550. What Is Manifest Destiny and Is It Good or Bad?

When America was expanding in the 19th century, there was this belief that God wanted America to expand its power and presence as much as possible, which is how many of our states were formed. Is this kind of belief dangerous?

 

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What do all dystopian stories have in common?

 Whoaaaa, we’re halfway there…  Speaking of things that rocked in the ’80s (and still do), remember how good the movies used to be?  A few months ago, I talked about how films like The Goonies and The Lost Boys helped kids like me grow up thinking that we could literally do anything so long as we had some good friends, some bikes, and a little bit of luck.  As my kids get older, I have a lot of opportunity to think about the types of books and movies that I feel are of the most benefit in helping to shape their views—both of themselves, but also of the world around them.  I’ve found that a lot of what’s out there is anti-family, anti-faith, and frankly, anti-human. And it’s not even a new trend.  One genre that I’ve realized has pretty constant anti-family messaging is dystopian fiction. In almost all of these stories, there is

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