August 8, 2019

Japanese scientists have announced plans to generate embryos that are hybrids of human beings and rats.  This news came shortly after researchers in China announced that they were successfully generating human/monkey embryos.  These experiments build on the work of American scientists who two years ago made hybrids of human beings and pigs. The Japanese government recently changed its laws against such extreme genetic engineering and gave permission for the human/rat experiments, as well as for human/mice.  The human/monkey hybrids were… Read more

August 7, 2019

You’ve got to read Chase Replogle’s article in Christianity Today entitled Bonhoeffer Convinced Me to Abandon My Dream.  He tells about “leadership” classes in seminary, encouraging him to develop his “vision” for ministry.  He came up with a vision for the ideal church that he wanted to build some day.  But after his seminary, his attempts to fulfill that vision kept failing. His dream was to build a relevant, contextualized megachurch.  “We would meet in some industrial space with lots… Read more

August 6, 2019

One of the few areas upon which most of the Democratic presidential candidates and Donald Trump agree is that we need to “get tough with China” and adopt protectionist trade policies.  A few days ago, President Trump , after a number of smaller escalations, announced that as of September 1 he would impose a 10% tariff on $300 billion of Chinese goods.  Now China has has announced what one expert describes as a “massive” retaliation: “on a scale of 1-10,… Read more

August 5, 2019

We have long been subject to the threat of Islamic terrorism, in which radical Muslims murder innocent people unconnected to their grievances in an effort to strike down and terrorize the infidels.  Now we have become subject to another kind of terrorism, in which 20-something loners murder innocent people unconnected to their grievances. Twelve hours after a young man shot up an El Paso Wal-Mart, killing 20 and wounding 26, another young man opened fire in a Dayton, Ohio, entertainment… Read more

August 2, 2019

The Jesuit magazine America has published an article entitled The Catholic Case for Communism.  Its author, Toronto correspondent Dean Dettloff argues that while the Communist Party has indeed taught atheism and persecuted Christians, these are not necessary facets of Communism.  He excoriates Capitalism for its rapacious, selfish, oppressive ways and says that Communism, with its goal of a classless society, is a movement that Catholics and other Christians should join. Dettloff is not just advocating liberation theology, with its Marxist… Read more

August 1, 2019

Josh Harris had earlier repudiated his book I Kissed Dating Goodbye, which launched the “courtship movement” and “the purity culture” that influenced a whole generation of Christian young people.  A few days ago, he announced that he is divorcing his wife of 22 years and leaving their three children.  The next day he announced that he is no longer a Christian. In his Instagram post in which he renounced his Christianity, Harris quoted Martin Luther on how the whole life of… Read more

July 31, 2019

Tonight the second group of Democratic presidential primary candidates will face off , the debate to be televised on CNN at 8:00 p.m. ET.  This one will feature a confrontation between front-runner Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who damaged Biden and made herself relevant in the first debate.  Again, I invite you to discuss the debate here–before, during, and after–at this blog. The 10 primary candidates on stage tonight, according to a random draw, are as follows: Jay Inslee Kirsten Gillibrand Tulsi… Read more

July 31, 2019

Some corporations are requiring all employees to sign “equality pledges,” affirming their agreement with the LGBT agenda. But this violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits workplace discrimination on the grounds of religious belief, just as it prohibits other kinds of discrimination. Title VII is a powerful safeguard of religious liberty.  So says David French, who, though known for his association with a controversy among conservatives, is an attorney who has successfully litigated many such cases. He… Read more

July 30, 2019

We keep hearing that Christianity–particularly conservative, evangelical, orthodox Christianity–is dying out.  We are told that secularists, atheists, and “nones” are getting the upper hand in American religion, that young people are deserting traditional faiths, that the church is dying.  None of that is true.  Quite the contrary. Glenn Stanton has written a new book entitled  The Myth of the Dying Church: How Christianity Is Actually Thriving in America and the World.  He cites an abundance of evidence from prominent objective scholars that… Read more

July 30, 2019

Tonight and tomorrow night the Democratic candidates for president will have their second debate, to be televised on CNN at 8:00 p.m. ET.  The 20 hopefuls will be divided into two groups, with 10 debating on Tuesday night and the other 10 debating on Wednesday night.  As it happens, this will produce some especially significant matchups.  I invite you to discuss the debates here–before, during, and after–at this blog. The 10 primary candidates on stage tonight, according to a random… Read more

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