SSM: Trends, Subtexts, and Rules

From First Thoughts

Trend-watching, from today’s NY Times, “When the Bride Takes a Bride:” how same-sex couples are finding ways to celebrate without being forced into a straight couples’ mold. The piece opens with a pair of lesbians who didn’t like how their “wedding” and . . . . Continue Reading »

Four Priorities for Change

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Is it time for change? Few of us need to be persuaded that our culture is due for significant social and spiritual renewal. It seems to me, though, that we have not taken seriously enough the magnitude of the challenge. We have especially not reckoned properly with the need for change among . . . . Continue Reading »

“Daddy Was Only a Donor”

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... Despite the latest propaganda in favor of a father-optional future, this study suggests two stubborn truths: Children long to know and be known by their biological fathers, and they are much more likely to thrive when they have their own father in their lives. [From Bradford Wilcox: Daddy Was . . . . Continue Reading »

Rhetorical Asymmetries

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There is a strange rhetorical asymmetry in the so-called culture wars. (I don’t much like that term, but it’s the one that’s current.) It’s most salient in the marriage question, and it goes like this. Compare I’m for same-sex marriage with the opposing, I’m for . . . . Continue Reading »

C.S. Lewis, Diversity Advocate

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Diversity is a great idea. To promote diversity with respect to race, age, art and music, nationality, and the like is to encourage a broader perspective and a more fully human experience of life. It’s a marvelous way to uncover and correct blind spots in one’s outlook.Like most great . . . . Continue Reading »

Gay Rights: Distortion and Aggression

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Clay Farris Naff asked in the Huffington Post last week, Do We Really Want America to Be a Christian Iran? It only takes a moment’s reflection on that question to realize Naff’s sense of proportion (like Tavis Smiley’s) is tilted. Many of his “facts” and his arguments . . . . Continue Reading »

Wilberforce and Discipleship of the Mind

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As an example for Christians who seek profound impact on their culture, few leaders equal William Wilberforce (1759-1833). A British politician converted to Christ in his mid-20s, he devoted the rest of his life to two grand passions, the more famous of which (especially since Michael Apted’s . . . . Continue Reading »