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Must We Believe in the Virgin Birth?

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Albert Mohler on the importance of doctrine of the virgin birth : Must one believe in the Virgin Birth to be a Christian? This is not a hard question to answer. It is conceivable that someone might come to Christ and trust Christ as Savior without yet learning that the Bible teaches that Jesus was . . . . Continue Reading »

Plantinga on Naturalism and Evolution

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Christianity Today has an interview with philosopher Alvin Plantinga about his new book, Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism : In the last, much briefer section of the book, you discuss whether there is a fundamental incompatibility between naturalism and the theory of . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links - 12.16.11

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The Atheists’ Gift to Christmas Patheos , Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein Teens Turning To Marijuana While Use of Tobacco Falls Washington Times , Cheryl Wetzstein Judge’s Ruling Not An End To Plan B Debate Washington Times , Cheryl Wetzstein What’s The Difference Between a Religion and a . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links - 12.15.11

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Patrick Henry Warned Us about Extravagant Government Acton Commentary , Thomas S. Kidd The Church Of Kathleen Sebelius Wall Street Journal , William McGurn Advocating Same-Sex Marriage: Consistency Is Another Victim Public Discourse , Matthew J. Franck Atheist Display Displace Nativity Scenes in . . . . Continue Reading »

Barely Half of U.S. Adults Are Married

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Adults in the U.S.—especially young adults—are increasingly avoiding marriage : Barely half of all adults in the United States—a record low—are currently married, and the median age at first marriage has never been higher for brides (26.5 years) and grooms (28.7), according to a . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links - 12.13.11

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The Next Roe v. Wade?: Jennie McCormack’s Abortion Battle The Daily Beast , Nancy Hass Russian Orthodox Church Adds Influential Voice to Calls for Election Reform New York Times,  Sophia Kishkovsky Iowa Evangelicals Split Over Caucus Endorsement New York Times , Susan Saulny Thinking . . . . Continue Reading »

Anno Domini 2012

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One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 is to gain a deeper appreciation of church history. Like many evangelicals, I’ve been remiss in learning about the heroes of the faith, especially those that came after the apostles and the early church fathers. As an aid to my focus, I’ll . . . . Continue Reading »