David Gornoski, host of A Neighbor’s Choice, catches up with Dr. Ken Berry, author of Lies My Doctor Told Me. Dr. Berry touches on a variety of topics related to health and nutrition such as toxicity of the food pyramid; the dangers of vegetable and seed oils; the politics of the food industry; the origin of the myth that meat is bad for us; and more. Is eating grains and vegetables connected to emasculation and servility? How much is diet related to obesity? What should be the ideal diet for infants? Listen to the full podcast to find out.
David Gornoski is joined once again by Mises Institute’s Jeff Deist. This time, the two look back at 2020 in review. What should we do going forward into the new year? “Number one is don’t trust the government,” says Deist as he highlights the erosion of liberty in 2020, especially with the COVID lockdowns. What lessons can we learn from the Big Tech social media censoring and big corporations’ abuse of state-granted monopolies? Is there a liberty-minded movement on the horizon? Listen to the full podcast to find out and more.
Dr. Weiping Yu returns with another fascinating segment of Science and U. Dr. Yu and David Gornoski look back at the scientific landmarks in 2020. Dr. Yu notes the amazing feat of Hayabusa2 in bringing back asteroid samples and showing the difference between comets and meteorites. The physicist also comments on the claim, according to a new theoretical study, that quantum jumps challenges the core tenets of physics. What’s wrong with quantum physics? Is there something wrong with Newton’s Law? Listen to the full episode to find out and more.
“The world offers a Great Reset, but what we need is a Great Start!” David Gornoski starts the episode with an analysis of the rampant authoritarianism as evidenced by the notorious lockdowns around the world. Why has Dr. Fauci completely ignored information on nutrition and our immune system? Joining David to see what lies ahead in 2021 is Shannon Braswell. The two discuss the anthropological work of Rene Girard and how Girard has provided a thorough dissection of our modern-day socio-political landscape. Listen to the full episode for all this and more.
David Gornoski starts the show with an analysis of the ongoing Big Tech censorship fiasco. Also in the show, David is joined by Weldon Angelos, who was incarcerated for a non-violent, drug-related crime and has now been pardoned by President Trump. Plus, James Lindsay, author of Cynical Theories, calls in to talk about the New York Times story of a teen who ambushed his classmate for a 3-year-old Snapchat video. Listen to the full episode for extensive discussions on criminal justice, social justice, collectivism, and more.
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“If you don’t have the freedom to take up your cross and instead are forced onto a cross, then you’re not living the abundant life.” Is prosperity worth it without having the freedom to make choices? Join David Gornoski as he deconstructs the coercive structures that have come down from ancient sacrificial rituals while showing us the path to freedom as revealed by the anthropology of Christ’s crucifixion. “If you’re imitating Jesus, you are going to leave the collective to pick up the one.” Listen to the full episode for all this and more.
Recently, a psychology professor by the name of Erik Sprankle stated that the Virgin Mary may not have given ‘consent’ when the angel Gabriel told her that she would give birth to Jesus. Besides showing the utter ignorance that is overwhelming in academia, the professor proved how much contemporary thought is possessed by ideological and identitarian groupthink.
In reality, it is hard for ideologues to shape a crucifixion-haunted world into their own image, for Christ had already shattered the very foundation of ideology: violent force. The virgin birth story speaks of something remarkable and unprecedented in human history. It gives us a completely new perspective on the role of human beings voluntarily creating an underground society that would ultimately reshape the world in the image of Jesus Christ.
In the times before Christ and outside the Hebrew people, the world had been largely dominated by grand narratives that empowered lynch mobs and thus gave rise to the notion of ‘might is right.’ We know these narratives today as the classical myths of the ancient world. These myths, such as the birth of Dionysus, contain evidence that reveals the empowering of the accusing mob in ancient pagan societies.
In his book, Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World, René Girard explains the violent origins of the pagan birth myths:
Stories of this kind always involve more than a hint of violence. Zeus bears down on Semele, the mother of Dionysus, like a beast of prey upon its victim, and in effect strikes her with lightning. The birth of the gods is always a kind of rape…These monstrous couplings between men, gods and beasts are in close correspondence with the phenomenon of reciprocal violence and its method of working itself out. The orgasm that appeases the god is a metaphor for collective violence.
It is almost as if the virgin birth account of the New Testament were written as a response to the birth myths of the Greek gods. In the gospels, Mary’s status, unlike that of Semele’s, is elevated by God to that of nobility. In the gospel of Luke, the angel Gabriel greets Mary by saying, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” God makes known to Mary that she will bring forth his son, to which Mary replies, “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” There is a complete absence of violence and coercion in the virgin birth story. There is no element of force whatsoever.
For centuries, humanity has operated under a principle of ritual sacrifice, where the sacrifice of one may bring the temporal unity of many. Our modern-day society, despite the lack of extravagant mythologies, still operates under this same principle. We divide ourselves into factions and are forever in search for that one sacrifice, that one execution which will bring us nearer to utopia. Mass incarceration of innocents to rid ourselves of crime, abortion to bring family stability, and war to bring peace. This is the story of the rape of Semele, of achieving good through coercion. The mortal and vulnerable becomes nothing more than a means to an end. It is not so with the God of the Bible.
When Christ was born, singing could be heard coming down from heaven. “Glory to God in the highest,” the angels sang, “And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” The image of a lowly teenage girl giving birth to the Son of God, among animals and poor shepherds in a manger, turns the powers and principalities of the world on their heads. This was God and the human race working together to create a kingdom of peace on earth, one that the prophet Daniel predicted will outlast the empires of men.
The God of the Bible brings order and peace through mercy and self-sacrifice. The mortal and the vulnerable is proclaimed to be the image bearer of God, and Mary is given the honor to become the mother of divinity. The young Mary accepts this honor, and in doing so she becomes a precursor to her own son dying on the cross. This divine dance of self-sacrifice would come full circle when Mary, an old woman by now, would stand at the feet of the cross upon which her son would die for the sins of the world.
With Christ’s birth, Mary is bestowed with the privilege of becoming the mother of the divine emperor Jesus. She represents mankind voluntarily partaking with God in bringing the kingdom of God to a world riddled with violence and degeneracy. The birth of a child signifies how Jesus’ kingdom would undermine the mob-rule and totalitarian nature of power in our age. The way of God is of self-sacrifice–the willingness to be expelled from the confines of worldly power–in such a way as to deconstruct and lay bare the evil of worldly power to all of humanity, thus enabling us to forsake violence and embrace mercy.
Mercy can only come about when we see others as children of God, and when we think of children we see the infant Jesus, innocence and vulnerability personified, lying in the bosom of a human mother. Nothing is as dangerous to a sacrificial machinery as a small child and his mother carrying within them an overwhelming value—the spark of divinity. The birth of Christ, like the crucifixion, calls on us to treat our neighbor as we would the child Christ and his mother Mary; it calls us to imitate these two brilliant self-sacrificing personalities, and through imitation, it calls us to compassion. The way of Zeus raping Semele is dead, and nothing, not even our ideological saber-toothed concern for victims, can ever replace it, except for self-sacrifice, voluntary negotiation, and mercy.
This article originally appeared on LibertarianChristians.com
David Gornoski revisits an essay he wrote a few years ago titled Saturnalia vs Christmas. What did Jesus mean when he said that His power is made perfect in weakness? David Gornoski gets to the bottom of this question and comes to some fascinating anthropological facts when comparing Jesus’ birth narrative to the ancient myth surrounding Saturnalia. In today’s culture, why is it considered cool to be a victim? Can Jesus’ kingdom be brought about by political machinations or is God working a bigger mystery through human culture? Listen to the full episode to find out.
David Gornoski returns with another episode. The host of A Neighbor’s Choice comments on President Trump capitulating on the COVID relief bill and the lesson we must learn from the failure of politics. Nikola Tesla didn’t wait for political results before revolutionizing science! Where is political correctness leading the West? Does it make sense to imitate China when competing with them? How can we get free from addiction to politics? Listen to the full episode to find out.
In the third entry in the THINGS HIDDEN film series, David Gornoski is joined by Curtis Ellis of America First Policies. The former Trump senior campaign advisor details his journey from being a Marxist member of the White Panthers in the 1960s. David and Curtis explore the relationship between the influential elites and the revolutionaries; the rise of government regulations; change through technological innovation as opposed to government coercion; the Chinese reinterpretation of Marxism; the anti-globalist roots of America; the relationship between globalism and China; and more.
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