Anthony Horvath is a speaker and author, addressing the importance of equipping the Christian Church for today's challenges. A former religion teacher and long time apologist, Anthony is in touch with today's shifting trends.
Posted 2/25/14 at 8:32 PM | Anthony Horvath |
I was reading CS Lewis’s The Four Loves and came across the quote below. Obviously, Lewis is not specifically addressing universal health care or liberalism or the question of using the government to administer love. Even Christians can be found thinking that it is a noble expression of a loving society to have the government do the loving… and this with no apparent thought to the actual effect that this ‘loving’ will have on the people ‘loved’ and the attitude it fuels in the people-government doing the ‘loving.’ The most important thing seems to be that, well, people’s intentions are good, and it’s better to do something rather than nothing. Here is the quote:
This [is] Gift-love, but one that needs to give; therefore needs to be needed. But the proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs our gift. We feed children in order that they may soon be able to feed themselves; we teach them in order that they may soon not need our teaching. Thus a heavy task is laid upon this Gift-love. It must work towards its own abdication. We must aim at making ourselves superfluous. The hour when we can say “They need me no longer” shall be our reward. But the instinct, simply in its own nature, has no power to fulfil this law. The instinct desires the good of its object, but not simply; only the good it can itself give. A much higher love- a love which desires the good of the object as such, from whatever source that good comes- must step in and help or tame the instinct before it can make the abdication. And of course it often does. But where it does not, the ravenous need to be needed will gratify itself either by keeping its objects needy or by inventing for them imaginary needs. It will do this all the more ruthlessly because it thinks (in one sense truly) that it is a Gift-love and therefore regards itself as “unselfish.” (pgs 50-51) FULL POST
Posted 7/8/13 at 4:27 PM | Anthony Horvath
In Paul's second letter to the Corinthians he makes a comment that I have always found intriguing: "... in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes." (2 Cor. 2:11)
I find this interesting, because as it seems to me, Christians continue to be outwitted by their chief Enemy and merrily remain unaware of his schemes. Of course, this applies to non-Christians, but that goes without saying, since they don't even believe he exists. Christians, the bulk of whom presumably believe Satan is real and active, seeking those to devour, have no such excuse.
Anthony Horvath is the Executive Director of Athanatos Christian Ministries and the Policy Intersections Research Center. He regularly blogs on apologetics and life issues at www.sntjohnny.com. Some of his research on the culture of death is available here.
The example I want to provide today of the devil's schemes, to be clear, is not something I am putting at the feet of Christians, as if to blame them. Instead, I submit it as an example of how devious and deceptive our enemy is; alert to his schemes, we perhaps won't allow ourselves to be outwitted.
The example is the news out of California yesterday that over a period of about five years, imprisoned women were sterilized without state approval. In some of those cases, it appears also that the women had not given consent. In others, it may be the case that they did not even know the procedure was going to be performed. It is hard to tell from the article. What is clear, is that some of the women who did 'give consent' were pressured into doing so.
This treatment of women, some would think, is the sort of thing that could never happen after Roe vs. Wade. Didn't it enshrine a women's right to do with her body as she pleased? This is one of the enemy's first deception, and one that I am afraid he has found many humans happily willing to knowingly go along with the deception. The 'right' to an abortion has little to nothing to do, in the eyes of the elites, with a woman's reproductive choice. They were concerned, and remained concerned, with only two things: population control and making a bunch of money for themselves, preferably on the tax payer's dime. "Choice" is a mere myth that popular society has imbibed and accepted, the elites, such as those who run Planned Parenthood, don't give a lick. FULL POST
Posted 4/17/13 at 12:12 PM | Anthony Horvath
What does Christianity have to do with life issues such as abortion, euthanasia, and assisted suicide? Aren’t these just political issues? Why should you impose your opinions on others? But what if the Gospel, which announces life eternal, itself requires a defense of Life? An online apologetics conference coming April 21-23rd will explore these issues. Steven Mosher of the Population Research Institute is the keynote.
Register and learn more at http://onlineapologeticsconference.com
A Defense of the Faith
Defense of Life
AN ONLINE CONFERENCE FULL POST
Posted 4/9/13 at 11:50 AM | Anthony Horvath
A Review of Life Unworthy of Life by Derek Elkins by Anthony Horvath
Derek Elkins' Life Unworthy of Life came before my eyes, from his perspective, at the most opportune time. I was immersed in studying the philosophies and ideologies that had led to the Holocaust, and the T4 Project (which the book is about) was explicit foreshadowing of that later horror. I was instantly drawn into the manuscript. From my perspective, however, I could have chosen a better time to read it. Evidently, my plane had been moved to a different gate and they had been calling my name for the better part of twenty minutes... "Argher Heervreth blah blah blah..." ... "Theeny Hurgle, [indecipherable]..."
If it hadn't been for the fact that I suddenly thought it very odd that they had not begun boarding at my gate with just 3 minutes before takeoff and coming to the conclusion that it was unlikely they would fly a plane with just a single passenger, I would not have hurriedly checked the board, and I would not have, in a panic, flung myself in the direction of the gate where my plane actually was waiting for me.
"[indecipherable] Aneeny Gursheth?" the attendant said as I flew by her.
It was the spring of 2012. I was in St. Louis for some pro-life stuff. It was my task to select the winners for my ministry's annual Christian Novel Contest, and Derek's book was one of the finalists. Now, does making the judge nearly miss his plane count for a book, or against it?
The question remains unanswered; nevertheless, it ended up being the grand prize winner. Not long after that, I would extend an offer to publish the book. Derek would accept.
And now we are just two weeks away from its official release, on April 23, 2013.
My how time flies.
Fly, indeed. Today, calling someone a 'Nazi' or a 'fascist' is about the worst thing that you can say about someone, but few people actually have any idea what the terms mean or meant. And that is to be expected, I suppose. Another term similarly deployed is 'zealot,' but who can possibly recall the actual attitudes of such people who lived 2,000 years ago? And that, of course, is when Hitler lived and fascism thrived. People today are only vaguely aware of what happened seventy years ago. They're not going to know the true sentiments of people like the Nazis, who existed only in ancient history, millennia ago. FULL POST
Posted 3/21/13 at 1:49 PM | Anthony Horvath |
In our country, there is a general feeling that only positions backed by actual fact should drive public policy. 'Religion' is perceived to be the realm of personal opinion. Even Christians tend to accept the view that people are allowed to have their opinion, but they aren't allowed to impose that opinion on others. The result is that many Christians refrain from acting 'politically' because they see their own beliefs as nothing more than 'mere opinion.'
Secularists tend to be people who have dispensed with 'religion' altogether, and like to think that they are entirely 'fact driven.'
When these ideas collide, we observe something very curious: secular humanists conclude that they can advocate for anything that they want in the public sphere, because nothing they believe is 'religious, ' while distinctly Christian viewpoints are forbidden from entering the public domain, since those will be, by definition, 'religious.' And again, even Christians gravitate to that view.
This tends to lead to debates and discussions and policy proposals that take the 'facts' of the secularists as the starting points. We are expected to proceed on their terms. And why not? Surely without the 'religious' component, those 'facts' are as close to actually being real descriptions of the world as one could get, right? FULL POST
Posted 1/28/13 at 4:26 PM | Anthony Horvath
Posted 12/13/12 at 9:36 AM | Anthony Horvath |
It's that time of year again: the time for candy canes, gift giving, and holiday classics running non-stop on the television. It's the time for bright blinking lights and egg nog with a 'special ingredient.' Can you guess the season? That's right. The annual assault on religion by atheists is in full swing.
Folks like the 'Freedom From Religion Foundation', based out of Madison, WI., are especially sensitive to displays of religion in the public square, but it would be a mistake to see that as the real issue. Ultimately, anything that any Christian ever does in public, spurred on by their beliefs and values, is the target.
The best, most current example of this is Obama's insistence that religious organizations have to subsidize behavior they find immoral. The first amendment says that Congress shall make no law respecting religion or prohibiting its free expression, but to hear Obama tell it, this translates into a mere 'freedom of worship.'
The argument, in short, is that you can do whatever you want within your church walls for an hour, once a week--but there it must stay. It is exactly the same argument that the FFRF is making. With stories of the baby Jesus being replaced in nativity scenes by Frosty the Snowman, it would seem that the argument continues to gain traction. FULL POST
Posted 9/25/12 at 11:46 AM | Anthony Horvath
Anthony Horvath is a Christian apologist, pro-life speaker, and publisher. To learn more about his latest project aimed at combating the philosophies discussed in the essay below and how you can help, click here.
Tina Fey, impersonating Sarah Palin, joked, “I can see Russia from my house.”
I can see the next holocaust from my house, and it is no joke.
In the decades leading up to one of the most horrific chapters in human history, the leading lights of the day openly discussed bringing about those horrors. Eugenics was posited as the rational position of all intelligent, well-meaning individuals. In journals, newspapers, academic conferences, public health offices and elsewhere, they talked about sterilizing people with or without their consent, segregating them from society, or even exterminating them. And that was in America. FULL POST
Posted 4/17/12 at 10:27 AM | Anthony Horvath
"You can't reason a person out of a position they didn't reason themselves into."
99% of those reading that statement know it to be a true statement, and this from experience. The first thought will be to view this as a borderline insult about someone. In other words, we don't think very highly of the person the statement describes.
I do not wish to make anyone uncomfortable, so I will pass over the other likely first reaction: the assumption it does not apply to oneself. No one of us believes we have come to our opinions apart from fact and reason, and yet all of us can point to people who have opinions that do not seem to rest on fact or derive from reason.
What I would like to call attention to is the fact that the statement is not necessarily a derogatory remark. In order for it to be seen negatively, several assumptions must be made. FULL POST
Posted 4/16/12 at 11:42 AM | Anthony Horvath
Have you ever pondered the significance of the fact that Jesus did much of his speaking through parables? Granted, even then people didn't get it many of the times, but at the very least, they paid attention!
Pastors have been incorporating stories and anecdotes into their sermons for a long time, but apologists- defenders of the Christian faith- and storytellers haven't usually given due weight to the power that story has in the human heart.
There is a conference coming up, April 19-21st, that is dedicated to calling apologists and writers and artists and others interested in furthering the Kingdom of God. It calls attention to several points:
1. Since we are so receptive to absorbing things through the culture via stories, novels, movies, etc, Christians in particular should exercise discernment in all things.
2. Christians can use both the good and the bad in our culture to explain, defend, and transmit the Christian faith; both existing stories and new stories can be applied to different aspects of the veracity of Christianity- including the fact that we respond to Story! FULL POST