The Next Step On The Road To Hell

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17 Responses

  1. Jean says:

    Fascinating article Michael! My view would fall in between your view and the author’s. This is certainly a timely topic. Thanks.

  2. Kevin H says:

    Yup, deception comes from many places, and in today’s world with such access to everything out there, we can be bombarded with deception. All the more reason for us to cling to Jesus, to help maintain some manner of sanity.

    Deception can come in the form of those who are only looking out for their own interests and thus need to deceive others to advance those interests. Deception can also come in the form of those with good intentions and who sincerely believe what they preach, but unfortunately they have been deceived themselves of something that is not true. This scientist would be one who falls into the second camp.

    Unfortunately, many of the deceivers today are the hucksters who are just out for their own gain and they have learned how to use the media tools available to them to spread their deception. Sadly, many almost willing allow themselves to be deceived as the deceptions are appealing to them and they give little to no thought in taking them in.

    For those who are genuinely and diligently seeking truth, yet end up being deceived anyway, I have much more sympathy. Yet their deceptions can be just as destructive as those who are selfishly deceptive or willfully deceived.

    “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;” – Proverbs 2:6

    Our hope in not falling for the deceptions is in the Lord, not in our own abilities.

  3. Michael says:

    Kevin H,

    Well said…that would make a really good article…

  4. Michael says:


    I think a measure of nuance is important in the discussion…but we don’t do nuance well anymore…

  5. Alan says:

    Yes I saw this but many such stories have antedated this one. How did this one get traction? Further, peer reviewed studies have been highly compromised by ideologies that predetermine outcomes as has been demonstrated by the so-called hoax papers of Begossian, Lindsay, and Pluckrose. The use of ‘experts’ in a story guarantees the guile of the writer. Besides all that ever since acoholism was deemed a disease the victimhood of the ill has been assured. You catch it by being born. Here we know that human agency is corrupted by being born. Hey that’s the most coherent thought this story suggests.

    Meanwhile, I have been enjoying the exilic prophets with the clear pronouncement of God that he was sending the Babylonians to deal with the Israel problem and that he would promptly destroy the Babylonians for their service. Thus human free will though only apparent will not get you a hall pass.

    I would make more sense but I cannot manage it. My incoherence is predetermined by genetics and being raised by cats… oops I blaspheme.

  6. Kevin H says:

    Michael, is that a hint? 🙂

  7. Michael says:


    My insight is only limited by the fact that I do not have enough cats…

  8. Michael says:


    I’d hate to see a good train of thought go to waste… 🙂

  9. Janet Linn, BrideofChrist says:

    I read about this Stanford University scientist and his theory, which he has published a book about, in the LA Times two days ago. The comments were overwhelmingly negative in the comments section under the article. I’m not so sure that many people will will take thus scientist seriously based on all the negative comments. Interestingly, just today there was a new article in The LA Times about a philosopher who insists that, yes, humans DO have free will

  10. Captain Kevin says:

    So I’m not responsible for all the horrible things I’ve done? Cool! NOT!!

    God have mercy on me, a sinner.

  11. Jean says:

    At the risk of trying to be nuanced, when it comes to this topic, I think we need to distinguish between what I want to do (my will) and what I choose to do (my choices). I have a lot of freedom of choice in earthly matters (not unlimited – for example I don’t have a choice to live in a house in Malibu), and I am accountable before men for my choices. My choices are not always aligned with my will. However, the law constrains me in many cases from choosing what I may want to do. Thus, I tend to file my taxes on time and drive roughly the speed limit.

  12. Michael says:

    Janet Linn,

    I’ll try to find that one too…

  13. Michael says:


    I’ll always side with nuanced arguments…

  14. Officerhoppy says:

    Do you have an Email address?

  15. Eric says:

    The article makes it clear that the ideas presented are a minority viewpoint.

    (It’s good when media does that rather than imply that the latest idea might actually be what all the expert things now).

    It’s also true that one could hold to a deterministic view but still advocate a justice system with punishments, because having that in society, it becomes one mechanism among the whole system that will help cause people to do the wrong things less often.

  16. Terry says:

    The article reads like a kind of godless 5-point Calvinism.

    Here’s an article I read yesterday, that you might find interesting. The common them is “strange time to be alive”.

  17. Terrie R. Beede says:

    Michael, thank you for bringing this article to our attention. This is indeed the logical trajectory society is moving in. Everything in society has been preparing for this, and we are reaching critical mass. Fellow Christians, brothers and sisters, brace for impact.

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