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Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ
I recently had the opportunity to speak to a group of youth at a homeschool conference. I am always impressed at the high level of questions I get from homeschoolers, and this event was no exception. After my talk titled “The Truth about Truth,” a young girl asked me why I didn’t use the term “absolute” when describing truth. How could I give a 45-minute talk on truth and not once use the word absolute?
Alan explains what it means to have good character when engaging in conversations regarding ethics, faith, and values.
If I have only a short time to read, Proverbs is where I turn first. Every day that I do, I feel like my foundation is being shored up. February 1, 2014 There’s nothing original about reading a chapter of Proverbs a day. Thirty-one days in a month (roughly); 31 chapters in the book. Easy. In fact, it’s so obvious, it’s easy to overlook. Don’t. Very little in my life has yielded such rewards with such little effort.
It might be that, given the nature of the world, all we are left with when it comes to ethics are human conventions. But if that’s the case, then an intellectually honest relativist will have to admit that, given his view of the world, ultimately, anything goes. Recently I’ve run into a challenge to my own challenge of moral relativism (Relativism—Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air, Baker). The rejoinder is clever, but misleading. I want to give you my response so you will be ready if you encounter the same objection. First a quick review.
Can you be both charitable and immoral?
The line of reasoning that justifies homosexuality because it is a “natural” desire for those born that way annihilates the argument for adoption rights by homosexuals. If homosexuality is right because it’s natural, then adoption must be wrong because it’s unnatural. If nature dictates morality, and the natural consequence for homosexuals is to be childless, then it’s unnatural—and therefore immoral—for homosexuals to raise children.
When morality is reduced to personal tastes, people exchange the moral question, "What is good?" for the pleasure question, "What feels good?" They assert their own desires, then attempt to rationalize their choices with moral language. In this case, the tail wags the dog. Instead of morality constraining our pleasures ("I want to do that, but I really shouldn't"), our pleasures define our morality. This effort at ethical decision-making is really nothing more than thinly veiled self-interest--pleasure as ethics.
There's a growing taboo infecting crisis pregnancy centers around the country. Pro-lifers are getting tight-lipped on abortion. Here's why even CPC's are shying away from speaking frankly about the moral crime of the century. The last few years have witnessed a stunning development in the pro-life movement. More and more crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) refuse to discuss abortion. A new wave of pro-life leaders insist that victory will not be gained in the court of public opinion if the debate centers principally on the morality of abortion.
The same thing that made the Elephant Man a human being makes a fetus a human being.