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Is There a Life Unworthy of Life?

Alan's monthly letter for April 2012 Dear Friend, I was recently invited to USC to present the pro-life view and debate abortion-choice students in the prestigious Keck School of Medicine. Since these were medical students who knew the science of embryology, I skipped the basic argument that the unborn is a human being. This proved to be prudent since most – though not all – accepted that view.

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | April 19, 2013

Is Intelligent Design Just God-of-the-Gaps?

Alan's monthly letter for October 2012 Dear Friend, Centuries ago, scientific knowledge was in its infancy. Although our understanding of the natural world progressed, there were gaps in the explanations. Sometimes a scientist would insert God in this gap of knowledge to explain the unexplainable. But over time those gaps were filled with satisfactory natural explanations. Theists worried that if this trend continued, God would be relegated to the role of passive bystander to creation or worse, a wishful invention of their minds.

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | April 19, 2013

Science as God

Alan's monthly letter for November 2012 Dear Friend, Secular culture has given God the boot. Science has emerged as the new religion and scientists are its priests. When truth is sought, science is consulted. When knowledge is needed, science delivers. When reason is employed, science is its master. People think scientific inquiry is the paradigm of truth and reason, but its importance has been exaggerated and misunderstood.

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | March 20, 2013

Are Homosexuals Born that Way?

Is there a "gay gene," and should it change our view of homosexual behavior if there is? To many people, saying that homosexuals are born that way is as axiomatic as saying the earth revolves around the sun. No rational reason exists to reject this claim. The only hold-outs, it is said, are those who are either ignorant of scientific facts, homophobic, or bigots (read: Christians). But this claim is beset with problems. Before we consider them, let me make a tactical suggestion.

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | March 5, 2013

According to Stephen Hawking, He’s Irrational

Hawking believes that human behavior is determined by physical laws, but this has serious implications for all his work.

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | March 5, 2013

The Power of Graphic Images

Americans are in for a rude awakening. Starting September 2012, some people will wake up to strategically-placed graphic pictures. And they won't like what they see. But it’s about time. Countless lives have been lost because of this "choice." What’s most surprising is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are the ones behind this new graphic image campaign. Why? So people will be outraged by what they see and do something to stop it. I'm talking, of course, about smoking.

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | October 1, 2011