The battle against the culture wars

Three smart people saying smart things about the “culture wars.” John Aravosis: “Mr. Cantor, your culture war is my life“ Brad Dayspring, the former spokesman for the number two Republican in the US House, Eric Cantor, had the following to say about President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage: “With the economy in stagnation and crippling [Read More…]

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The ‘biblical science’ of creationism is neither biblical nor science

Young-earth creationist Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis says that his expertise in science is every bit as legitimate as his expertise in biblical interpretation. I agree. You should too. So-called “scientific creationists” like Ham claim that they are doing “biblical science,” but what they are doing has just as little to do with the [Read More…]

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Answers in Genesis teaches how not to read a story

In Nature, Andrew Curry offers a fascinating overview of the recent developments in the study of when humans first came to live in the Americas. The article is titled, “Ancient migration: Coming to America“: For most of the past 50 years, archaeologists thought they knew how humans arrived in the New World. The story starts [Read More…]

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Three commentaries on N.C. that are far more moral than Billy Graham’s cruel embrace of ignorance

Each of these commentators also offers a far better understanding of the Bible than you’ll find in Billy Graham’s shameful, pandering advertisements. … Leonard Pitts Jr.: “Don’t Blame the Bible“ Sometimes, people hide inside the Bible. That is, they use the Christian holy book as authority and excuse for biases that have nothing to do [Read More…]

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‘You call that worship? As if.’

I am not a fan of having government officials proclaim a “National Day of Prayer.” If religious leaders want to proclaim such a day for their followers, that’s terrific — although Isaiah 58 ought to make them a bit cautious about the idea. That passage provides God’s sarcastic dismissal of such a proclamation. And, yes, [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

Jeremiah 2:7 I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things. But when you entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

Luke 3:10-14 And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even tax-collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He said to them, [Read More…]

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Romans 13:5-7 Therefore one must be subject, not only because of wrath but also because of conscience. For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, busy with this very thing. Pay to all what is due to them — taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue [Read More…]

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