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September 13, 2005

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Jim Rutz
Which church is the best? ... part 4

To this day, to call someone a fundamentalist in print is to cast a pall of suspicion. In the wonderland of libthink, where words rule over reason, "fundamentalist kook" is almost a redundancy.

Well, let me set the record straight. Christian fundamentalists are today a subset of evangelicals. They are noted for their devotion to the Bible and the old-fashioned virtues. Fundamentalism sprang up in reaction to the "higher criticism" of the Bible hatched in Germany in the late 19th century....

The heirs of the Reformation (Luther-Calvin-Knox) and the Great Awakening (Wesley-Whitefield-Edwards) and fundamentalism are today known broadly as evangelicals – with a small e. Our basic beliefs are identical to those giants of the faith. And that includes a belief in the full inspiration of Scripture (which is usually stiff-armed in the press as a "literal" belief in the Bible). Our secondary beliefs include a whole constellation of hot-button issues, such as our opposition to homosexuality, abortion, macroevolution, drugs, various political correctness problems, and the erosion of civic freedom.


Thomas Sowell
Smart 'problems'

If developing the high potential of some students wounds the "self-esteem" of other students, one obvious answer is for them to go their separate ways in different classrooms or different schools.

There was a time when students of different ability levels or performance levels were routinely assigned to different classes in the same grade or to different schools -- and no one else collapsed like a house of cards because of wounded self-esteem.

Let's face it: Most of the teachers in our public schools do not have what it takes to develop high intellectual potential in students. They cannot give students what they don't have themselves.


Daniel Pipes
World silent after Muslim gang attacks ‘Palestinian’ Christian village

"Almost every day — I repeat, almost every day — our communities are harassed by the Islamic extremists in these regions," Pizzaballa says. "And if it's not the members of Hamas or Islamic Jihad, there are clashes with … the Palestinian Authority." In addition to the Islamists, a "Muslim land mafia" is said to operate. With PA complicity. it threatens Christian land and house owners, often succeeding to compel them to abandon their properties.

The campaign of persecution has succeeded. Even as the Christian population of Israel grows, that of the Palestinian Authority shrinks precipitously. Bethlehem and Nazareth, historic Christian towns for nearly two millennia, are now primarily Muslim. In 1922, Christians outnumbered Muslims in Jerusalem; today, Christians amount to a mere 2 percent of that city's population....

One factor that could help prevent this dismal outcome would be for mainline Protestant churches to speak out against Palestinian Muslims for tormenting and expelling Palestinian Christians. To date, unfortunately, the Episcopalian, Evangelical Lutheran, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches, as well as the United Church of Christ, have ignored the problem.

Posted by Danny Carlton at September 13, 2005 05:57 AM

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Daniel may think the world was silent, but I blogged about it http://donsingleton.blogspot.com/2005/09/muslims-ransack-christian-village.html, in addition to his article http://donsingleton.blogspot.com/2005/09/world-silent.html

Posted by: Don Singleton at September 13, 2005 05:17 PM

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