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Camouflage | Salvo 28

Civilization & Its Malcontents

How Soviet Disinformation Infected the West & What the West Can Do About It

by Terrell Clemmons

. . . Disinformation can be tough reading. The darkness of the evil it exposes assaults the psyche, but the onslaught is mitigated by the unfolding revelation of how plain, unvarnished truth did illuminate the darkness and out-endure the lies. Pacepa's own story of redemption, the collapse of the USSR, and the enduring light of the Catholic Church—these all bear witness that truth and virtue ultimately prevail and that the campaign of truth is still the best hope in the face of evil empires and their lies. ►►►

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Feature | Salvo 37

You Gotta Believe

Atheist or Not, You Already Have More Faith Than You Realize

by James S. Spiegel

. . . You might say that your belief in the reliability of your senses is an article of faith. After all, it is something that you hold to be true without conclusive proof. Moreover, it is a conviction that has practical consequences for every moment of your waking life. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you conduct yourself according to this conviction that your senses are reliable. In short, you devoutly trust your senses. This is just one of the ways that all of us live by faith, regardless of what our particular worldviews happen to be. . . . ►►►

Parting Shot | Salvo 37


Porn Is Killing Sexual Intimacy for Its Users

by Russell D. Moore

. . . When pornography enters into a marriage, the result is shame. By "shame," I do not mean the feeling of being ashamed (although that may be part of it). I mean that one is, at the most intimate level, hiding. There's something within us that knows that sexuality is meant for something other than the manipulation of body parts. Pornography kills sexuality because porn isn't just about sex and because sex isn't just about sex. . . . ►►►

Department: Camouflage | Salvo 27

Holy Struggles

Reconciling Christianity & the Crusades

by Terrell Clemmons

It's too easy to repudiate the actions of Christians of other times and places. Though wrongs certainly transpired, "there's little point in becoming judgmental. Better to try to understand the crusaders in the context of their times." And to do that, a little history is in order. . . . ►►►

Feature | Salvo 21

Galactic Green

Our Milky Way Is Amazingly Designed for Life

by Hugh Ross

. . . Three Australian astronomers, Simon J. Mutch, Darren J. Croton, and Gregory B. Poole, have discovered that the description "ideally timed for life" applies not only to Earth's sun and moon but also to our Milky Way Galaxy (hereafter Milky Way or MWG). In a recently published paper in the Astrophysical Journal,1 the three astronomers declare that the Milky Way is currently experiencing a "midlife crisis" that holds significance for our existence. . . . ►►►

Headquarters | Salvo 21

The Neuro Transformers

Culture & the Malleability of the Human Brain

by Robin Phillips

. . . But this evolutionary narrative has recently had to be abandoned by professional neuroscientists. We now understand that these types of variations in the brains of different people groups have nothing to do with genetics at all. The physiological structure of our brains, including hundreds of thousands of neuro-connections, do evolve to adapt themselves to our natural and cultural habitats, but this evolution occurs within a single lifetime without leaving a footprint on the genetic code. ►►►

Feature | Salvo 21

Artificial Wife

Not If But When Marriage Becomes Extinct

by Regis Nicoll

. . . I sense a raised eyebrow from folks trusting in the guardrails of common sense and collective reason—wide-eyed souls like me, who, little more than a decade ago, could never have imagined that same-sex "marriage" would be seriously entertained, much less legally recognized. Yet, once marriage is accepted as a social convention rather than a natural institution, there is no basis for excluding any union that man can conceive of. "Well, what's the harm with that?" someone is sure to ask. . . . ►►►

Department: Headquarters | Salvo 33

No Progress Report

How Deafness to Wise Old Voices Distorts the Past, Present & Future

by Jason Morgan

. . . Our age's epistemology is now overwhelmingly Whiggish, thanks to an educational system that teaches people to see themselves as Prometheuses wresting enlightenment from the murky backwardness of the past and carrying it forward into the future. But the paradox of this self-styled heroism is that, the more people set their faces against the past, the more they fail to understand the present. They thus feel alienated from time and struggle blindly for increasingly abstract ideals that have neither antecedent nor context. Can anything be done about this ascendancy of all things Whiggish? Many people are dizzied by the pace of unexamined change in the world. Can those with temporal vertigo stop Whigging out and restore sanity to society? ►►►

Archives | Salvo 28

Godless Prose & Cons

They Don't Make Atheists Like They Used To

by Cameron Wybrow

. . . How does [Bertrand] Russell respond to such a cosmos? Does he express public outrage against the idea of God? No; as if foreseeing our New Atheists, he warns against such outrage: "[A] spirit of fiery revolt, of fierce hatred of the gods, seems necessary to the assertion of freedom. . . . But indignation is still a bondage . . . which it is necessary for the wise to overcome." . . . ►►►

Department: Headquarters | Salvo 27

Controlling Factors

Here Are Two Surefire Paths for Losing Your Freedoms

by Arthur W. Hunt III

. . . What would be the social implications of Darwin and Freud? What ideology would eclipse Christianity? Would the new social sciences be embraced with as much passion as the hard sciences? What would happen if managerial science were taken to the extreme? What would be the long-term effects of modern peacetime advertising? Of wartime propaganda? What would happen to the traditional family? How would class divisions be resolved? How would new technologies shape the future? . . . Although these questions were on people's minds in the first half of the twentieth century, they are perhaps more pertinent today than they were then. Both Orwell and Huxley knew that their worlds could be realized under certain conditions. Here are seven characteristics from the novels, which eerily parallel our own times. ►►►

Feature | Salvo 27

The Zombie Killers

Nihilism Threatens Us with the Walking Dead

by Regis Nicoll

. . . the Chicago townhouse murders marked the rise of what New York Times columnist David Brooks calls the "spectacular rampage murder." According to Brooks, from 1913 to about 1970, there were no more than two of these types of murders per decade worldwide. After that, the number shot up to nine in the 1980s, eleven in the 1990s, and twenty-six in the past decade. Since July 2012, when Brooks wrote his analysis, there have been a half-dozen more, . . . Clearly, the rise in such killings could not happen without the rise of a certain type of killer: a socially isolated person who, psychotherapist Dr. Paul Hannig declares, "can't feel the normal range of human emotions" and has lost "all sense of normal morality and impulse control." Think Cho Seung-hui, James Holmes, Adam Lanza . . . zombies. ►►►

Person of Interest | Salvo 36

Marriage Matters

An Interview with Patrick Fagan

by Marcia Segelstein

Patrick Fagan is the founder and director of MARRI, the Marriage and Religion Research Institute. MARRI studies the impact of marriage, family, and religion on society. Once a practicing psychologist, Dr. Fagan moved into the field of public policy as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Family and Community Policy at the Department of Health and Human Services under President George H. W. Bush. He recently announced the launch of Marripedia, an online social-science encyclopedia that makes research related to family, marriage, sexuality, and religion accessible to the public. Dr. Fagan spoke with us about what makes for a healthy society, the importance of what he calls "the two great loves," and what he sees as a growing crisis for men. . . . ►►►

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