The Baby Who Wouldn’t Be…Well, you’ve probably already heard about this Star Wars “saga” already….

by Adam Zens (picture by Dotty Zens) Luke from Star Wars needs to recognize God’s hand in bringing new life into the world. Luke’s grandson just refused to be aborted. From all appearan…

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Out of all the crazy stories that we have heard about those “fetal beings” who have posed too many a problem to their “almost families” which consists of a mother who has her career and a biological father who has his own…..or is thinking deeply about starting his own career and who might think about proposing to “move in together”….this is the story of a decade, perhaps a century!!

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Law Enforcement’s “Elephant in the Room”

An important step in the right direction of righting police wrongs and ending unnecessary violence by *and* against police is to recognize the disparity that is created when certain bureaucrats/public servants are ironically elevated above the very laws they are supposed to enforce.

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Rodney King is beaten; it is captured on camera and many tragic results appear to follow including massive Los Angeles rioting and the jury nullification and acquittal of O.J. Simpson. Now, several slayings of African-American men by police has led to or catalyzed the Dallas, Texas assault on police. Our nation mourns the confusing outburst of violence and the families affected by the tragedies, but behind the tumult there lies a bigger issue about the role and scope of law enforcement within America.

This is the “Elephant in the Room” which needs to be addressed lest further violence erupt in typical “backlash” patterns. That “Elephant” is the double-standard of Law Enforcement ethics, or lack thereof. Police can do one thing while enforcing something quite different on the general populace. If there is a legal and statutory standard, it should apply equally to the “enforcers” as well as the “enforcees.” But…

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Experiencing Christmas

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My recollections of Christmas are similar to my wife’s, but we experienced more opportunity to enjoy Christmas with perhaps a bit of guilt that we had more resources than many others who were impoverished and weren’t getting any presents for Christmas. It wasn’t so much the idea that other lands and cultures did not have Christmas traditions as that they did not have enough resources to have a Christmas. Of course, if other places had the means, they would celebrate Christmas. In hindsight, my beliefs about Christmas and family traditions weren’t all that accurate.

One area where I do share a lot of background conditions with my wife is in the absence of singing Christmas carols as a youth. And now that I have properly forced our kids to join with us in regaling others with a Christmas carol or two, I’m not sure that this is worth making into a mandatory family tradition. Perhaps, it’s the effect of age and wanting to preserve some core of family memories together.

False Idols (Aeon Trilogy Book 1) has passed post-production at ACX

Well, it has finally been published in audio book format! Woo-hoo! This one was many months in the making, collaborating with London-based author, Alex Grove, and fine-tuning the audio quality.

Here’s an excerpt from the press release that I published in newspapers in the primarily western Wisconsin region:

“‘I’m really looking forward to seeing this novel now available to even more readers,’ Grove remarks. Audio book narrator and producer, Adam Zens, had this to say concerning the release: ‘This science fiction production is going to offer listeners an exciting ride in a pre-apocalyptic world in which resources are affordable by only the very wealthy. The major players in this new economy are MindWave users, a select few who can manipulate phenomena through Virtual Reality.’ The entire production on audio book will last for approximately 10 ½ hours.”

Anyway, really pumped about this one! Out the roughly three dozen audio books that I have published through the ACX (Audio Book Creation Exchange), this one has the most gritty drama injected into it by far. This is also the first futuristic, sci-fi thriller that I have done hitherto.

One of my favorite scenes in this first installment of the Aeon trilogy is where a pastor of a congregation in Texas is refusing to accept a donation (read: bribe) from a major multinational interest which is seeking to quell unrest about their artificial manipulation of energy markets. She helps to channel the outrage constructively rather than go along with a massive popular revolt that might lead to bloodshed and civil war.

Here’s the link to listen to a free sample through the Audible vendor.

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Enjoy!–Adam

The “Fristianity” objection to TAG (Transcendental Argument for the Existence of God) (Part I)

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In most, if not all, formulations of TAG, the Christian God is the grounding, transcending Being who is to be demonstrated as preconditional (validly and necessarily presupposed) to all of human experience.

Simply put, no part of our experience, no tool of which we avail ourselves in order to think or believe correctly (such as the laws of logic or reasonable moral intuitions), no rightful sense of wonder or awe or love, is even possible, let alone explainable, apart from God’s existence. We cannot function, properly speaking, without God. Some presuppositionalists would argue that we cannot function correctly without presupposing the validity of the Christian world-view.

That has led some to question whether or not just *any* theistic or deistic entity will do with respect to meeting the criteria for a Being powerful enough or loving enough or grounding enough to be entailed as a necessary precondition for human experience.

“Fristianity” as a hypothetical religious or metaphysical system postulates that what is necessary for true belief in Christian theism may, in fact, be *more* than is absolutely required with respect to the set of ontic conditions required for our universe to be in place, for the laws of logic to be validated, and for truth, beauty, goodness, and love to be admirable or appreciable.

In future posts, I’d like to take a look at how Cornelius Van Til conceived a successful transcendental argument versus some of his followers and admirers. Also, I’d like to take a look at these formulations or conceptions with an eye to finding out the feasibility of “fristianity” as a generic objection to just an sort of claim that Christian theism is a necessary and sufficient condition for logic, morality, truth, goodness, or that it is preconditional to have a self-consistent and non-contradictory world-view.

–Adam