Author Archive: Jason Hines

Outcome Unpredictable but Prop 8 Supporters Had Tough Day in S. Court

Outcome Unpredictable but Prop 8 Supporters Had Tough Day in S. Court

By Jason Hines – Today was a landmark day for the Supreme Court, as it heard arguments on the constitutionality of Proposition 8. I have written about this case at every level (on the state level and at the 9th Cir.) so it only seems right that I talk about the arguments that took place earlier today. However, it doesn't make sense to give a straight up and down summary or even a major analysis (there are plenty of people who did a good job of that, including this article by Adam Serwer), but there are some things that I want to highlight. Some will be important, some won't, but these are the things that came to mind as I listened to the oral arguments –

 
 

Five Requirements of a Knight of Faith

Five Requirements of a Knight of Faith

Soren Kierkegaard identifies five requirements to be a knight of faith. I do not consider these requirements to be hard and fast rules (in fact I will challenge at least one of them), but I do think that these are good things to think about if we are going to live a life of faith.

 
 

Jason Hines: I Admire Ben Carson, But . . . That Speech!

Jason Hines: I Admire Ben Carson, But . . . That Speech!

In April of 1990, Reader's Digest published an article “Dr. Ben Carson: Man of Miracles.” As a 9 year old child, I remember reading that article and admiring Dr. Carson. I admired his struggle, his ability to overcome the challenges of his childhood. I marveled after his obvious intelligence and his miraculous accomplishments. When I found out he was Seventh-day Adventist like me that cemented my fandom. His story spoke to me as a shy smart kid, making my way through my first year at a public school.

 
 

Preferential Treatment, Persecution, or Loss of Privilege?

Preferential Treatment, Persecution, or Loss of Privilege?

Some people believe that their religion obligates them to not only control themselves, but to control others as well. I believe that it is possible to make religious freedom as expansive as possible, and truly allow people to follow the dictates of their hearts as God (or whatever they believe in) leads them. Not only do I think that this is the solution that works best for our democracy, but I also happen to think that this is the solution that gets us closer to what God wants as well.

 
 

Inspiration: If Aristotle Was Right, What Can Make Us Happy?

Inspiration: If Aristotle Was Right, What Can Make Us Happy?

Sometime in the 4th Century BC, Aristotle wrote Nicomachean Ethics. The broad question of the book is how to achieve happiness.

 
 

Selfish Freedom: The Overreach of the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act

Selfish Freedom: The Overreach of the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act

By Jason Hines – n Illinois appellate court rendered an interesting decision last week.[1] The court upheld a lower court ruling that Illinois pharmacists do not have to sell "Plan B" pills to customers if they have religious objections to the use of the product. "Plan B" is the brand name of a drug that can prevent pregnancy if taken […]

 
 

Robbing God: The Essence of a Church-State Union

By Jason Hines – But how do you kill Christ? An examination of how it actually happened in the Bible reveals an interesting answer.Matthew 27: 1, 2 describes the process. Christ is first condemned to death by a religious tribunal. He is then sent to the state to have this religious determination ratified and executed. This is the essence of a union of church and state. The church has the moral authority but not the tangible power to condemn Christ to death, and so they turn to the state to legitimize their moral proclamation.

 
 

Five Lessons on Loving Your Enemies

Five Lessons on Loving Your Enemies

By Jason Hines – Because of situations in my own life I have been repeatedly returning to the concept of loving your enemies. I have wrestled with this issue publicly (I have preached a sermon on this subject twice) and at times in this space, but I have yet to share here my spiritual thoughts on the issue. The best […]

 
 

Dangerous Redefinition: Candidates Recast Role of Religion in American Life

By Jason Hines – I would like to say that Franklin Graham's appearance on "Morning Joe" was unique in this political season. On Tuesday, Graham was asked whether he thought President Obama was a Christian. Graham said he has to take President Obama at his word, but that he did not know whether Obama was a Christian. When asked why […]

 
 

Op-Ed: What is a Christian Nation?

Op-Ed: What is a Christian Nation?

I think we have to start at the most basic point – what do we mean when we say “Christian nation?” Part of what makes the notion of a Christian nation unworkable is that I don't think Christians in America (or anywhere else for that matter) could ever agree on what a Christian nation should be. If Christians can't agree on what it is, how could the ever actualize it? In some of the comments on left on the Facebook page, some have noted that a Christian nation is impossible because of Christ's statement that his kingdom is not of this world. (John 18:35-37) While this argument has merit, I mention it only to make the point that it would be hard to actualize a Christian nation if you had a contingent of Christians saying that having a nation is against the very premise of Christianity. In order to address the idea of what a Christian nation is, we have to define both what a nation is and what it means to be Christian.