At some point you’ve probably heard an opinion of yours about morality, religion, or politics summarily dismissed with a reaction like: “You only say that because you’re a _____!” or “That’s just an excuse for _______.” Frustrating, isn’t it? If you’ve supplied reasons for your position, they don’t tackle those reasons. They just assume you’re wrong and purport to explain, usually in terms unflattering to you, why you make your error. What many might not realize, however, is that this action is a fallacy known as Bulverism. The name was coined by C.S. Lewis in an essay included in his widely read collection God in the Dock. In essence, Bulverism is a toxic hybrid of two better-known fallacies: petitio principii (begging the question) and ad hominem (impugning one’s opponent’s character without addressing his argument).
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Before we get to what I want to say, we must learn a little about Clara Williams.
Clara Belle Drisdale was born in Plum, Texas in 1885. Although the Civil War ended twenty years prior to her birth, life was still difficult for black citizens. Segregation laws were in place across the country, including in schools and colleges. Despite many obstacles placed in front of her, Clara had a deep love of learning. In 1903, she attended Prairie View Normal and Independent College (now Prairie View A&M University) in Prairie View, Texas, and graduated as valedictorian of her 1908 class with a certificate in teaching.
Clara had a lot holding her back. The child of sharecroppers (dirt poor), a female before woman’s rights, and a black before the civil rights movement. Yet she accomplished a lot! Why was she able to accomplish so much? My guess is that she did not see herself as a victim. She was a human being responsible for her own destiny. She did not let her troubles stop her.
Today blacks and women have so much more than she had, yet they are being told that they are victims and will never be able to accomplish their dreams because they are being held back. I say that is crazy! If she as a black woman living in a day when slavery was still a first-hand memory for many could accomplish so much, you can too. Don’t let those who want you to believe that you are a victim hold you back. Be all that you can be!
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How would your life be different if…You stopped worrying about things you can’t control and started focusing on the things you can? Let today be the day…You free yourself from fruitless worry, seize the day and take effective action on things you can change.”— Steve Maraboli (Life, the Truth, and Being Free)
“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals.If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.”— Roy T. Bennett
A new poll says 44% of self-identified Christians think the Bible is “ambiguous” on abortion … Here, let me help you out with that
First the poll: Over four in 10 American Christians believe the Bible is “ambiguous” on abortion, according to the Cultural Research Center of Arizona Christian University. The findings, released Tuesday, are part of the CRC’s American Worldview Inventory 2020 survey. Conducted by CRC Director of Research George Barna, a noted evangelical pollster, the report found that 44% of respondents said they believe the Bible “is ambiguous in its teaching about abortion,” while 34% said, “abortion is morally acceptable if it spares the mother from financial or emotional discomfort or hardship.”Barna said in a statement that the findings on opinions about abortion were part of a broader departure from “biblical truth” by self-identified American Christians.” The irony of the reshaping of the spiritual landscape in America is that it represents a post-Christian reformation driven by people seeking to retain a Christian identity,” said Barna.”Unfortunately, the theology of this reformation is being driven by American culture rather than biblical truth.”If you’re one of those self-identified Christians who say you think that the Bible is “ambiguous” on abortion, keep reading and in a couple minutes you’ll no longer be able to say that.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. -Psalm 139:13
From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb, you have been my God. -Psalm 22:10
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” -Jeremiah 1:5
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. -Luke 1:41