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Not Making the Social Justice Issue List

Alan's monthly letter for January 2011 Dear Friend, It’s trendy to talk about social justice these days. Poverty. Human trafficking. The homeless. These social ills stir up images of helpless human beings, hungry mouths, and women and children who are exploited. It’s not just politically correct to care about these things, it’s essential. But there’s one issue that often fails to garner as much attention: abortion.

Article | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | April 23, 2013

Freedom in Christ Behind Bars

Alan's monthly letter for December 2010 Dear Friend,

Article | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | April 22, 2013

Smart People Can Make Dumb Mistakes

“It is not necessary to invoke God to…set the Universe going,” concludes Stephen Hawking in his latest book, The Grand Design. Denying God is old hat, but this comes from a world-class theoretical physicist. That’s why Christians are unnerved by his bold claim. A statement from a scientist of his caliber commands attention. But it turns out there is no reason for concern. Everything Hawking has written in his book can be dismissed as irrational. Everything. Let me tell you why.

Article | Philosophy | Alan Shlemon | April 22, 2013

Who, Really, Is Closed-Minded?

Alan's monthly letter for August 2010 Dear Friend,

Article | Philosophy | Alan Shlemon | April 22, 2013

Meeting Muslims in Their Community

Alan's monthly letter for July 2010 Dear Friend, It was my first trip to this region of the world and it was clear I was in a foreign culture. Arab shops and restaurants lined the streets. Muslim women walked outside wearing headscarves while some wore burqas (covering their entire body except their eyes). And I could hear the Muslim call to prayer broadcasted by a loudspeaker from a local mosque. But I wasn’t in a Middle Eastern city. I was in Hamtramck, Michigan.

Article | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | April 22, 2013

The Purpose of Abortion Debate

Alan's monthly letter for May 2010 Dear Friend, Last month, I debated a feminist and women’s studies professor over the legality of abortion. The 150-seat auditorium was packed, with people sitting on the floors, the stairs, and standing in the back. I unleashed a scientifically and philosophically rigorous pro-life argument. Many people presumed my goal was to change my opponent’s mind. But it wasn’t.

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | April 22, 2013

Human Value Isn't What It Used to Be

Alan's monthly letter for March 2010 Dear Friend, Why would an alcoholic father, strapped for cash, sell his son and daughter for $30? Why would pediatricians at the University Medical Center of Gronigen kill 20 disabled newborn children each year? Why is it legal in Oregon and Washington for your doctor to help you commit suicide? These acts of injustice are possible because of a subtle, yet profound shift in how we value human beings. Our culture is abandoning intrinsic value for instrumental value.

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | April 22, 2013

When Apologetics Gets Personal

Alan's monthly letter for February 2010 Dear Friend, “Thank you for existing,” a young woman recently wrote me. Then she explained. Her husband had become an atheist and began challenging her faith. Without sufficient answers, she asked a pastor to help. But her husband thought his responses were cliché. Then she heard I was speaking at her church on “Bad Arguments against Religion.” Intrigued by the title, she came to the event and brought her husband.

Article | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | April 22, 2013

The Pro-Life Two-Step at Central Michigan University

Alan's monthly letter for January 2010 Dear Friend, Some say what I did was crazy. I was standing alone on a stage at Central Michigan University. My job was simple: Present the pro-life view and then debate any challengers from the audience. Simple? Yes. Easy? Not entirely, but I’ll tell you how I made the engagement more manageable in a moment.

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | April 22, 2013

Stepping Up to the Plate

Alan's monthly letter for December 2009 Dear Friend, I began a recent event by telling the audience I wasn’t glad to be there. I paused during the awkward silence. Then I explained why: I was there to talk about abortion. And I don’t like talking about abortion. It’s an ugly topic. Even regular church attendees get upset about it. But I was there to train pro-lifers to fight this grisly practice.

Article | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | April 20, 2013