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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Howard Dean And European Socialism

Howard Dean

From the desk of Joel McDurmon:

Howard Dean, former Chairman of the Democratic National Convention, an active liberal pundit and politician, has just proven that you don’t have to be an Einstein to graduate from Albert Einstein College. A recent video of him reveals the Left’s plans for European-style Socialism in the U.S.—no surprise here. But the justification he gives for it is anemic, logically speaking. His intellectual argument is so weak, one is left with the impression that Liberalism has little to commend it beyond emotional sappery and government force. . . .

[In a] video clip from a town-hall forum he recently gave in Paris, France. To a European Socialist audience—far from American soil and, perhaps he thought, from American earshot, too—Dean courageously affirmed the virtues of European Socialism and the belief that capitalism must simply give way. . . .

Here’s what Dean had to say about capitalism and Socialism:

“There’s not so much of a debate on the Left anymore about capitalism, whether we should have it or not. There’s a debate about how to have it. I think capitalism is always going to be with us because capitalism represents part of human nature. But the other part of human nature is communitarianism. There’s a natural tendency in human beings—in addition to wanting to do things for themselves—they feel a great responsibility in wanting to be part of a community. And so I think the debate for the new generation is instead of capitalism or socialism, is we’re going to have both, and then which proportion of each should we have in order to make this all work. It’s a much more sensible debate.”

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John Knox On Death

Quoting John Knox:

“Live in Christ, live in Christ, and the flesh need not fear death.”

John Adams On National Defense

Quoting John Adams:

“National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.”

Considering The Deep Things Of God

Jonathan Dickinson writes:

According as he hath chosen us in him, before the foundation of the world; that we should be holy and without blame before him in love; having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. (Ephesians 1:4-5)

That there is a Supreme and Eternal Being, and that he is possessed of all infinite perfections, are truths so visible by the light of nature, that to call these into question, is not only weakness and ignorance, but the height of stupidity and madness. “The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead.” But then we are soon covered with thick darkness, when we begin to inquire into the manner of his existence and operations. We have clear light to discover that he is, and that he is infinite; yet none but his own infinite mind can fully understand what he is, or how he exists. Here the inquiries of the most exalted creatures are unavailing, and the angels are charged with folly. What haughty arrogance is it, therefore, for poor worms to pretend to soar to these boundless heights, to bring the glorious properties of the divine nature to a trial at the bar of their own reason; and confidently to contradict what they cannot fully understand. Such bold attempts, through the successive ages of Christianity, have brought great dishonor to God, and confusion to the Church of Christ; and perhaps in nothing more than in the unsearchable mysteries of the decrees of God. I have been ever astonished at the daring boldness and presumption of the disputants on this tremendous subject; and at their confident assurance, that the counsels of that great God must be according as they imagine it is fit they should be. . . .

These considerations should awaken in us a most solemn caution, not to look too boldly into this ark, nor venture too curiously to inquire into, nor too confidently to define, what is infinitely above our reach. We should not, it is true, be contentedly ignorant of what God has revealed of himself, in his word and works, because his nature is incomprehensible. We are bound firmly to believe, frequently to meditate, and humbly to adore so much of his nature and counsels, as he has manifested to us; though the greatest modesty, humility, and reverence become us, in our consideration of those deep things of God. (“The True Scripture Doctrine”)

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