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The Family Business: Instilling Virtues

I just finished reading an impressive feature article in Newsweek on multi-generational military families who are currently actively engaged in the war. The main thing that I drew from what the families said was the sense of virtue - honor, courage, and honesty - that is part of the fabric of military life. The pride the parents found in their children was drawn from their exhibition of virtues.

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 16, 2005

What's Right in Our Own Eyes

Religious arguments for abortion. Sound like an oxymoron? Unfortunately, not. And the religious arguments I've heard are among the worst and most pathetic. Chuck Colson quotes from a new book about clergy stories about abortion:

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 8, 2005

"We're Right and You're Wrong. Why? Because We Said So!"

Doesn't this sound like a group of elementary school kids arguing about a bad call in dodge ball? It's not. It's the American Psychological Association (APA) telling the public that homosexuality is normal and doesn't need to be treated. Now that's a fair claim, but what is the evidence they offer?

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 3, 2005

It's Not Always Bad to be Pro-choice

Do you believe in the freedom to choose? I'm talking about the freedom to choose to begin reparative therapy for a homosexual. Reparative therapy is a treatment offered to individuals with unwanted homosexual desires. It has been hotly criticized by the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Medical Association, and many other organizations.

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

Anti-ESCR and Pro-CP: Is Bush Inconsistent?

William Saletan’s story comparing Bush’s statements on embryo killing and capital punishment demonstrate two things:

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | May 28, 2005

Is Homosexuality Decreasing the Child Population in SF?

After reading this story that decries the lack of children in San Francisco, I fear that Christians will be tempted to point out that a larger than normal population of homosexuals lives in San Francisco and will claim that this is the major cause for the decline in children. We may be able to correlate a significantly smaller percentage of children to a significantly larger community of homosexuals (as compared to other major US cities).

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | May 25, 2005

Relativist Parents Gone AWOL ? Absent Without Leaving

Doug TenNapel nails the real problem afflicting kids who struggle with obesity: it's parents who force kids to raise themselves. That's also the problem at the root of many other childhood challenges.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | May 5, 2005

Means and Ends

Yesterday Dennis Prager discussed his article on his radio show that Melinda posted Tuesday. He made the point that the situation does matter when evaluating objective morality. Many people, especially Christians, called Dennis to take issue with him thinking they were defending objective moral truth. I agree with Dennis' analysis. The situation is one of the factors in determining what is moral in a particular instance.

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | May 5, 2005

The Significance of Situations

Dennis Prager makes an important point about a mistake that many who hold to moral objectivism make.

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | May 3, 2005

"Gay? Fine by Me"

This Emergent blogger at PomoMusings wants to "promote public opposition to homophobia" at Princeton by handing out t-shirts with the words "gay? fine by me" written across the chest (see this organization). His motivation is to work "toward a church as generous and just as God's grace."

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | April 27, 2005