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Losing Western Civilization

dwr.jpgMeritha and I like Dr. Jordan Peterson, who is, shall we say, an uneasy member of the faculty of the University of Toronto. We also like American radio host, Dennis Prager, who on Prager University produces five-minute videos by extremely well informed and thoughtful people.

This conversation between the two of them displays the best of Jordan Peterson, and is something I would encourage every intelligent and informed person to take the time to watch. It’s informative, and while it reflects on what Western civilization has lost, and why, it’s inspiring and tells us that there may be a way back.

Having said that, Peterson makes a statement that I profoundly disagree with.

Peterson_Lecture_(33522701146)Peterson’s position has always been that he doesn’t know for certain that God exists, but that he lives as though He does. He suggests that if we truly believed that God existed we would live far better lives. Okay, possibly so, although no ordinary human has ever lived perfectly.

But then Peterson states that: “Jesus Christ was the only Christian.” That’s categorically untrue and makes it evident that Peterson still has some work to do on the subject, and I’m sure he will.

But Jesus was not a Christian. Christianity is for sinners, like me. In fact, everyone who has ever truly been a Christian, is a sinner, and more importantly, knows it.

And that’s the whole point. The difference between Christianity and religion, is that religions are about highly uncertain human efforts to find and appease God. Christianity is entirely about God finding and definitively rescuing imperfect people, and then, from an attitude of gratitude and responsibility, those imperfect Christians try to live the way that Jesus called for in the sermon on the Mount and his other homilies.

Peterson’s imperfect understanding of Christianity aside, if you don’t watch anything else this summer, or read any of my blogs, (but please do!), watch this 30 minute video, with your family. It’s excellent!

Have a great week!

Dave Reesor

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What Happened? Rachel’s Story.

dwr.jpgRather than writing my own blog this week, I’m going to provide a link to an excellent article that should be read by every Albertan, and every Canadian, and every American, and every awake citizen in the Western world. It examines the stark contrast between the intellectually chaotic and unrealistic world of left-wing Progressivist policy, against a carefully researched and analyzed platform that should actually be a feature of every election campaign.

Mark MilkeThe article provides the most authoritative analysis of the recent Alberta election that you are ever likely to read. It’s 5 to 10 minutes long, and worth every second. Author, Mark Milke is an economist’s economist, and it was brilliant of Jason Kenney to get Dr. Milke and other recognized experts involved  in developing the United Conservative Party’s platform.

Incidentally, since winning the election, the Kenney government has tasked an expert panel to develop a roadmap to get Alberta’s economy back on track. It is led by former Saskatchewan NDP,  yes, that’s NDP Minister of Finance, Janice McKinnon, who in the 1990s guided Saskatchewan from fiscal ruin, to balanced and surplus budgets. Watch the link. No matter whether you are a Kenney fan or not, you must admit it is a brilliant managerial and political move!

Have a great weekend!

Dave Reesor