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There's been a lot of worry since the last election over the "religious right" establishing a theocracy. But do we ever worry over the establishment of an atheocracy (as in atheist)? Frank Beckwith has started Atheocracy Blog. His mission for this blog:

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 21, 2005

Father of the Year

I was thinking this morning about Father of the Year awards, it being Father's Day. In a way, (and by no means am I criticizing these awards) I thought they do a disservice because they usually recognize the extraordinary, and being a good father is really about the ordinary: being good, decent, and involved with your kids.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 19, 2005

Atrophy of Compassion

I found this comment at Southern Appeal in response to the release of Terri Schiavo's autopsy very well put: "A person with a 'profoundly atrophied' brain needs profound care and love. Terri did not die from an atrophied brain. She died from an atrophy of compassion on the part of her estranged husband and those who helped him to have her deliberately killed."

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 16, 2005

Different but Equal

Did you know that this is national marriage month? I didn't. But Marvin Olasky does and has written an interesting article on what the Bible teaches about marriage and the roles of husband and wife. Olasky draws a complementarian model from the Bible rather than the egalitarian model prominent in our culture, and he points out that this has many implications for the roles of husband and wife.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 16, 2005

Engage the Battle

An excellent quotation from Martin Luther that, I think, goes to the point why Christians emphasize some biblical issues now that garnered less attention in the past:

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | June 15, 2005

Prescribing the Right Medicine

In a lecture at Fuller Seminary last year, Brian McLaren declared that he had stopped using apologetics because it didn't work. His example presented as the breaking point for him was a conversation with someone struggling with a personal loss and this experience with suffering and evil in his life. McLaren used Lewis' "Lord, Liar, Lunatic" argument on him, which didn't help. So McLaren said he realized then that all these pat answers from apologetics were worthless.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | June 15, 2005

On Destructive Biotechnologies, We Agree with Feminists and Environmentalists

Another insight from today's Biotech Century Conference: Christians can use biotech issues to build common ground with some (perhaps) unlikely allies. For example, some feminists oppose human cloning because of its impact on a woman's health.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | June 14, 2005

The Impossible Gospel of Mormonism

In discussions about the nature of salvation, Mormons will often point to James 2:17 & 26 ("faith without works is dead") as biblical support that salvation requires faith and works. For the Mormon, this echoes the teaching of the Book of Mormon: "for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23). When a Mormon cites the 2 Nephi passage, simply respond with a question: What does the Book of Mormon mean by "all we can do?"

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | June 14, 2005

What We Can't Not Know

Francis Schaeffer used a phrase "the back of the book" to talk about man's nature. Because every single person is made by God, there are certain things that are true for all people. As Christians we know those things and can make wise use of them when talking to a non-Christian. One of these facts is what Greg calls "moral motions." Every person is a moral being and J. Budziszewski is the expert on natural law - what we can't not know.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | June 14, 2005

Meaningful Worship

World Magazine reports on the new CD by the band Jars of Clay that updates the tunes of traditional hymns specifically because the words are so much more meaningful with much more depth than most contemporary worship songs.

Blog Post | Theology | Melinda Penner | June 14, 2005