Author: Nick Hawkes

The American Psychologist, Martin Seligman, reported on an interesting debate between students at the University of Virginia about what it was that gave people the most pleasure.   One student reported that when he watched a fellow student help an old woman shovel snow away from her driveway, it not only made him feel good, it made everyone watching him feel good.   As a result of this discussion, some students decided to do an experiment and monitor how they felt after…

I wish society would make up its mind.   When the church is surrounding itself with Gothic architecture, outdated music and not engaged in mission, the media attacks it for not being relevant.   However, when it engages in mission and reaches into society, schools and the prisons, it is attacked for being too aggressive and for proselytising.   Left wing, journalists have attacked the church’s programs in prisons because they are too effective at bringing people to faith and in changing their…

A manufacturer in Las Vagas has created what he claims is the first talking robot sex doll.   When asked why he had done it, he replied, “I built it so people could have a meaningful relationship with it.” Riiiiiight.   You build a robotic sex doll so you can have a meaningful relationship.   That’s what sex dolls are for, meaningful relationships!   “Darling, I find your circuitry, diodes and silicon chips so meaningful to my life.” The inventor of the sex robot…

In recent years Great Britain’s chief export to the U.S. has been a stack of books by atheist authors such as evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and literary critic Christopher Hitchens, both of whom claim that faith is irrational in the face of modern science. This is interesting, given that other prominent British atheists seem to be having second thoughts.   One of these is the philosopher, Antony Flew.   His research led him to conclude that evolutionary theory was not enough to…

Have you heard the story of how a leech solved an eight-year old criminal case of aggravated robbery in northern Tasmania?   Evidently, that guy got caught because a leech found at the scene of the crime contained his blood. DNA taken from blood in a leech identified a man who then pleaded guilty to robbing a 71-year-old woman eight years earlier.   The man, Peter Alec Cannon, from Lilydale, stabbed the woman with a stick and robbed her of $550. This…

Thaddeus Baklinski reported on the work of a group of professors at Grove City College.   Evidently, they have found a clear relationship between active participation in church and the development of positive character traits, particularly self-control. The research, conducted by Drs. Horton, Seybold and Welton, (all professors in psychology), discovered that personal faith combined with belonging to a church was vastly more beneficial in dealing with stressful life events than simply having a vague personal belief. The professors preface…

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