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West Responds to Barr

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Last week, Stephen Barr and I had a discussion about a column by Discovery Institute fellow John West on the “new theistic evolutionists.” (See: Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 ) Today, West added the last entry to his three post series responding to Barr: Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 . . . . . Continue Reading »

Lament for a Bioethics Council

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Earlier this week, members of the President’s Council on Bioethics were told by the White House that their services were no longer needed. President Obama’s decision was made and implemented in his typical style—gracious, pragmatic, and imprudent. According to the New York Times , . . . . Continue Reading »

Koogle: The Kosher Google

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Since devoutly religious Jews are restricted when surfing the web (they may stumble across sexually explicit material), an Israeli company has developed a new kosher search engine for Hebrew-speaking Orthodox Jews. Koogle —a play on the name of a Jewish noodle pudding dish, known as kugel, and . . . . Continue Reading »

Political Coup in Iran?

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Doubts about the legitimacy of Friday’s election results in Iran has lead to clashes in the streets between riot police and hundreds of protesters. Gary Sick has more on what may be a political coup by incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, including this fascinating timeline of events: On . . . . Continue Reading »

Needed: More Babies for Baptists

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Southern Baptist leader Daniel Akin is concerned about declining baptism totals, a benchmark used by the denomination to gauge the effectiveness of missions and evangelism. To fix the problem he proposes that the denomination focus on ten “commitments” including committing to biblically . . . . Continue Reading »