What liberal Democrats believe

The Pew Research Center has compiled some interesting data about Democrats.  Though the “liberal” faction has been growing rapidly and is at its highest level in over 20 years, it still comprises only 34% of Democrats, with 67% describing themselves as “moderate” or “conservative” (strangely lumped together in the study!).  The liberals are wealthier, with the more traditional blue collar constituency  (including Hispanics) being more conservative.

After the jump, a description of the beliefs and attitudes of liberal Democrats. [Read more…]

“Erotic liberty” vs. “Religious liberty”

Al Mohler gives us some useful language in thinking about the conflicts of the day:  “Erotic liberty” vs. “Religious liberty.”  And when those two clash, you know which one will prevail. [Read more…]

How George Herbert’s poetry converted an atheist

I throw out opinions on all kinds of topics, but my real area of expertise is 17th Century English literature.  To drill down to an even more specific field, as we English professors have to do, I have a specialty in George Herbert, the great Christian poet.  He was the subject of my dissertation and my first book, which has recently come back into print: Reformation Spirituality: The Religion of George Herbert

Now British journalist Miranda Threlfall-Holmes tells how the poetry of George Herbert played a factor in her conversion to Christianity from atheism.  (He had a similar impact on the French philosopher Simone Weil.)

What does this tell us about apologetics and evangelism? [Read more…]

A baby’s sense of morality

Research is showing that babies as young as six months have a moral sense.  Some ingenious experiments with toys show babies favoring “good guys” over “bad guys.”  And they really like to see “bad guys” punished.   This suggests that morality is not just learned from the culture but that it has elements that are innate–that is, “written on the heart.”   Details after the jump. [Read more…]

Russia and Ukraine go to war

Russia has invaded Ukrainian territory–the Crimea, formerly an autonomous region that has been the flashpoint for war for centuries.  The Crimea has a Russian majority and a major Russian naval base at Sevastapol–Russia’s prize warm water port–so the incursion of troops there is not surprising.  But now Russia’s target seems to be  Ukraine proper, and the new pro-Western government is mobilizing its military and claiming that Russia has, in effect, declared war. [Read more…]

The actual definition of “hypocrisy”

Justin Taylor, my editor at Crossway, points out many people who use the word “hypocrisy” do not know what it actually means.  It isn’t not practicing what you preach, but not believing what you say you do.  [Read more…]