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
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.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 10:00 AM
The Next Human Rights Revolution
Chen Guangcheng, Public Discourse
Renowned human-rights activist Chen Guangcheng calls on American citizens to recognize that China’s barbaric violations of human dignity threaten justice on a global scale. Americans must take practical, immediate actions, no matter how small, to abolish these atrocities.
My Dinner with Irving
Wilfred M. McClay, Mosaic
On evangelicals, the evangelical Left, and the Jews
The Gospel of Ghoul
Timothy George, First Things
The problem with this kind of approach to the afterlife is not that it says too much, but that it offers too little.
N.J. Gov. Christie drops challenge to same-sex marriage
Nicquel Terry and Daniel Radel, USA Today
Couples exchange vows as New Jersey becomes 14th state to allow same-sex marriage.
Monday, October 21, 2013, 10:00 AM
Drunk, But Not on Whiskey
Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse
We have the worst of both worlds: a Prohibitionary State that gives license to all kinds of evil, but that regulates and restricts actions that are not evil, to manage the chaos that results from the license.
Christians: The Ignored Malalas
Chelsen Vicari, Juicy Ecumenism
If Malala was a Christian standing up for girls’ right to believe in Jesus, would she still receive the same worldwide praise? Sadly, the answer is no.
Fulfilling Our Prophetic Mission
James D. Conley, First Things
A prophetic witness to life, and to God’s love, has never been more important than it is today.
The Bible’s Deep History
Philip Jenkins, The Anxious Bench
Modern believers certainly see foretastes or prophecies of Christ in the Old, but on a very minor scale compared to anything understood by earlier generations.
Friday, October 18, 2013, 10:00 AM
Theological ignorance an embarrassment that should be remedied
Bill Tammeus, National Catholic Reporter
The low level of theological education of church members — and from my ecumenical experience, I think I can safely include Protestants, Catholics and Orthodox — is embarrassing.
Amid New Attacks, Egypt’s Copts Preserve Heritage
Hamza Hendawi, AP
The little known Anba Bishay Church offers a striking example of how Egypt’s Orthodox Coptic Church jealously guards its heritage against formidable odds.
The Emerging Divide in Evangelical Theology
Gerald R. McDermott, Virtue Online
While evangelical theology has come into its own in recent decades, it is also deeply divided.
Using Public Information to Protect Religious LibertyBrian Simboli
Brian Simboli, Crisis Magazine
The government has tremendous power to obtain information about the citizenry. The latter, however, often has difficulty obtaining information about government activity.
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 10:00 AM
John Howard Yoder and the Violent Power of Pacifism
Stephen H. Webb, First Things
Two recent news items, one concerning John Howard Yoder, the great Mennonite theologian, and the other Malala Yousafzai, the sixteen year-old Pakistani advocate for girls’ education, shed further light on the nature of pacifism.
A Throw Away Culture in Reproductive Medicine
Arland K. Nichols, Crisis Magazine
The “Brave New World” of genetic manipulation in reproductive medicine has arrived, and its arrival embraces the utilitarian calculation that the death of the innocent is a legitimate means to secure the health of another.
God Does Not Post to YouTube
Read Mercer Schuchardt, Second Nature
How about the word of God: is it addictive, powerful, and very entertaining? It is, in truth, only one of these three things.
38 Ways to Make a Baby
Joe Carter, ERLC
From the time of Adam and Eve until the late 1970s, there was—with one notable exception—only one way to make a baby: the sexual bonding of a man and a woman.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 10:00 AM
Malaysian court rules use of ‘Allah’ exclusive to Muslims
Siva Sithraputhran, Reuters
A Malaysian court ruled on Monday that a Christian newspaper may not use the word “Allah” to refer to God, a landmark decision on an issue that has fanned religious tension and raised questions over minority rights in the mainly Muslim country.
Same-Sex Marriage Makes Liberal Judges Irrational
Matthew J. Franck , Public Discourse
A New Jersey judge’s contorted and nonsensical decision that the state is responsible for the federal government’s failure to recognize same-sex marriage highlights the irrationality that permeates the campaign for “marriage equality.”
Evangelical theologian lauds “Christocentric legacy” of Benedict XVI
Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report
Boersma praises the “Christocentric legacy” of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and touches on how it should help fruitful ecumenical conversation between Catholics and Evangelicals.
Faith, Culture & Religious Freedom in 21st Century America
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Manhattan Declaration bring you a conversation about the future of religious freedom in America featuring a diverse group of expert voices.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 10:00 AM
Why We Separate Church and State
Seth Mandel, Commentary
The struggle to explain the motivations of statecraft through history often gets mired in the difficulty of differentiating between economic self-interest and cultural prime movers.
A Theologian’s Influence, and Stained Past, Live On
Mark Oppenheimer, New York Times
Can a bad person be a good theologian?
What Obamacare means to Little Sisters of the Poor
Mario Diaz, Washington Times
Religious order was deemed ‘not religious enough’ to earn exemption.
In Defense of Pope Francis
William Doino Jr., First Things
One would think, given this effort to defame the pontiff, that commentators would be extra-careful not to misrepresent him. Instead, however, what we have witnessed, from a strange alliance of commentators, on both the Left and Right, is an effort to depict Francis as someone he is not, and never has been.
Monday, October 14, 2013, 10:00 AM
« Newer Posts
9 Things You Should Know About World Hunger
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition
Here are nine things you need to know about one of the world’s most persistent, but solvable, global problems.
God Does Not Post to YouTube
Read Mercer Schuchardt, Second Nature
Now how about the word of God: is it addictive, powerful, and very entertaining? It is, in truth, only one of these three things.
EU May Declare Abortion a ‘Human Right’
Patrick Goodenough, CNS News
European lawmakers this month will vote on a measure that promotes abortion as a fundamental human right, while taking aim at the conscientious objection rights of pro-life doctors and health workers.
The Role of Doctrine in Inspiring Believers to Moral Greatness
Fr. Daniel Richards, Homiletic and Pastoral Review
In order to demonstrate this essential coexistence of nature and grace in the life of the Church, and the life of the believer, it must be shown that doctrine is necessary for salvation, not superfluous, but essential to the Church’s mission given by Christ.
— Older Posts »