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 9/12/11 at 1:48 PM | Anthony Horvath
Religious leaders are well aware of the vulnerability of the child brain, and the importance of getting the indoctrination in early. The Jesuit boast, 'Give me the child for his first seven years, and I'll give you the man,' is no less accurate (or sinister) for being hackneyed.
The above quote comes from Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion in the chapter titled "The Roots of Religion." I was thinking about that chapter when I heard that Mr. Dawkins was putting out a children's book. Has Dawkins decided he needs to get into the 'indoctrination' business?
Of course, the word 'indoctrination' has taken on a negative air, and is only applied when one disapproves of what is being transmitted—even if one is about the same business. Dawkins' real problem is not with the Jesuit's 'sinister' approach. He admits it is 'no less accurate.' His real beef must be with the content the Jesuits presented.
Good! Then we are all agreed! 'Indoctrination' isn't 'sinister.' Transmitting the beliefs, values, and perceptions of one generation to the next is an important and unavoidable necessity that must take certain definite forms because of the nature of who we are transmitting them too: children.
Now, we cannot really believe that atheists and secular humanists have every really thought that 'indoctrination' was the exclusive domain of the religionists. For the last hundred years, they have been on a tear doing all that they can to purge any vestige of anything that even smacks of religion from public society and the public schools. A more accurate assessment would suggest that even when Dawkins bemoaned the tawdry work of the Jesuits, his side knew early on the importance of 'getting the indoctrination in early.'
So what, then? What might motivate this upcoming release? There may be some clues in Dawkins' Delusion. FULL POST
Posted 5/4/11 at 10:24 AM | Anthony Horvath
Anthony Horvath is the Executive Director of Athanatos Christian Ministries and the author of the Birth Pang series and other short stories. He is also a pro-life speaker.
The reported death of Bin Laden generated crowds of people on the street wrapped in American flags and cheering. A casual look at the reaction to this reaction revealed to me that many people shared my apprehension with such a response. Different reasons for the apprehension have been produced:
I guess this sums it up.
Personally, my apprehension was not as laudable as any of these. I am distrustful whenever I see people being carried away on emotion, and resist it in myself to the best of my ability. If today we are whipped into a frenzy for something socially 'safe' to be frenzied about, we probably won't put up as much of a fight if someone whips us into a frenzy for something we might regret later after we had time to think about it and get more information about. Indeed, some of the 'frenzy' I saw resembled how I imagined Romans would have reacted when gladiators and lions tore into Christians centuries ago.
It was glee for the sake of glee and a cheer for a victory for our 'team.' FULL POST
Posted 4/6/11 at 10:21 AM | Anthony Horvath
The conference that my ministry is hosting this year has a unique perspective. As an apologetics ministry, a defense of the faith is never far from our mind. But what is the best way to mount that defense? Is it logic? Argument? Evidence? These all have their place, but the Scriptures seem to think that the best defense is a good offense: proactively and deliberately raise your children in the faith.
The traditional tools and methods of apologetics will certainly come in handy, but they'll come without much of the hostility, cynisism, and hyper-skepticism that is often witnessed in many 'targets' of apologetics. Instead, the children begin from a position of trust. In their relationship with their parents, they will have seen that the great concern is truth. The parents have no intention of hurting or harming or deceiving or tricking their children. You can't get this kind of trust relationship with people on the web. You can't even get it with your neighbor, probably. But within your family...
Is it no wonder, then, that the family is under attack at all levels? Divorce rates are as high among Christians as outside the Church. Sex outside of wedlock is rampant both in and outside of the Church. Even what constitutes 'marriage' is being redefined. What will the ultimate effects be on a society that has supped deeply from the cup of laisse-faire sexuality? Nevermind that- what will the effects be on the individual souls who make up that society? FULL POST
Posted 11/19/10 at 1:34 PM | Anthony Horvath
By Anthony Horvath
Apparently, a letter has been written to GOP leaders by conservative homosexuals and some tea-party activists requesting that the GOP lay off its traditional pro-life stance. That would be horrible for many reasons. One reason: In actuality, de-emphasizing life issues is a threat to conservative notions about limited government and individual liberty.
The very first thing that has to be made clear is that those in the culture of death themselves strongly believe that social issues and economic issues are linked. The pro-death camp is perfectly able to present their "social issues" in economic terms. Not only are they able, but they are happy to do so.
A brief glance at history reveals this to be utterly obvious and conclusively true. To take one prominent example, the eugenics movement was very concerned about improving the race, but it was more than that. Activists' position on these "social issues" was closely connected to the economic realities on the ground as they perceived them, as this quote from Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood) will quickly corroborate: FULL POST
Posted 11/10/10 at 7:07 PM | Anthony Horvath
Some Christians will begin seeing red just from reading the title of this entry. They will be angry and annoyed and may even jump up out of their seats. Therefore, let me say it again: apologetics is the answer to everything.
Whether it be the rapid decline of the Christian Church in America, the brisk acceptance of homosexual ‘marriage,’ the prevailing and deepening culture of death, the shallow spirituality of many of the Christians who actually remain in the Church- and certainly much of the lack of action- and many other issues can track back to nothing less than disobedience, for the Scriptures themselves command: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15 In the Greek, ‘answer’ is ‘apologia.’ FULL POST
Posted 11/2/10 at 9:50 AM | Anthony Horvath
In this election season it seems like there is a fair number of the American electorate that needs to be asked: “What is it about ‘Thou shalt not steal’ that you don’t understand?”
Now, there is little use putting this question to secular humanists and atheists. While to a man they all very much hope that humanity abides by the general principle (as far as their possessions go), since most of them reject any notion of there being a moral standard, obviously we cannot call them to act according to that standard.
Christians and others who abide by the Judeo-Christian worldview, however, are another matter. This column is directed only to those who make it their earnest goal to abide by the Scriptures. More to the point, it is directed at those who say they want to act in accordance to the Scriptures, but really aren’t.
“Thou shalt not steal.” What is theft? It is taking what doesn’t belong to you, of course. Sometimes we think we can justify this taking. A great many Christians in our country today align themselves politically as liberals. In short, a great many Christians believe that they can take from others, against their will and without their consent, and use it for their own purposes- theoretically to give it to those who are ‘needy.’
Usually, these Christians haven’t actually bothered to think about the moral and biblical basis for what they are supporting. They hear Jesus say “Love!” and they figure that no further thought is necessary. We can take a lesson from the Sermon on the Mount, though, where Jesus said that he didn’t come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. Love, certainly. In the name of Love, though, one does not steal. This command is still on the table. Obedience to it does not win you salvation, but it is not obliterated. People who claim to abide by the Scriptures are not permitted to steal. Period. FULL POST
Posted 9/30/10 at 2:48 PM | Anthony Horvath
Book Review by MaryAnn Kreitzer
It's a parent's worst nightmare -- hearing the words, "You have a very sick child." For a dad, it's particularly difficult because his job, besides providing materially for his family, is to protect his loved ones from harm. But when illness strikes a child, a dad often stands helpless to "fix it." Decisions about dealing with a critical illness in an already born child are difficult enough, but when that illness occurs in utero, parents are faced with another issue. The question is inevitable - "Will you keep it?" Since Roe v. Wade made abortion-on-demand legal in all 50 states at any time during pregnancy, vulnerable families faced with a sick little one are often given the bad news and immediately invited to consider abortion. How will they respond to the challenge? Anthony Horvath, in his book "We Chose Life: Why You Should Too," shares his story, his faith, and the reasons he believes others should "choose life" as he and his wife did. Those who find themselves in similar circumstances with a seriously ill unborn child would do well to put their panic on hold and read his story.
In December 2006, after two normal pregnancies that filled their home with three boys including a set of twins, the Horvath's were thrilled to learn during a routine ultrasound that they were expecting a little girl. Then the shoe dropped. The ultrasound showed something else. "The doctor came in. She wasn't smiling. Her expression was grim ... she went right to the point. Our new baby girl had a lot of fluid in her skull, a condition called hydrocephalus. The doctor told us that it could be just hydrocephalus, or, worst case scenario, it could mean that she had spina bifida (SB)" [spina bifida is a general term for a group of a neural tube defects where a segment of the spinal column fails to close resulting in a buildup of fluid in the brain.] FULL POST
Posted 3/9/10 at 10:14 AM | Anthony Horvath
Besides a CP blogger, I am also the Executive Director of Athanatos Christian Ministries. I am proud to announce that our ministry will be hosting its first annual online apologetics conference this May, 2010.
Held entirely online, this allows for Christian artists, writers, pastors, teachers, etc, from all over the globe to attend without having to bother to leave their homes. Note: everything will be in English! FULL POST
Posted 12/14/09 at 10:53 AM | Anthony Horvath
G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton wrote his spiritual autobiography, Orthodoxy, in 1908. The amazing thing is how relevant his arguments and insights are today.
I think there is an unfortunate tendency in our society to always be focusing on the 'new.' The newer truth is always to be preferred over the older, even if this flies in the face of the definition of 'truth.' Let's face it, we give incentives to make this happen. A good example is in academia, where the surest way to fame is to posit the newest and most unique proposal- the more controversial the better. One sees this very clearly in the 'historical Jesus' debate. Jesus was married, Jesus was gay, Jesus didn't exist, Jesus was a philosopher, Jesus was... these proposals make headlines and the proposers famous. Since scholars utter them, newspaper men assume they are credible. There is little fame to be gathered from defending the 'traditional' line. But the 'traditional' line exists precisely because after this weeks scandalous announcement is forgotten, the 'old' position still stands. But that isn't reported, so no one ever hears that. FULL POST
Posted 11/30/09 at 10:04 AM | Anthony Horvath
"You can't take it with you." That's what we Christians think but I'm not so sure it is strictly true.Do you remember Matthew 6:19-21?
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where theives break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where theives do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
I always understood the general idea of this passage but for a long time, the closer I looked at it the more confused I got. How does one store up treasures in heaven? Apparently, there are things you can take with you! What are they? And again, just how does one store something in heaven? FULL POST