Benjamin Franklin, Skepticism, and The Enlightenment

Franklin never questioned the existence of God, but posited that God could only be known through reason and nature, not (claims of) revelation.

Internal, individual guides to Truth – such as reason or our perception of Nature – have not panned out as Franklin and other skeptics had hoped. They understandably wished to move beyond the violence that had marked religious conflicts since the Reformation. But turning within one’s self for the Truth turned out to be as... Continue Reading

France Rejects A Third Gender Category

Recent discoveries in molecular biology back up the social and legal arguments for two genders.

The Cour de Cassation, France’s supreme court, ruled that the distinction between male and female was “necessary to the social and legal organization, of which it is a cornerstone,” and that the recognition of a neutral gender would have “profound repercussions on rules of French law” and necessitate legislative changes, according to Agence France-Presse.  ... Continue Reading

Divinity, Diversity and Division

Professor calls diversity training workshop to which colleagues were invited a “waste,” setting off debate about inclusiveness and civility.

Professors do now spend much more time than they used to on tasks other than teaching, research and traditional service. But many will likely object to the idea that a voluntary workshop about diversity amounts to what’s been called faculty “shadow work.”   Divinity schools aren’t void of infighting, but controversies from these centers of... Continue Reading

“I Just Want Her to be Happy”

The Collapse of American Parenting

It is no use letting kids do whatever they desire unless you have first educated their desire. The first job of the parent is to educate the child’s desire: to instill a longing for something higher and better than video games or pornography or social media, whether that something be found in science, in music, in... Continue Reading

Pew: Here’s How Badly Soviet Atheism Failed in Europe

In 18 nations across Central and Eastern Europe, religion is now essential to national identity.

Across countries, solid majorities say that in order to belong, one must identify with the majority religion. For example, most say being Orthodox is essential to truly being Russian or Greek, while being Catholic is essential to truly being Polish. The close connection between religious and national identity is stronger for Orthodox than for Catholics... Continue Reading

Israeli Researchers Disprove Transgender Propaganda

Study refutes assertions from LGBT activists who detach gender completely from sex and promote that men can become so-called "women" by merely "identifying" as female, and vice-versa.

Professor Shmuel Pietrokovski and Dr. Moran Gershoni, both researchers from the Weizmann Institute’s Molecular Genetics Department, “looked closely at around 20,000 protein-coding genes, sorting them by sex and searching for differences in expression in each tissue. They eventually identified around 6,500 genes with activity that was biased toward one sex or the other in at... Continue Reading

Scotland To Reconsider Contentious Child Welfare Plan

Pro-family critics say new watered-down version remains problematic.

Scottish officials this week announced they are reintroducing a controversial law that would assign a state guardian to every child in the country. The announcement comes nine months after the U.K. Supreme Court struck down the “Named Person” law, a plan to monitor child “wellbeing” by having an education or health official track each Scottish... Continue Reading

No, New York Times, Christianity’s Opposition to Abortion Is Anything But New

Kristof: Christian opposition to abortion is "relatively new in historical terms," could not be more wrong as history shows otherwise.

But early Christians did more than just condemn this barbarity. They frequently adopted these abandoned babies. Benignus of Dijon (late 100s A.D.) provided protection and nourishment for abandoned children. The former prostitute Afra of Augsburg launched a ministry to care for abandoned children — in the 200s A.D. Finally, the Christian Emperor Valentinian (who was influenced... Continue Reading

How Two Mississippi College Students Fell in Love and Decided to Join a Terrorist Group

In three short months, Jaelyn Young and Muhammad Dakhlalla found themselves at the center of America’s debate over radicalization

“The most remarkable thing about Jaelyn and Moe is that theirs was a largely straightforward case. In less than three months, the FBI had crafted a powerful indictment against them. Theoretically, when the Bureau comes across two kids like Jaelyn and Moe—lost, in love, and grasping toward a dark future—agents could try to set them... Continue Reading

Christian Bakers Refuse New ‘Gay Marriage Rocks’ Order, Despite Losing Discrimination Battle

Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Baking Company have reportedly refused a new order

“The wording we requested was ‘Gay marriage rocks! Happy engagement, Andy and Joe! Lots of love xxx.’ We were thrilled when Ashers accepted our online order, and full payment of £23.40 plus £20 P&P, but the next day they sent the cancellation note and a refund,” McCann claimed.   The Belfast Telegraph in Northern Ireland reported... Continue Reading