Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 10:00 AM
Freedom and Civility
Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse
Law cannot replace a nation’s customs, manners, and traditions. Rather, it should strengthen them by corroborating and invigorating the ways of a people.
Why Liberal Evangelicals are Lying to Millennials
Chelsen Vicari, Juicy Ecumenism
Not only are liberal Christians sidestepping abortion, gay marriage or socialism, but are rallying for them.
Five myths about anti-Christian persecution
John L. Allen, Jr., National Catholic Reporter
As a contribution towards erasing that blind spot, let’s debunk five common myths about anti-Christian persecution.
A Catholic Response to the Demise of Rational Public Discourse
James Kalb, Crisis Magazine
To follow the news today is to get the impression that public life, in the sense of rational discussion oriented toward some reasonable understanding of the common good, has come to an end.
Monday, October 7, 2013, 10:00 AM
The war on Christians
John L. Allen, Jr., The Spectator
The global persecution of Christians is the unreported catastrophe of our time.
The Religious Dorm at the Public University
Kim Severson, New York Times
Citing reports from students who say they are hungry for more faith-based options on campus and national surveys that show a strong interest in spirituality among college freshman, officials at Troy, Alabama’s third-largest public university, this semester opened the Newman Center residence hall, a roomy 376-bed dormitory that caters to students who want a residential experience infused with religion.
The State of the Church In America: Hint: It’s Not Dying
Ed Stezer, Christianity Today
Yes, the church in the West—the United States included—is in transition right now. But transitioning is not the same as dying, particuarly if you hold the belief that Christianity is represented by people who live for Christ, not check “Christian” on a survey form.
The Perils of Liberal Moralism: On Syria and Thomas More
Carson Holloway, Crisis Magazine
Law is inevitably informed by morality, but it is not the same thing as morality. When we forget this, when we insist that what is wrong must be unlawful, or that it must be lawful to punish every wrong, we undermine the rule of law.
Friday, October 4, 2013, 10:00 AM
Just War as Punishment
John D. Carlson, First Things
At some level, we still think that punishment matters in international politics. But we don’t understand why.
What it Means to be an Elderly Christian
Elizabeth Marten, Evangelical Outpost
The elderly Christian understands community. They have spent a lifetime walking with God and this lifetime of experience has helped them see more clearly who they are and how they fit into a community.
Could Doctors’ Public Condemnation of Homosexuality Lead to Medical Board Investigation of Doctors?
Eugene Volokh , Volokh Conspiracy
Yes, say 60% of the state medical boards respondents surveyed in Greysen et al., Online Professionalism Investigations by State Medical Boards: First, Do No Harm, 158(2) Ann Intern Med. 124-30 (2013).
Five reasons Christians should care about bioethics
Joe Carter, ERLC
Abortion. Euthanasia. Surrogacy. Cloning. Some of the most contentious and disputed issues of our day are matters of bioethics, an interdisciplinary field that addresses what we should and should not pursue in matters of life and health.
Thursday, October 3, 2013, 10:00 AM
Recovering the Lost Art of Chivalry
Joe Rigney, Desiring God
They say that chivalry is dead, that the medieval ideal of the humble knight is laid low in the dust. They were saying the same in C.S. Lewis’s day. And Lewis, rather than lamenting the loss of chivalry, sought to do something about it
Was Sex With Children Ever O.K.?
Belinda Luscombe, Time
“Things were different then” is no excuse for inappropriate sexual contact, no matter how permissive the era.
The College Loan Racket
Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine
Whenever any problem arises, the serfs cry, “Don Corleone must do something!” And Don Corleone is happy to comply.
How Should the Church Help the Poor?
Glenn Sunshine, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics
What are the responsibilities of the Church to the poor? Has the Church historically been a force for change?
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 10:00 AM
Credit the Calvinists
James R. Rogers, First Things
The irony is that critics often characterize the doctrine as grim and depressing when Calvin (and Luther) sought to recover the doctrine because they thought it liberating.
George and Barbara Witness a Wedding—When a Private Act Sends a Public Message
Former President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara attended a wedding a few days ago, and it made national news.
9 Things You Should Know about Casinos and Gambling
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition
This week the Council on Casinos, a group dedicated to fighting the spread of gambling in America, released a report on “Why Casinos Matter.” Here are nine things from the report on casinos and gambling that you should know.
Broken Families, Broken Economy
Tyler Castle, Values & Capitalism
Massive changes in U.S. family structure over the last 50 years may be America’s biggest problem—and yet, no one is willing to talk about it.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 10:00 AM
I’m Still Not Going Back to the Catholic Church
Rod Dreher, Time
Pope Francis only confirms my decision to leave
Papal Teaching Warns Against Excessive Government
Stephen M. Krason, Crisis Magazine
While Catholic social teaching holds that the securing of the common good is a main task of the state, it nowhere says that this means that legislation or enacting a new public policy or program is the singular way to do this.
Saving Our Locker Rooms
Brandon McGinley, Public Discourse
We need to offer cogent, rational arguments against non-discrimination laws that would de-segregate single-sex personal facilities.
Why the Left Abandoned Religious Freedom
Joseph Backholm, Family Policy Institute
While a belief in individual rights used to be the hallmark of liberalism, it has since been replaced by a commitment to amorphous concepts like “equality” and ending “discrimination”.
Monday, September 30, 2013, 10:00 AM
The Moral Structure of Pedophilia
Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse
In contemporary America, condemnation of pedophilia rests on sentiment and not on moral reasoning. Nobody can simultaneously explain why pedophilia is so vile and uphold the first commandment of the sexual revolution: Fulfill thy desires.
In Culture Shift, Evangelical College Lifts Alcohol Ban
Mark Oppenheimer, New York Times
Last summer, however, Moody’s trustees voted to lift the drinking ban for faculty and staff, although not for students. The change was announced to employees in August.
GOP adds ‘conscience clause’ to spending bill
Lisa Desjardins, CNN
House Republicans have added a measure aimed at limiting contraceptive coverage to the spending bill coming up for a vote Saturday night, a spokesman for Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, told CNN.
What parents and marriage have to do with resilient faith
Andrew Hess, ERLC
Young adults are not developing a strong faith as children and walking away as they enter adulthood. Instead, the majority are failing to develop strong faith as children and then walking away.
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 10:00 AM
Justice and the Jesus Prayer
Dylan Pahman, Ethika Politika
Virtue, including justice, has a contagious quality through good examples, be they parents, elders, friends, or even the lives of the saints.
The Purpose of Catholic Education and the Role of the State
Christiaan Alting von Geusau and Philip Booth, Acton Institute
Young people graduating from Catholic schools should have a keen understanding of being called as Christians to work for the common good — and to do so through a life that is deeply rooted in Christ.
Does the Vatican Just Hate Nancy Pelosi?
Bart Gingerich, Juicy Ecumenism
Media pundits fail to understand that such canon laws and their enforcement spring from love—not of power, but of the people involved in this particular case.
Is football too violent for Christians?
David E. Prince and Jimmy Scroggins, ERLC
As Christians, we believe that it is our responsibility to take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Cor 10:5). This means that followers of Jesus are right to question their participation in any activity, including football.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 10:00 AM
From Hitler’s Wolves to Christ’s Lambs
Chad Bird, The Gospel Coalition
No doubt many condemned men throughout history have found repentance and faith when certain death looms nigh. What makes this story remarkable is that this man, along with many others hanged that day, was among the most hated men in human history, guilty of atrocities so horrific only words forged in hell could adequately describe them.
Millennials and Marriage
Rachel Lu, Public Discourse
Young Americans have come to believe that they can only achieve “good” marriages through professional success and economic prosperity.
Kermit Gosnell said his drug operation helped the poor and ‘probably lowered the crime rate’
Ben Johnson, LifeSiteNews
Kermit Gosnell has justified his violation of Pennsylvania’s abortion laws on the grounds that he was a “soldier in the war on poverty,” but he applied the same logic to the other crime he committed: Illegally prescribing prescription drugs.
Archbishop Welby sets the agenda for the Anglican future
George Conger, Anglican Ink
The Archbishop of Canterbury has laid out his vision for a reformed and renewed Anglican Communion during an address delivered last week at Wycliffe College of the University of Toronto.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 10:00 AM
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Popes in the News
Carl A. Anderson, National Review
The media embrace in Francis what they ignored in Benedict.
The silence of our friends – the extinction of Christianity in the Middle East
Ed West, The Spectator
The last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens of churches torched. Yet the western media has mainly focussed on army assaults on the Muslim Brotherhood, and no major political figure has said anything about the sectarian attacks.
Conversion or Death
Asia Bibi with Anne-Isabelle Tollet, Christianity Today
“You know what happens to anyone who attacks the holy Prophet Muhammad.”
The Perils of Liberal Moralism: On Syria and Thomas More
Carson Holloway, Public Discourse
Our president’s assumption that he should punish Syria for a moral, but not legal, transgression undermines international law.
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