Monday, April 12, 2021

The Return of the GOD Hypothesis By Stephen C. Meyer

 

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The Return of the GOD Hypothesis:

Three Scientific Discoveries Revealing the Mind Behind the Universe

By Stephen C. Meyer

Philosopher of Science, Stephen C. Meyer, Director of the Center for Science & Culture at the Discovery Institute and New York Times bestselling author of Darwin's Doubt, has written a masterful work revealing evidence on the ultimate mystery of the universe: The Return of the GOD Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe - presenting groundbreaking scientific evidence of the existence of God, based on breakthroughs in physics, cosmology, and biology.

Beginning in the late 19th century, many intellectuals began to insist that scientific knowledge conflicts with traditional theistic belief - that science and belief in God are "at war." Philosopher of science Stephen Meyer challenges this view by examining three scientific discoveries with decidedly theistic implications. Building on the case for the intelligent design of life that he developed in Signature in the Cell and Darwin's Doubt, Meyer demonstrates how discoveries in cosmology and physics coupled with those in biology help to establish the identity of the designing intelligence behind life and the universe. 

Meyer argues that theism - with its affirmation of a transcendent, intelligent and active creator - best explains the evidence we have concerning biological and cosmological origins. Previously, Meyer refrained from attempting to answer questions about "who" might have designed life. Now he provides an evidence-based answer to perhaps the ultimate mystery of the universe. In so doing, he reveals a stunning conclusion: the data support not just the existence of an intelligent designer of some kind - but the existence of a personal God. 

In The Return of the GOD Hypothesis, you'll learn:

·    Why Meyer disputes the claims that the new atheists have argued that science, properly understood, undermines belief in God and that science and religion have always been at war.

·    That Meyer appreciates British evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins's perspective that "The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference."

·      There are three discoveries that reveal the mind behind the universe.

·    How the discovery that the universe had a beginning supports the God hypothesis - and how Albert Einstein figures into the story about the discovery of the beginning.

·    Whether positing God as an explanation for scientific phenomena is a science stopper.

·    Why it is important to think about things like the origin of the universe, the design of living things, and the existence of God.

Key points in The Return of the GOD Hypothesis:

·    SCIENCE AND THE JUDEO-CHRISTIAN TRADITION: Judeo-Christian ideas provided the inspiration for science during the period of the scientific revolution. Devoutly religious scientists such as Johannes Kepler, Robert Boyle, and Sir Isaac Newton show that science and religion (or Christianity) have not always been at war, contrary to the claims of new atheist writers such as Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, and others.

·    COSMOS and CREATOR: Recent discoveries in cosmology showing the universe had a beginning have decidedly theistic implications; namely, they point to a transcendent creator as the cause of the origin of the universe.

·    TACKLING THE MULTIVERSE: The book shows why positing one God is a better explanation than the many universes or "multiverse" hypothesis for the fine-tuning of the physical parameters that have made life possible.

·    MASTER PROGRAMMER: The book shows that recent discoveries about DNA point to an intelligent designer or master programmer or designer for life.

·    A UNIVERSE FROM SOMETHING: Physicists such as Stephen Hawking and Lawrence Krauss, who claim to have explained the origin of the universe from nothing but the laws of physics, inadvertently advance ideas that actually support the God hypothesis.

The scientific rediscovery of God provides hope of recovering a sense of ultimate purpose and meaning to human existence, contrary to the claims of new atheists who assert that human life beings are a cosmic accident who lack any ultimate significance.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in the philosophy of science. A former geophysicist and college professor, he now directs the Center for Science & Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle. He has authored The New York Times bestseller Darwin's Doubt and Signature in the Cell, a (London) Times Literary Supplement "Book of the Year."

Monday, April 5, 2021

The Enemy Within By David Horowitz

 

A Totalitarian Movement is Taking Over America - and Destroying the Principles of Our Nation's Foundation from Within

Bestselling author David Horowitz exposes the schemes implemented by the Left, the aftermath of the 'War on Trump,' and how to win back America

In the new book, The Enemy Within: How a Totalitarian Movement is Destroying America, legendary conservative firebrand and bestselling author, David Horowitz argues that America's fundamental principles are under attack and that the progressive Left will do anything to see those principles revoked and replaced with their own radical agenda. Throughout its history, the United States has faced deadly enemies from across the globe. Today, our greatest enemies lie within the country, determined to tear our very republic apart with ugly passions and irreconcilable conflicts.

Horowitz exposes who our internal enemies are, including the leaders of the "Women's March," Senate Democrats (illustrated by their brutal treatment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing), teachers' unions which consistently fail inner-city students, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose "watch lists" blacklist anyone not in lock-step with their far-left agenda. In each case, these enemies of freedom suppress those who dare to question current Leftist orthodoxy.

In The Enemy Within, Horowitz presents a harrowing account of the cultural shifts and ideological power-plays that threaten America's founding principles. You'll learn about:

·    The Left's embrace of Critical Race Theory and Cultural Marxism - the underpinnings of their totalitarian ideology;

·    The decades-long infiltration of our education system by ideologies hostile to America, our institutions, and our freedom;

·    Why the Obama administration marked a point of no return in the division of America into two irreconcilable political factions;

·    The Democrats' political exploitation of the coronavirus pandemic;

·    The Democrats' complicity in the riots of the summer of 2020, which left twenty-five dead, injured two thousand police officers, caused billions of dollars in property damage, and revealed the fragility of our civic order;

·    How the Democrats are empowering black and white BLM Marxists, racists and violent criminals as its paramilitary contingent of domestic storm troopers;

·    The subversion of the white Christian male; and

·    How Democrats lied, invented scandals, and pursued impeachment to try to undo a presidential election.

David Horowitz says, "I wrote The Enemy Within to explain how the Democrat Party has been infiltrated and taken over by the communist/fascist left; how it has become a racist party deploying its hatred as a political weapon to silence its opponents; how it has systematically attacked the constitutional foundations of the country by abusing the impeachment power, working to eliminate the Electoral College, pack the Supreme Court, censor its opponents and undermine the integrity of the electoral system. I have shown how its unwavering goal is the creation of a one-party state; how its chief political weapon is to demonize its opponents by slandering them as 'white supremacists' and, worse: how its attacks on white America are really attacks on America's constitutional founding through the infamous '1619 Project.'"

In The Enemy Within, David Horowitz provides a spot-on assessment of the threat to the American Republic and points to an escape route - while there's still time. The progressive assault on America is not unlike the attempts of other totalitarian movements around the globe, warns Horowitz. What should be different, he adds, is our response as American citizens and patriots.

"The Enemy Within is a book for all patriots who understand that our country

is in a fight for its life." --MARK LEVIN

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Horowitz is the renowned conservative commentator and New York Times bestselling author of Big Agenda: President Trump's Plan to Save America and Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America. He is the founder and CEO of the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles.

Monday, March 22, 2021

No Way Home - Co-Written by Wayne Winegarden

 

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NO WAY HOME

The Crisis of Homelessness and

How to Fix it With Intelligence and Humanity

Co-Written by Wayne Winegarden

In the new book, NO WAY HOME: The Crisis of Homelessness and How to Fix it with Intelligence and Humanity, Policy Economist, Wayne Winegarden and his fellow authors examine the causes of homelessness with a focus on unaffordable housing, poverty, mental illness, substance addiction, and legal reform. It examines the state and local policy environment to determine ways in which housing policy, social service programs, and employment opportunities interact to exacerbate, perpetuate, or reduce homelessness.

In San Diego, not far from the gates of the fantasy world at Disneyland, tent cities lining the freeways remind us of an ugly reality. Homeless individuals are slowing rail traffic between Sacramento and the Bay Area and swarming subway trains in Los Angeles in search of a place to sleep when they're not languishing on Skid Row. Drug use among the homeless is plaguing communities, with discarded needles threatening children playing at public parks. And every day across California, thousands of homeless youth who lack safe and stable housing struggle to stay in school, to perform well academically, and to form meaningful connections with their teachers and peers... and that was BEFORE the Coronavirus lockdown of schools all over America.

In NO WAY HOME, you'll learn that:

·    California's homeless problem differs from the rest of the U.S. While homelessness went up in the country in 2020, homelessness in the U.S. had been declining for many years even while the problem was continually worsening in the U.S.

·    California's homeless crisis is caused by the state's economic and policy decisions, reinforced by unhelpful legal precedents.

·    The major economic causes are the array of policies (zoning regulations, California Environmental Quality Act, environmental policies) that make California an unaffordable place to live. The lack of affordability pushes too many Californians to the edge, unable to withstand an adverse life or economic event that people in other states could weather.

·    Legal rulings are creating a de facto right to sleep on the street. Policy changes like Prop. 47, which turned larceny under $950 into a misdemeanor not a felony, enables the people who are homeless due to problems with substance abuse to finance their addictions. In combination, these changes are increasing the number of homeless suffering from mental illness or substance abuse.

·    Sustainably addressing the crisis requires reforms that address the key drivers.

Since the 1980s, countless research studies have been published on the topic of homelessness in America. Too often, however, social science research on homelessness is narrow in scope, mired in politics, and reliant on questionable assumptions about the root causes of the problem. The severity of the homeless crises afflicting cities requires innovative solutions backed by credible data and objective research.

NO WAY HOME evaluates different strategies being used at the state, county, and local levels to prevent or reduce homelessness. Finally, the authors provide a mix of long-term policy solutions based on their findings that have the greatest potential to reduce homelessness.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Wayne Winegarden is a senior fellow in business and economics at PRI and director of PRI's Center for Medical Economics and Innovation. He is a policy economist whose areas of study include the economic impacts from regulatory policies with an emphasis on their consequences on affordability and regressivity. Through his intensive background as a business economist, Winegarden tells the story of how public policy has exacerbated California's homelessness issues, from the steep cost of housing that's priced people out of homes to the unaffordable cost of living.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

EXIT RICH By Michelle Seiler Tucker

 

EXIT RICH

The "6 P Method" to Sell Your Business for Huge Profit

By Michelle Seiler Tucker

In the new book by Michelle Seiler Tucker - the leading authority on buying, selling, and improving businesses - EXIT RICH: The "6 P Method" to Sell Your Business for Huge Profit, has created a must-have guide for all business owners, whether they're gearing up to sell a business now or just getting started building out their company into something to sell for a profit in the future. Steve Forbes says of EXIT RICH, "It's stunning that so many business owners end up leaving so much equity on the table when they want to cash out. That's why this book will be a goldmine for these entrepreneurs."

Too many entrepreneurs push off planning for the sale of their business until the last moment, only to discover they can't find a buyer. But for a business to sell for what it's really worth - or even more - owners need to prepare for the sale from the very start using Seiler Tucker's most effective techniques.

In EXIT RICH, you'll learn:

·    The business landscape has changed dramatically over the years. In 2013, I researched small businesses extensively and found that 85-95% of all startups will go out of business in the first five years, as compared to today when only 30% of startups will fail within five years, but a whopping 70% of businesses (out of 27.6 million) that have been in business for ten years or longer will fail.

·    You hear about the public companies all the time, such as the big box stores like Toys "R" Us, Kmart, Stein Mart, and Pier 1. But what you don't hear about is the small businesses on every street corner, in every town, and in every state across our great nation that are dropping like flies.

·    According to Forbes, 8 out of 10 businesses don't sell, and this was before COVID. Don't become part of this startling statistic; instead, learn how to build a sustainable, scalable, and sellable business, so when you are ready, you can EXIT RICH.

·    The importance of planning your exit strategy from day one using the "ST GPS Exit Model."

·    The importance of building your business on the ST 6 P's, or the 6 cylinders every business should operate on - they are essential to building a company that will attract buyers and sell for maximum value.

·    Which industries are hot and which industries are not? Which are on the way up and which are on the way out?

·    Why it is essential to AIM: Always Innovate and Market, to keep up with changing customer demand so you don't become the next Blockbuster.

Seiler Tucker's brilliant twofold approach to selling your business for maximum profit combines two of the most powerful elements of her mergers and acquisitions toolkit: the ''ST GPS Exit Model'' to help business owners set goals for the sale before their business hit the market, and the ''6 P Method'' to help them objectively evaluate their business's worth, before their potential buyers do. Combined, these tools provide invaluable insight into the process of preparing a business for sale, finding the right buyers, and staging the sale itself.

EXIT RICH provides a step-by-step blueprint for maximizing your business profits, as you learn how to evaluate your business, when to sell it, and how to work with the top business authorities to make that happen. It is a great resource for any business owner looking to objectively evaluate their business before a sale, improve their chances of finding the right buyer, and sell their business for maximum profit.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Seiler Tucker is the Founder and CEO of Seiler Tucker Incorporated. She has sold hundreds of businesses to date and currently owns and operates several successful businesses. She is the leading authority on buying, selling, and improving businesses, as well as increasing a business and revenue streams.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Was Jesus a Socialist? By Lawrence Reed

 

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Was Jesus a Socialist?

Why this Question is Being Asked Again and Why the Answer is Almost Always Wrong

In his book, Was Jesus a Socialist? economist and historian Lawrence W. Reed demolishes the idea that Jesus called on earthly governments to redistribute wealth or centrally plan the economy - or even to impose a welfare state.

Was Jesus a Socialist? could not be timelier. Consider...

·    More than half of young Americans say they'd rather live in a socialist country than in a capitalist one;

·    In a 2016 Barna Group poll, Americans said that socialism aligns better with Jesus's teachings than capitalism does and that self-proclaimed "democratic socialist" Bernie Sanders aligns closest to Jesus's teachings; and

·    In a 2019 survey, more than 70 percent of millennials said they were likely to vote for a socialist.

Reed answers the claims of socialists and progressives who try to enlist Jesus in their causes. As he reveals, nothing in the New Testament supports their contentions. In Was Jesus a Socialist? you'll learn:

·    There’s a rising chorus around the country that suggests Jesus was either an ethical socialist at heart or was sympathetic to socialist economic ideas. This book explains for a broad, lay audience - Christian or non-Christian - that this perspective is hugely mistaken.

·    Jesus was neither a socialist nor a capitalist, but the ethics and economics of his teachings are compatible with one and not the other. Which one? The answer, and the reasoning behind it, may surprise you.

·    Jesus spoke frequently about the importance of helping the poor, but how that is to be accomplished makes all the difference in the world.

·    The rich are routinely denigrated and may soon get hit with higher tax rates. Is this compatible with what Jesus said about them?

·    Can a person be either a socialist or a capitalist and Christian at the same time? This book answers that question definitively.

·    As the Biden administration pursues expansive programs to fight poverty and joblessness and pushes for higher taxes on the rich to help fund them, some will be claiming that all this is "the Christian thing to do." Is that a defensible position?

Ultimately, Reed shows the foolishness of trying to enlist Jesus in any political cause today. He writes: "While I don’t believe it is valid to claim that Jesus was a socialist, I also don’t think it is valid to argue that he was a capitalist. Neither was he a Republican nor a Democrat. These are modern-day terms, and to apply any of them to Jesus is to limit him to but a fraction of who he was and what he taught."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lawrence W. Reed is President Emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). A former professor of economics, he is the author or editor of several other books, including Excuse Me, Professor: Challenging the Myths of Progressivism and Real Heroes: Inspiring True Stories of Courage, Character, and Conviction. He is a frequent guest on radio and television and an international speaker.

Cooperation & Coercion By Antony Davies and James Harrigan

 

COOPERATION AND COERCION

By Antony Davies and James Harrigan

In their enlightening book, COOPERATION AND COERCION: How Busybodies Became Busybullies and What That Means for Economics and Politics, Antony Davies and James Harrigan show that government is all about coercive power. That doesn't mean it's all bad. We need government. But they show the immense - and overlooked - power of cooperation... and the dangers of embracing government coercion as the knee-jerk reaction to any problem.

In COOPERATION AND COERCION, you'll learn:

·    COOPERATION AND COERCION provides a model for how the left and right can come together to solve our shared problems. The author looks at major problems facing the country from the perspective of fact and reason rather than party.

·    COOPERATION AND COERCION describes government and markets as neither good nor bad, but as tools that society uses. The trick to successfully addressing our shared problems lies in knowing which tool is best suited to which problem.

·    Whenever humans work together, they organize themselves either according to principles of cooperation or principles of coercion. Coercion, typically applied through governments, is best suited for preventing people from harming each other, and overcoming problems that can’t be addressed through voluntary means. Cooperation, typically applied through markets, civic organizations, and informal relationships, is best suited for finding creative solutions through decentralized decision-making and overcoming problems that require local knowledge.

·    Contemporary discussions of rights often fail because people confuse two distinct types of rights: negative rights (the right not to be interfered with) and positive rights (the right to be provided for). The Constitution was crafted around the idea of negative rights, but since the 1920s, Americans have come to embrace the idea of positive rights, and this has given rise to the remarkable growth in government we’ve seen over the past century.

·    The more we ask government to do for us, the more it must intrude into our lives and our pocketbooks. The inevitable consequence is that almost everything in our lives becomes politicized. And when that happens, communities fracture along party lines.

·    Raising the minimum wage is a good idea – but only for people who manage to keep their jobs. The wage rate isn’t a lever by which we can set the value of labor. It is a metric that measures the value of labor.

·    Historically, it hasn’t mattered whether the federal government has taxed the rich, taxed the poor, taxed corporations, or taxed households. It also hasn’t mattered whether those tax rates are high or low. The revenue the federal government collects from all sources combined has remained a pretty constant 18% of the GDP.

·    As long as humans have lived in communities, we’ve had busybodies – people who stick their noses in others' business. But when government is able to intrude into our lives and tell us what things we may and may not consume, who we may and may not marry, where we may and may not live, busybodies level-up, becoming busybullies who don’t merely have opinions as to how you should live your life. They co-opt the power of government to force you to live your life the way they see fit.

You'll come away from this book with a clear understanding of everything from the minimum wage to taxes, from gun control to government regulations, from the War on Terror to the War on Drugs to the War on Poverty. People on both sides of the American divide are tired of the animosity and disrespect with which we treat each other, but they don't know how to stop. We provide an example of how to address divisive topics.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Antony Davies is associate professor of economics at Duquesne University and distinguished fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE).

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Words for Warriors By Sam Sorbo

 

WORDS FOR WARRIORS

Fight Back Against Crazy Socialists and the Toxic Liberal Left

By Sam Sorbo

"They've hijacked words and use them against us. But we're gonna take 'em back. Because our words are our thoughts, and our thoughts are our prosperity." --Sam Sorbo

In the new #1 Amazon bestseller, WORDS FOR WARRIORS: Fight Back Against Crazy Socialists and the Toxic Liberal Left, with her trademark wit and intelligence, Sam Sorbo shows exactly how radical left-wingers have manipulated language to fit their own socialistic and anti-freedom agenda. Sam Sorbo is on a mission to reclaim today's hot button/culture war words for all freedom-loving Americans.

After hearing all the hatred spewing from ideologues, mainstream media, social justice warriors, and political hacks, Sam Sorbo was fed up: "I'm tired of their games, so I'm calling BS on them. It's time to set the record straight, especially for the folks who are just trying to enjoy the lives the Lord gave them and want a few things explained in easy-to-understand prose."

Arranged in an accessible "A-Z" glossary style, readers can dip in to discover the real meanings behind the acronyms, words, and phrases that the toxic liberal left loves to force on the rest of us.:

From Ad hominem, Antifa, and Anarchy...

To Woke, Wonk, and Zeitgeist...

With new and trending words like Covidiot, Pizzagate, and TERF...

Words for Warriors is a treasure trove of linguistic gymnastics the toxic lefties and Democrats employ to further their anti-American agenda. Arm yourself with Words for Warriors, and fight back against political correctness that squashes real debate, free speech, and prosperity.

"For too long the Left has tried to silence the Right through a war on words. Understanding their tactics and what we can do about it is crucial. Sam Sorbo lays it all out." --Sean Spicer, Host of Spicer & Company

"Grab a copy and fight back!" --Eric Metaxas, New York Times Bestselling Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sam Sorbo is a filmmaker, radio host, actress, international activist and author. She hosts the weekday, nationally-syndicated radio program and podcast, "The Sam Sorbo Show." Sorbo guest-starred in the television series Hercules and Chicago Hope, and also performed in Just Let Go, winning Best Supporting Actress from the Utah Film Awards. Sam produced and starred in the features Let There Be Light and Miracle in East Texas. A homeschooling advocate, she is author of numerous books including They're YOUR Kids, Teach from Love and True Faith, which she co-authored with her husband, actor Kevin Sorbo