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August 31, 2011

American Culture and Morality

American Culture and Morality

Yesterday I talked about a recent article by Theodore Dalrymple claiming the recent riots in the U.K. were due to a culture-wide ethical collapse. Well, Anthony Bradley thinks the same can be said about the violent flash mobs at the Wisconsin State Fair and around the country. As Bradley wrote, “An ailing American culture is responsible… one that does not value forming young people in the way of prudence, justice, courage, self-control and the like.?

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August 30, 2011

Culture and Morality

Culture and Morality

After posting my thoughts on the recent UK riots last week, I was quickly scolded for missing the “obvious systemic problems of class and race" behind the riots. It’s a typical Marxist response – people are economically determined, victims of a system that denies them basics and therefore not responsible for lashing out. But these rioters were stealing TVs and…

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August 29, 2011

Real Science vs. Naturalism

Real Science vs. Naturalism

Earlier, we discussed a Christianity Today article about the scientific case against Adam and Eve. The magazine’s editorial urged readers to be patient and wait for the scientists and theologians to come to agreement saying, “We don’t need another fundamentalist reaction against science.?

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August 26, 2011

Big Issues Need More From Us than Name Calling


Earlier, we discussed a Christianity Today article about the scientific case against Adam and Eve. The magazine’s editorial urged readers to be patient and wait for the scientists and theologians to come to agreement saying, “We don’t need another fundamentalist reaction against science."

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August 25, 2011

The Beauty of Truth

In a recent blog, Trevin Wax noted the difference between Rob Bell’s Love Wins and William Young’s The Shack, and those written in response to those books. Bell uses art and compelling language to stir his readers’ emotions toward his highly questionable theology, and Young told a great story to communicate his. Meanwhile, refutations of their books tend to be…

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August 24, 2011

Faith in the Infallible

Faith in the Infallible

Recent articles at NPR and Christianity Today note that some evangelicals are questioning whether Adam and Eve really existed. For example, Francis Collins, a scientist and professing Christian claims current genetic evidence show human beings are not descended from a common couple but from “a common set" of about ten-thousand founders. Thus Adam and Eve isn’t history, but “a poetic…

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August 23, 2011

Both Sides are Religious

Both Sides are Religious

Secular liberals claim to be untainted by religion but don’t buy that, says Howard Kainz of Touchstone. Secularists are committed not just to issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, but to a whole way of seeing the world, one that’s just as religious as Christianity..

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August 22, 2011

The Dominionists are Coming!

The Dominionists are Coming!

In the last two weeks, elaborate conspiratorial stories claiming a diabolical plot for Christian domination have hit the press. You’d think this would only be coming from far-leftist crazy news sources, but sources as mainstream as CNN, the New Yorker, and CBS News have carried stories alleging the supposed Dominionist influences on the major conservative candidates. Dominionist theology actually refers…

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August 19, 2011

The Wisdom of Taylor Swift

The Wisdom of Taylor Swift

Last week at the Teen Choice Awards she told her young female fans to “have breakfast with your dad.? I can’t tell you how much I like this, though I’m clearly biased. I love spending time with my three daughters, and I want them to love it too. But we have to decide to make time, and as Swift said it’s these little decisions that make up our lives. Absolutely.

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August 18, 2011

A Moral Revolution

A Moral Revolution

The challenge of homosexuality is, according to Al Mohler of the Southern Baptist Seminary, a moral revolution that is shaking the foundation of the Christian church. In less than a generation, homosexual behavior has gone from unacceptable to acceptable, from cultural scorn to cultural embrace and encouragement.

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August 17, 2011

‘‘Christianity or Secularism?’’

‘‘Christianity or Secularism?’’

Andrew Sullivan blogging for Newsweek, suggests that real Christianity has been replaced by “Christianism?. He thinks real Christianity is “libertarian? where people “give away much of their property to the poor, forget about the sex lives of their neighbors, pray more than politic, and forgive more than judge.? Of course we should pray and forgive and give, and shame on us if we don’t. But Sullivan also thinks Christians should remove themselves from the public square. He thinks we should work with individuals but not confront political or social structures. But that’s foolish – structures affect individuals. For example, personal sexual brokenness destroys the family, and that’s a major cause of poverty. The personal affects the public.

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August 16, 2011

The New Yorker Needs a Lesson

The New Yorker Needs a Lesson

According to Nancy Pearcey, we all need well-functioning “baloney detectors.? This is good advice as we enter election season. In fact, according to Joe Carter of FirstThings.com, we need good discernment right now. Last week, the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza wrote a hatchet piece on presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann. This isn’t surprising – she’s a huge target right now. What is surprising is the direct falsehoods Lizza wrote about Francis Schaeffer, a top Christian thinker of the 20th century who influenced hundreds of others, including Chuck Colson, David Noebel, and Nancy Pearcey.

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August 15, 2011

A Greedy Crowd

A Greedy Crowd

That’s what Chris Sims of West Midlands Police said about riots in his district after the shooting of suspected gang member Mark Duggan. Through social media, rioters have organized throughout the UK to break into stores, take the stuff they want before burning them to the ground. The Parliament’s talk of a “united front? and condemning the riots in the “strongest terms? ring hollow. As Cal Thomas notes, “the problem in Britain, and increasingly in America, is moral and spiritual, not economic and political.? The lack of married households, plus the failure to teach right from wrong in the educational system equals a formula ripe for chaos when there’s any excuse for it. You’ll hear this is about being disenfranchised, but it’s not. It’s about a collapsing moral order, and which we’ll see in America tomorrow if we continue to neglect moral training.

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August 12, 2011

The Dreaded Question


“Do you believe in evolution?? It’s the “speed trap? question of presidential campaigns, according to Jay Richards and David Klinghoffer, writing for the American Spectator. During the last election cycle, the evolution question made big waves, and it’s shaping up to be an issue again in 2012. It’s a trap, and politician after politician ends up stepping right in: say yes to evolution and be labeled anti-religion; say anything less than full support of evolution and be labeled anti-science.

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August 11, 2011

Love and the Internet


A new South Korea law forbids teenagers from playing online games after midnight. Why? Because too many South Korean youths are addicted to these games, and are neglecting themselves, and becoming angry and anti-social. These restrictions are helpful, as any type of Internet addiction can be self-destructive. But many experts recognize that games themselves are not the real problem. The…

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