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Briefing Outlines

Worldviews and You

Today more than any time in his­to­ry world­views are in col­li­sion. Ideas do have con­se­quences! Today there is no longer a world­view con­sen­sus in our coun­try. The con­flict and the polar­iza­tion (see the abor­tion issue as an exam­ple) and polit­i­cal grid­lock we see are the result of the demise of the Chris­t­ian con­sen­sus which once under­gird­ed our soci­ety. Cur­rent­ly, our soci­ety is mul­ti-cul­­tur­al, or plu­ral­is­tic, and there is no strong world­view con­sen­sus.

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Facts About Israel and The Middle East

This brief­ing, we believe, is nec­es­sary, because in our opin­ion, the lev­el of pro­pa­gan­da and anti-Semi­­tism hasn?t been high­er since WWII. In addi­tion, the dom­i­nant media has been untrust­wor­thy in inform­ing the pub­lic. Cur­rent­ly, anti-Israel sen­ti­ment among the aca­d­e­m­ic left on col­lege cam­pus­es, and in West­ern Europe is unprece­dent­ed in recent times.

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Existentialism

Exis­ten­tial­ism as a phi­los­o­phy, or world and life view, is large­ly a 20th cen­tu­ry phe­nom­e­non. It is the very antithe­sis of Chris­t­ian belief in that it asserts the total auton­o­my of man. Hence it is one of the most vir­u­lent forms of human­ism. It spread rapid­ly because its adher­ents often con­vey its mes­sage in more artis­tic form rather than in dry philo­soph­ic tomes. Instead, their medi­um is often nov­els, plays, art, or movies. They are often pro­found­ly mov­ing and enter­tain­ing because they speak to real human con­di­tions.

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Postmodernism: A New Paradigm

For a PM every­thing is a text, and only sub­jec­tive inter­pre­ta­tion is pos­si­ble. One can nev­er know the intent of the author. We nev­er arrive at uni­ver­sal or objec­tive knowl­edge. But while we can nev­er know the author’s true mean­ing, you can be sure that the author’s words are meant to have repres­sive effect. This explains the trash­ing of the west­ern canon of lit­er­a­ture.

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Deconstruction: The Postmodern Cult of Hermes

Decon­struc­tion­ism (D) is a pow­er­ful post­mod­ern move­ment cur­rent­ly in vogue on major col­lege cam­pus­es and among the intel­lec­tu­al elite. Its influ­ence, per­me­ates every area of our cul­ture. This move­ment has giv­en rise to trib­al­ism, polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, re-imag­ing, mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, and cul­ture wars. It has become a ham­mer for smash­ing tra­di­tion­al val­ues.

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Postmodern Politics

Post­mod­ernism is the pre­vail­ing par­a­digm today and it affects every area of our cul­ture, and in par­tic­u­lar, pol­i­tics. For post­mod­ernists all life is pol­i­tics. We will explain why this is so, and why it must be so.

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The Biblical Doctrine of Hell

The Cur­rent Con­tro­ver­sy: For most of 2000 years of church his­to­ry men of faith have held to the teach­ing of the eter­nal pun­ish­ment of the wicked. Cur­rent­ly, among evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tians, some schol­ars of renown are espous­ing the posi­tion known as anni­hi­la­tion­ism. This…

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The Biblical Flood: New Thoughts, New Questions

I. Intro­duc­tion (Note: This Brief­ing Paper updates and sup­ple­ments #27: Facts About the Flood) A flood of great pro­por­tions is described in Gen­e­sis 6 – 9. The text nev­er indi­cates that it was any­thing oth­er than?a his­tor­i­cal event. The Flood, and, or Noah, the builder…

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The Chronology of Passion Week

The Impor­tance 1. Due to the release of the Mel Gibson?s movie, The Pas­sion of The Christ,?understanding the events sur­round­ing the death of Christ is of supreme?importance to believ­ers who endeav­or to under­stand a fuller mean­ing of?Christ’s death and to share that…

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Angels

I. Intro­duc­tion Angel­ic beings have been a major (we mean major!) sub­ject of art, architecture,?music and lit­er­a­ture in West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion, espe­cial­ly dur­ing the Medieval and?Renaissance peri­ods. Cur­rent­ly, angels are mak­ing a come­back. A. The Cur­rent Pop­u­lar­i­ty of…

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