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Unstringing the Violinist

  Judith Jarvis Thompson's Violinist Argument Isn't a Good Defense of Aboriton               I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard Judith Jarvis Thompson’s famous “Violinist” argument.  I was driving south on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles listening to a radio talk-show.  It shook me up so much I almost had to pull over. 

Solid Ground | Bio-Ethics | Greg Koukl | January 1, 2014

Contend Earnestly for the Faith

  Three years ago I sat on a short bench in a small stone church on the outskirts of Oxford.  In a tiny graveyard outside was a flat tombstone with the name “Clive Staples Lewis” etched into the granite.  The pew my wife and I were sitting in was the same place C.S. Lewis occupied with his brother Warnie every Sunday morning for decades as they worshipped together at Trinity Church.

Solid Ground | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | September 3, 2013

Nature or Nurture?

  Lady Gaga’s mega-hit song, “Born this Way,” expressed what many believe: Homosexuality is hardwired in the genes. And if genetic, immutable. And if innate, nonvoluntary. And if not chosen, morally benign. There is therefore (to paraphrase Paul), now no condemnation for homosexuals. To many, that reasoning flows unhindered given Gaga’s starting point.  But was she right?   Birth of the Born-that-Way Theory

Solid Ground | Christianity & Culture | Alan Shlemon | July 1, 2013

The Death of Humanness

  Life Unworthy of Life?             Twenty years ago I made a preposterous prediction.  I repeated it 12 years later in an issue of Solid Ground.  I echoed it a third time in a Townhall column two years following.  Sadly, last week it came to pass, virtually to the letter.

Solid Ground | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | May 1, 2012

Try before You Buy?

  Pre-marital sex isn't God's design for human sexuality.  And it's just not wise.             If you want a guaranteed nomination for oddball of the year, announce to your friends or co-workers that you think sex is only for marriage.  Most view such archaic notions as eccentric and even bizarre.  Virgins are made to feel like nerds.  If you haven’t “gotten lucky” by 18, it’s probably because you’re a social reject. 

Solid Ground | Christianity & Culture | Greg Koukl | March 1, 2011

What Does Exodus 21:22 Say about Abortion?

  The Torah’s teaching about accidental “miscarriage” has been hotly contested concerning the value of the unborn.  Is the passage pro-life or pro-abortion?  Here are the facts.  You decide.         Most attempts to argue against abortion from biblical texts are misdirected.  In the absence of scriptural references specifically to abortion, Christian pro-lifers quote equivocal passages.

Solid Ground | Bio-Ethics | Greg Koukl | January 1, 2010

Faith Is Not Wishing

If you “just take Christianity on faith” you may be in trouble…

Solid Ground | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | November 1, 2009

Jesus, Recycled Redeemer?

  Is Jesus of the Gospels simply recycled ancient myths? There is a reason the ancient historical accounts of the life of Jesus of Nazareth do not start with the phrase, “Once upon a time….” On the face of it, the authors did not appear to be writing fairytales for future generations, but rather detailed accounts of the extraordinary events in the life of a particular Jewish carpenter who actually changed the course of history. 

Solid Ground | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | September 1, 2009

Responsible Science and Stem Cell Research

  Ethical Stem Cell Research: A Mass of Misconceptions On March 9, 2009, newly elected President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order entitled “Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells.”[i] The president’s order explicitly revoked President Bush’s Executive Order 13435 that, among other things, clarified certain limits on federal funding for research involving human embryonic stem cells.

Solid Ground | Bio-Ethics | Greg Koukl | May 1, 2009

Proof-Texting Perils

If you think you’re on safe theological ground because of a pet verse, better look twice.  Simple proof-texting has its perils.  Here’s how to avoid them.     The Perils of Proof-Texting and How to Avoid Them       Virtually every Christian with a theological point of view thinks his view is scriptural.  Why shouldn’t he.  He has a text he can quickly quote in his defense.

Solid Ground | Miscellaneous | Greg Koukl | November 1, 2007