The Brights Have Gone Dim

September 7th, 2006 | by Gary DeMar

Two articles that appeared on American Vision's website have caused quite a stir among some in the so-called Brights Movement (Putting on a "Bright" Face and A Bright Responds). Peter, "an ex-evangelical Christian," writes to me that he is "disappointed that" I've been "less than honest and objective about this subject

The Lines Are Open

September 6th, 2006 | by American Vision

With the advent of the internet and the "cocooning1" of the culture, websites such as MySpace and YouTube were sure to follow. What we have found within the ether of cyberspace is the potential for complete strangers to get to know each other and make their voices heard, even if it's only to another group of compete strangers

The Baloney of Strict Constructionism

September 5th, 2006 | by Gary DeMar

In the Empire Strikes Back, "Episode V," in the six-part Star Wars saga, viewers are introduced to the Cloud City of Bespin and its ruler Lando Calrissian. Cloud City was a man-made satellite community that hovered in the midst of valuable gas reserves

So What are You Going to do About It?

September 1st, 2006 | by Gary DeMar

Adolf Hitler "Nazified" Germany, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is about to "homosexualize" California. Extreme language? I don't think so. The governor signed a bill that would require all schools, churches, businesses, and any group receiving state funding with no exception for faith-based organizations or business owners with sincerely held religious convictions - even if it's a state grant for a student to attend a school - to condone homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality

Let the Exodus Begin…

August 31st, 2006 | by American Vision

Less than a year ago, I wrote an article called "No Fundamental Right" about a ruling made by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California. In case that wasn't enough of a jolt to wake up California's (and the rest of the country's) Christians regarding government education, here's yet another shot. On Monday, August 28, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 1441 into law and it has been virtually ignored by major media outlets. SB 1441 "requires 'any program or activity that…receives any financial assistance from the state' to support transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality or lose state funding

Katrina a Year Later

August 30th, 2006 | by Gary DeMar

The blame game will continue as politicians and political action groups jockey for position and funding for the upcoming elections in 2006 and 2008. Acts of heroism, self-sacrifice, and just plain hard work will be rightly honored. Religious organizations will gain new respect from the people being ministered to in both body and spirit

The Scourge of Dr. Strangelove Democracy

August 29th, 2006 | by Gary DeMar

The talk from both ends of the political spectrum is that "democracy" will cure the ills of Iraq, Iran, and the surrounding Muslim nations. What if the "liberated" people of Iraq, with their newly acquired right to vote, decide that they want a Taliban-style social and political system whose goal is to defeat the infidel West and impose Sharia law on all Muslims

“Social and Emotional” Stories for Children

August 28th, 2006 | by American Vision

In an editorial posted on August 16[1], Shriver and Weissberg weighed in on what they perceive as lacking in the "No Child Left Behind" program. They believe that academic concerns are only half of the educational equation; "social and emotional learning" also needs to be addressed. But, what exactly is meant by this phrase, and why is it necessary

Relying on Saul’s Armor

August 25th, 2006 | by Gary DeMar

Rome saw the connection between religion and the social order, and Christianity posed a threat to the old-time Roman religion because it did not make politics the sole agent of change. Israel's past, however, was replete with visions of political salvation. Early in her history, God allowed Israel to experience what it would be like in a wholesale rejection of Jehovah (1 Sam. 8)

Choosing Sides This Side of Heaven

August 24th, 2006 | by Gary DeMar

Two opinions vie for our attention in current Christian thinking regarding the legitimacy of social involvement and kingdom demonstration this side of heaven

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