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Borrowed Capital

Ideas have consequences.  Often they have unintended consequences that take time to present themselves.

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | June 28, 2011

Pedophilia: Sliding Down the Slope

Sadly, this isn't too surprising when homosexuality is deemed moral because it's natural. "Pedophilia is another “sexual orientation,” comparable to heterosexuality or homosexuality, according to expert testimony recently presented to the Canadian Parliament." (

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | March 4, 2011

What Is Marriage?

One of the smartest men I know of, Robert P. George from Princeton University, with Sherif Girgis and Ryan T. Anderson have written an argument for the traditional definition of marriage.  You can download the PDF and digest it.  The summary reads:

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | September 23, 2010

Redefining Marriage

The Canadian Press reports that a polyamory group is taking the new rationale for marriage - the freedom to love whoever we wish - to its logical progression.  (I hesitate to say "logical conclusion" since I'm not sure where this will all conclude.)  Note the justification for polyamory.  It's identical to the justification for same-sex marriage.

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | September 17, 2010

What Is Marriage Now?

A caller to the radio program Sunday, who ran out of time before he got on the air, asked a very good question.  Since Prop. 8 sought to clarify the definition of marriage and the judge struck it down, did he replace it with a new definition? What is the definition of marriage now in California?  Is there one? 

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | August 18, 2010

"24" Moral Equivalency

I have to see "24" to the end next week out of loyalty for what it has been.  But it's deeply disturbing to see what the writers/producers have done to Jack Bauer.  The moral compass is gone, and the lesson is moral equivalency.

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | May 19, 2010

"24" Betrayal

The "24" writers and producers have destroyed one of the best entertainment heroes.  Jack Bauer has become a moral monster.I haven't written about "24" this season because I've thought it was pretty boring most of the time.  Not much new moral meat to chew on.  But I've watched.  The show had lost it's punch without Joel Surnow and needed to be put out of its misery. Now it's sadly clear that it's also lost it's moral compass. 

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | May 13, 2010

The Manhattan Declaration: Yes or No?

Here is a sampling of thoughtful considerations about the Manhattan Declaration.R.C. SproulAlistair BeggAl Mohler

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | December 9, 2009

"I Do Not Know"...but He Really Does

Marvin Olasky did a great job of pressing an ungrounded moral claim to its real conclusion.  He writes:

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | November 19, 2009

Evolution & Morality

Dinesh D'Souza does a good job critiquing attempts to explain morality in Darwinist terms.  Morality, along with consciousness, remains one of the stubborn features of reality that we all know intuitively, which cannot be explained in purely naturalistic terms.  The lack of explanatory power in Darwinism is called "the grounding problem." 

Blog Post | Ethics | Melinda Penner | November 5, 2009