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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.
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.
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
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.
If you “just take Christianity on faith” you may be in trouble…
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.
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.
For some, ethics is nothing more than a social contract to insure survival. Compliance is the highest good, breaking ranks the greatest evil, regardless of the issue. This may make sense on television, but it doesn’t work in the real world.
“Everyone loves a conspiracy.” — Robert Langdon, Harvard Religious Symbologist, The Da Vinci Code I never thought it would happen. There I was, at a dead standstill in the middle of the 405 in Los Angeles traffic, and I didn’t care. The gridlock could continue all day as far as I was concerned.
Tolerance, one of America’s noblest virtues, has been so distorted it’s become a vice. There is one word that can stop a follower of Christ in his tracks as he seeks to “give an account for the hope” that is in him. That word is “tolerance.” Tolerant people do not “force” their personal views on others. They are impartial, non-judgmental, and neutral. Each person is permitted to decide for himself. No “forcing” personal views.