Modern secular thought has its own dualism: It treats only the physical world as knowable and testable, while locking everything else - mind, spirit, morality, meaning - into the realm of private, subjective feelings. The so-called fact/value split.

— Nancy Pearcey

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Darwinism has become our culture's official creation myth, protected by a priesthood as dogmatic as any religious curia.

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Beginning under the Roman Empire, intellectual leadership in the West had been provided by Christianity. In the middle ages, who invented the first universities - in Paris, Oxford, Cambridge? The church.

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Having a Christian worldview means being utterly convinced that biblical principles are not only true but also work better in the grit and grime of the real world.

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Many people operate as though the definition of faith were, Don't ask questions, just believe. They quote Jesus himself, who taught his followers to have the faith of a child (Mark 10:15). But I once heard Francis Schaeffer respond by saying, "Don't you realize how many questions children ask?"

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I discovered that Christianity does have the resources to meet the challenges posed by competing worldviews after all.

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Schools ought to teach students to challenge secular ideologies masquerading as science in the classroom.

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America has always welcomed anyone willing to assimilate to its national character. But radical Islam rejects assimilation and is bent on the conquest of our national character.

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Developing a Christian worldview means submitting our entire self to God, in an act of devotion and service to Him.

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For many women today, on a personal level, the problem is not male dominance so much as male desertion.

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A worldview is not the same things a formal philosophy, otherwise it would only be for philosophers. Even ordinary people have a set of convictions about how reality functions and how they should live. Some convictions are conscious while others are unconscious but together they form a consistent picture of reality.

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America faces a fundamental choice: either the blessings of liberty or the servitude of liberalism. In the political struggle for survival, one or the other is headed for extinction.

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Christian adults need to think about talking to our own children as a form of cross-cultural missions. Cultural change happens so quickly that teens are exposed to ideas and worldviews very different from those of previous generations.

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In studies asking why young people left their family religion, their most frequent response was unanswered doubts and questions. The researchers were surprised: They expected to hear stories of broken relationships and wounded feelings. But the top reason given by young adults was that they did not get answers to their questions.

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Can reason be an idol? Certainly. The philosophy of rationalism puts human reason in the place of God as the source and standard of all truth.

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There are unprecedented numbers of movements for human rights and freedoms.

But the dominant worldviews in academia, like materialism and naturalism, deny the reality of freedom, reducing humans to robots. So where does the concept of human rights come from?

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During the first 13 centuries after the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, no one thought of setting up a creche to celebrate Christmas. The pre-eminent Christian holiday was Easter, not Christmas.

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An idol is not necessarily something concrete, like a golden calf.

It can also be something abstract, like matter. Is matter part of the created order? Sure it is. So the philosophy of materialism qualifies as an idol in the biblical sense.

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The only way to drive out bad culture is with good culture

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In Gnosticism, the physical world did not ultimately matter - which meant physical suffering did not matter either. Seeking 'enlightenment' meant cultivating an attitude of detachment, even indifference.

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If pro-abortionists want to commit intellectual suicide and deny scientific facts, that's their problem. But there's no reason a civilized society should fund their anti-scientific outlook - or accept its inhumane consequences.

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Morality is always derivative. It stems from one's worldview.

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An idol is anything put in the place of God as the ultimate reality - the eternal, self-existent, uncaused cause of everything else.

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The defense of marriage is the defense of freedom. Neither of which is obsolete.

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The loss of objectivity in moral thought does not lead to liberation.

It leads to oppression. Secular ideologies preach liberty, but they practice tyranny.

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Many journalists are influenced by a myopic multiculturalism that is suspicious of anything Western, while giving the benefit of the doubt to non-Western societies.

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The White House should always be a friend to American freedom.

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When the only form of cultural commentary Christians offer is moral condemnation, no wonder we come across to non-believers as angry and scolding.

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The Rosetta Stone of Christian social thought is the Trinity.

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Christians must go beyond criticizing the degradation of American culture, roll up their sleeves, and get to work on positive solutions. The only way to drive out bad culture is with good culture.

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Knowing the truth has meaning only as a first step to living the truth day by day.

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Americans have grown impatient with the relentless politicizing of every area of life.

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We do not create marriage from scratch.

Instead, in the elegant language of the marriage ceremony, we 'enter into the holy estate of matrimony.

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Literary theory has become a parody of science, generating its own arcane jargon. In the process, tragically, it discourages love of literature for its own sake.

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No matter how much you like your local school teacher, he or she is a government agent.

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A merely symbolic religion does not threaten the ruling regime of materialistic science.

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Yet church youth groups rarely teach apologetics, majoring instead on games and goodies.

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Indigenous people have discovered that Christianity is not inherently Western but universal - 'translatable' into any cultural idiom.

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When people commit themselves to a certain vision of reality, it becomes their ultimate explainer. It serves to interpret the universe for them, to guide their moral decisions, to give meaning and purpose to life, and all the other functions normally associated with a religion.

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As with every aspect of our sanctification, the renewal of the mind may be painful and difficult. It requires hard work and discipline, inspired by a sacrificial love for Christ and a burning desire to build up His body, the Church. Developing a Christian worldview means submitting our entire self to God, in an act of devotion and service to Him.

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In many churches, the message of justification- how to get right with God- is preached over and over again. But much less is said about sanctification- how to live after you're converted.

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The human mind inherently seeks intelligible order.

Thus the conviction that such an order exists to be found is a crucial assumption.

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But things that are intrinsically good can also become idols-if we allow them to take over any of God's functions in our lives.

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We need to understand enough of modern thought to identify the ways it blocks us from living out the Gospel the way God intends, both in terms of intellectual roadblocks and in terms of economic and structural changes that make it harder to live by Scriptural principles.

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Urban areas tend to attract members of the 'knowledge class' - people who work with ideas, data, information

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The Tea Party has imparted political energy to common-sense American constitutionalism.

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'Biblical worldview'. The term means literally a 'view of the world', a biblically informed perspective on all of reality. A worldview is like a mental map that tells you how to navigate the world effectively. It is the imprint of God's objective truth on our inner life.

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You don't have to be a Christian to recognize that materialism does not match reality. Materialism is not true to universal human experience - what we all know about ourselves.

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The word 'tolerance' once meant we all have the right to argue rationally for our deepest convictions in the public arena. Now it means those convictions are not even subject to rational debate.

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All of science is largely formalized common sense.

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