Vanity of Vanities!


A good article from Touchstone magazine that I think Salvo readers will appreciate:

The True Atheist Myth
Jordan Bissell on Past & Present Atheism & the Invention of Happiness

In a review of Alister McGrath’s recent book, The Big Question, Barbara King, a professor of anthropology at the College of William and Mary, takes issue with McGrath’s characterization of atheism as lacking the meaning which, McGrath contends, can be found in a religious, and specifically Christian, worldview. That the philosophical implications of atheism should doom the atheist to an arid and desolate existence, King contends, is an unkillable myth: a shibboleth of the faithful as buoyant but as false as the contention that Darwin experienced a deathbed conversion. King ends her article by wondering, “How to make this unkillable myth about atheism into a moribund myth?” . . .

Bissell goes on to say that the main reason this “shibboleth of the faithful” persists is that the most famous atheists themselves have affirmed it. Read some quotes:

Nietzsche argued that we have to come to terms with “the belief in the absolute immorality of nature and in the utter purposelessness and meaninglessness of our psychologically necessary human impulses and affections.”

“Nature, averse to crime? I tell you that nature lives and breathes by it, hungers at all her pores for bloodshed, yearns with all her heart for the furtherance of cruelty.”—Marquis de Sade

“Man is a useless passion” & “There can no longer be any good a priori. . . . Everything is indeed permitted if God does not exist, and man is in consequence forlorn.” —Jean-Paul Sartre

“we cannot admit that things might be neither good nor evil, neither cruel nor kind, but simply callous—indifferent to all suffering, lacking all purpose.”—Richard Dawkins

Related reading from Salvo:

Statism’s Deadbeat Dad
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
by Terrell Clemmons

Capital Losses
Nietzsche on Losing English Morality
by Cameron Wybrow

The Zombie Killers
Nihilism Threatens Us with the Walking Dead
by Regis Nicoll

Blinded by Science?
Don’t Be; That’s Just the New Atheists Masking Their Faith Choice
by Terrell Clemmons

Offensive No More

Trending on Facebook:


She meant to say “people of color” instead of “colored people.” Oh, so that’s how it works! You just need to switch around the word-order and then it’s not offensive anymore. It all makes perfect sense now.

Frankly, I find this entire story offensive so I mixed it and fixed it for you, dear readers.

Robach, in a Monday-issued apology, stated that what she said was “a reflection NOT of how I feel or speak in my life everyday,” and that “color-positive people” is what she had meant to say.

The Not-So-Free Exchange of Ideas (continued)

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. . . Last week, DePaul University informed the DePaul Young Americans for Freedom chapter (of which I am Vice Chairman) that they plan to partake in this attack. DePaul University has banned conservative commentator Ben Shapiro from appearing on campus. Mr. Shapiro’s strong defense of the Constitution and conservative values is apparently too much for the University and its students to handle. . . .

Last week I posted a link on Facebook to this article from the Salvo online archives: Party Schools–David Horowitz Zeros In on the Indoctrination of Students by Ideologues by Marcia Segelstein. It received a mostly positive response, but of course there were some naysayers. Here’s on of them:

The evidence is actually the other way around. Higher education boards are stuffed with wall st tycoons and “foundation” representation. The agendas are so twisted to be run like a business, you end up with blowhard disinformation campaigns like this. It’s the information age, all the presumptive statements here are easily refuted.

I’m glad we have naysayers and they are always welcome to say their nays on our fb posts, but I just wanted to share this story with you as a followup—this being the information age and all. In the case of Mr. Shapiro, I wish the tycoons, fat cats, and foundations would of helped him out.

See below for more blowhard disinformation from your friends at Salvo.

Civilization & Its Malcontents
How Soviet Disinformation Infected the West & What the West Can Do About It
by Terrell Clemmons

Campus Gags
The Not-So-Free Exchange of Ideas
by A.W.R. Hawkins

Mind Control
Now Occurring at a University Near You
by Herb London

Guide for the Misguided
A Clarifying Journey of Intervention, Detox & Recovery
by Terrell Clemmons

Superhuman Summer

An inspiring video for the 2016 Paralympics. Also check out this interview with the singer, Tony Dee, over at Lifesite.

Dee hopes the 2016 “Superhumans” advertising video will not only go viral in England but around the world and bring enhanced awareness to those with disabilities.

“The thing that stands out to me is that people should see people with disabilities as having the ability to live a life that is worthwhile,” he said. “So I feel very strongly about being pro-life and am very concerned about the moves towards a society where we have couples becoming pregnant expecting a baby who might have a disability and then getting rid of the baby way too easily.”

Going Beyond Power and Politics

A vertical photo of the Jefferson Memorial in the spring with cherry trees.

The Jefferson Memorial in the spring with cherry trees.

In his “Notes on the State of Virginia” Jefferson rhetorically asked, “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God?”

Our Founding Fathers realized that rights and freedoms depend on citizens whose darker angels are restrained by a received moral code. John Adams put it this way: “We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.”

For the founders, moral truth was not a matter of empirical observation, personal opinion, or popular consensus; rather, it was the product of an external source of knowledge: the divine mind of God. Without a transcendent origin, moral codes become matters of power and politics. Rights and freedoms—and who has claim to them—are then neither inalienable nor durable, but subject to the caprice of the tyrant or the tyranny of the crowd.

The atrocities committed during the last century by the regimes of Stalin, Hitler, Mao, and Mussolini are sufficient to disabuse all but the most glassy-eyed dreamers of the futility of producing a moral society from a purely secular state.

—from Secular Fantasies: The Golden Rule Is Powerless Without Judeo-Christian Presuppositions by Regis Nicoll

Further reading from Salvo:

Citizens Cain & Abel
The Dilemma of Soulcraft & the State
by Cameron Wybrow

Truth vs. State
It Takes Courage to Confront False Ideologies
by H. Lynn Gardner

State Purposes
Utopian Creep & the Struggle for Human Rights & Freedom
by Terrell Clemmons