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Utilitarian Atheists Aren’t “Just as Moral,” They’re “Differently Moral”

Christopher Hitchens used to insist that atheists were as moral as Christians, challenging, “Name one moral action performed by a believer that could not have been done by a nonbeliever.” But as I said long ago, the claim that “atheists are as moral as Christians” is meaningless if we’re operating under different systems of morality.

Blog Post | Ethics | Amy K. Hall | August 23, 2014

What Is Marriage from a Policy Perspective?

Ryan Anderson, co-author of What Is Marriage? is possibly the most clear and well-reasoned spokesman for man/woman marriage out there.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Amy K. Hall | August 2, 2014

Hobby Lobby: Good News, Bad News, and a Warning

To get up to speed on the Supreme Court decision on the Hobby Lobby case, see Joe Carter’s “What You Should Know about the Contraceptive Mandate Decision,” an outline of the majority opinion, the majority opinion itself, and

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Amy K. Hall | July 1, 2014

Hobby Lobby Decision Summary

The decision on whether or not corporations like Hobby Lobby are protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act from being forced to provide free abortifacients via their insurance plan came down from the Supreme Court today. Here’s a quick summary of the decision from the NRO editors:

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Amy K. Hall | June 30, 2014

Slate: Don't Let the Doctor Assign a Gender to Your Newborn

Remember when I said that we should expect more attempts to erase the differences between men and women, and that the conflict in our culture over sexuality is, at root, a disagreement over “whether human nature is something in particular or a sea of possibilities bound only by what we can imagine for ourselves”?

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Amy K. Hall | June 27, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Is "Expanding Our Sense of Possibilities"

“Polyamorists are coming out of the closet,” according to the opening of this article by Celina Durgin. Acceptance of their lifestyle is increasing, but there are still legal obstacles to overcome:

Blog Post | Ethics | Amy K. Hall | June 25, 2014

Why the First Hospital to Do Sex-Reassignment Surgeries No Longer Does Them

Greg referenced this article by Paul McHugh (former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins) on the show Tuesday, and it's worth posting an excerpt here, as well:

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Amy K. Hall | June 21, 2014

How to Become a Hero

I can remember reading The Hiding Place (the story of Corrie ten Boom, a woman who risked her life to save Jews during World War II) and desperately praying that I would have Corrie’s courage and self-sacrifice when I'm eventually confronted with a time that requires it.

Blog Post | Ethics | Amy K. Hall | June 18, 2014

Start Preparing to Defend Marriage within the Church

We usually focus on secular reasons for maintaining the man/woman definition of marriage because there are plenty of publicly accessible reasons to give, and because until now, the people who have needed convincing about the definition of marriage weren’t those who would take the Bible into consideration.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Amy K. Hall | June 14, 2014

Michaelson: Gay Culture Will Affect Marriage, Not the Other Way Around

In “Were Christians Right about Gay Marriage All Along?” Jay Michaelson asks a question that’s currently dividing the country: “What if gay marriage really will change the institution of marriage, shifting conceptions around monogamy and intimacy? On the other hand, what if the domesticating institution of marriage changes—and even erases—the more libertine tendencies of gay culture?”

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Amy K. Hall | May 28, 2014