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October 10, 2011

Liberal ‘‘Whateverism’’

Liberal ‘‘Whateverism’’

What do moralistic therapeutic desists become when they grow up? Sociologist Christian Smith, who used that phrase to describe the spiritual views of American teenagers, suggests they become followers of “liberal whateverism.� They may have personal religious whateverism, but they trivialize religious truth claims as nothing more than personal preference.

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October 07, 2011

What Counts as Murder?

What Counts as Murder?

Six years ago, Katrina Effert of Alberta, Canada secretly gave birth to a son in her parent’s home, and then strangled him before throwing his body over the neighbor’s fence. But this month, after being convicted of second-degree murder by two juries, Effert’s sentence was suspended by appeals judge Joanne Veit. What was the rationale? She compared this murder with…

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October 06, 2011

Does Down Syndrome Hurt Us?

Does Down Syndrome Hurt Us?

My oldest daughter Abigail survived a 31-hour labor, CPR, and 4 days in neonatal intensive care. She loves to hear the story about that day, and how thankful we were to take her home. Apparently, Amy Julia Becker’s kids are the same way. But writing for Motherlode recently, she told of how she finally added a detail to her daughter…

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October 05, 2011

Join the Movement

Join the Movement

The Occupy Wall Street protests which began two weeks ago with less than a dozen college students in New York City has gained momentum. Over 700 protestors were arrested over the weekend, and similar demonstrations have popped up in Los Angeles, Chicago, Columbus, Boston, and other cities. Their message? Things are broken– Wall Street, the environment, society, the list of…

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October 04, 2011

A Crooked Line

A Crooked Line

Last week a skeptic asked me how the idea of eternal punishment and hell could possibly be fair. “It seems over the top,� he said. “And unjust.�

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October 03, 2011

Doubting and Faith


Thousands of Christian students around the country have just entered college. But will they still be Christians in four years? Study after study shows large percentages of young Christians walk away from church and even their faith during college. But other studies by Fuller Seminary’s Center for Youth and Family and Barna president Dave Kinnaman offer advice that may surprise…

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