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Postcards from Heaven Part I | August 23, 2010

I think I was studying at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs elementary school in the 1950s, when I first learned of the Church militant.

That’s a phrase that Catholics do not hear at all today because we are all members of the kinder, more gentle church.

What we do hear today is a ferocious gang of self-described atheists who are on the march and they seem to be even more militant than Catholics were in the 1950s.

Atheists used to be content to stay in their closet.

The closet was where society stored behaviors, attitudes and dark secrets that it had to tolerate but could never recognize as part of mainstream culture.

Unfortunately that is not the case today.

Western Civilization has been so rocked by the events of the past 50 years that it will not be too long before its traditionalists–I include myself in that group–will be forced into our own closet where we can keep our hate speech to ourselves.

Atheists seem to be everywhere and they are doing their level best to thwart any notions of God.

I have always wondered that if there is no God why do they care in anyone else believes in a deity?  Is it any of their business?

Like their forebears from the French Revolution they see the Church as an institution founded on unreason and superstition.

I it their mission in life to chase such foolish ideas as religion and God from the public marketplace?  Who gave them that right?

One of their godless priests is Sam Harris.  In his 2004 book, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Religion, Harris takes more of an apocalyptic approach.

He believes that people must renounce religious faith, or it will mark the end of civilization, conveniently ignoring the destruction of over 175 million people at the bloody hands of atheistic governments during the 20th century.

The presumptive bishop of this priesthood of unbelief, which is waging a take-no-prisoners war on faith and its believers, is Christopher Hitchens, the author of What’s So Good about God?

His anger must be a trial for his more conservative brother, Peter.

According to a recent article in the NY Times, Hitchens appears to be dying of throat cancer but to date remains unwilling to summon God.

I assume that as his foxhole of death gets closer, he might want to reconsider his eternal options. I pray that he will.

Once the ego gets ahold of a man’s view of religion it is very difficult for him to cross over.  They view such a transition as a denial if self

I think part of this problem with atheism started with Charles Darwin and his The Origins of the Species.

I wont go into a complete refutation of his theory of evolution but we must NEVER forget his idea is a theory that scientists could replace tomorrow.

No one discovered it in a laboratory…only reasoned to by some of Darwin’s personal observations.

Personally I think the whole idea of random evolution is unprovable, irrational and not worthy of any serious consideration.

It is also dehumanizing and has on its political agenda–and don’t think for a minute that Darwinists are not hip-deep into politics–the reduction of human beings to lowers primates.

I do not know or understand how people can live without God or deny His presence.

My recent trip to the Canadian Rockies, especially Lake Louise was like a walk in one of God’s natural churches.

I do not understand how someone could look at the majestic beauty of this natural formation, with its rainbow of colors and its snowy peaks and not see the hand of His creation.

I took the following pictures that to me were like postcards from Heaven.

A postcard from Heaven

I also think evolutionary theory is also anti-intellectual.

It is a silly act of irrationality to say that this just happened. While Charles Darwin was not an atheist, his theory of evolution later became the adopted intellectual child of atheists around the globe.

An accident of nature?

I have written that liberals were mentally ill–perhaps this is just another such manifestation.

I just wonder what they say to themselves when they see these magnificent wonders of God’s handicraft.

Do they ever marvel in the awe of nature and shout the joys of wow?

Do their hearts leap up or sink to the earth?  Do they sing praises to evolution or to Darwin?  Or maybe they sing high hosannas to their Big Bang?

If so doesn’t that make them their little gods?

Years ago I saw the most beautiful animal I have ever seen in my life–a Bengal tiger at the St. Louis zoo.  I remember being close enough to pet him but prudence won out over curiosity.

A noble beast in his Eden

The animal had the most alluring combination of raw power, natural beauty and regal presence.

I ventured back to the zoo this year and to my disappointment there was no Bengal tiger, just a few amurs from China.

Such beautiful animals raises the question about how people can look at the animal kingdom, and not reason to a higher power than themselves.

Surely the PETA people must feel his presence when they do all sorts of weird things on their behalf.

Or maybe not!  In effect in their delusional efforts to raise animals up to man’s level by giving them rights they actually lower man to the level of an animal.

Would You Rather Go Naked?

Raising animals to man's level?

They seem more interested in showing their natural beauty than appreciating the scenic wonders of God’s animal kingdom.

People like that must have some great hole in their hearts.

They remind me of a book I read in college that addressed this emptiness that has to confound those people without a scintilla of belief.

For more on this, look for: PART II


  1. Nature is God’s handiwork. He is an artist who paints the most beautiful sunsets. The hard=hearted will npot belive even with reason. Pax

    Comment by Mary B — August 24, 2010 @ 2:28 am

  2. I recently was struck by the realization that animals have “personalities”. If everything evolved, how is it that they are all individuals? Identical dogs have their own personalities as do pretty much all animals. Where did personalities come from? I guess it all started when two nuclear particles bumped into each other a couple of zillion years ago. And everything came from that random chance? Like all species of insects, and all the varieties of plants. Oh, I guess that chance meeting created gravity too.

    Comment by Mike — August 25, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

  3. Mike:

    Can’t disagree with you any more than I do. To think that all this world in its great complexity happened by chance or randomly as you suggest, is lunacy. Godless evolution is probably the most anti-rational idea ever foisted on the general public. It is not science but metaphysics, masquerading as science. BB

    Comment by bbprof — August 25, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

    • I was being sarcastic about belief in evolution. There is such innumerable abundance of diversity in all of creation. How can anyone think that all we see around us is the product of random chance? Your article “Postcards from Heaven” is excellent.
      Thank you for all of your insught through your articles.

      Comment by Mike — September 15, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

  4. My dad forwarded a recent page of the Post Dispatch and I saw you had a letter in there talking about when life begins. It was really well-written. Hope you are doing well and that you’ve been able to host the radio show recently.

    Comment by Rebekah — August 26, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at







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