Withstanding beatings, but not tweetings

Christians want to be liked.  And we want to be known for our love.  So the charge that we are “haters” cuts deep, and public scorn is hard to take.  To the point that we are sometimes tempted to adopt a more socially-accepted posture.  David French has some trenchant words about being a Christian in this new social climate. [Read more...]

Recovering Friendship

The decline in the size of families–from 3.5 to 2 children in 50 years–has also meant fewer cousins, fewer children in neighborhoods, and fewer relationships in general.  That means, according to Ted C. Fishman, that we need to recover friendships, which are also in decline, even though having friends is important on all kinds of scales of well-being.

I would throw in that part of the problem may be the way friendship, which is often a same-sex relationship, has been sexualized by the homosexual movement.  So called “queer theorists” in academia are interpreting virtually every close friendship on the part of historical figures is evidence that they are gay.  And the counseling and support groups in schools often encourage young people who have the intense friendships often characteristic of adolescence to think they must be gay.   But one of the most beneficial qualities of friendship, according to the classic authors, is that it is a close personal relationship that specifically is not sexual.

In fact, some Christians are seeking to channel gay feelings into non-sexual friendships.  See, for example, this and this.  Wesley Hill has written a book on the subject, Spiritual Friendship. [Read more...]

Talkin’ ’bout my g-g-g-generation

Elizabeth Scalia quotes G. K. Chesterton on what happens when the “young generation” gets old, claiming that he is nailing us Baby Boomers before any of us were born. [Read more...]

Crime Wave

The decades-long decline in crime rates may be over.  Murders are up 180% in Milwaukee.  Other cities are showing double digit increases in violent crime.

Some are blaming the “Ferguson effect,” claiming that as a result of the controversy over police who killed an unarmed suspect–a pattern replicated elsewhere–citizens no longer respect police officers, sometimes to the point of defying them, and police officers, sometimes mobbed when they go on routine patrols, can no longer enforce laws with the vigor they need to.

I’m not sure that fully explains why people are killing each other and stealing each others’ property.   I would think the answer needs to deal with issues such as the loss of internal constraints, which in turn comes from family breakdown, radical individualism, instant gratification, the eclipse of the conscience, crime-glorifying pop culture, the dysfunctions of poverty, anemic churches, etc.    What explanations can you offer? [Read more...]

How Christianity humanized children

One of the many cultural influences of Christianity, observes Eric Metaxas, discussing a book on the subject, was the practice of treating children as human beings of great value.  That was not how children were treated in the ancient pre-Christian world.  Notice too that now that the Christian cultural consensus is unravelling, we have already dehumanized the unborn child and have started to dehumanize infants. [Read more...]

New baptisms for the transgendered?

At a baptism, the baptized person is given a name.  That’s not all that happens, but that’s what a lot of people associate with the rite.  So in the Church of England, some transgendered individuals have asked to be re-baptized, so as to have the Church affirm their new name and new identity.  So far, a sympathetic vicar decided not to repeat  the baptism but has devised a new liturgy to bestow the new name.  The Church of England is discussing how to handle this. [Read more...]


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