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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio


After a wonderful supper, Charity has made, after working all day at Unon Mills, and I have put in four hours at Mex-Itali. We sit down and I am on my Gateway. First I review my website http://hstrial-cwhisnant2.homestead.com/ I add some material and do some research for the site. Then I review this blog, this morning I posted part five of the series on Being Born Again. What does it mean to be a Biblical Christian.
I am browsing and I hit several regular sites. Tonight I hit Jack Hammer. And his post was
"Christian Whirledview: Viewing the World through Wordly Eyes." Dave Mallinak posted this article. He refers to Christopher Hitchens. As I will do, I googled Hitchens. He said that CHRISTIANITY IS BAD FOR THE WORLD.

  • Hitchen is an outspoken atheist and antitheist. He has written a book "God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, a massively best-selling book.

I then went to LAweekly.com/news, and read Dwayne Booth review with Hitchesn on the "Essential Stupiduity of Religion."

  • Hitchens describes himself as a believer in the Enlightenment values of secularism, humanism, and reason. Now that lead me to search the difinition of those terms. I will give you later.
So while I am glancing at Oprah. I am listening to all the different people and subjects she has on the show.
And I am researching the terms that Christopher Hitchens describes himself.
HUMANISM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Hitchens
  • Humanism :is a category of ethical philosophies that affirm the dignity and worth of all people, based on the ability to determine right and wrong by appeal to universal human qualities —— particularly rationality.[1][2] It is a component of a variety of more specific philosophical systems and is incorporated into several religious schools of thought.

  • Humanism entails a commitment to the search for truth and morality through human means in support of human interests. In focusing on the capacity for self-determination, humanism rejects the validity of transcendental justifications, such as a dependence on belief without reason, the supernatural, or texts of allegedly divine origin. Humanists endorse universal morality based on the commonality of the human condition, suggesting that solutions to human social and cultural problems cannot be parochial


  • Secularism is generally the assertion that certain practices or institutions should exist separately from religion or religious belief. Alternatively, it is a principle of promoting secular ideas or values in either public or private settings. It may also be a synonym for "secularist movement". In the extreme, it is an ideology that holds that religion has no place in public life.

  • In one sense, secularism may assert the right to be free from religious rule and teachings, and freedom from the government imposition of religion upon the people, within a state that is neutral on matters of belief, and gives no state privileges or subsidies to religions. )

  • In another sense, it refers to a belief that human activities and decisions, especially political ones, should be based on evidence and fact rather than religious influence.

  • Secularism is not an argument against Christianity, it is one independent of it. It does not question the pretensions of Christianity; it advances others. Secularism does not say there is no light or guidance elsewhere, but maintains that there is light and guidance in secular truth, whose conditions and sanctions exist independently, and act forever. Secular knowledge is manifestly that kind of knowledge which is founded in this life, which relates to the conduct of this life, conduces to the welfare of this life, and is capable of being tested by the experience of this life.

The term "secularism" was first used by the British writer George Holyoake in 1846. Although the term was new, the general notions of freethought on which it was based had existed throughout history.


  • In western philosophy, reason has had a twofold history. On the one hand, it has been taken to be objective and so to be fixed and discoverable by dialectic, analysis or study

I watched Kansas U. win tonight, then watched Kentucky Wildcats lose a 23 point lead and finally won.


Talked to Eric and finally got to bed.


Good night