Book Reviews 2023

Book Reviews 2023

Reading Time: 11 minutes

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I have read less than I would have liked this year due to the hours I have been putting in. Nevertheless, I wanted to review four of the titles I found time to read in 2023 that you might enjoy. 

Analog Christian – by Jay Kim (41 notes, 178 pages)

Atheism on Trial – by Mark Lanier (55 notes, 202 pages)

Confronting Christianity – by Rebecca Mclaughlin (76 notes, 226 pages) 

Irreversible Damage – by Abigail Shrier (60 notes, 231 pages)

Son of Hamas – by Mosab Hassan Yousef (Audible)

Devotion – by Adam Makos (Audible)

The reference to notes is my note-taking system when I read a book. The more notes I made, the more impactful, relevant, apologetic, or valuable I found the contents. Of course, the size of the book would also make a difference, so I have listed the number of pages. I enjoyed the two Audible books and would recommend them both. 

Analog Christian

This was published in 2022 by Jay Kim, a pastor in Silicon Valley. 

Kim wrestles with the dangers most Christians are unaware of concerning the technology we are surrounded by daily. Engineered to keep us swiping, social media is all-consuming. Inherent in the algorithms are pitfalls that often outweigh the benefits. 

Frances Haugen, a Facebook insider who became a whistleblower, wrote concerning the algorithm, its “engagement-based formula helps sensational content, such as posts that feature rage, hate or misinformation, travel far and wide.”((Kim, Jay. “Kindness and Goodness Instead of Hostility.” Analog Christian, IVP, 2022, pg. 85)) Kim explains comparison and contempt are tools used by the enemy and are inherent in social media.

Before my divorce, I would celebrate the joy and love I felt for my wife on social media. On more than one anniversary, I’ve posted pictures of my wife and how many years we have attained. Bragging rights. After the divorce, social media became a punch in the gut. Every anniversary others posted celebrating their 20th, 25th, 30th, etc., would pour salt in the wound. It never occurred to me my posts would/could have done the same to someone else. 

Of course, we should celebrate successful marriages, but the inherent poison of comparison on Social Media is destructive and can be malignant. Kim writes about a time when he and his wife struggled with infertility, “Every pregnancy announcement, be it from a friend or acquaintance, felt like a punch in the stomach. I was unable to genuinely celebrate anything with anyone. All I could do was compare their good fortune to our anguish.”1

Temperature of Hate

Psychologists talk about hot-hate and cool-hate. Hot hate is something we are all familiar with. We have all experienced moments where someone does something blatantly rude, and our tempers flair. Crimes of passion and road rage, not brought under control, are examples of hot-hate.

But another kind of hate, cool-hate, is common in social media and circles of gossip among friends. Based on contempt and disgust, Kim explains people use sarcasm, dismissal, and mockery. It can be, and often is, more damaging than hot-hate. Just ask the family whose child committed suicide because of bullying. 

Kim writes, “The apps we use are actually using us. We are not so much the customers as the products. Each search and click provides valuable dates to companies constantly searching for ways to effectively commodify our attention and, more slyly, our addiction. A never-ending loop of comparison, which eventually breeds contempt.”((Kim, Jay. “Kindness and Goodness Instead of Hostility.” Analog Christian, IVP, 2022, pg. 8)) Philippians 4:7

I highly recommend Analog Christian to any family concerned about social media, screen time, and how much time their still-at-home teens their phones.

Atheism On Trial

This was published in 2022 by Mark Lanier, a successful trial lawyer in Houston, Texas, and featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and American Lawyer. 

Lanier looks at the rationality of atheism and its coherence in the world as we understand it. He writes, “I am compelled to find answers to big questions that harmonize. I expect consistency. Consistency is the bedrock of logic, science, and sound thinking. I must have consistency.”2

A couple of years ago, I had a conversation with a woman who did not believe in God. She reasoned the complexity and immensity of the universe was beyond what any ‘god’ could create, but manage in any sense of the word. 

Of course, she had put God in a box; her mind, and arguably this is true for all of us, cannot truly fathom who God is and what He is capable of. 

Richard Dawkins has the same line of thinking in his best-selling book, The God Delusion. Lanier writes, “With all due respect to Richard Dawkins’s brain power, that is not proof there is not God. If the average human brain is a full three pounds of grey matter, and I give Dawkins a brain and a half, still even four and a half pounds of neural and glial cells surely cannot be the standard for determining the makeup of the mind of God.”3

Can an insect, or even a dog or horse, conceive of man building the Golden Gate Bridge or flying from LA to New York? 1 Corinthians 2:9 Romans 11:34

Justice and Fairness

Steven Fry, a graduate of Cambridge and an outspoken atheist, was asked what he would say if he came face to face with God. Fry replied, “I’d say, ‘Bone cancer in children? What’s that about? How dare you? How dare you create a world to which there is such misery that is not our fault? It’s not right, it’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?’ That’s what I would say.”4

What Fry and others need to recognize or accept is the hardwired concept of fairness, justice, and morality. How did this idea come about from natural selection? It didn’t. Lanier asks the same thing, “So where do the concepts come from? If there is a Judeo-Christian God, the answer is easy. If there isn’t, one is hard-pressed to find a source beyond the fascinating electrical synapses of human sacks of chemicals.”5

Lanier points out that the notion of justice and fairness is essential to Fry, but “Consider how this came to be. Should one believe that people have developed a keen sense of justice and fairness through natural selection? That somehow individuals benefit from fair treatment, and that humanity found it comes only if we ensure fairness to society? Perhaps, but that’s a stretch of post hoc analysis.”4 

He explains humans don’t want fairness; people want what they want, not what is best for their neighbors. The world doesn’t have a society where the redistribution of wealth comes from the heart of the people, and it never will. Jeremiah 17:9

Confronting Christianity

This was published in 2019 and written by Rebecca Mclaughlin, who holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature from Cambridge and a theology degree from Oak Hill College. She is also a former vice president of content at the Veritas Forum. 

When it comes to apologetics I have read William Lane Craig, Nancy Pearcey, Doug Powell, Hugh Ross, Kenneth Samples, Frank Turek, John Lennox, R.C. Sproul, Johnathan Morrow, Abdu Murray, J.P. Moreland, Greg Koukl, Tim Keller, C.S. Lewis, Josh and Sean McDowell, Ravi Zacharias, Nabeel Qureshi, Paul Copan and a dozen others who would be considered the heavy hitters in Christian apologetics. All of their books, lectures, and debates have bolstered my faith, but none of their books would I describe as beautifully written. Rebecca Mclaughlin has done just that. Weaving personal experience and exposing vulnerable struggles within herself, she is empathetic to the battles many have. 

At the same time, she addresses many of the hard questions Christians may face when having discussions with unbelievers. She gracefully acknowledges the shortcomings of Christians in the past and the harm they have done in the name of Jesus. Mclaughlin then removes the layers of counterarguments without using hyperbole and other inflammatory language, and lays the facts on the table for all to see. 

Violent Buddhists?

Concerning religion and violence, she acknowledges the Crusades, as has William Lane Craig and other Christian apologists, though liberal historians have greatly exaggerated the numbers. And few have any doubt about the violence and blood on the hands of martyrs in the name of Islam. However, are there other examples? 

In 2018, the New York Times ran an op-ed titled, “Why Are We Surprised When Buddhists Are Violent?” Mclaughlin explains, “The article cites Sri Lanka’s civil war…fueled by ‘specifically Buddhist nationalism’; violence in modern Thailand; violence within the Dalai Lam’s own sect; and a growing body of scholarly literature on the martial complicity of Buddhist institutions in World War II era with Japanese nationalism.”((Mclaughlin, Rebecca. “Doesn’t Religion Cause Violence?” Crossway, 2019, pg. 80)) Mclaughlin explains it is not that Buddhism is inherently violent, but as a religion, it is not free of blood-stained hands; no religion is. 

Some of you may have seen the 2016 Martin Scorsese film Silence. Tens of thousands of Christians in the 1700s were executed in horrific ways at the hands of the Shinto-Buddhist government. When we think of the Shinto Shrine, pictures of serene monks meditating, incense softly trailing in the air, and lush green foliage come to mind. 

Yet, Christianity and Islam seem to be the center of the target and the examples the media draws attention to. 

Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist majority Myanmar have experienced terrible violence at the hands of Buddhist soldiers. Nicholas Kristof writes, “‘Ethnic cleansing’ and even ‘genocide’ are antiseptic and abstract terms. What they mean in the flesh is a soldier grabbing a crying baby girl named Suhaifa by the leg and flinging her into a bonfire.”((Kristof, Nicholas. “Is This Genocide?” New York Times, 15 December 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/opinion/sunday/genocide-myanmar-rohingya-bangladesh.html 6 Dec. 2023))

Religion is a Tool

Mao Tse-tung said, “Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed.” Religion has been and will continue to be used as a tool to further the agenda of politicians/dictators whose goal is control and power. 

Nazis changed scripture and published bibles to make Jesus a blond-haired, blue-eyed Aryan. Hitler announced, “I can imagine Christ as nothing other than blond and blue eyes, the devil however only with a Jewish grimace.”((Mclaughlin, Rebecca. “Doesn’t Religion Cause Violence?” Crossway, 2019, pg. 83)) 

Mclaughlin rightly points out human goodness is not innate, and the Bible makes that clear from Genesis to Revelation. “We are not naturally good people who behave badly only if we have been deprived of the proper upbringing, education, or circumstances. Rather, we are innately sinful, veering toward selfishness like a car with a misaligned steering wheel.”((Mclaughlin, Rebecca. “Doesn’t Religion Cause Violence?” Crossway, 2019, pg. 92)) 

“Staked at the heart of Christianity is a symbol of extreme violence – the brutal, torturous, state-sponsored execution of an innocent man. Christians believe that this execution was orchestrated by God himself. Some argue from this that Christianity glorifies violence. But the meaning of the cross is precisely the opposite. Violence is the use of power by the strong to hurt the weak. At the cross, the most powerful man who ever lived submitted to the most brutal death ever died, to save the powerless. Christianity does not glorify violence. It humiliates it.”((Mclaughlin, Rebecca. “Doesn’t Religion Cause Violence?” Crossway, 2019, pg. 93)) 

Irreversible Damage

Abigail Shrier writes, “This is a story Americans need to hear. Whether or not you have an adolescent daughter, whether or not your child has fallen for this transgender craze, America has become fertile ground for this mass enthusiasm for reasons that have everything to do with our cultural frailty: parents are undermined; experts are over-relied upon; dissenters in science and medicine are intimidated; free speech truckles under renewed attack… and the desire to escape a dominant identity encourages individuals to take cover in victim groups.((Shrier, Abigail. “Introduction.” Irreversible Damage-The transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, Regnery, 2020, pg xxix))

Having raised three daughters and entering the phase of life where I am inclined to mention the joys of grandchildren to strangers, this book hits a home run for those who have serious concerns about the transgender storm and gender-affirming contagion that has overwhelmed our culture. 

Girls Becoming Boys

There is no doubt a generation of youth has drunk the Kool-aid and been taught and bullied into believing double mastectomies and puberty blockers are steps girls can take to become men. 

Parents and grandparents should be aware and informed about what is being taught at their child’s school. “The ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and GLSEN (formally the “Gay and Lesbian Independent School Teachers Network”) supply curriculum materials. Their members are routinely brought into schools to lecture students on sexual orientation and gender.”((Shrier, Abigail. “Introduction.” Irreversible Damage-The transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, Regnery, 2020, pg 64))

If you attend school in a progressive urban city, LA, San Francisco, or New York come to mind. All you need to view is the school district calendar. Pride month? No, it is now a pride year parade, and you better get in line, or you can expect to be ostracized by staff and peers. 

The LGBTQ Calendar

October begins with “Coming Out Day,” followed by “International Pronouns Day,” and “LGBTQ History Month”. In November, we find “Transgender Awareness Week” and “Transgender Day of Remembrance,” March is “Transgender Visibility Month,” and April adds “Day of Silence/Day of Action.” May is “Harvey Milk Day,” and June is “Pride Month.”((Shrier, Abigail. “Introduction.” Irreversible Damage-The transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, Regnery, 2020, pg 69))

Any educator worth their weight in salt should proactively address any form of bullying. This includes students who identify as LGBTQ or transgender, but the pendulum has swung far and wide of any sensibility or reasonableness. 

A better remedy would be to teach all classmates kindness, understanding, compassion, and decency, regardless of their skin color, sexual orientation, political beliefs, or religion. What is a shame is that many students lack those kinds of characteristics, something generally taught at home, but now educators have to spend time reinforcing those virtuous behaviors.

After 25 years of teaching and dealing with parents, the old saying “the apple does not fall far from the tree” holds true. Some never get it; tragically, their children seem to be one train wreck after another, yet it is the teacher’s fault. 

The States Solution

Parents are blind to the fact they have acquiesced the raising of their children to the current culture. What is streaming on the big screen? What do they follow on Youtube, Instagram, and Twitter/X? They have unhindered access to smartphones, which suck away their time and bleach their brains. 

And the state’s solution? Affirm everything the child feels. Can you imagine a school board mandating everyone wear a pagri (Hindu head wrap), or a panung sash across their torso? Then, they affirm their religion is true and accurate because some Hindu students were teased. 

Shrier points out that ‘bullying’ is used as an excuse to indoctrinate youth on gender ideology, and those who are questioning their gender or adopt one of the nearly one hundred labels on the new gender spectrum must be affirmed. The National Education Association (NEA) warns, “The consequences of not affirming a child’s gender identity can be severe, and it can interfere with their ability to develop and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships.”((Shrier, Abigail. “Introduction.” Irreversible Damage-The transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, Regnery, 2020, pg 71))

Obviously, many parents disagree with this conclusion and are standing up and speaking out to teachers, principals, and school boards. Unfortunately, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) considers it a violation of students’ rights if parents interfere with a student’s gender choices. If a student changes their pronouns from his to hers, the parents have no say, nor are they informed. 

Shrier ends her book with some advice for parents. 

Don’t get your kid a smartphone.((Nearly every novel problem teenagers face traces itself back to 2007 and the introduction of Steve Jobs’s iPhone. In fact, the explosion in self-harm can be so precisely pinpointed to the introduction of this one device that researchers have little doubt that it is the cause. Shrier, Abigail. “Introduction.” Irreversible Damage-The transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, Regnery, 2020, pg 212))
Don’t relinquish your authority as the parent.
Don’t support gender ideology in your child’s education.
Reintroduce privacy into the home.
Consider big steps to separate your daughter from harm.
Stop pathologizing girlhood.
Don’t be afraid to admit: It’s wonderful to be a girl.

There are three types of books you can learn from: books that encourage you, books that inform you, and books that challenge you. If you don’t read books challenging your status quo, you are simply building a room without doors and windows. 

It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it. – Johann von Goethe

Book Reviews 2023 by James Glazier is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

  1. Kim, Jay. “Kindness and Goodness Instead of Hostility.” Analog Christian, IVP, 2022, pg. 33 []
  2. Lanier, Mark, W. “Opening Statment.” Atheism On Trial, IVP 2022, pg.12 []
  3. Lanier, Mark, W. “Opening Statment.” Atheism On Trial, IVP 2022, pg.29 []
  4. Lanier, Mark, W. “Opening Statment.” Atheism On Trial, IVP 2022, pg.85 [] []
  5. Lanier, Mark, W. “Opening Statment.” Atheism On Trial, IVP 2022, pg.87 []
That’s Not Fair!

That’s Not Fair!

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Above Image by simisi1 from Pixabay

How many of you remember Robin William’s voice as the Genie in Disney’s animation movie ‘Aladdin? That animation movie rocked, and Robin William stole the show! William’s agreed to do the voice at a cut-rate of $75,000 because he wanted to leave something for his kids and grandkids. Usually, he would have been paid millions for his efforts, but his paternal instincts ruled the day, and he signed the contract for a fraction of what he would typically charge.

Then the unexpected happened. It was a blockbuster hit, sales rocketed, and it made over 500 million! Everyone was shocked, including Williams. In the following weeks, Williams and his agent cried foul. During interviews, William’s explained it was not the money he was angry about but the perceived unfairness. Notice Williams did not complain till Aladdin became a blockbuster hit, then it was all unfair((Voss, Chris. “Bend Their Reality.” Never Split The Difference, Penguin Random House, 2016, pgs 122-123))

Chris Voss, a retired high-level negotiator for the FBI, says the most powerful word in Negotiations is ‘fair.’ If you time the ‘fair’ bomb accurately and wisely, it is impressive how it can change the directions of conversations.

Disney pointed out to Robin Williams that he signed the contract and really should not be complaining. It was not only perfectly legal but fair. Nevertheless, in an effort to keep William’s happy, they sent him a Picasso painting worth around $1 million((Voss, Chris. “Bend Their Reality.” Never Split The Difference, Penguin Random House, 2016, pgs 122-123))

In the last few years, I have heard, “That’s not fair!” more times than I can count. More often than not, it comes from one of my 5th-grade boys who have an overgrown competitive gene. We might be playing a game in class or out on the field, and I will adjust to the sides to balance the teams. One boy, in particular (I will call him George, names have been changed to protect the innocent), would always complain if my attempt to balance the teams was not in his favor. After patiently listening to his grievances, I would, without explanation, begin to adjust the teams further. He was a very bright young man, and after just a couple of adjustments, he recognized the pattern, that his complaints made matters worse. In a few short weeks, when I would ask if the teams were ‘fair’ inevitability, I would hear, “They are perfect Mr. Glazier! Don’t change a thing!”

Where do we get the idea of fairness? What about life is supposed to be fair? Is it fair that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes makes $45 million per season((Haislop, Tadd. “The NFL’s highest-paid players in 2020, from Patrick Mahomes to Jalen Ramsey” Sporting News, sportingnews.com, 9 Sept. 2020, https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nfl/news/nfl-highest-paid-players-2020-patrick-mahomes/s2560yib2yvwzjdlsfy10ox2)) and army captains start out at $53,000 a year?((“United States Army -0-3 Captain.” FederalPay, federalpay.org, N.D., https://www.federalpay.org/military/army/captain)) Is it fair that the average major league baseball player makes over 4 million a year((AP News. “Average MLB salary at $4.17 million, down 4.8% from 2019.” ESPN.com, ESPN, 16 April, 2021, https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/31270164/average-mlb-salary-417-million-48-2019)) and the average cal fire firefighter makes $74,000 a year?((Sokanu. “Firefighter salary in California.” Career Explorer, careerexplorer.com, N.D. https://www.careerexplorer.com/careers/firefighter/salary/california/))

Is life fair? Not even close. Ecclesiastes 9:11

When we have discussions about morality and ethics, we often imply things ‘ought’ to be a certain way. And when they’re not, we are all quick to cry foul and point out the unfairness to anyone who will listen.

As much as some might like to think ‘fairness’ is a courtesy of the evolutionary process, it can’t be true. There is nothing fair in the survival of the fittest with the ultimate aim of human flourishing.

Rules come from those in authority, and one of the objectives of regulations is to place things in a specific order so reality will operate in a particular fashion. The evolutionary processes don’t care about justice, truth, honor, or equity. Evolution can’t and never will put obligations on our behavior towards others. If anything, evolution tells us to put ourselves before others, be first in line for the goods, and never-ever stand in harm’s way for another.

Christian apologist Frank Turek points out, “Morality and biology are in different categories. You can’t explain an immaterial moral law by a material, biological process. Justice is not made of molecules. Furthermore, moral laws are prescriptive and come from authoritative personal agents. Biological processes are descriptive and have no authority to tell you what to do. How could a mutating genetic code have the moral authority to tell you how you ‘ought’ to behave?”((Turek, Frank. “Morality.” Stealing From God, NavPress, 2014, pgs 100-101))

One of the illusions of the modern world and culture is we are in control. Students have become even more susceptible to this belief as technology has been placed at their fingertips. Why bother asking mom or dad when they can just Google it or ask Siri? They have answers to just about anything they can ask. “…kids are tempted to confuse information with knowledge and completely forgo the pursuit of wisdom… having all the answers at their fingertips teaches students that teachers aren’t necessary. Gray hair used to indicate wisdom; now it identifies someone who is out of touch.”((Stonestreet, John. Kunkle, Brett. “Being Alone Together.” A Practical Guide To Culture, David C Cook, 2017, pgs 124-125))

Just Google “where does fairness come from,” and all the top selections will fall under the categories of social justice, evolution, environment, psychology, and economics. Not one will attribute the sense of fairness to God but instead learned evolutionary behavior. Yet, every one of those counterexamples fails. They don’t realize that without a personal agent, an authority that guides us in how things ought to be, fairness is determined by whoever controls the Genie in the bottle. Proverbs 17:15

That’s Not Fair

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

How many of you remember Robin William’s voice as the Genie in Disney’s animation movie ‘Aladdin? That animation movie was a winner and Robin William stole the show! William’s agreed to do the voice at a cut-rate of $75,000 because he wanted to leave something for his kids and grandkids. Usually he would have been paid millions for his efforts, but his paternal instincts ruled the day and he signed the contract for a fraction of what he would typically charge. 

Then the unexpected happened. It was a blockbuster hit, sales rocketed and it made over 500 million! Everyone was shocked, including Williams. In the following weeks, Williams and his agent cried foul. During interviews, William’s explained it was not the money he was angry about, but the perceived unfairness. Notice Williams did not complain till Aladdin became a blockbuster hit, then it was all unfair.1 Matthew 20:13-15

Chris Voss, a retired high-level negotiator for the FBI, says the most powerful word in Negotiations is ‘fair.’ If you time the ‘fair’ bomb accurately and wisely, it is impressive how it can change the directions of conversations. 

Disney pointed out to Robin Williams that he signed the contract and really should not be complaining. Not only was it perfectly legal, but fair. Nevertheless, in an effort to keep William’s happy, they sent him a Picasso painting worth around $1 million.1

In the last few years I have heard, “That’s not fair!” more times than I can count. More often than not, it comes from one of my 5th-grade boys who have an overgrown competitive gene. We might be playing a game in class or out on the field, and I will adjust to the sides to balance the teams. One boy, in particular, I will call him George, (names have been changed to protect the innocent), would always complain if my attempt to balance the teams was not in his favor. After patiently listening to his grievances, I would, without explanation, begin to adjust the teams further. He was a very bright young man, and after just a couple of adjustments, he recognized the pattern, that his complaints made matters worse. In a few short weeks when I would ask if the teams were ‘fair’ inevitability, I would hear, “They are perfect Mr. Glazier! Don’t change a thing!”

Where do we get the idea of fairness? What about life is supposed to be fair? Is it fair that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes makes $45 million per season2 and army captains start out at $53,000 a year?3 Is it fair that the average major league baseball player makes over 4 million a year4 and the average cal fire firefighter makes $74,000 a year?5 

Is life fair? Not even close. Ecclesiastes 9:11

When we have discussions about Morality and ethics, we often imply things ‘ought’ to be a certain way. And when they’re not, we are all quick to cry foul and point out the unfairness to anyone who will listen. 

As much as some might like to think ‘fairness’ is a courtesy of the evolutionary process, it can’t be true. There is nothing fair in the survival of the fittest with the ultimate aim of human flourishing.

Rules come from those in authority, and one of the objectives of rules is to place things in a certain order so reality will operate in a particular fashion. The evolutionary processes don’t care about justice, truth, honor, or equity. Evolution can’t and never will put obligations on our behavior towards others. If anything, evolution tells us to put ourselves before others, be first in line for the goods, and never-ever stand in harm’s way for another. Luke 21:1-4

Christian apologist Frank Turek points out, “Morality and biology are in different categories. You can’t explain an immaterial moral law by a material biological process. Justice is not made of molecules. Furthermore, moral laws are prescriptive and come from authoritative personal agents. Biological processes are descriptive and have no authority to tell you what to do. How could a mutating genetic code have the moral authority to tell you how you ‘ought’ to behave?”6

One of the illusions of the modern world and culture is, we are in control. Students have become even more susceptible to this belief as technology has been placed at their fingertips. Why bother asking mom or dad when they can just Google it or ask Siri? They have answers to just about anything they can ask. “…kids are tempted to confuse information with knowledge and completely forgo the pursuit of wisdom… having all the answers at their fingertips teaches students that teachers aren’t necessary. Gray hair used to indicate wisdom. Now it identifies someone who is out of touch.”7 

Just Google “where does fairness come from,” and all the top selections will fall under the categories of social justice, evolution, environment, psychology, and economics. Not one will attribute the sense of fairness to God, but rather learned evolutionary behavior or some form of biological advantage. Yet, every one of those counterexamples fails. They don’t realize that without a personal agent, (an authority that guides us in how things ought to be) fairness is simply determined by the desires of who controls the Genie in the bottle. Acts 20:35 Proverbs 17:15


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  1. Voss, Chris. “Bend Their Reality.” Never Split The Difference, Penguin Random House, 2016, pgs 122-123 [] []
  2. Haislop, Tadd. “The NFL’s highest-paid players in 2020, from Patrick Mahomes to Jalen Ramsey” Sporting News, sportingnews.com, 9 Sept. 2020, https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nfl/news/nfl-highest-paid-players-2020-patrick-mahomes/s2560yib2yvwzjdlsfy10ox2 []
  3. “United States Army -0-3 Captain.” FederalPay, federalpay.org, N.D., https://www.federalpay.org/military/army/captain []
  4. AP News. “Average MLB salary at $4.17 million, down 4.8% from 2019.” ESPN.com, ESPN, 16 April, 2021, https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/31270164/average-mlb-salary-417-million-48-2019 []
  5. Sokanu. “Firefighter salary in California.” Career Explorer, careerexplorer.com, N.D. https://www.careerexplorer.com/careers/firefighter/salary/california/ []
  6. Turek, Frank. “Morality.” Stealing From God, NavPress, 2014, pgs 100-101 []
  7. Stonestreet, John. Kunkle, Brett. “Being Alone Together.” A Practical Guide To Culture, David C Cook, 2017, pgs 124-125 []

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