Shellfish Yes; Gay Marriage No

If I don’t add some more variety to the subject matter here, I’m going to have to change the name of the blog to “Chick-Fil-A and the Gays.” But those topics seem to be all the rage, so here’s one more. Christians are often asked to explain why Biblical admonitions against homosexuality are still relevant, but other Old Testament rules More …

Gay Marriage and Religious Freedom: More Incompatible than Ann Heche and Ellen DeGeneres

I mentioned in a previous post that for gay marriage to exist, religious freedom will have to be abandoned at the altar. At RedState, Erick Erickson expounds on the same theme, with gusto: Once the world decides that real marriage is something other than natural or Godly, those who would point it out must be silenced and, if not, punished. More …

"God is not our life coach"

On NRO, David French writes about the abandonment of principles in the church, and how it has led us to the pickle we find ourselves in today: For the Christian, marriage should be a covenant relationship, between a man and woman, that is designed to last for life — with the only scriptural grounds for divorce being adultery or abandonment More …

The Real C.S. Lewis

His work has become so mythically significant that it’s easy to forget he was real, but he was. R.J. Moeller on the real C.S. Lewis: C. S. Lewis is chiefly remembered because he told great stories. He was the creator of worlds and realms outside of our own that taught us more about the one in which we live. He More …

The Brain and the Soul

Hey, you ever sit around thinking about the brain and the soul, and the relation between them? I was going to spend some time pondering those things, but then I got into a bag of pretzel M&M’s that was so good, I completely lost my train of thought. Luckily for us, a couple of smart guys named J. P. Moreland and More …

Confessions of an Ex-Pirate

Some of the music in my collection was obtained, I must admit, in the (ahem) legal gray area (tug on collar) of file sharing. I didn’t feel very guilty about it at the time, and still don’t, because I had spent a great deal of my music-purchasing life dropping $18 at a time to get the one song I wanted More …

The Heretic

Which group is more vicious toward people who dissent from group orthodoxy: religious believers or scientific secularists? I know where I’d put my money. The Weekly Standard has a profile of one such dissenter: atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel. Though he doesn’t believe in God, he also has the temerity to say that Darwinism isn’t all that: The neo-Darwinian materialist account More …

Rob Bell Blah Blah Blah

So, Rob Bell has stepped in front of another soft-focus camera with gentle music playing in the background, this time to express his support for same-sex marriage and blah blah blah, bluh blee bloh blorg. Whatever. In contrast, here’s an excerpt from an open letter to the church from a lesbian Christian (via Justin Taylor): To those of you who More …

Christianity: This is What it’s Like

Do you want to know what the Christian life is, in a nutshell? It’s these two statements from the apostle Paul, the greatest Christian missionary, writer of most of the New Testament, and a guy who really speaks to me on a personal level. First, he says this: Romans 7:14-15 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I More …

Ode to Penn

Penn Jillette, magician and avowed atheist, actually does seem to understand what the papacy means more than most commentators I’ve seen on TV. “Well, I think I may be somebody who believes in the Pope’s position more than most Catholics. I really take people at their word. And it seems like all of the cynicism and all of the – More …

Day 26: Still No Sign of Civilization

Ok, it was just two days without electricity, but that’s what it felt like. The dark and quiet that comes with a power outage is a different kind of dark and quiet–a primeval kind of dark and quiet that makes you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere at the dawn of time. It also is almost the More …

The Gay Marriage Debate is Fundamentally about Freedom, but Not Like You Think

Rob Portman, Republican Senator from Ohio and one of the early favorites for the party’s presidential nomination in 2016 (how much longer til that election, by the way?), has reversed himself and thrown his support behind same-sex marriage. Reactions that I’ve read have ranged from skeptical to “Ruination!” But his decision, and the reasoning for it, just makes me think More …

Clean Comics in a Dirty World

Via @Will_Antonin, an interesting piece in the WSJ about the state of “clean” comedy in America today: If you listen carefully as he tears through his set, something else is apparent: Jim Gaffigan works clean. He resists profanity. He doesn’t rip celebrities with crude insults. He won’t reveal everything you didn’t want to know about his sexual urges and private More …

Why the Mainstream Media gets so Wound Up over the Pope

As highlighted by James Taranto in the WSJ, a lot of journalists have been expressing their dismay that the new pope is, in fact, Catholic. Apparently, newsrooms around the country are rife with shock and astonishment the the man who has dedicated his life to Christ and ascended to the highest post in the Catholic church doesn’t share the attitudes More …

Virginity is a Non-Story on "The Bachelor"

Did producers of The Bachelor downplay the born-again virginity of this season’s eligible stud horse, Sean Lowe? (I would use the term “cover-up,” but c’mon, it’s The Bachelor.) Instead of telling us what made him different than all the previous bachelors, the show edited Lowe to look like every other guy. But when he was finally allowed to speak freely More …

Have Christians Stopped Beating Their Wife Yet?

Bearing in mind that he’s probably discouraged from using a lot of profanity in his column, Rod Dreher is juuuust about the right amount of angry about the story in the Washington Post that asks, “What role does Christianity play in the murder of the openly gay mayoral candidate in Mississippi?” Notice that the Post didn’t even ask if Christianity did More …

The Opinion of One Completly Uneducated Layman on Shelby County v. Holder

In the Supreme Court case of Shelby County v. Holder, Alabama is arguing to be released from the oversight requirements of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. I’m no lawyer myself, and I don’t know all the ins and outs of Constitutional law along with associated fancy-shmancy Latin terms and whatnot. However, I do know that Alabama, and the rest of More …

The Question Atheists Don’t Want to Face

What if the godless universe that they pine for turns out to be a bad thing?  It’s one thing to catalogue the manifest faults within this or that religious tradition, which the new atheists have ably done… over and over and over again. It’s quite another to claim, as these authors also invariably do, that godlessness is not only true More …

The Bible is Big; Cultural Elites Still Don’t Get It

And when I say the Bible is big, what I mean is, The Bible, the History Channel mini-series, is one of the most popular cable productions of the year. Once again, we see that entertainment that treats traditional religious beliefs respectfully is appealing to a broad swath of the American public (also known as the commercial-watching, product-buying, making-money-for-the-producers market). And More …

What Kids are Good For

Mark Tapson explores the eternal question, “Why have kids?” His answer is more than just tax deductions or having someone in the house with hands small enough to fish lost silverware out of the sink drain. He says children give life meaning: Bringing little ones into this world who depend on you for everything forces you to take life seriously More …