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 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
Posted 11/19/09 at 9:48 AM | Anthony Horvath
Maafa 21: Black Genocide in 21st Century America demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that organizations like Planned Parenthood have their origins in eugenics movements which in turn were formed to deal with the 'problem' created to society by the end of slavery. Using primary source material throughout the 2 hour documentary, Maafa 21 details how birth control measures such as abortion and sterilization were originally presented in the context of eliminating 'undesirables' from society. Highest on that list for the original eugenicists: black people.
Maafa 21 focuses on the 'womb-lynching' of blacks in America but given my own personal story I want to emphasize that the same arguments given by eugenicists regarding black people was- and is- applied to other groups, as well. Maafa 21 makes the important point that the eugenics programs under Hitler didn't merely single out Jews, but also targeted black people. I should like to add that those with birth defects and disabilities were also targeted. This is not to take away from the compelling argument that Maafa 21 makes, but simply to point out that eugenics arguments are not exclusively applied (in the past, or today) to black people.
Posted 11/16/09 at 3:42 PM | Anthony Horvath
The recent passing of hate crimes legislation is causing some consternation in Christian circles but not enough and the concern it is raising is mostly of the wrong kind.
True, it is bad law. The idea that there can be different punishments for the same crime based merely on motive is a principle that is begging for abuse. More worrisome is the idea that others can be held accountable for the crimes of another. What this really does is make 'offending' a crime in itself. Rather than an objective act in space and time- the criminal act, if you will- something becomes criminal if it is associated with something that others find offensive. And being offended is something subjective.
The passing of the hate crimes legislation has a lot of meaning, will reveal many implications, and is a definite sign that the Christian worldview is under seige. I contend, though, that the real battle was already lost. I speak of the battle for logic, reason, common sense, and, in a word, the rule of law. FULL POST
Posted 11/3/09 at 1:50 PM | Anthony Horvath
Several surveys have been released over the last year. It has been awhile since I've posted here and these surveys would have been good opportunities to do so. However, the trends these surveys document have not gone away and now still remains a good time.
Here is the simple reality: In under 20 years, the Christian church in America has declined by about 10%. In raw numbers, Christianity more or less held steady. This is deceptive. First of all, America itself increased by tens of millions in the last century. Christians made up a smaller share of these new Americans and the ones who are tend to be immigrants. This is true of the Catholic Church in particular. In the meantime, the percentage- and raw numbers- of 'religious nones' have increased.
When we translate these percentages into actual numbers, we come to the uncomfortable conclusion that millions of Christians in America have left the faith. Not only have those who report having no religion whatsoever increased, but this group is composed largely of those who were Christian at one time. FULL POST
Posted 3/17/09 at 3:48 PM | Anthony Horvath |
Jesus said that unless you become like little children you cannot enter the Kingdom of God. In Mark 10:15 he says, "I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
Hyper-intellectuals on the atheist front perceive this approach as intellectual suicide. They see a passage like this as prima facie proof that religion, Christianity included, is childish. One wonders if these folks have children or ever spent any time around them.
I've got four of them and if Jesus means to include them in the pattern of 'little children' then a revision in our traditional, sentimentalistic interpretation is called for.
First of all, my kids aren't uncurious. In fact, they heckle me and harass me and chase me around the house asking questions. The same questions. Over and over until finally I answer them. "Does 'story' start with 'S'?" "Will you staple this?" "Which city is bigger, Milwaukee or Green Bay?" Faith like a little child apparently does not mean not asking questions. It apparently does not mean desisting from learning about reality. It apparently does mean driving your father batty with endless questions about every minute aspect of reality. (See Luke 18:1-8)
Second of all, my kids are... well, thugs. Oh sure, they are soft and sweet and cute for a minute here and there. The rest of the time they are careening off of walls, smacking each other in the nose, swiping cookies from a sibling, distributing legos evenly across the floor in a twenty square foot area... we aren't talking about innocence distilled, here. FULL POST
Posted 3/3/09 at 2:19 PM | Anthony Horvath
In Judges 12, the Gileadites find a way to distinguish between friend and foe by compelling captured refugees to say the word 'Shibboleth.' Evidently, Ephraimites couldn't pronounce it correctly, saying instead 'Sibboleth.' Those that said that latter were struck down while those who said the former were allowed to pass.
'Shibboleths' abound in society, including among Christians. Unfortunately, even among Christians, a Shibboleth isn't simply a quick way to distinguish where a person stands in relation to you but is used in a manner akin to the Gileadite's use, thankfully, of course, without the resulting slaughter.
Every denomination has their own Shibboleths. I don't want to give examples out of fear of unduly offending some Christian here or there- and also because my own examples would be construed as a Shibboleth and I could become a victim of the very same phenomena I am referencing!
However, I can give you examples from outside of Christianity. For example, a good Muslim, after saying the name Mohammed, will add "Peace be upon him." Jews will write 'God' like this: G-d. These are simple examples.
More complicated ones exist, where terms and phrases thrown out in conversation represent whole concepts and arguments and positions cherished within the speaker's faith tradition. A person outside that faith tradition will hear the terms and phrases but, ignorant of the concepts that are evoked, will construe them differently and further conversation will alert the other that 'They don't really get it. They aren't in my group.' FULL POST