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Martin Luther King, Jr: One Great Liberal Theologian

John Piper has the right idea about Martin Luther King Day: Don’t Waste It. In a timely memo, Piper exhorted all pastors and teachers who read his blog to “take note of the day and speak a word of exhortation to your people concerning their

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Why Romney Will Not Win in Iowa or New Hampshire

By: Craig J. Hazen Biola University // I watched Gov. Mitt Romney’s much-heralded speech on his religious faith with great interest. It was a very well-crafted oration, delivered with vigor, and rightly received praise from key commentators in the mainstream media. But will it help

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Praying on World AIDS Day

It’s World AIDS Day today. We tend to get faddish about issues. A buzz starts up about a particular need in the world, and many of us jump on a bandwagon of support, buying T-shirts and seeing movies and, sometimes, praying. Too often, our interest

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Michael Vick, Dog Fighting and Media Hypocrisy

Webster defines a hypocrite as one who claims to accept certain moral standards that one doesn’t apply to one’s own views or behavior. For example, a person who says everyone should be a vegetarian and privately eats meat with every meal is a hypocrite. He

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One Who Thinks Well Makes Careful Distinctions

Medieval thinkers observed that one who thinks well makes careful distinctions. Clear thinkers make and sloppy thinkers blur important distinctions. When I look at facial sores, I see, well, sores. But a doctor sees a host of different kinds of blemishes. When I open our

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Principles Poll Badly

Imagine a world where slavery is still a normal part of our daily lives. What if the North under Abraham Lincoln’s presidency assented to the demands of the Southern states and allowed for both the continuation of slavery and the creation of new slave states?

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Star Parker and Michael Moore on Jesus' View of Healthcare

Recently on ABC’s The View, Star Parker and Michael Moore had an instructive exchange. To justify state-regulated universal healthcare, Moore sought to marshal support from Jesus: Jesus claimed that if you care for the poorest among us, you do this to Him. According to Moore,

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The End of Integration?

In a recent New York Times op-ed piece, David Brooks laments the ‘end of integration’. (Read the whole piece here.) “Nothing is sadder than the waning dream of integration… Expecting integration, Americans find themselves confronting polarization and fragmentation. Amid all the problems that have made

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A Message On Stem-Cells: The End Does Not Justify the Means!

Suppose a serial rapist is active in a major city. As a result, many are needlessly worried because the odds of their harm are miniscule. Due to unnecessary worry, scores of women needlessly limit their activities and a small number of divorces take place from

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The Coarsening of America

A crucial component of a civilized people is the texture of its public discourse. Specifically, a calm, engaging tone is essential for public debate. We all tend to demonize our opponents and harsh, vulgar rhetoric feeds that tendency. Moreover, when dialog gets nasty and brutish,

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Two Empty Slogans for Kool-Aid Drinkers

A slogan can be helpful if it accurately summarizes a product or a campaign. But a slogan can also be harmful if it diverts attention away from the real issue or if it is a conversation stopper that falsely appears to resolve an issue. In