logic and reason

Fanning the Flames in Israel

Broadcast Running Time: 01:17:18

It's time we had an honest discussion about how the media are fanning the flames of violence in Israel. John and Producer Steve open the program this week by looking at the events that have led up to the current violence. They discuss how Hamas uses civilians as human shields, but Israel's forces do all they can to minimize civilian casualties when they retaliate. But the media unilaterally condemns Israel and favors Palestinians. It's all part of Hamas's strategy to diminish Israel in the eyes of the world. It's working only because the media play their part.

Not since the famous Heller decision has there been a more important Second Amendment case than one currently coming out of the state of New York. Jacob Sullum (reason.com), Senior Editor at Reason Magazine, joins us to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court case centering around whether the 'bear arms' portion of the Second Amendment can extend outside of the home. He examines the history of 2A and the precedents that could be looked at in this case. SCOTUS will hear arguments in October so stay tuned.

One reason our education system is failing is that children are being told what to think, not how to think. They are being taught critical race theory, not critical thinking. Closing out the show this week is Steven Pearlman (thecriticalthinkinginitiative.org), Founder of the Critical Thinking Initiative. His studies show that students are free thinkers when they interact socially, but in the classroom, they shut down and are told what to think by educators. He describes what other countries are doing to fix their education problems and offers solutions for the U.S. He also gives parents some logical exercises to help their children think and reason better.

Children are being told what to think, not how to think; they are being taught critical race theory, not critical thinking. Joining us today is Steven Pearlman (thecriticalthinkinginitiative.org), Founder of the Critical Thinking Initiative. He shows that students are active and free thinkers a lot of times when they interact, but in the classroom, that thought process goes away and they are told what to think by educators. He shows what other countries are doing to fix that problem and offers solutions for the U.S. education system. He also points out simple, logical exercises parents can do with their children to help them think and reason better.

We notice that freedoms are starting to erode in the United States, but how are the other countries in the Westersphere faring? We begin this week by looking at a couple of stories from our neighbors to the north. Joining us is Christine Douglass-Williams (frontpagemag.com), Associate Editor at FrontPage Magazine and current Canadian citizen. She looks at Bill C10 which would limit private user's speech online if the government doesn't approve of it. She also examines how two people have been arrested simply for attending a church in Ontario Province that defied lockdown orders and held a service. Backlash is building in Canada, but is it too little too late?

We then turn our attention to Australia where John was a guest on Joshua Ferrara's podcast recently. The two discuss the importance of worldviews and the friction caused by Marxist thinking and tactics. They also look at how Australia is handling political correctness and methods employed by leftists against conservatives who won't put up with the woke agenda. Totalitarianism doesn't happen all at once; it occurs gradually over time. It's important to spot the increments and stop it before it's too late.

God is the Scientific Answer

Broadcast Running Time: 01:18:35

You've heard of the separation of church and state, but there's another separation that predates that: the separation of church and science. Do you have to be an atheist if you're a scientist? Back with us this week is Dr. Stephen Meyer (returnofthegodhypothesis.com), Director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute. He looks at the intelligent design of the universe and contrasts that with theories from the other side. He even dives into the multiverse controversy. He shows that church and science actually fit together and that God's hand is steering the wheel.

We pivot from intelligent design to the topic of racism for the rest of the show. It sounds like the U.S. is one big institutional and systemically racist country with even our founding documents oozing discrimination. That's what we're hearing, but is it actually true? Eric Kaufmann (manhattan-institute.org), Adjunct Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, is with us to discuss his detailed studies into perceived racism from different swaths of society and how no one, regardless of geography or skin color, is benefiting from media and political narratives. When words and sensitive topics like this become weaponized, discussion is shut down and the problem only worsens.

If race is supposedly dividing our country, how should Christians tackle the issue? Rounding out the show this week is Pastor Marcus Gill (marcusgillinternational.org), Founder and President of Marcus Gill International. He draws on his experience in the black community to shows how politicians don't really understand or want to help minorities. He goes on to urge Christians to love everyone, even those who hate you or simply don't agree with you. Despite what the mainstream narrative seems to be, the strength of our country is in both unity and diversity.

John Loeffler: Worldview Defined

Broadcast Running Time: 39;45

John Loeffler

April 26, 2021

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John finds himself as a guest on another podcast, this time Down Under on Joshua Ferrara's show in Australia. They discuss a number of topics, including the importance of worldviews, the division and friction caused by Marxist thinking and tactics, and how to stand up against persecution. John also explains the devious tactic used when conservatives complain about what Marxists are doing and are then subsequently labeled as racist or something else. Fascinating conversation!

There is a popular view that science and religious faith are completely separate. But is it accurate? How did we get to this point of assuming that if you're a scientist, you must be an atheist? We welcome back to the program Dr. Stephen C. Meyer (returnofthegodhypothesis.com), Director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute. He looks at the intelligent design of the universe along with theories from the other side – Darwin on the origin of the universe and Marx's utopian vision to explain where we're headed. These latter theories are falling apart and are even being called into question by those who believe in them. Dr. Meyer also analyzes the multiverse theory in relation to the universe's ultimate Fine-Tuner. He shows that God's hand is evident in the world of science.

John Loeffler: Political Postmodernism

Broadcast Running Time: 27:44

John Loeffler

February 12, 2021

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Those on the Left proclaim that the Capitol incursion in January was an assault on democracy, but soon after, they began the process to oust someone who isn't even in office, going against the requirements set forth in the Constitution. Why the contradiction? John explores some logical and reasonable questions into situations that have neither logic nor reason. For example, ideologies are declared absolutely while at the same time, those that declare them are living under the belief that there is no absolute truth. Why does this happen? John looks at the five characteristics of postmodern thought. It shows that there is no basis in reality to justify this reasoning and so contradictions always pop up. When logic and reason are applied to debate these contradictions, postmodernists will always lose the debate. That's where censorship comes in. If you can't debate it, you must suppress it. No country can long survive in this type of climate.

John Loeffler: The Road to Cancel Culture

Broadcast Running Time: 16:13

John Loeffler

October 22, 2020

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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.

John Loeffler

October 19, 2020

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The climate change narrative isn't working.  But that isn't stopping the alarmists and their crusade against oil and fossil fuels.  Joining us today to inject a little logic and reason into the debate is long-time friend of the show and oil industry expert Steve Elwart.  He reveals the countless everyday products that are made, in part, from oil.  This includes plastics, which would therefore include the windmills that climate change advocates want to use to replace oil.  He also discusses infrastructure projects, energy markets, and a sane approach to alternative fuels.

Where does cancel culture lead?  In today's podcast, John looks at the history of revolutions, the events that led up to them – including different iterations of cancel culture – and the reason why they succeed or fail.  Logic and reason play a big part.  If logic and reason move forward decoupled from God, revolutions always fail.  America's revolution coupled logic and reason with morality and we are still here.  Basing a government on morals allows more controls on government and more freedoms to the people.  That's why cancel culture, which is absent from morality, has never worked, cannot work now, and will never work.