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Saturday January 31st 2015

‘Gary S. Smith’

Buyer Beware: The Value of Near-Death Accounts

Buyer Beware: The Value of Near-Death Accounts

GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Religious deception and hucksterism is certainly not a new phenomenon. From Sinclair Lewis’ Elmer Gantry to televangelist Jim Bakker to some proponents of the Prosperity Gospel, fictional and real life examples abound. So the revelation that Kevin Malarkey fabricated his six-year old son’s [...]

Theodore Roosevelt and Veterans Day

Theodore Roosevelt and Veterans Day

Theodore Roosevelt GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES As we celebrate Veterans Day this year, it is instructive to consider the contributions of our presidents to our nation’s defense and military. Of America’s 43 presidents, 31 have served in the military. Ten, most notably George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, [...]

“So Help Me God”—The Second Inaugural of Barack Obama

“So Help Me God”—The Second Inaugural of Barack Obama

GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES On Monday the United States will celebrate one of its great festivals of civil religion as Barack Obama is inaugurated for a second time. Although nothing in the Constitution mandates it (the only things the Constitution specifies are the date and the wording of the oath), the ceremony will [...]

Testimonies of Heaven – Gary S. Smith

Testimonies of Heaven – Gary S. Smith

GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Earlier this year I went to the WPXI television studio in Pittsburgh to tape an interview. The technician who escorted me inquired, “What are you here to discuss today?” When I replied, “heaven,” he asked, “Have they found it?” As he correctly reasoned, the discovery of heaven would [...]

Proof of Heaven

Proof of Heaven

GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Heaven is Real,” a Newsweek cover proclaimed last week. Renowned neurosurgeon Eben Alexander’s scientific worldview had previously led him to view near-death experiences as having plausible scientific explanations. However, spending seven days in a coma convinced him that the afterlifetruly [...]

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