Perhaps the closest I will ever come to the atmosphere of the first-century Greek Areopagus is the exhibit hall of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). The booths, booksellers, and academic papers peddle everything from Catholic philosophy to Hindu hermeneutics to Wicca meditations. Like the Athenians at Mars Hill, the religion scholars spend their time “in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing” (Acts 17:21).
There’s another television evangelist running for President. But this time his name’s not Pat Robertson. And he’s not a Republican. He’s Howard Dean, and he’s laying a sawdust trail all the way the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Democratic frontrunner Howard Dean might at first glance appear to be the most secular presidential candidate ever-even eclipsing the nominally Orthodox Michael Dukakis in his self-conscious non-religiosity. Dean, after all, told ABC News
This week the United States Congress debated whether or not doctors should be allowed to kill a living infant by crushing his head. At the same time, courts in Florida debated whether doctors should be allowed to starve a disabled woman to death. In these headlines, we see some legislative and judicial victories. But we should also recognize that we are looking at the real religious alternative to historic Christianity
Theologian Karl Barth is credited with the famous dictum that the preacher should approach the pulpit with “the Bible in one hand and the New York Times in the other.” If so, this Sunday’s sermon was all about gender. And the Bible and the New York Times are saying very different things. And that’s just in the “Style” section. On the front page of the “Sunday Styles,” the newspaper first
Never has network television been so explicitly sexualized. Never has television sex been so promoted and packaged for commercial consumption. And there is at least one reason why orthodox Christians should turn off the televisions-the sex is too boring for us. Some NBC television executive thought he’d found the Holy Grail of Nielsen ratings. Since American culture is so sexualized, why not just organize a situation comedy around the gimmick
Perhaps yesterday’s commentary was a little too harsh. The October 8 “Best of the Web” column by James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal has a different take on the German “kindergarten” where wives can drop off their men while they shop. “This may not be as silly as it sounds,” notes the WSJ. “After all, the last time German men were left without adult supervision, they ended up overruning
Russell Moore discusses the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.