Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 10:00 AM
Belgium considering unprecedented law to grant euthanasia for children, dementia patients
Should children have the right to ask for their own deaths?
The V-Word Is as Bad as the N-Word
Wesley J. Smith, First Things
Using the word “vegetable” to describe people with a cognitive disability or impairment is profoundly dehumanizing.
In same-sex couple dispute, Indiana Court of Appeals calls for lawmakers to refine definition of ‘parent’
Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star
What, exactly, constitutes a parent? That is a question coming up more often than ever in Indiana courts.
Supreme Court to review dispute over public prayers
Bill Mears, CNN
The justices on Wednesday will hear arguments over whether Greece, New York, may continue sponsoring what it calls “inclusive” prayers at its open sessions, on government property.
Monday, November 4, 2013, 10:00 AM
Iran gives Christians 80 lashes for communion wine as UN blasts human rights record
Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News
Four Iranian Christians were reportedly sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment meted out even as a new United Nations report blasted the Islamic republic for its systematic persecution of non-Muslims.
Methodism Today and Tomorrow
Mark Tooley, First Things
Having realized they no longer can legislatively overturn the denomination’s teaching on marriage, thanks to fast growing United Methodism in Africa, where over 35 percent of the twelve million member church now lives, liberal United Methodists are now waging a campaign of “biblical obedience.”
Modern Families and the Messes We Make
Jennifer Lahl, Public Discourse
Assistive reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization not only involve serious medical risks, they also disrupt family life and commodify human beings.
In Reversal, Court Allows Texas Law on Abortion
Erick Eckholm, New York Times
Only three days after a federal judge blocked a new Texas law that threatened to shut down many of the state’s abortion clinics, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, reversed the decision, saying the rule should take effect while the case is argued in the months to come.
Friday, November 1, 2013, 10:00 AM
The Church Persecuted
George Weigel, First Things
Each issue of the admirable ecumenical journal, Touchstone, includes a department called “The Suffering Church.” It’s a title that Catholics of a certain age associate with purgatory; in Touchstone’s vocabulary, however, “the Church suffering” is the Church being purified here and now by persecution. It’s a useful reminder of a hard fact.
Survey Says: Women Are for Life
Daniel Kuebler, Public Discourse
In contrast to the rhetoric of a “war on women,” recent polls reveal that the majority of American women support abortion restrictions and regulations. This is unsurprising, since unfettered abortion access hurts women and gives men a sexual advantage.
Feminism and the Razing of the Village
Leslie Loftis, The Federalist
Feminism promised to empower women. Instead it destroyed their support system.
The world has never had it so good – thanks partly to capitalism
Allister Heath, The Telegraph
We live in largely peaceful times, with better access to medicine and education – the world is easily in the best place it’s ever been.
Thursday, October 31, 2013, 10:00 AM
The Real Lessons of Prohibition
Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine
So, then, what does Prohibition teach us? That amendment inserted into the Constitution a law that neither protected fundamental rights nor adjusted the mechanics of governance.
3 Reasons Why The Texas Abortion Regulation Ruling Is A Complete Mess
Sean Davis, The Federalist
People can disagree about whether the outcome of the ruling is just, but it is difficult to read the judge’s ruling and come away believing it is anything other than a crime against logic.
James R. Rogers, First Things
I’d suggest that the Church is not a community, it is the community. By that I mean that there is an ontological reality to the community of the Church that does not exist for any other type of human community.
The Reformation & the Arts
Gene Edward Veith, Modern Reformation
A major controversy during the time of the Reformation involved the proper use of the arts.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 10:00 AM
Faith in the Time of Persecution
Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona, National Review Online
A letter from Iraq to Christians in the West
Polyamory: When three isn’t a crowd
Emanuella Grinberg, CNN
Polyamorous families see an opportunity now to come out.
Judge Who Ordered Baby’s Name Changed From ‘Messiah’ Cited by Court Panel for Religious Bias
Leonardo Blair, Christian Post
A Tennessee judge who had ordered a young couple to change their baby boy’s name from “Messiah” to something else because it is a title reserved for Jesus Christ has been cited by a court panel for inappropriate religious bias.
The Surprising Ingredient To Creating A Pro-Life Culture
Tristyn Bloom, The Federalist
Are kids these days too responsible?
Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 10:00 AM
Why I Am a Christian
Russell D. Moore, Moore to the Point
We’re all, left to ourselves, hiding in the bushes, cringing before the voice of God. Our consciences accuse us, and we find all sorts of things to cover our nakedness.
Fed. Judge: Texas Abortion Limits Unconstitutional
Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press
New abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and will not take effect as scheduled on Tuesday, a federal judge has ruled.
Anti-Christian terror is everyone’s concern
Steven B. Nasatir, OCP News
The persecution of any religious minority anywhere by anyone is an evil injustice. It requires all persons of conscience to speak out and, when possible, take action.
Religious-Discrimination Claims on the Rise
Melanie Trottman, Wall Street Journal
Complaints Include Dress Codes, Working on the Sabbath, Handling Alcohol
Monday, October 28, 2013, 10:00 AM
Must Christians Be Vegetarians?
Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine
Is there a religious obligation not to eat meat? Is there an obligation of faithful Catholics to become vegetarians or even vegans? Quite astonishingly, Professor Charles Camosy of Fordham University says yes in his new book For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action.
Russell Moore: From Moral Majority to ‘Prophetic Minority’
Naomi Schaefer Riley, Wall Street Journal
The new leader of the Southern Baptist political arm says Christians have lost the culture and need to act accordingly.
9 Things You Should Know About Down Syndrome
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Here are nine things you should know about the condition.
The Adventure of Orthodoxy
Peter J. Leithart, First Things
In the process of applying philosophical categories to the God of the gospel, the Church Fathers stretched Hellenism to the breaking point.
Friday, October 25, 2013, 10:00 AM
A Married Mom and Dad Really Do Matter: New Evidence from Canada
Mark Regnerus, Crisis Magazine
Children of gay and lesbian couples are only about 65 percent as likely to have graduated from high school.
Fecundophobia: The Growing Fear Of Children And Fertile Women
Mollie Hemingway , The Federalist
America’s embrace of low fertility rates is becoming a problem.
Eleventh Week Eugenics: On killing children with Down syndrome -
Joe Carter, ERLC
The view that a human being had a natural right to live began to erode under the corrosive ideals of the eugenics movement.
Where Did All These Calvinists Come From?
Matt Smethurst, The Gospel Coalition
“If there were so few self-conscious Calvinists in the 1950s,” the pastor-historian asks, “how did we get so many today?”
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 10:00 AM
Sex and the Public Order
James Kalb, Crisis Magazine
Sex and the institutions, customs, and restraints related to it are basic to social order. That claim shouldn’t be controversial, and it’s odd that it has become so.
Christianity is not going away
Mark Tooley, Washington Post
It’s true that America often feels religiously different from past decades, even though rates of religious practice remain mostly unchanged and in some cases even higher than in supposedly more pious eras.
How Technology is Changing Millennial Faith
They’ve been called the digital natives for a reason. Technology has infiltrated every area of Millennial life, and the realm of faith is no exception.
Why We Should Legalize Murder for Hire
Betsy Childs, The Gospel Coalition
This is not a decision that anyone else can make for a woman. It is her marriage; only she can decide when it must end.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 10:00 AM
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Halloween and the Power of Evil
Richard J. Mouw, First Things
Given the present cultural realities. . . it is important to use the occasion to say some things to them about how Christ has overcome the powers of evil.
Evangelical Leader Preaches Pullback From Politics, Culture Wars
Neil King, Jr., Wall Street Journal
Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention says it is time for evangelicals to tone down the rhetoric.
The Federal Takeover of Catholic Education
Anne Hendershott, Crisis Magazine
Although the Common Core was designed to address problems in the public schools, many Catholic schools have decided to adopt the Common Core standards also.
Religion and the Foundations of Morality
Kenneth W. Kemp, Public Discourse
We don’t need to know that God exists to know good from bad. It is enough to know human nature—what kind of being we are and what kind of actions will bring us to fullness of being.
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