Mere Links 06.20.14
Friday, June 20, 2014, 10:00 AM

Resurrection in the Old Testament?
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute

When we search for Old Testament evidence that ‘Christ must rise,’ we should be prepared to look at the Hebrew Scriptures through the lens used by the New Testament writers.

Polygamy and Human Dignity
Carson Holloway, Public Discourse

The normalization of polygamy would undermine our commitment to human dignity—our sense that each human being is to be valued as an end in him- or herself, and not merely as a means to others’ ends.

Prayer as a Political Problem: A Classic Reconsidered
Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine

What will make the existence of a Christian people possible in the civilization of tomorrow? The religious problem is a mass problem. It is not at all the problem of an elite.

When the Pursuit of Justice Isn’t
Jared C. Wilson, The Gospel Coalition

We keep hearing from confessing Christians the appeal to biblical justice in the question of marriage equality and the like. I think beneath the fundamental redefinition of marriage to something both foreign to and against the Scriptures is the fundamental redefinition of justice, as well.

Mere Links 06.19.14
Thursday, June 19, 2014, 10:00 AM

Know Your Enemy
Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

If human beings were utility machines, acting by a calculus of moral duty regardless of passion, memory, the body, and all that they see that cannot be reduced to a calculus, then debates might be simple affairs.

The War on Christians
Paul Marshall, The Weekly Standard

From Africa, to Asia, to the Middle East, they’re the world’s most persecuted religious group.

On the Southern Baptist agenda: Get the evangelizers evangelizing
Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post

From Billy Graham’s roadside tent revivals to Jerry Falwell’s TV ministries to Rick Warren’s 20,000-member megachurch, Southern Baptists dominate the evangelical brand in America.

Jesus Came Preaching
Timothy George, First Things

t the heart of the Christian faith is a Savior who was a preacher. “And Jesus came preaching” (Mark 1:14). This stands in contrast to the gods of Olympus or the deities of the Roman pantheon whose interaction with mortals, when it happened at all, was transient, ephemeral, detached, like a circle touching a tangent. Zeus thundered, but he did not preach

Mere Links 06.18.14
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 10:00 AM

Anti-Catholicism: The Defining Religious Principle of Early America?
Thomas Kidd , The Anxious Bench

There’s nothing like war to fuel prejudice of all kinds, and the imperial conflicts of the first six decades of the eighteenth century fostered a particularly intense anti-Catholicism among many Americans.

Is Gay Marriage Destroying the United Methodist Church?
Timothy C. Morgan, Christianity Today

Progressives violate ban on same-sex unions, sparking fresh talk of schism.

Science and the Embryo
Christopher O. Tollefsen, Public Discourse

Senator Rubio was on solid ground in saying science has settled the question of when a human being’s life begins. Science does not need to wait on philosophy’s pronouncements to investigate what the human embryo is and when its life begins.

Undercover Investigation Exposes Planned Parenthood’s Controversial Sex Ed Advice
Monica Sanchez, The Daily Signal

Planned Parenthood, which is receiving taxpayer funding under Obamacare for teen sex education, is the subject of a new undercover investigation that exposes its counselors providing graphic sexual advice to minors.

Mere Links 06.17.14
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 10:00 AM

Family-First Conservatism: A Tentative Manifesto
Joe Carter, Canon & Culture

My political philosophy could be called “family-first conservatism” for I believe in our current period within Western history, the institution of the family should be given pride of place in decisions about public policy and the creation of social norms.

Colleges and Evangelicals Collide on Bias Policy
Michael Paulson, New York Times

In a collision between religious freedom and antidiscrimination policies, the student group, and its advisers, have refused to agree to the college’s demand that any student, regardless of his or her religious beliefs, should be able to run for election as a leader of any group, including the Christian association.

Four Defining Characteristics of Biblical Flourishing
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

How do you live the good life? How do you really, truly flourish? What’s more, how do we as Christians navigate the clash of cultural visions concerning “the good life” and what it means to flourish?

What Jesus Said About Divorce
Daniel Thimons, Crisis Magazine

The Church is called during this time in preparation for the Synod, to reflect ever more deeply on the teaching of Jesus Christ with regard to marriage, a teaching that is full of mercy: hoping, forgiving, and loving to the end.

Mere Links 06.16.14
Monday, June 16, 2014, 10:00 AM

Was The Resurrection Necessary?
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute

Is it possible to determine the source of this active idiom? In other words, can we identify what kind of setting prompted Christians to proclaim, ‘Jesus rose’ or ‘ Christ is risen,’ instead of ‘Jesus was raised’

The Future of Christianity in America
Joe Carter, Aleteia

The case for what might seem like an unusual spiritual indicator.

Baptizing the Dora Generation: Why Preschooler Faith Is So Controversial
Kevin P. Emmert, Christianity Today

Southern Baptist leaders would rather ‘the only consistently growing group in baptisms’ be shrinking.

Experimenting on the Lambs
Tony Woodlief , Image

News from Alabama is that researchers obscured risks of blindness, brain damage, and death in order to convince parents of 1,300 premature infants to participate in a medical study.

Mere Links 06.13.14
Friday, June 13, 2014, 10:00 AM

The Dying and Rising of Jesus
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute

Whereas early Apostolic testimony, the letters of St. Paul, and the Synoptic sources normally speak of Christ’s Resurrection as the act of the Father, the event itself—the noun—is invariably the Resurrection of Christ.

9 Things You Should Know About Surrogacy
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition

Last week, the issue of surrogacy returned to the news when Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal vetoed legislation allowing for legal surrogacy births. Here are nine things you should know about surrogacy.

An honest assessment of the Southern Baptist Convention
Jacob Lupfer, Religion News Service

SBC leaders are pleased that the convention is having a robust debate about the doctrines of salvation and not, like many other Protestant bodies, about same-sex marriage and LGBT issues.

A Lethal Legacy: Hurricane Katrina and the Indignity of Euthanasia
Christopher White, Public Discourse

A new book tells the harrowing story of Memorial Medical Center, where some physicians took the lives of their patients during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Marriage Takes a Beating
Kenneth D. Whitehead, Crisis Magazine

Traditional marriage has been taking quite a beating ever since the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Windsor case handed down in June 2013, ruled that same-sex unions must be considered true marriages wherever they have been legally enacted as such, whether by legislative action, court action, or referendum.

Mere Links 06.12.14
Thursday, June 12, 2014, 10:00 AM

Religious Liberty and Economic Freedom: Intellectual and Practical Paradoxes
Samuel Gregg , Public Discourse

The role of economic liberty in contributing to human flourishing and the common good remains deeply underappreciated, even by those who are dedicated to religious liberty.

Three in Four in U.S. Still See the Bible as Word of God
Lydia Saad, Gallup

Twenty-eight percent of Americans believe the Bible is the actual word of God and that it should be taken literally. This is somewhat below the 38% to 40% seen in the late 1970s, and near the all-time low of 27% reached in 2001 and 2009.

The Problem of Constructive Protestantism
Dale M. Coulter, First Things

It has been almost eighty years since the publication of H. Richard Niebuhr’s The Kingdom of God in America and we are still talking about what Niebuhr called the problem of constructive Protestantism. This problem lurks behind the recent talk about the future of Protestantism unleashed by Peter Leithart’s initial volley.

The Spiritual Stakes in the Marriage Debate
Daniel Avila, Crisis Magazine

Judges across the country are busy rewriting state marriage laws, overturning democratically adopted measures defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and setting the table possibly for the United States Supreme Court to complete the coup by decreeing the redefinition of marriage in every state.

Mere Links 06.11.14
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 10:00 AM

Media, Planned Parenthood Hype New “Abortion Romantic Comedy”
Katie Yoder,

Here’s a new oxymoron, even for the liberal media: abortion comedy. Opening this Friday, writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s “Obvious Child” tells the story of an aspiring young comedian, Donna Stern, who has an abortion after a one-night stand.

Cardinal Kasper, Communion, and Divorce—Again
Samuel Gregg, The Catholic World Report

The German prelate continues to make unconvincing arguments for his tolerate-but-not-accept propositions.

Christianity will rise as sceptics die out, geneticist claims
Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph

Growth of Christianity in Africa coupled with population decline in Europe will trigger new resurgence of the religion, UCL academic claims.

Will Catholic Comply?
Michael Gorman, First Things

The Bishops said they couldn’t go along with the HHS mandate. Will they in the end?

Mere Links 06.10.14
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 10:00 AM

The Audacity of Pope: The ‘Francis Doctrine’ Puts the Vatican Back on the World Stage
David Gibson, OnFaith

Pope Francis has returned the Vatican to the global stage to a degree not seen since John Paul II helped end the Cold War.

Religious OCD: ‘I’m going to hell’
Elizabeth Landau, CNN

When she was 12, Jennifer Traig’s hands were red and raw from washing them so much. She’d start scrubbing a half an hour before dinner; when she was done, she’d hold her hands up like a surgeon until her family sat down to eat.

The Real Origins Of An Evangelical Hit Piece
Aaron Earls, The Federalist

Depending on what day it is, the Religious Right is viewed as being full of unintelligent buffoons incapable of grasping simple facts of science or they are shrewd political geniuses secretly leading our nation to become a full-fledged theocracy. Some days, they’re both.

Why St. Thomas Becket was Martyred
Randall B. Smith, Crisis Magazine

Many people who venerate the name of Thomas Becket (and/or love the movie with Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole that carries his name) likely do not understand the cause for which he was martyred, and if they did learn it, would likely be scandalized given our current presuppositions concerning the prerogatives of the omnipotent State as opposed to those of the relatively impotent Church.

Mere Links 06.09.14
Monday, June 9, 2014, 10:00 AM

In Sickness And In Health … When I Feel Like It
D.C. McAllister, The Federalist

Sadly, many people run from suffering and sickness because they want a “happy” life, not a joyful one. They do this not only with mental illness but physical illness as well.

9 Things You Should Know About Surrogacy
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition

Last week, the issue of surrogacy returned to the news when Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal vetoed legislation allowing for legal surrogacy births. Here are nine things you should know about surrogacy.

Should Christian Leaders Defend Islam?
William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine

Is there such a thing as bad religion? Or is religion by its very nature a good thing? Throughout most of history, most people wouldn’t have hesitated to label some religions as bad.

In U.S., 42% Believe Creationist View of Human Origins
Frank Newport, Gallup

More than four in 10 Americans continue to believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago, a view that has changed little over the past three decades. Half of Americans believe humans evolved, with the majority of these saying God guided the evolutionary process. However, the percentage who say God was not involved is rising.

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