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Notre Dame v. Obama and the Compulsion of the Morally Unwilling

Notre Dame v. Obama and the Compulsion of the Morally Unwilling

It was wholly unnecessary for President Obama to complete his admirable health care initiative by disregarding the doctrinal or institutional teaching of the Catholic church, that is being defended, however hyperbolically, by the bishops, or the moral concerns of those individual Catholics – whether or not in a minority (minorities being the usual subject of human rights) — who still see or accept the teaching that artificial means of contraception degrades the marital estate.

 
 

The Comfortable Curtain of Christianity: Reflections on the Maturation of Faith

The Comfortable Curtain of Christianity: Reflections on the Maturation of Faith

My easily excited cousin, also a pastor's son, would climb on the outdoor wall of the church and sing improvisational reggae in a Jamaican accent to the passerby, while dancing a little jig, repeating "Come to our church and be baptized! Be baptized in the name of the Lord!" Strangers would stare, but we would duck and hide,

 
 

Burden of Proof: Why Most American Evangelicals Reject Long-Earth Evolution

Burden of Proof: Why Most American Evangelicals Reject Long-Earth Evolution

Within the larger context of American Protestant Christianity the debate continues without resolution. Among Christians, creationists are often asked to consider various forms of evidence of a long-history of the earth, but those advocating for a long-earth have largely ignored discussion of the genealogies of the New Testament and the concepts of original sin and salvation. Christian evolutionists have failed to provide a verse-by-verse rebuttal to the Biblical Creation narrative or to acknowledge the extent to which acceptance of creation would impact theology.

Instead theistic evolutionists operate on the supposition that Creationists will eventually bifurcate their religious beliefs from scientific understanding, because incompatibilities must be resolved in favor of science. This places faith directly in conflict with science and any resultant battle on these issues will take centuries if true academic freedom is to be granted, but can resolve faster if the voices of religious dissent are silenced and those who have openly criticized evolution are denied a seat at the academic table.

The attempt to "purify" academia by silencing the voices of critics such as Dr. Carson would be the first step toward a secular Dark Ages. So far, it appears that

 
 

Smelling an Old Man's Feet: Reflections on Footwashing, the Ordinance of Humility

Smelling an Old Man's Feet: Reflections on Footwashing, the Ordinance of Humility

By Martin Surridge – While the state of some feet and certain odors might not be too pleasant, some are downright ugly; the ritual itself is incredibly beautiful. I am reminded of both Christ washing our sins away and the spiritual importance of serving the elderly and helping others. It makes me sad when I see how many people skip out on this opportunity because of feelings of embarrassment. I won't argue that the process isn't uncomfortable; however, there is incredible value in such discomfort. Following the words of Christ—turning the other cheek, loving our enemies, rejecting the ways of the world—are not supposed to be easy instructions.

 
 

Why Do Gingrich and Obama Agree on the Supreme Court?

Why Do Gingrich and Obama Agree on the Supreme Court?

Last week, after three days of tough argument before the Supreme Court, the President created a stir when he said that it would be "unprecedented" for the Supreme Court to overturn his national healthcare plan. Obama further questioned the legitimacy of "unelected" and "activist" judges. Conservatives went crazy! How could the President criticize the authority of the Supreme Court? On […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

The U.S. Supreme Court made the Right Decision When It Upheld the Ministerial Exception

The U.S. Supreme Court made the Right Decision When It Upheld the Ministerial Exception

In ruling the way it did, the Supreme Court protected the right of a religious organization to select its clergy without government interference and avoided placing church doctrine under government interpretation. Civil magistrates will not be in a position to where they are forced to determine which religious view, that of the clergy member or the church, is correct.

 
 

The Problem I Have With Conspiracy Theories

The Problem I Have With Conspiracy Theories

The Bible tells us what we need to know and do to stand through the end of time. One thing we should not be doing is closely studying into conspiracy theories that are speculative and based on theories of men. Instead, we should put on the full spiritual armor of God so that we can stand against the ultimate conspirator – the devil himself.

 
 

Paradoxical Christian? I'm a Bible-believing Christian Who Passionately Supports Church State Separation

Paradoxical Christian? I'm a Bible-believing Christian Who Passionately Supports Church State Separation

By Steve Allred – I have some friends who tell me that I don't make sense when it comes to my position on separation of church and state. You see, some would call me a "fundamentalist" Christian. For example, I believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and try to live my life by its teachings. I […]

 
 

Article18: Pakistan — Christian Flood Victims in Punjab Face Land Discrimination in Disaster Aftermath

Article18: Pakistan — Christian Flood Victims in Punjab Face Land Discrimination in Disaster Aftermath

By Martin Surridge – The bad news that comes out of Islamabad typically features either nuclear proliferation, harboring of terrorists, a military coup, or tension with India. Sadly for many of the citizens living within its borders, Pakistan is also one of the world's most egregious violators of religious liberty. This is Article18-RLTV's weekly blog specifically dedicated to religious liberty […]