Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517.
In honor of Reformation Day, I have provided a brief summary of what is commonly referred to as the five solae of the reformation.
Latin for “Scripture alone.” It was one of the core tenets that distinguished the reformers from the Roman Catholic church. Sola Scriptura means that the Bible is the ultimate authority for matters of faith and Christian living. It also encompasses the belief that any believer is able to read and understand Scripture. These beliefs were in stark contrast with Catholicism which erroneously held that Scripture and church tradition had equal authority on the believer. The Roman Catholic church also held the view that only the clergy within the Catholic church could reliably interpret Scriptures. (more…)
Posted by Christopher Shaw on October 31, 2013
Leland Lavoie in Iraq. Image courtesy of Tony Alter.
In Iraq and Afghanistan, soldiers are armed with machine guns, tanks, and helicopters. Under the most stressful of circumstances, they must identify friend or foe and decide whether or not to engage while complying with the UCMJ, Geneva Conventions, Army regulations, and any special orders. Soldiers spend over a year at a time in a combat theater of operations while carrying their M16/M4 with a full loadout of 210 rounds. Often, a soldier carries his weapon everywhere– to the chow hall, barber shop, and Post Exchange. He even sleeps with his weapon.
Posted by Christopher Shaw on August 14, 2013
Dr. Condic testifies before Congress that the consensus of the scientific and medical community is that a fetus feels pain by eight weeks.
Posted by Christopher Shaw on June 25, 2013
At 20 weeks, the fetus’s heart beats strong. He can feel pain, hear mom and dad’s voices, and moves about in the womb. He is a human being. While Texas SB5 would pretty much ban abortions after 20 weeks, there is a significant number of people in the Texas legislature who believe it is a woman’s constitutional right to kill and dismember a fetus, even after 20 weeks. (more…)
Posted by Christopher Shaw on June 25, 2013
Justice Clarence Thomas on today’s Supreme Court decision to send an affirmative action case back to a lower court for review:
Attaining diversity for its own sake is a nonstarter. As even Grutter (a previous Supreme Court case) recognized, the pursuit of diversity as an end is nothing more than impermissible “racial balancing.” … Rather, diversity can only be the means by which the University obtains educational benefits; it cannot be an end pursued for its own sake. Therefore, the educational benefits allegedly produced by diversity must rise to the level of a compelling state interest in order for the program to survive strict scrutiny.
Posted by Christopher Shaw on June 24, 2013
The Huffington Post is not exactly a conspiracy-driven, right-wing blog. So when they publish an article that paints homeschooling in a positive light, people should take note. The article cites a study by the National Home Education Research Institute that says that homeschooled students graduate college at a higher rate than non-homeschooled students: 66.7% versus 57.5%. The article also contends that homeschooled college students are better socialized as well. (more…)
Posted by Christopher Shaw on June 7, 2013
Posted by Christopher Shaw on May 28, 2013
Horizontal and vertical flags.
Are you hanging a flag and aren’t sure of the proper positioning? Remember this easy tip– the right-hand side is the position of honor. So when displaying the US flag with a state flag (or other “lower ranking” flag), the US flag goes on the right side (from the speaker’s perspective). This rule works even if there is technically no “speaker” (such as your front yard or the entrance to a building). (more…)
Posted by Christopher Shaw on May 27, 2013
Non-sequitur. From Latin which literally means, “does not follow.” It’s a logical fallacy where one argues that “If A, then B must follow.” Sometimes, A does lead to B. For instance, if you jump off a 10-story building, you will fall and get seriously injured. It is possible to escape this outcome, but it is highly unlikely. This makes sense and is demonstrably true. (more…)
Posted by Christopher Shaw on May 23, 2013
I listened to Dr. James White speak about Jehovah’s Witnesses (part 1, part 2). He talked about four great verses that undeniably speak to the divinity of Jesus Christ and how the New World Translation mangles these verses to conform to the Watchtower’s heretical views. I’ll list the verses below and let you follow the link above if you’re interested in Dr. White’s explanation. (more…)
Posted by Christopher Shaw on December 18, 2012