Joseph E Torres

Cultural and Theological Stockholm Syndrome

By mereagency / May 6, 2019 / Comments Off on Cultural and Theological Stockholm Syndrome

Stockholm Syndrome can be defined as the “psychological response wherein a captive begins to identify closely with his or her captors, as well as with their agenda and demands.”[1] Much of the compromise we observe in orthodoxy are a result of what I call cultural and theological Stockholm Syndrome. Contemporary unbelieving culture is our captor.…

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Medicalizing the Absurd

By mereagency / December 14, 2018 / Comments Off on Medicalizing the Absurd

In 1973, Karl Menninger wrote Whatever Became of Sin? He was responding to a cultural move away from any concept of moral transgression. The sociologists and psychologists of the day redefined what Western Christianity had always considered as sinful fruit of dark and hardened hearts. Instead, they argued that those effects, whether individual or corporate,…

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Tolerance and the Church of Oneism

By mereagency / November 26, 2018 / Comments Off on Tolerance and the Church of Oneism

Modern secularist Oneism is a church without walls. Secularism may not have a formalized creed or confession, a ritualized liturgy, or religious ceremonies, but it has an undeniably religious flavor. It reduces everything to the material and clings to this metaphysical claim with religious devotion. We must reject the lie that secularism is neutral and…

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The Cosmic Border Crisis

By mereagency / July 30, 2018 / Comments Off on The Cosmic Border Crisis

Cities. For some the word evokes thoughts of skyscrapers, taxi cabs, subway systems, and an integrated nexus of life, lifestyle, and labor. For others the word brings to mind a hurried pace they would better off avoid, a cultural environment where people are reduced to business machinery and secularism rules from an unimpeachable iron throne.…

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Molech’s Victory

By mereagency / June 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Molech’s Victory

One purpose of a dam is to hold back destructive flood waters from a nearby settlement, city, or town. They serve as barriers against the annihilation of a people group, protection against forces that would render their way of live uninhabitable. In largely secular Europe, this is the role Ireland played in the battle against…

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The Dawkins Diet

By mereagency / May 4, 2018 / Comments Off on The Dawkins Diet

Recently, Dr. Richard Dawkins, the world famous evolutionary biologist and militant atheist, in response to a video and article on “clean meat” tweeted the following: Before we focus on the Dawkin’s words, we should step back and better understand exactly what clean meat is. Rightly or wrong, clean meat proponents would argue that our farming…

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Naming the Void

By mereagency / April 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Naming the Void

In the recent article, “The Three Hebrew Words that Describe Our Time,”[1] opinion writer Martin E. Marty puts his finger on the underlying issue in our current climate of cultural chaos.  What are those three Hebrew words? Tohu wa-bohu. This is the phrase that appears in Gen. 1:2, “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was…

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The New Trans Challenge

By mereagency / March 23, 2018 / Comments Off on The New Trans Challenge

According to transhumanism, what is the chief problem with humanity? It is human finitude. Unlike the Bible, which anchors the fall of man in our moral rebellion against our glorious Creator, transhumanism sees human limitedness and physical frailty as the main problems to be overcome. Our determination of human normalcy (what is expected of the…

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The Lessons of Christmas: Incarnation, Not Enlightenment

By mereagency / December 22, 2017 / Comments Off on The Lessons of Christmas: Incarnation, Not Enlightenment

Waiting. I have vivid childhood memories of Christmas Eves spent looking under the Christmas tree, curiously trying to figure out what was inside the carefully wrapped boxes. Was it the toy truck I couldn’t stop talking about? Was it the action figure I spotted at the department store that I just knew I “had” to…

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Open Occultism and Millennial Magik

By mereagency / December 9, 2017 / Comments Off on Open Occultism and Millennial Magik

The more things change, the more they stay the same. With each passing generation, this cliché takes on deeper levels of truth. Many have noted just how different the so-called millennial generation (the 18-30 demographic) is from the generations that came before them: their lack of respect for authority, their obsession with entertainment, and their…

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Worldview Thinking as a Wartime Activity

By mereagency / October 4, 2017 / Comments Off on Worldview Thinking as a Wartime Activity

Ours is a world at war. Beneath the everyday pleasantries of civil society lies a battle for the allegiance of every man and woman. This is a war between two rival, though unequal, kingdoms. This war takes the form of two, and only two, camps: Those who worship and serve the creature, and those who…

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