. And on and on.)

    I’ll work on a reply soon.

    Thanks,

    Luke

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