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July 2, 2020

The Declaration of Independence | Carl Reiner and the tragedy of death apart from God | Josh Chatraw Telling a Better Story

The Declaration of Independence (out-takes)

The Declaration of Independence: 

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience has shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.


In every stage of these oppressions, we have petitioned for redress, in the most humble terms. Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that, as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. 

Carmen talks with Peter Kapsner about the death and life and legacy of comedian Carl Reiner. He believed not in God but in the fantasy of something he called, Yenemvelt. The idea that after we die, every good thing we had hoped for in this life but somehow missed, we enjoy. It is a legacy he received from his own mother and passed on to his children. Reiner’s most famous son, Rob, confessed in a tweet on Christmas day 2019:

In the second half, Carmen talks with pastor/theologian Josh Chatraw about his new book, Telling a Better Story. They range around the subject matter covering the inside-out method of conversational apologetics as well as answering the primary objections non believers have to the better story of the Gospel. If you want to know HOW to talk about God with your skeptical friends, this is it!


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