The May 30 issue of The New Yorker features an article by H. Allen Orr on the Intelligent Design (ID) movement. Orr is, as one might expect, not convinced by the ID critique of Darwnism. The article offers familiar critiques of the work of Michael Behe and William Dembski, who as of June 1st joins my faculty at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The one telling piece of The New
Those with strong enough stomachs may wish to know that the Kinsey film is now available on DVD. An article by James Bowman in The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Society points out the central theme of this propaganda piece: Kinsey’s contention that “everybody’s sin is nobody’s sin.” In the film, as in fact, Kinsey revolutionized sexual behavior by demonstrating how “normal” certain taboo activities were. Bowman suggests
Frances Kissling of Catholics for a Free Choice has kicked up a bit of dust with her recent comments advocating “respect for the fetus” among abortion rights advocates. Now, mind you, such “respect” doesn’t include actually saving the life of the fetus, just saying that one “respects” it. One Seattle abortionist responded to Kissling’s commentary with frustration that Kissling “got her information more from political leaders than from those of
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Every American evangelical is familiar with the phrases “I just don’t have a peace about it” or “Let me pray about it.” To many these comments seem deeply pious and spiritual, but they can just as easily mask the sin of a lazy and indecisive Christian. This is particularly a problem among Christian men, who often are paralyzed for months or years about decisions ranging from wedding engagements to career
David Mills has written about the theological impulses behind the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. An updated version of David Grinspoon’s Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life reinforces Mills’s point that the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is about more than weird science. Grinspoon launches from the latest Mars discoveries to an “astro-theology” that grounds SETI in the hope for a cosmic utopia. Grinspoon wonders whether aliens might teach
Explaining death to a child can be an emotional conversation. Russell Moore discusses how to talk to a child about suicide. Read the full transcript here.