July 23, 2014

Chris Banescu: To Be or Not to Be…Created

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Chris Banescu recently launched a new blog: The Voice Crying in the Wilderness. Chris takes on a lot of sacred cows, especially from the cultural left, and shows how paltry the thinking often is behind the precepts that many people take as self-evidently true. Call it casting down the cultural idols, the assumptions that shape so much of our thinking and therefore how we see things. It's important work because these idols appear and reappear especially in the popular media. (Read Chris' reasons for starting the blog.) Below Chris examines the probability that random chance could have come up with Shakespeare's phrase, "To be or not to be..." How long would it take for, say, a computer to come up with the phrase? The answer may surprise you. (Hint: if you guessed a trillion years, you are wrong.) Source: Voice Crying in the Wilderness Christians believe that human beings were created by God in the image and likeness of their Creator. They proclaim that the entire … [Read more...]

Wesley J. Smith interviewed on National Review Online

Wesley J. Smith, noted author on human rights and occasional commentator on the AOI Blog was interviewed on National Review Online on his upcoming book, A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement. Smith discusses the difference between animal rights and animal welfare, human exceptionalism, the ongoing devaluation of human life, and about his friendship with novelist Dean Koontz, who wrote the preface. My recommendation? Read the book. If you have read any of his other works, you will know that Wesley J. Smith will, in short order, bring you up to speed on the ideas streaming into the culture that devalue human life and threaten the bulwarks built throughout the centuries against human suffering, cruelty, brutality, and finally tyranny. Smith writes from a human rights perspective, drawing on the great tradition of the elevation of the human person -- sometimes hard fought and not without sacrifice -- that informed the moral imagination of … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Wesley J. Smith

The Human Life Foundation awarded its "Great Defender of Life" to Wesley J. Smith last month for his tireless work in defense of human life. I've admired Mr. Smith's work for years, have read most of his books, and even reviewed one for Town Hall a few years back. His books are invaluable in keeping you informed about the relentless assault on human dignity waged behind closed doors in our culture. You are not informed about these issues unless you are familiar with his work. … [Read more...]