Thoughts from Kierkegaard and Nietzsche

Dr. Russell D. Moore shared this image on Facebook recently–a quote from Kierkegaard :

This brought to mind a short piece from the new issue of Salvo. Capital Losses: Nietzsche on Losing English Morality by Cameron Wybrow. After quoting Nietzsche at length, Wybrow writes:

Nietzsche perceives that the ingrained moral habits of a culture can outlast the original religious impulse that produced them. The English intelligentsia, he says, have stopped thinking like Christians, but still feel and act like Christians, by a kind of moral inertia. This characterization remained true long after Nietzsche’s death. The agnosticism of many Britons and North Americans from the 1880s through to about 1945 usually went with a morality that was more or less Christian. Secular humanism in that era was secular in theory but often unwittingly Christian in spirit.

Nietzsche and Kierkegaard are describing the same thing. This is the culture that you and I find ourselves in today–about 100 years further down the road from the place Nietzsche described.

Salvo Links 3.12.2015

Monks: The Original Hipster Entrepreneurs
by Jacob Davidson, Time
To keep monasteries operational, monks have started artisanal side businesses more often associated with another, trendier and more hedonistic counter-culture group.

Agnostics Among Us and Within Us
by Dr. Everett Piper, The Poached Egg
Question: “Isn’t agnosticism frankly the most honest position? We really all know that we can’t know God. He may be out there but none of us really knows anything about anything other than our own unique experiences and personal realities.”
Response: On the question of agnosticism, I personally think what we are dealing with here is pride—pure and simple. When we boil it all down, the agnostic says, “I am the end of all that can be known. I am wiser than those who are so intellectually naïve as to believe in something they can’t prove.”

Salvo Links 2.19.2015

Why are jihadis so obsessed with porn?
Recently, London Mayor Boris Johnson described Jihadists as “porn driven losers” who have “low self-esteem and are unsuccessful with women.” He’s on to something important and profound.

Young, Attractive, and Totally Not Into Having Sex
It’s Friday afternoon during finals week, and two undergrads at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville are lounging together on a battered couch in the student center, watching cartoons. They’ve only met twice before, but they’re all over each other. Rae, a tiny pixie of a sophomore wearing a newsboy cap, nuzzles up against Sean, a handsome freshman. He’s got his arm draped across her. They giggle and tease each other, and she sprawls into his lap. Their friend Genevieve, perched on the arm of the couch, smiles and rolls her eyes.

It looks like a standard collegiate prelude to a one-night stand. But there will be no kissing, no fondling, and definitely no Saturday morning walk of shame. Sean and Rae do not have the hots for each other—or anyone else, for that matter. In fact, they’re here hanging out at the campus outreach center, a haven for all who question their sexuality and gender identity, because they’re exploring an unconventional idea: life without sex. Or mostly without sex. They’re pioneers of an emerging sexual identity, one with its own nomenclature and subcategories of romance and desire, all revolving around the novel concept that having little to no interest in sex is itself a valid sexual orientation. Rae tells me she’s an aromantic asexual, Sean identifies as a heteroromantic demisexual, and Genevieve sees herself as a panromantic gray-asexual.

Stopping Human Trafficking Before It Starts
Human trafficking is increasingly gaining public awareness. Law enforcement, social workers, first responders – all are beginning to receive training regarding human trafficking. And that’s all very good. But it’s hardly enough.

They Just Can’t Believe It!

Why No Swimsuit Issue of Men?

On the happily few occasions when callers to my radio show make a particularly foolish comment, I ask them what graduate school they attended.

When they ask why I assume they attended graduate school, I respond, “Only someone who went to graduate school would say something that foolish.”

Because it is never my intention to humiliate a caller, I always hasten to explain that my comment is not directed at the caller; it is directed at our universities. Moreover, I mean it literally. In order to say certain things that are so obviously foolish, one has to be taught them.

Kudos to Dennis Prager for writing this. In any age except our own this observation about the sexual instincts of men and women would be filed under “common sense.” You may have read this idea before in the pages of Salvo by Dr. Louis Markos. Personally, this is one of my favorite Salvo articles (and it’s a two parter).

In case you missed it, enjoy!

Just Brilliant!
Three Things Only a PhD Can Believe by Louis Markos
Absurdity #1: There Are No Universal Standards
Absurdity #2: There Are No Essential Differences Between Men & Women
Absurdity #3: There Is No Clear Dividing Line Between Humans & Animals

Highly Creative
Three More Things Only a PhD Can Believe
by Louis Markos
Absurdity #1: The Design We See Around Us Is Only Apparent
Absurdity #2: Man Is by Nature Good and Is Therefore Perfectible
Absurdity #3: Virgil, Dante, and Shakespeare Are Products of Their Socio-Economic Milieus

Hear Contributing Editor Terrell Clemmons Talk About Her Latest Article In Salvo on “Fifty Shades of Grey”

from themorningcruise.com
50 Shades of Grey Commentary

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many media outlets are focusing on the much-hyped release of the ’50 Shades of Grey’ movie release. The Morning Cruise shared their thoughts on the movie and Bill shared an article by Terrell Clemmons of Salvo Magazine. Be sure to check out the alternatives to both the book and the film.



from Tim Constantine’s Capitol Hill Show
Fifty Shades of Grey… Does it Have a Biblical Message?

Interview starts at about 32 minutes



from Yes FM
Terrell Clemmons from Salvo Magazine. How Christian Women Should React to “50 Shades of Grey”.

A Psychiatrist’s Take on “Fifty Shades of Grey”

by Marcia Segelstein

Dr. Miriam Grossman is a psychiatrist and author of several books, including “Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student.”  Dr. Grossman has been quoted often in the pages of Salvo, and continues to expose the dangers of our sexually permissive culture on her website www.miriamgrossmanmd.com .

Her latest blog post is about the dangerous ideas promoted in the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Here’s a brief portion of what she writes:

“The ideas of Fifty Shades of Grey are dangerous, and can lead to confusion and poor decisions about love.  There are vast differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, but the movie blurs those differences, so you begin to wonder:  what’s healthy in a relationship?  What’s sick?  There are so many shades of grey…I’m not sure.
Listen, it’s your safety and future we’re talking about here.  There’s no room for doubt:  an intimate relationship that includes violence, consensual or not, is completely unacceptable.

This is black and white.  There are no shades of grey here.  Not even one.”

You can read her entire post here: http://www.miriamgrossmanmd.com/blog/