Postmodern Nothingness

Aug 25th, 2012 | By

On Issues in Perspective over the last decade or so, I have argued that American culture is now Postmodern in its orientation and worldview. Among other things, Postmodernism means that truth is defined personally, as what works for you. There are no universal truths and the test of ?truth? is a pragmatic one?does it work, and does it work for me. The end result of this insanity is that as a culture, both individually and collectively, we really do not believe in anything. Personal autonomy trumps all other standards and beliefs. Two recent developments highlight this thesis.

Leadership, Cultural Values and the Financial Crisis in the States

Aug 18th, 2012 | By

Each time I travel to Washington, D.C., I make it a point to visit the Lincoln and the Jefferson memorials; they are my favorite places in our nation?s capital. Each memorial causes me to think of great men, who exercised power in the service of high ideals and who knew how to use power for the good of others. But, as the columnist David Brooks argues, recent memorials in our nation?s capital have avoided memorializing the topics of strength and power in leadership. These recent, terribly unfortunate memorials in Washington reflect a significant shift in cultural values?and that shift has not been positive. Let me explain.

Religious and Political Liberty in 2012

Aug 11th, 2012 | By

The United States was founded on the principles of both religious and political liberty. These precious principles were enshrined in the Bill of Rights, especially the First Amendment. As a nation that has championed these rights throughout its history and indeed the world, in terms of protecting these rights, our nation is changing. Rights and personal liberties are now defined as personal autonomy, something never envisioned by our Founders. Permit me to offer several thoughts.

James Holmes, the Aurora Massacre and the Nature of Evil

Aug 4th, 2012 | By

Since the fall, physical violence against fellow human beings has been a given (see Genesis 4). There is probably no greater evidence of human rebellion against God?s moral law than the premeditated killing of humans. War, state terrorism and premeditated murder have characterized human history. But the causation of violence against humans is difficult. It is correct to argue that all human violence is due to sin but that does not solve much nor, for most, does it satisfy as an explanation; nor does it bring much comfort.