The Newton Shooting and the Roman Empire

You're probably wondering about the title. A bit odd, yes. Well, today I got an email from a reader drawing a parallel I found fascinating. Here's her email: What I wanted to email about was the piece you wrote on the resurrection, July 26, 2011. The comments for this one are already closed, but I was struck by these words: "The Roman Empire faced grave threats from barbarians on its borders, and the Roman leaders attributed their weakness to the fact that Christians, by now a growing … [Read more...]


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“Legitimate Rape” and the Good Men Project

By now you have probably heard about the Good Men Project's recent putting its foot in its mouth on the topic of rape. If you haven't, Grace has a good summary with a list of posts written on the subject. What it comes down to is this: The Good Men Project has started discussing the role partying, alcohol, and drugs play in rape, which is good. However, instead of focusing solely on the necessity of consent they are spending time talking about how "nice guys" can get confused by alcohol and … [Read more...]


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Seven Recent Articles on Abortion Worth Reading

I have been impressed over the last week at the outpouring of interesting and thought-provoking articles being put out regarding the abortion issue. With the election approaching and the increasing role abortion has played in politics recently, I suppose this outpouring only makes sense. Below I post links to the seven articles I have found most interesting, and offer a representative quotation from each. I hope this sort of writing keeps up! Feel free to add additional articles you may have … [Read more...]


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Was Slavery a Good Thing? Examining Doug Wilson

Sometimes I see a story come up and wonder if I should weigh in. Sometimes the same story keeps coming up, passed around the blogosphere that I read. That's what happened this last week, and it's time I finally weigh in. The stories, which are both different and yet related, involve the Bible, slavery in the Old South, and the stoning of rebellious children. Today I'm going to handle slavery, and tomorrow stoning of rebellious children.Blogger JT brought up the opinions on slavery held by a … [Read more...]


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Fixing the Relationship between Faith and Politics

What's wrong--and what's right--with the role of faith in American politics today? This is a big and complex question, and this post is simply an attempt to offer some thoughts. In it I will address two things that I see wrong with the role of faith in American politics today and two critical areas I believe may help improve the relationship between faith and politics. Feel free to share yours as well or to seek to extend what I've written here. Problem #1: The necessity of paying lip s … [Read more...]


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The Merger: Evangelicalism and the GOP

Growing up, I knew there was a close alignment between my family's evangelical religion and our politics. They seemed to fit hand in glove. Of course we were Republicans! What true Christian could be otherwise? The Republican party stood for good Christian values and Biblical policies while the Democrats stood for everything anti-Christian, from socialism to gay marriage to abortion. I mean, Jesus loves capitalism, right? Right!But this alliance is not simply something that is natural or a g … [Read more...]


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The Christian Homeschool Movement and Nostalgia

When I was eight or ten, my mom was really interested in finding a particular geography book to use in homeschooling us. Frequently when we would go to a historical home or a museum, she would see it on a shelf and say "There! That's the book I want!" It was published in 1902, you see. Frye's Geography. She'd heard it promoted somewhere, at a conference or in a homeschool magazine. She eventually found it used somewhere and was thrilled. She began using it with us, and while the images were … [Read more...]


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