Top 10 Salvo Articles Online in 2016

salvo-201610. Sexicide
Porn Is Killing Sexual Intimacy for Its Users
by Russell D. Moore

9. Vacating Freud
Recovering Soul Identity in Light of the Gospel
by Terrell Clemmons

8. IVF & Its Victims
by Marcia Segelstein

7. ETI In the Sky
What the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life Means for Us
by Hugh Ross

6. Our Quantum Leap
There Is a Huge Chasm Between Humans & Nonhuman Animals
by Michael Egnor

5. Pandora’s Nursery
Adults Raised by Gays Take Up the Cause of Children’s Rights
by Terrell Clemmons

4. Faith Removal
Militant Science & Apostle Krauss
by Regis Nicoll

3. Doctors Delusional
Transgender Disorder & Really Bad Psychiatry
by Boris Vatel

2. Mind Control
Safeguarding Yours from the Modern Cult of Experts
by Terrell Clemmons

1. Porn Free
Continence Is the Sine Qua Non of Masculine Love
by Terrell Clemmons

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The “Pagan Origins of Christmas” . . . a Myth Without Historical Substance

HiResThis Christmas season, you’ll likely have some holiday-sweater-wearing, nog-breathed, know-it-all regale you with this buzzkill of a story. Well fear not, dear reader. After checking out this article from Touchstone, you can face down the Grinch in question with your Christmas cheer well intact.

Calculating Christmas
The Story Behind December 25
by William J. Tighe

Many Christians think that Christians celebrate Christ’s birth on December 25th because the church fathers appropriated the date of a pagan festival. Almost no one minds, except for a few groups on the fringes of American Evangelicalism, who seem to think that this makes Christmas itself a pagan festival. But it is perhaps interesting to know that the choice of December 25th is the result of attempts among the earliest Christians to figure out the date of Jesus’ birth based on calendrical calculations that had nothing to do with pagan festivals.

Rather, the pagan festival of the “Birth of the Unconquered Sun” instituted by the Roman Emperor Aurelian on 25 December 274, was almost certainly an attempt to create a pagan alternative to a date that was already of some significance to Roman Christians. Thus the “pagan origins of Christmas” is a myth without historical substance.

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Questions About Doubt

Here’s a short interview with respected Christian apologist, evangelist, and writer Josh McDowell–conducted by his son, Sean McDowell, who is a respected apologist by his own right. Sean has been a contributor to Salvo recently, focusing on College issues.


Lessons from My Father: Doubt

SEAN: Dad, do you ever have doubts about your faith? If so, what kinds?

JOSH: Yes, I’ve had doubts. I think that if you don’t doubt, you don’t grow. If you don’t doubt, you don’t learn. Because as Christians, we should constantly be learning new things all the time, then doubt can be a good thing. Yet every time we learn new things, new questions and challenges arise that we may not be able to answer. And some of these doubts tie directly to our walk with Christ. Our posture should like the man who came to Jesus and said, “I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24). We grow when we seek truth amidst doubt.

SEAN: How do you personally handle when you have doubts and questions?

JOSH: It really depends on what kind of doubt it is. People can doubt different kinds of doubts—apologetic, theological, moral and other. For me, I try to ask myself why I have the doubt. Have I done enough homework on this subject? Have I really studied the topic and come to an informed, balanced understanding? And second, I go to Scripture. Scripture can answer roughly 50% of my doubts. For the other issues, I might go to William Lane Craig, Ravi Zacharias, and other apologists. Personally speaking, I always go to my wife Dottie. She’s probably my greatest help.

SEAN: What are some poor ways people handle doubt?

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The Benham Brothers. They’ve Been There

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-10-35-46-amIf you’re unfamiliar with this story, you can read about it here (BuzzFeed’s hit piece on Chip and Joanna Gaines is dangerous). The website BuzzFeed ran a hit-piece on Chip and Joanna Gaines because they attend a church with traditional teaching on gay “marriage” and apparently BuzzFeed doesn’t think people who attend such a church should have jobs hosting television shows. The Benham Brothers have experienced this kind of thing themselves. Watch their video and you can read their story written up in Salvo a little while back.

Twins Speak
Jason & David Benham Drew Fire Because of Love
by Terrell Clemmons

Is she running for president of the Evolution Society?

From Huffington Post:

Husband Of Trump’s Education Secretary Once Promoted Intelligent Design In Schools
In 2006, Dick DeVos thought Michigan students should be exposed to “more ideas.”

In the new issue of Salvo Denyse O’Leary writes

. . . It’s a curious feature of U.S. politics, as seen from Canada, that American media—in the face of serious science-related problems like totalitarian nations having access to plutonium—continue to obsess about what Republican politicians believe about evolution. They do not seem to grasp that the remote past may not matter much if the next two weeks prove to be an apocalyptic horror.

One day, years ago, a Canadian political maven turned to me and asked (with respect to a different campaign), “Who cares how old that guy thinks Earth is? Why [does it matter]?” Was he running for president of the Evolution Society?

Who cares indeed? Having thought about the subject for some years, I think I can offer a partial answer: the traditional big media care about it—but pretty much no one else does. That fact helps account for their accelerating collapse. . . .

Denyse’s article was written right before Mr. Trump was elected to be the next president. You can read the entire article here [Evo-Elitism: Darwinism’s Missing Link to Civil Liberties] or wait for the issue to come to your mailbox (ships next week). Subscribe today!