Craig R. Kelso

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Faith and Certitude

I just finished reading Faith and Certitude by Thomas Dubay. I wish I had the words to describe what a wonderful book it is. It may be that I needed the information contained in the book at this time. Or, it may be that this book has information that everyone should know. It would be impossible to attempt  a summary of the book. I would need to read the book several times to accomplish that task. There are a few tidbits that I remember:

  • The existence of God cannot be proven using human logical reasoning. God's existence can be known based on a "convergence of evidences."
  • Faith in God is a choice, as is atheism.
  • One can have certitude based on the Christ-event.
  • A person can deny the evidence or accept that Christ was/is who He said/says He was/is.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Heroes and Assholes

I watched American Sniper last night. It was a good movie! It created some controversy. After researching a few articles on the Internet, I understand that Clint Eastwood changed/added to some of the story (dramatic license?). Chris Kyle was a gifted soldier. He wanted to fight. Was he a hero? After 9/11, I thought a lot about what it is to be a hero and came up with my own definition: someone who would give their life to save the life of another. That makes Jesus the ultimate hero. Other examples would be Maximilian Kolbe, the firefighters, policemen and others who sacrificed their lives to save other after 9/11. Soldiers are heroes as well. Using this definition, Chris Kyle was, at least, part hero.

Some heroes, if not all, are part hero and part asshole. Chris Kyle fits in this category. While I watched the movie, I admired him for his skills and toughness. But, I wish he would have waited to have a family. It made him seem a bit selfish to put his wife and kids through all that they went through. That made him sort of an asshole. He was a great man, though, nobody should argue with that, but they do. People like Michael Moore condemn him, because they just focus on the negative aspects of his life and personality. However, nobody is a bigger asshole than Michael Moore.

Here is an analogy:

Kyle was more like a bee than a wasp. Michael Moore is pure wasp.

Chris Kyle's wife, Taya, has been through hell, but she seems to be a woman who is strong enough to deal with what life has thrown at her. I pray that their kids grow up healthy and don't have many hangups because of what they have had to endure.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dem.s and Obama

A couple weeks ago, I was listening to a conservative radio station. Monica Crowley made the statement that President Obama's agenda was to expand government dependency, thereby creating a permanent Democratic voting majority.This is different from Dinesh D'Souza's claim that President Obama intends to use debt as a weapon of mass destruction in order and weaken the U. S. military so that the U. S. can no longer be what Obama considers to be an imperialist nation.

My thought is that Crowley was stating the Democratic Party's agenda, and D'Souza is stating Obama's personal agenda.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

America, D'Souza, and Obama

I have recently inundated myself with Dinesh D'Souza: his debate with Bill Ayers, his recent book (America: Imagine a World without Her), and the new movie of the same name. I have also viewed a few criticisms on the Internet blogs and done some research on the U.S. economy.

In D'Souza first movie, he predicted that Pres. Obama would increase the national debt to $20 trillion by 2016. It looks like that will happen. A second prediction related to the first prediction was that debt as a weapon of mass destruction would facilitate military cutbacks. There seems to be evidence that that is happening as well (e.g., the sequestration).  

In his new movie and book, he compares the spirit of 1776 to the spirit of 1968 and shows how many of the criticisms leveled against the U. S. can be seen in a different perspective than that of liberal progressives; that the U. S. has been a good influence in the world.

It is difficult to make the argument to progressives that Pres. Obama is deliberately attempting to weaken the nation by increasing debt, since the economy seems to be improving. But, my gut feeling is that he may be setting things up so that what he does cannot be easily undone.

The graphic above shows alternative scenarios for the future of the national debt. Given Pres. Obama's ability to convince people to vote for him, the growing entitlement population, Obamacare, and the acceptance of his narrative  by progressives, it looks more and more like the dashed line will be the future reality.

D'Souza is doing what he can to serve as a counterbalance to the wave of progressivism. 


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

D'Souza vs. Ayers

I have viewed a couple debates between Dinesh D'Souza and Bill Ayers. and This is on the heels of D'Souza's movie America. D'Souza's premise is that the U. S. a good nation. We make mistakes, but most of the time we get it right. On the other hand, Ayers seems to believe that the U. S. is an evil empire.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Civil Rights

The most important civil rights issue of our time is not whether or not people of color have rights; that battle has been won. Or, whether or not women have rights; that battle has been won. The most important civil rights issue of our time is the fight for the right of unborn babies to live.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Evil uses our weakness against us.

Several years ago, a priest, Fr. Jude Egbuna, from Nigeria and I went to the Stations of the Cross in San Luis, Colorado. We had some good conversations and enjoyed whole experience. During our conversation, Fr. Jude told me about how he was once robbed when he lived in Nigeria. He speculated that the thieves who had stolen money from his residence had consulted witch doctors to determine that there was money to be stolen at his residence. He explained that witch doctors can see some kind of smoke, not from fires, emanating from homes that may be good targets. I asked him why that kind of stuff (witchcraft, etc.) doesn't happen as much in the United States. He responded that Satan uses our greatest weaknesses against us, and that devil uses materialism against us in the U.S. It may be that the robbers had a different way of knowing that Fr. Jude had money in his residence, but Fr. Jude's statement that Satan uses our weaknesses against us holds true.

There is an ongoing debate in the U.S. about who are the really bad guys. Is it the big corporations who won't share with the poor and have too much control of the government? Or, is it the socialist-minded people who want to transform the U.S. into a Utopia and want big government to control us? I would say that it is both. Those who have a lot should be willing share with those who have little. But, it should not be forced on them by the government. Charitable giving should be something the wealthy do because it is morally the right thing to do. Socialistic-minded people should realize that putting the responsibility on the government will only take away individual rights and lead to tyranny.

When either group fails to do what is right, that is when evil gains a foothold.