Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 10:00 AM
71 Christians Killed In Nigeria In November
At least 71 Christians were killed in November in Nigeria as a result of attacks on Christian villages by the nomadic Fulani people and the Boko Haram militants.
The Controversy Over Evangelii Gaudium
Rachel Lu, Crisis Magazine
My friends seem to think I have a problem because I’m a Catholic who likes free markets. More specifically, I take my faith seriously, but I also incline towards the view that global markets are less free than they should be.
Do Tummy Aches Disprove God?
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition
Tummy aches are a form of evil, but does that mean they disprove the existence of God?
Andrea Elliott, New York Times
Girl in the Shadows: Dasani’s Homeless Life
Monday, December 9, 2013, 10:00 AM
Paul On Providence And Predestination
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute
Augustine’s Mistake (or we could say ‘Calvin’s Confusion’) is one of the deepest and most tragic blunders in the history of theology.
Peonage for the Twenty-First Century
Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse
The Common Core exists only because we have forgotten that parents have a right to educate their children. The state has no educational authority of its own apart from what parents delegate to it.
Discrimination Against Christians?
Grégor Puppinck, First Things
In our subjectivist culture, populated with supposed irrational subjects, individual conscience has lost its authority, so much that the positive law would be the only admissible and workable objective social norm: the “single thought.”
The Global War on Christians
Rev. Dwight Longenecker, Crisis Magazine
Most of us would assume the persecution of Christians these days is mainly a problem of radical Muslims. While extremist Muslims do persecute Christians, it is also the case that extremist Hindus, radical Buddhists and members of bizarre religious sects attack Christians.
Friday, December 6, 2013, 10:00 AM
Turkish leaders want to convert the Hagia Sophia back into a mosque
Jacob Resneck, Religion News Service
“If it is to reopen as a house of worship, then it should open as a Christian church,” the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew — the Archbishop of Constantinople — told Turkish newspaper Milliyet in February, saying that the Hagia Sophia had served as a Christian church for hundreds of years before Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.
Separation of Church and Church
Bailey Pritchett, The Weekly Standard
When property law and canon law collide.
Historical Parochialism: American Slavery is Not Ancient Slavery
John Mark Reynolds , Philosophical Fragment
Americans do not know much about history and when know a little we tend to Americanize it.
Miracle of Science: 65 Diseases Treated With Adult Stem Cells
Bob Smietana, Christianity Today
Biotech advances could make destroying human embryos for research a relic of the past.
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 10:00 AM
Down the Ladder of Depravity
Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine
The man who says, “Stealing is good,” and who believes it and acts upon it, is ravaged with a moral disease. Just as we see the effects of a dreadful cancer in sick organs scattered throughout the body, so moral depravity soils almost everything that the sufferer touches.
Biblical Adoption Is Not What You Think It Is
David Neff, Christianity Today
For one, it wasn’t about the child, but mostly the family.
Rousseau on the Reformation
Jordan Ballor, The Calvinist International
In a recent interview, the historian Molly Worthen describes her investigation into the relationship between evangelicals and authority, and provides an explanation that what is often identified as evangelical “anti-intellectualism” is actually a struggle to reconcile different sources of authority.
Ukrainian Protesters Find Powerful Ally in Orthodox Church
David M. Herszenhorn, New York Times
In recent days, the Kyivan Patriarchate, which controls St. Michael’s, has emerged as a powerful ally of the thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich and the revival of the far-reaching political and trade accords with the European Union that he has refused to sign.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 10:00 AM
Tolkien, Lewis, Disney? The Greatest Pre-Evangelists of Our Age
Gene Fant, First Things
Narnia. The Lord of the Rings. So many other stories that anticipate the true Gospel, planting seeds and tilling soil until the true story comes along and fulfills the longing for eternity that is in our hearts.
‘Genderqueer’ rising: Colleges welcome kids who identify as neither male nor female
Though still in search of mainstream acceptance, students and staff members who describe themselves in terms such as agender, bigender, third gender or gender-fluid are requesting — and sometimes finding — linguistic recognition.
New York lawsuit seeks ‘legal personhood’ for chimpanzees
Bernard Vaughan and Daniel Wiessner, Reuters
A U.S. animal rights group on Monday filed what it said is the first lawsuit seeking to establish the “legal personhood” of chimpanzees.
How A Subculture Brainwashed America
Thomas M. Doran, Catholic World Report
No one needs to be told that things are different now, and many are convinced that the changes are for the better.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 10:00 AM
A Message in a Bottle
Anthony Esolen, Front Porch Republic
Poetry is still a living part of the common life. People care about it. – See more at: http://www.frontporchrepublic.com/2013/12/a-message-in-a-bottle/#sthash.ELnBeKlf.dpuf
The Pope and the Right
Ross Douthat, New York Times
Catholics who pride themselves on fidelity to Rome, the burden is on them — on us — to explain why a worldview that inspires left-leaning papal rhetoric also allows for right-of-center conclusions.
Violating Children’s Dignity In The Age Of Social Media
Jennifer Doverspike, The Federalist
Shouldn’t children be allowed to make mistakes without the whole world knowing?
What Is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act?
Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy
Should you be entitled to an exemption from the generally applicable law, because of your religious beliefs? Or should the government be free to apply the law to you just as it does to others?
Monday, December 2, 2013, 10:00 AM
The Thinking Part Of The Universe
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute
The human being is not only a part of the created Universe; he is also the thinking part.
The Diet From God
Olga Khazan, The Atlantic
The Daniel fast is growing in popularity, often prompted by Christians’ desire for a deeper form of prayer. Many are reporting lasting physical benefits, too.
Facing the Fallout of Artificial Reproductive Technologies
Carrie Gress, Catholic World Report
An interview with Jennifer Lahl, founder and president of the Center for Bioethics and Culture
What Makes a Marriage? Love, Sex, or Comprehensive Union
Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson and Robert P. George, Public Discourse
In truth, comprehensive union makes a marriage. And getting marriage right matters for everyone.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 10:00 AM
(Almost) everything you wanted to know about baptism
Richard Ostling, Get Religion
All Protestants practice baptism by immersion — true or false?
Thanksgiving and the Constitution
Carson Holloway, Public Discourse
Strict separation of church and state would require us to throw out Thanksgiving as a religious holiday proclaimed by the president. Instead, we should embrace Thanksgiving and throw out strict separationism as a misguided interpretation of the Constitution.
Catechisms for the Imagination
N.D. Wilson, Ligonier Ministries
What are stories for? Ask an average group of young American narrative consumers this question and they most likely won’t know what you mean. What you’ll likely get are blank faces, shrugs.
His Kingdom Stretch from Shore to Shore
Mark Noll, Books and Culture
Church history, decidedly not parochial.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 10:00 AM
Atonement, Theosis & St. Paul
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute
Orthodox Theology has only recently found its way into English, and much of that English is dominated by Latin terms.
Our Love-Hate Relationship With Christian Art
N.D. Wilson, Christianity Today
Despite our faith’s rich artistic history, we wrongly trash-talk Christian works.
Catholic Sexual Ethics: An Unknown Treasure
R. J. Snell, Crisis Magazine
What if, instead, every parish, every family, every community, every couple, every single person—everyone—bore each other’s burdens and let others know about it
How Obamacare Discourages Work and Marriage
Chris Jacobs, The Foundry
We were told that Obamacare was supposed to be compassionate toward the needy in America.
Monday, November 25, 2013, 10:00 AM
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Judge Strikes Down Housing Tax Break for Pastors
Katelyn Beaty, Christianity Today
One of the most important tax breaks available to American pastors is unconstitutional.
That Hideous State
Joe Rigney, National Review
C. S. Lewis’s social critiques are more relevant than ever in the Age of Obama.
Jesus And The Same-Sex Marriage Debate
Andrew Walker, The Federalist
To undo the norms of marriage as the union of a man and woman, marriage revisionists need Jesus on their side.
The Real Lives of Gay Men
Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine
Not caring about what happens to gay men is like not caring about prison rape. Prisoners are our brothers, too, and so are gay men. We must care deeply about the abuse of our brothers in prison and we must care deeply about the lives led by our gay brothers.