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June 11 2021 By dvirtue PITIFUL PRIDE

Pride month, and its commercial sponsors, is an appropriate key to understanding the priorities of the modern West. It celebrates hedonistic self-assertion. It mocks the values of the past. It uses the language of inclusion to exclude anybody who will not wholeheartedly affirm its ambitions. It strikes a posture of iconoclastic rebellion and liberation while actually being an imperious assertion of conformity to the social elite's moral order.

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June 09 2021 By dvirtue Basic Principles of "Wokeness," Critical Race Theory and Queer Theory, and How to Defeat Them

2. There is no objective truth for the oppressor classes.

'Critical social justice is an anti-objectivity ideology: One of its fundamental assertions is that there are no objective truths, only "positional" truths.' RG: Of course, while claiming this, CT proponents treat their own "truth" as objective. It is really only their perceived opponents who lack objectivity and therefore are objectively wrong.

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June 09 2021 By dvirtue Critical Theory and the Church

The subjective nature of postmodernism leads to its biggest problem -- the denial of reality in favour of whatever you choose to believe. A colleague of mine used to say that you can disagree with scientific positivism as much as you like, but when the doc says you have liver cancer, you have liver cancer. Disagree all you like, pal. It's still there. The problem is, that when everything is reduced to values and feelings, we have to ask, whose values are the best?

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May 26 2021 By dvirtue Why We're Glad Our Publisher Isn't Backing The 'God Bless The USA' Bible

From our screens, we watched the rioters on Jan. 6 storm the Capitol. We can't unsee the Jesus signs next to Trump signs, the Confederate flag paraded, the broken windows, injured bodies and officers assaulted. What some of us remember most are the prayers rioters prayed in the Senate chamber "in the name of Jesus," including the now recognizable QAnon shaman who wore Viking headgear and publicly thanked God for helping rioters take over the Capitol.

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May 09 2021 By dvirtue FIVE PROPOSALS ON RACE

Both Jews and Christians for most of their histories have believed that God deals with whole societies and not only individuals, and this belief has helped them respond to crises. We are in such a crisis in our own nation today, and this "national covenant" tradition gives us rich resources for learning from our crisis and getting beyond it. We need healing, but we also need the national covenant and its concept of exile to help us do what is needed for healing.

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April 30 2021 By dvirtue Illinois church with drag queen leader has reached 'doctrinal annihilation': Al Mohler

"This is open revolt, and of course, you're going to see a division between those who are appalled by it, deeply troubled by it, deeply concerned by it and opposed to it on the one hand, and those who celebrate it and say that it's arrived far too late on the other hand," said Mohler.

"By the time any kind of church or church body reaches this point, it has already basically embraced doctrinal annihilation. There is virtually nothing left of the historic Christian tradition."

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April 29 2021 By dvirtue Charismatics Issue 'Prophetic Standards' To Address False Trump Prophecies

The movement came into much disrepute in recent months after scores of prophets incorrectly prophesied that former President Donald Trump would win a second term, while failing to prophesy major events such as COVID-19 and the storming of the U.S. Capitol. A handful that later apologized for the false prophecies said they received thousands of angry emails, and in the case of North Carolina prophet Jeremiah Johnson, death threats.

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April 26 2021 By dvirtue SHEEP, WOLVES, AND PRAYERS

One of the most sacred Hindu festivals is the Kumbh Mela which occurs every 12 years. The dates are determined by the astrological positions of the Sun, the Moon, and Jupiter, the holiest time occurring at the exact moment when these positions are fully aligned. According to Hindu teaching, washing in one of holy rivers that form the Ganges brings forgiveness of sins and secures eternal salvation. The year 2021 is a year of the Kumbh Mela, and the site has been Haridwar on the Ganges river.

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April 22 2021 By dvirtue Wake Up, O Sleeper, Rise from the Dead

My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice. (Ezekiel 33:31-32)

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April 12 2021 By dvirtue The Great Awokening: Identity Politics versus Christianity

Mahoney said that the "facile relativism" and "toxic and coercive moralism" that characterize social-justice ideology conceals "expressions of the same underlying philosophy" -- the religion of humanity. This latest attempt at "a comprehensive transformation of the world" has its genesis in the philosophy of the anti-clerical positivist Auguste Comte, who in 1851 crowned himself the emperor of humanity in the Notre Dame cathedral.

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