College Professors Aren’t Killing Religion

But college degrees certainly aren’t helping.

A bevy of recent academic work casts doubt on the idea that college experience directly undermines religious identity (even if the studies do not all come to precisely the same conclusion). A pair of University of Texas sociologists argue that “the religious belief systems of most students go largely untouched for the duration of their education.” They... Continue Reading

The Transgender Matrix: It’s Time to Choose the Red Pill

In the 1999 sci-fi movie The Matrix, the hero, Neo, is given a choice of two colored pills: red or blue

“But a funny thing happened. After about eight years, I gradually awoke. I realized the simple biological truth: I was still a man, had always been a man, and always would be a man. In terms of The Matrix, I took the red pill.”   In the 1999 sci-fi movie The Matrix, the hero, Neo, is... Continue Reading

ACLU Fights Faith-Based Child Placement Agencies

The lawsuit names Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Charities, which are not defendants, as foster care and adoption agencies that turned away two married lesbian couples trying to adopt children.

When Michigan lawmakers began drafting the religious protection laws in 2013, faith-based groups made up about 25 percent of the state’s child welfare agencies. The same holds true in Texas. A loss of even half of those agencies would result in an immediate reduction in available foster families and the ability to recruit more, said... Continue Reading

Christian activists booted from Seattle coffee shop: ‘I’m gay. You have to leave’

“Are you denying us service?” Mr. Davis asked.

This incident comes as the U.S. Supreme Court gears up to take the case of Jack Philliips, the Christian baker who was ordered by the the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to serve wedding cake to LGBT couples — or none at all. The high court agreed in June to hear the case this fall.   A Christian... Continue Reading

U.S. Doctors Take Official Stance Against Euthanasia

The American College of Physicians argues medicine’s goal is not to control the manner and timing of death.

“Control over the manner and timing of a person’s death has not been and should not be a goal of medicine,” the group concluded. “However, though high-quality care, effective communication, compassionate support, and the right resources, physicians can help patients control many aspects of how they live out life’s last chapter.”   (WNS)–Amid increasing attempts... Continue Reading

A Sure Sign of Old Age

Greer goes to the heart of the problem on which transgender ideology founders—or would founder, if it were not kept afloat by lobby groups and the media.

Single-sex colleges are founded on the gender binary. Deny that binary, and their reason for existence vanishes. But we live at a cultural moment when thinking on sexuality has become so clouded by emotion and psychobabble that minor concerns, such as logical coherence or any connection to practical reality, can be brushed aside.   For... Continue Reading

Running out of time

Although ISIS no longer retains control of much of its former territory, its victims still suffer from the aftermath.

The U.S. State Department twice declared ISIS responsible for genocide. Despite this, government bureaucrats still have not allocated a single dollar of federal money to support victims in the region. In the final appropriations bill at the end of the last fiscal year, Congress required the executive branch to fund assistance efforts.   (WNS)–Religious minorities... Continue Reading

How to Think in a Post-Truth World

If you want to develop your thinking, develop your character

We frequently live in self-reinforcing bubbles; we erect strawmen; we Bulverise; we divide the world into heroes and villains, “defenders of the faith” and “repugnant cultural others”; we find it easy to react and hard to listen; we valorize and demonize; we put ourselves on the side of the angels and find it hard to see good in... Continue Reading

How Many Christians?

Just how many Christians were there in 200AD?

“If someone suggested a Christian population in 200 as ten thousand, or as ten million, then they would assuredly be wrong. But a range anywhere from (say) 150,000 to 350,000 would be quite plausible.”   I have been involved in a project on the early church, around the year 200 AD. My first basic question... Continue Reading

Just Admit It, Liberal Christians: You’re Pagans

Today, religious pluralism is once more in vogue, and to deny the validity of non-Christian claims to salvation makes one almost immediately an arrogant bigot.

The term liberal Christian is used in a theological and moral context, and not necessarily a political one. It comes from the 19th century in which Christians sought to liberate themselves from traditional orthodoxy in favor of a more progressive interpretation of doctrine in a modern world.    There is so little that distinguishes today’s liberal... Continue Reading