The Essence of Marriage, Again

From First Thoughts

My thanks to Bret Lythgoe for asking a question that serves so well as a jumping-off point to explain what I was trying to accomplish in my last post here. In comment 11 on that thread, he wrote,Marriage is essentially about love, and committment, that’s lifelong. Why would anyone wish to deny . . . . Continue Reading »

Discerning The Essence of Marriage

From First Thoughts

The other morning I was walking down the stairs when I noticed a five-fingered appendage on the end of my arm, holding the handrail. My parents and schoolteachers had taught me it was called a “hand.” But I got to wondering, what exactly is my hand? The answer, it seemed to me, would . . . . Continue Reading »

To Treat One Another As Humans, Part 2b

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My plans to complete this series have been delayed by a medical emergency in our extended family, which has necessitated an unexpected trip out of state and a lot of time in prayer and family decision-making. It was always going to be a difficult topic to write on. These events in a way bring the . . . . Continue Reading »

To Treat One Another as Humans

From First Thoughts

The Manhattan Declaration hit the news again this week, thanks to an iPhone/iPad application supporting it which for a short while was in Apple’s app store. Apple pulled it out in response to an uproar raised by homosexual rights activists. A Manhattan Declaration blogger responded to the . . . . Continue Reading »

Okay With Thanksgiving Clichés

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The annual Thanksgiving messages have begun to show up around the web (for America’s Thanksgiving Day, that is). This time of year poses a bit of a problem for Christian bloggers: how to express our thankfulness without saying the same thing everyone else has already said. It is the challenge . . . . Continue Reading »

The Liberal Gene(ocide) Fantasy

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John Horgan reports at the Scientific American website,Yes, the inevitable has happened. Just before Election Day—surely not a coincidence—scientists report an association between liberal political views and DRD4, a gene that produces a receptor for the neurotransmitter dopamine.He . . . . Continue Reading »

Tolerance? Nah, Too Easy

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The chief virtue of 21st century America seems to be tolerance. In a pluralistic society, where values clash and cultures collide, it is considered to be the new glue that will hold us all together. It is the philosophy underlying “political correctness,” and the plea of almost all . . . . Continue Reading »

Sam Harris’s Desperation Move

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I’m waiting for a chance to read Sam Harris’s new book, The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values. I like Harris’s thoughtfulness, his recognition of moral realities, and his stand against religiously motivated violence. That doesn’t mean his attempts to . . . . Continue Reading »