National Geographic and the 1980s

When I was born, my grandparents gave me the wonderful gift of a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine. In addition to supplying a curious young boy with many years of amazement over the wonders of creation, at 50 years and counting it must have been a great value—especially when one factors in the rampant inflation during that time.

As I grew older, I stopped reading National Geographic for about 15 to 20 years from somewhere in the mid-70s to the 90s. I still valued it at some level because I kept on changing my address as I moved. But spent very little time reading each issue, if at all. When I did finally start reading it again, I noticed it had changed. It was no longer a magazine about nature. It was a magazine with an agenda of proving to the world that God does not exist. Of course, it doesn’t say that out loud. Instead, it uses evolution as its proxy in its propaganda efforts by attempting to prove that every act of creation that Christianity might attribute to God was instead brought about by happenstance. See the 2004 article, “Was Darwin Wrong?” In case you are wondering, their answer is, “No. The evidence for evolution is overwhelming.”

I noticed this again in an article, Worlds Apart, in the most recent issue.

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Five Cities That Ruled the World

I just finished reading about the second city, Athens, in Doug Wilson’s Five Cities That Ruled the World. I love the concept. And love Doug Wilson. But while the book so far has presented a pretty good history of each city (Jerusalem and Athens), I didn’t learn why each city ruled the world. This aspect of each city’s role was relegated to the last page or two of the chapter. Hardly enough given the title and proposed scope of the book. Again, the book will give you a better sense of the history of each city, especially from a Christian worldview. But it fails to live up to its title, and to what I have come to expect from Wilson. I am going to take a break and come back later to finish the book with fresh eyes and fresh expectations.