[ASI] The Tyranny of Choice

December 24th, 2018 at 4:02 pm EDT
Cliff Kincaid
America's Survival, Inc.

To ASI Supporters:

The “War on Christmas” occurs not because people are offended but because they are anxious about the choice they have to make. When I studied philosophy in college (before I went into journalism), one of my favorite philosophers was the Danish Lutheran Christian Soren Kierkegaard. He is considered one of the fathers of existentialism. That is, the individual’s search for meaning in the context of freedom and action. This is the tyranny of choice. He emphasizes God’s testing of Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac. (Genesis 22:1-19).

One of his best quotes (from his book Fear and Trembling):

“If there were no eternal consciousness in a man, if at the bottom of everything there were only a wild ferment, a power that twisting in dark passions produced everything great or inconsequential; if an unfathomable, insatiable emptiness lay hid beneath everything, what would life be but despair?” 

What follows for many Christians is the leap of faith, a belief in the absurd – the contradictory notion of the God-Man, the Christ.  But the sacrifice of Isaac was also absurd – to man. Clare Carlisle, the author of Kierkegaard: A Guide for the Perplexed, writes, “Abraham believes that the God who commands him to do what is most terrible and painful is also the God who loves him.”

Another favorite book of mine is The Ninth Configuration by William Peter Blatty, in which the main character, the “crazy” Colonel Kane, says:

In order for life to have appeared spontaneously on earth, there first had to be hundreds of millions of protein molecules of the ninth configuration. But given the size of the planet Earth, do you know how long it would have taken for just one of these protein molecules to appear entirely by chance? Roughly ten to the two hundred and forty-third power billions of years. And I find that far, far more fantastic than simply believing in God.

Merry Christmas.

For America’s Survival,

Cliff Kincaid,




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