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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

Citizen Heroes

I mentioned yesterday that I'm reading David McCullough's newest book 1776 and The Washington Times carries a short interview with him. It's interesting to read a book focused just on one year in the American Revolution. McCullough explains why he chose that year:

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 8, 2005

The Greatest American

I saw a commercial over the weekend about The Discovery Channel's selection of the greatest American. The candidates suggested in the commercial were Oprah Winfrey, Walt Disney, and Lance Armstrong, among a few other celebrities. Now, if someone asked me - and I guess The Discovery Channel is asking - these names wouldn't spring to mind when thinking about the "greatest." It seems to me that greatness is something loftier than celebrity and accomplishment.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 7, 2005

A Voice for the Persecuted Church

I recently watched "Hotel Rwanda" and was left with two primary thoughts. First, the United Nations "peacekeeping" was ridiculously impotent and we might keep that in mind in other contexts. Second, why doesn't our media do a better job of reporting to us important stories like this instead of waiting outside of courthouses for ruling on the latest celebrity case? What happened in Rwanda, and currently in other places in the world, is pure genocide, no different than what Hitler did.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 6, 2005

"Makin' Whoopee"? A Welcome Retreat from Modern Pop Culture

I heard a Frank Sinatra recording the other night that was new to me ? "Makin? Whoopee" (Kahn and Donaldson, 1928). As I listened to the first few lines, I mentally complained, "Not another song about the imagined consequencelessness of free love!" "Its really killin' that he's so willin' to make whoopee" But when I heard the final lines of the song, I knew I had been too quick to judge: "Picture a little love nest, down where the roses cling

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 2, 2005

Baylor: Battle of the Worldviews

Under the leadership of Chancellor Sloan, Baylor University - a Baptist institution in name only for many years - has set a vision for 2012 to reestablish the school as a leading Christian university. But many of the long-time faculty have perceived the hiring of overtly Christian professors, who integrate their Christianity and scholarship, as a threat to the academic reputation of the school. There's a battle over secularism and Christianity.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 1, 2005

Who is Your Pastor Reading?

A recent Barna survey reveals the books and authors that have most influenced today's pastors. The survey finds a qualitatively different list of books than Stand to Reason's recommended reading list.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | June 1, 2005