Cancel culture has gained a pervasive prominence in our society. How did it get to this point and is there a way to stop it? Joining us today is Mark Bauerlein (firstthings.com), Senior Editor at First Things and Professor Emeritus of English at Emory University. He describes how the millennial generation learned this cancelling behavior during their teenage years and then parlayed that knowledge to the campus and then to the workplace. While in school, woke educators taught a version of American history that projected America as a horrible place. It's easy to have a Marxist, cancel culture mindset after that. He also points out that many Christian denominations have fallen prey to this mindset as well. But if enough of us stand up, call it out, and reject it, we can put a stop to it.
Many a philosopher has posed the question: what is truth? Some assert that you can have your truth and I can have mine, even if they're different. Others believe in absolute truth, not whatever someone happens to believe on a certain day. Joining us today is Dr. James Thrasher (faithandfreedom.com), Professor of Biblical Studies at Grove City College, who jumps into that fray. He relates his experiences with students and how they need a solid grounding in the absolute quality of truth. It will not only help them navigate the complexities of life, but it will also give them a sense of purpose. In this clash of worldviews we're having today, it's important to ground yourself in absolute truth.
There is a great co-opting of America, as John has said in times past. For this day after Thanksgiving, we are flashing back to March 2003 to a round table discussion on Steel about consensus thinking with four participants: Charlotte Iserbyt, Sarah Leslie, Steve Goss and Dr. Robert Klenck.
The participants give detailed explanations how consensus thinking is used methodically by governments, churches, private corporations, and schools to confuse people and convince them into going along with hidden agendas. Remember what John has always said about consensus: break the word into two parts, con and senses – you are being conned out of your senses. So beware, enjoy the blast from the past, and marvel at how relevant this information still is today.
Why is it that the division and rancor is so great today but a few decades ago, it wasn't nearly as bad? In the second of our post-election shows, John takes a look at the differences between then and now in terms of commonality of worldviews. We didn't get here overnight; it took years to create the divide.
How did we ever get to a point where we have such rampant cancel culture in Western civilization? On today's podcast, John looks at the change in education over the past three decades from thinking based on logic and fact to thinking based on consensus group think. As a result, some people have built safe spaces to retreat to when they are faced with facts antithetical to their worldview. They tried to shame us by calling us all kinds of names but that isn't working anymore so they have moved on the next step – cancel culture. John gives advice and warnings when dealing with people who have constructed these safe spaces.