Division and strife seem to be the norms today. Why is that? Joining us is Steven Yates (lostgenerationphilosopher.com), retired professor of critical thinking in Santiago, Chile. He shows how society is in the middle of a major worldview battle. On one side are those with a Christian worldview and on the other, those with an ideology of naturalistic materialism. Speech and actions surrounding the abortion debate or human rights or just about any other issue can be seen through these worldview differences. Is there a way to bridge the divide?
Stemming from one side of the worldview battle is a constant drumbeat of cancel culture. How did we get to this point where even those who advocate for cancel culture are getting canceled themselves? John and Producer Steve look at the origins of cancel culture, some current examples of it, and the institutions that are spurring it on. It's a product of totalitarianism and a contributor to the stark division in our culture today.
One potential source of the division we're experiencing can be found in establishment politicians. Most of them have been in Congress for decades. Are term limits the solution? Wrapping up the show this week is Jason Church (sentinelsoffreedom.org), Retired U.S. Army Captain and Wisconsin State Chair for U.S. Term Limits. He makes his case for limiting Congress members' terms and since they won't limit their own power, he advocates for a Constitutional convention to solve the problem.
In society today, you have two groups of people coming from two different worldview assumptions, using two different processes of thought, and arriving at two different conclusions. The shouting and chaos that result stems from the battle of those two worldviews. Joining us to dive deep on this is Steven Yates (lostgenerationphilosopher.com), retired professor of critical thinking in Santiago, Chile. He describes the differences between a Christian worldview and a naturalistic materialism worldview. Speech and actions flowing from discussions about abortion or human rights can be seen in these worldview differences. He and John look at possible ways to bridge the gap.
We hear two mantras often when it comes to science: the science is settled, and science and faith cannot and should not interact. Joining us today is Matthew Young (hillsdale.edu), Dean of Natural Sciences and Professor of Chemistry at the vaunted Hillsdale College. He pushes back on the idea that people of faith are not thinking people and that faith and science should not work together. After all, God created the awesome and wonderful things that scientists study. Professor Young also describes what Hillsdale College is doing to encourage open dialogue in science so people are free to explore and debate and get to the truth without political or ideological pressure.
The First Amendment to our Constitution states in part that Congress shall not prohibit the free exercise of religion. One government committee is doing just that – in the name of morality. First up this week, John welcomes Andrew Beckwith (mafamily.org), President of the Massachusetts Family Institute. Vida Real, an Hispanic church in Massachusetts, has applied to open a Bible-based school. Even though they have met the requirements, the government panel in charge of approving such requests has denied them. One panel member thinks approval would not be the moral thing to do. For woke leftists, their ideology is a religion – one that always seems to be at odds with Christianity.
So in that case, a woke leftist appealed to morality, but how do people with no sense of morality get away with that? Next up this week, we talk with Rabbi Chananya Weissman (chananyaweissman.com), Founder of End the Madness in Jerusalem. He looks at the nature of morality as it has always been defined and shows how leftist woke religion is diametrically opposed to Judeo-Christian values. He also gives an update on the state of cancel culture and wokeism in Israel.
Finally this week, we transition to the topic of climate change with Dr. Judith Curry (judithcurry.com), President of the Climate Forecast Applications Network. If we're going to talk about climate change, the discussion must be sane and rational – not apocalyptic and ridiculous like so many claims today. Solutions must come from the local level, not a one-size fits all panacea from the globalists. Of course the reason why the conversation trends toward hysteria is so that the power, money, and control folks can enact their plans.
In Massachusetts, a church has applied to open a Bible-based school, but the local subcommittee in charge of approving their request dragged their feet and ultimately declined the request. Discussing the issue today is Andrew Beckwith (mafamily.org), President of the Massachusetts Family Institute. According to the law, the church has met the requirements needed to open the school, so we'll see how the full committee votes in late April. He examines other education cases in Massachusetts, including one where student athletes must sign a diversity pledge before they can play sports. For the woke leftists, their policies are a religion as well – albeit one that is diametrically opposed to Christianity.
Happy Good Friday and prelude to Easter weekend. John flies solo today, tackling a number of topics, including the corruption of science by wokeism, climate alarmism and its relation to religion, and the superiority of the Christian worldview over the secular one. He covers a variety of news stories as well, including a bakery that is owed a lot of money from a woke college and the push for equity in academics and churches fails.
Yesterday we brought you part 1 of our 2-part interview with Peter Hammond (frontlinemissionsa.org), Founder and Director of Frontline Fellowship in South Africa. He gave a sober evaluation, based on direct observation, of the life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. On today's podcast, he continues with some personal interactions he had over the years with the Archbishop. He goes on to look at worldview wars, the importance of campaigning for the truth, and his optimism about the future.
We close out 2021 with John as a guest on KYMS radio with Lee Lancaster. John and Lee look at the miraculous escape by Christians who were kidnapped in Haiti as well as uplifting news of a persecuted man in China. But there are also some pretty grisly accounts of Christian persecution around the world and John shares a couple of those. He also dives into some predictions for 2022, including the impact of the midterm elections. Happy New Year everyone! We're off tomorrow – see you in 2022!
It is said that those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it. But the lesson that history teaches is that most people don't know the lessons of history. Here this week to help us understand the mindset of progressives – a group that never seems to learn from history – is Pedro Blas Gonzalez (barry.edu), Professor of Philosophy at Barry University. He looks at why people and leaders in totalitarian societies have behaved the way they have throughout history. Understanding their motivation helps to explain the illogic and contradictions constantly bandied about by the Left today. And it helps clarify for us what the truth really is.
One lesson we can learn from history is from the people and movements surrounding the fall of Communism in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Spotlighting both Pope John Paul II and the Solidarity movement in Poland is Stephanie Slade (reaosn.com), Managing Editor at Reason Magazine. She examines how the people in Poland never gave up on freedom, even when the powers that be tried to take it from them. Eventually, they had had enough, decided they were no longer going to live that way, and together with Pope John Paul II and others, planted the seeds of destruction for Communism. It's a great history lesson for today.
John finishes up the show this week highlighting inconsistencies in history. When flip flopping narratives replace truth, the solid foundation you built your belief or your society on begins to be overshadowed by other, less important things. That's when historical truth is forgotten and mistakes that shouldn't be made are made all over again.
It hurts the brain sometimes to try and make sense of the constant contradictions of the progressive ideology. Joining us today to sort through a lot of it is Pedro Blas Gonzalez (barry.edu), Professor of Philosophy at Barry University near Miami, Florida. He dives into the progressive mindset and looks at the history of why people and leaders in totalitarian societies behave the way they do. It helps to explain the illogicity behind the contradictions we hear from the far left in today's society. It all boils down to power and the willingness to do anything and everything to get it and to keep it.