How “Case for Christ” Author Lee Strobel Fabricated His Best-Selling Story—An Interview with Religion Critic David Fitzgerald

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Case for Christ MovieMany Evangelicals think of Lee Strobel as the man who can cure your doubts about their religion. His 1998 book, The Case for Christ, has sold millions of copies, was made into a 2017 movie by the same name, and was recently re-issued in a “new and updated” edition.

The story that Evangelicals find so convincing and delicious is this: Strobel, a tough-as-nails atheist journalist and his atheist family are out to dinner when his daughter is saved from choking to death by an evangelical nurse who felt called by God to go to the restaurant that night. Strobel’s wife converts, and Strobel sets out to prove her wrong, using the same strategy that made him a fearsome investigative journalist. He lines up scholars and theologians and confronts them with the hardest possible questions about their faith—and comes away convinced that the Evangelical view of the Bible and Jesus is…

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Ithiel de Sola Pool and Society’s Need for “Apathy”, “Passivity”, and “Defeatism”

Elpidio Valdes

Let’s talk about how the “liberal” elite perceive how a democratic society should function.

In 1967, Ithiel de Sola Pool published a book in cooperation with the American Political Science Association. The book was called: Contemporary Political Science: Toward Empirical Theory.

Pool was a revolutionary figure in the field of social sciences, having studied under Harold Lasswell. Pool held several prestigious academic appointments, including Stanford University and, eventually, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was the chair and founder of the MIT political science department. He remained at MIT for more than 30 years.

Safe to say that Pool represented the “liberal” elite of the political class.

Let’s read:

More and more political scientists are becoming not just detached observers or mere publicists, but also participant technicians in the management of public action. With the growth of massive public programs to redevelop whole societies, and with the…

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FFRF loses a slam-dunk case in Federal appellate court

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If ever a First Amendment case looked like a winner, it was this one: the U.S. government keeps giving a tax exemption to ministers so that their housing allowances provided by the church—allowances that could be substantial, and include house renovations—remain be tax free. No other people save “ministers of the gospel” (I assume that includes non-gospeal-adhering rabbis) get this benefit.

This is blatantly unconstitutional, for it violates the First Amendment by privileging ministers of religion over anybody else.

As I wrote two years ago, here’s the relevant section from the U.S. Tax Code:

A licensed, commissioned, or ordained minister may be able to exclude from income the fair rental value of a home (a parsonage) or a housing allowance provided as compensation for ministerial services performed as an employee. A minister who is furnished a parsonage may exclude from income the fair rental value of the parsonage, including…

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Adam Smith’s Division of Labor – “stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become”

Elpidio Valdes

Hi,

Karl Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto in 1848. I just finished a quick analysis of the document for anyone interested. I argue that Marx’s ideas were nothing new. If you wanted to know about the dangers of Capitalism, all you have to do is read from the father of Capitalism himself.

Let’s take a quick look at Adam Smith’s An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. This remarkable book appeared in 1776, and is still be regarded as the greatest existing essay in the field of political economy.

Everybody reads the first paragraph where Smith talks about the wonders of the division of labor. Few read to the point hundreds of pages later, where he says that division of labor will destroy human beings and turn people into creatures as “stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become”.

Here…

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