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Family Briefing | Salvo 33

Passion Plays Out

Marital Fidelity Alone Deeply Satisfies

by Nicole M. King

. . . It's all a bit 50 Shades of Grey-ish, with the notion that female fulfillment is found through weird sex. Not through God, relationships, or even work, but sex. And sex is all about exploring options, having a good time, finding yourself. It certainly isn't about the other person, and his joy or wellbeing, and it most certainly isn't about the bearing of children. Those are old-fashioned notions. In reality, however, what non-marital sex brings is anything but glamorous. . . . ►►►

Deprogram | Salvo 33

Proving Grounded

Multiverse Supporters Put the Brakes on Falsifiability

by Denyse O'Leary

. . . "As the philosopher of science Karl Popper argued: a theory must be falsifiable to be scientific." But that is precisely the idea that is under attack. What if "scientific" just means "supports naturalist atheism" and nothing more? And "unscientific" is whatever doesn't support it? . . . ►►►

Parting Shot | Salvo 36

Our Quantum Leap

There Is a Huge Chasm Between Humans & Nonhuman Animals

by Michael Egnor

. . . Nonhuman animals are purely material beings. They have no concepts. They experience hunger and pain; they don't contemplate the injustice of suffering. A human being is material and immaterial—a composite being. We have material bodies, and our perceptions and imagination and appetites are material powers, instantiated in our brains. But our intellect—our ability to think abstractly—is a wholly immaterial power, as is our will, which acts in accordance with our intellect. Our intellect and will depend on matter for their ordinary function, but are not themselves made of matter. . . . ►►►

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. . . . ►►►

Headquarters | Salvo 36

Faith Removal

Militant Science & Apostle Krauss

by Regis Nicoll

. . . To Krauss's thinking, people who protest the harvesting and marketing of aborted babies' tissue are "anti-science" because those practices "could help save lives." It's a bit like calling those who opposed the harvesting and marketing of tissue "procured" by Josef Mengele as "anti-science." Anyway, religion is getting too much respect, and something's got to be done about it, so Krauss is calling on his fellow scientists to be militant in liberating "humanity from the shackles of enforced ignorance." As to who really needs to be unshackled, Krauss might want to take a long look in the mirror. . . .►►►

Operation ID | Salvo 37

Greater Than the Sum

Why the Design in Living Things Goes Far Beyond Machinery

by Jonathan Wells

. . . the machine metaphor is inadequate as a description of living organisms. Then what about the inference to design from molecular machines? The inference is still justified, because the machine metaphor is appropriate for isolated structures such as ATP synthase, kinesin, and the ribosome. Each of these consists of several parts that are precisely arranged by a cell to utilize energy to perform a specific function (which is how "machine" is usually defined). None of them can perform their functions if parts are missing or arranged incorrectly. They point to intelligent design just as much as machines made by humans. . . . ►►►

Headquarters | Salvo 29

Virtues Reinvented

Social Engineering the New Vices

by Louis Markos

. . . the elite social engineers who would usher us into a brave new utopia purged of all "medieval" notions of right and wrong have fashioned a seemingly foolproof system for hoodwinking the human conscience. Rather than announce the death of "bourgeois" moral standards, they provide us with substitute moralities that satisfy our need for standards while leaving us free to reinvent the values and institutions upon which civilization was built. . . . ►►►

Great Escapes | Salvo 40

The Long Red Shadow

Mike Shotwell Has a Message for Millennial America

by Terrell Clemmons

. . . To most Americans today, the world of underground Communism is history little known and best forgotten. But it's a world that Mike knew well as a child and has now studied in depth as an adult. More important, it's a world that is very much alive today, just in a different guise, because the ideologies of it have taken deep root in the popular zeitgeist. Since it's only a matter of time before bad roots produce bad fruit, and in order to give Americans a clearer window into that world, he's written Immersed in Red: My Formative Years in a Marxist Household. . . . ►►►

Basic Training | Salvo 40

The Good Life

It's to Know, Serve & Love the Truth, Not the Pursuit of Happiness

by James Altena

What is a life well lived? What is an exemplary life—a life that I would wish to strive for, to emulate, to have others remember as worthy of admiration? What principles ought to guide me in living such a life? . . . ►►►

Collateral Damage | Salvo 40

Morality as Story

The False Charity of Modern Journalism

by Rebekah Curtis

. . . This sympathetic pull of one human heart toward another is noble and good, but it cannot be our schema for dealing with immorality. Justice also has a claim. Moreover, it is a false charity that cultivates sympathy toward those who flout the moral framework on which a just and secure society is built. Loving the sinner does not mean enabling his recidivism and putting a new line of potential victims in his path; nor is it loving to create public farces under which historical, measurable misdeeds can appear to have no historical, measurable consequences. . . . ►►►

Opening Salvo | Salvo 39

Can We Talk?

It Is Crucial That We Put Our Minds to Contentious Issues

by James M. Kushiner

Society has never before been so divided on so many issues, including such things as abortion, sexual morality, marriage, sexual "identity," the use of fetal "tissue," "recreational" drugs, "science" (e.g., man-caused global warming and evolution), and various "social justice" concerns. When these issues are spoken of, the emotions on display are often intense. Plenty of people may take sides on these issues, but they rarely debate them intelligently. . . . ►►►

Deprogram | Salvo 40

Taking Polls Apart

Human Complexity Foils Electoral Predictions

by Denyse O'Leary

. . . Pew's response the morning after the election is worth pondering. "A likely culprit," we were informed, is nonresponse bias: "We know that some groups—including the less educated voters who were a key demographic for Trump on Election Day—are consistently hard for pollsters to reach."7 Again one wonders, if pollsters knew that, why did they not make a greater effort to reach these people? Were there no rewards for getting it right? . . . ►►►

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