Posts

Showing posts from January, 2012

An interview like you've never seen before

Image
Good interview with Thomas Woods, author of "Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century," with the standard leftist group-think zombie-like responses.

Utopianism and Statism

I have just started reading Mark Levin's new book, Ameritopia. His thesis is that a desire to build a utopian society is the justification for totalitarian government. In his own words, "Utopianism is the ideological and doctrinal foundation for statism."

"Utopianism substitutes glorius predictions and unachievable promises for knowledge, science, and reason, while laying claim to them all. Yet there is nothing new in deception disguised as hope and nothing original in abstraction framed as progress. A heavenly society is said to be within reach if only the individual surrenders more of his liberty and being for the general good, meaning the good as prescribed by the state. If he refuses, he will be tormented and ultimately coerced into compliance, for conformity is essential. Indeed, nothing good can come of self-interest, which is condemned as morally indefensible and empty. Through persuasion, deceit, and coercion, the individual must be stripped of his identity …

Is it a sin to be cremated?

The Bible doesn't expressly forbid the practice of cremation, but the examples we have in Scripture of the people of God caring for the remains of the dead are decidedly in favor of burial. And of course the burial of our Lord Jesus Christ serves as an example which Christians have generally wished to follow.

Normally in Scripture, burning the dead was a sign of a person’s having died under God’s curse. It was a punishment inflicted upon the corpse of a particularly egregious offender. We see this punishment commanded, for instance, in the case of Achan. By the command of God, Achan was stoned for his offense of stealing from God, and his body was burned (Josh. 7:15, 25; see also Lev. 20:14; 21:9).
A number of cultures, both ancient and modern, have at different times practiced cremation for various reasons—some for practical and others for religious reasons.
Burial seems at first to have been the usual custom among the ancient Greeks; but later cremation became widely practiced, e…