What you do before you say “I do” matters for marriage happiness

“The Giver”: A new kind of dystopian young adult film

The cruel optimism of modern compassion

    The Federalist: St. Augustine called it cruel optimism: our desire to comfort ourselves with silver-lined happy thoughts about life. Francis Spufford had an excellent description of it in his book, “Unapologetic.” A few years ago, atheist organizations in the United Kingdom ran a bus advertisement campaign. The atheist bus read: “There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”


  • Posted: 08/18/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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Finding God in secular Europe through film

    Aleteia: By any measure, Europe over the past forty years or so has become a vastly more secular place, certainly in comparison with the US. How strange, then, that just within the past decade, European filmmakers have produced some extraordinarily fine works with religious themes, works that make powerful statements about sanctity and martyrdom, sin and redemption, even about monasticism and pilgrimage.


  • Posted: 08/18/2014
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.aleteia.org

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Journey to Baby Gammy: How we justify a market in children

Beyond Obamacare, it’s time to take on the great society

Yes, Katy Perry, babies need daddies

The Giver: We’re not as far off as you might think

‘Passion of the Christ’ star Jim Caviezel calls abortion ‘great sin’ in America

Against obsessive sexuality

Christians who support same-sex marriage more likely to support other types of sexual immorality, data shows

“Truth. Legislation. Love. And the greatest of these is love”

The word ‘sex’ isn’t what it used to be

Engaging culture on all fronts

Tracking Christian sexual morality in a same-sex marriage future

Tolerate or be stamped out

Contemporary Christian music’s sinking witness

    The Christian Post: Others have noted the “Jesus-is-your-boyfriend” style worship songs clogging the airwaves of contemporary Christian radio and Sunday morning worship sets lack depth and reverence to the Almighty. They’re right. But there’s an even bigger problem when contemporary Christian songs downplay, even scold Christian’s public witness for the sake of couch-potato Christianity.


  • Posted: 08/08/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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“Pro-choice” proponents turn on Planned Parenthood

Moral feelings and the moral world

Law and morality in public discourse: How Christians can rebuild our culture

    Public Discourse: It’s in seeking Jesus Christ with all our hearts that culture is built and society is renewed. It’s in prayer, the sacraments, changing diapers, balancing budgets, preaching homilies, loving a spouse, forgiving and seeking forgiveness—all in the spirit of charity—that, brick by brick, we bring about the kingdom of God. Adapted from an address delivered August 6th at the Archdiocese of Toronto’s “Faith in the Public Square” symposium.


  • Posted: 08/07/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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Why aren’t more Americans atheists?

Of course pro-choicers are trying to rebrand – they’re losing among young adults

Many modern Christians don’t fear God, they fear being labeled as haters or bigots

A time for heroism

What religious traditionalists can teach us about sex

Social justice includes defending religious liberty

God’s Not Dead: Now available on DVD and Blu-ray

Katy Perry is wrong: Dads aren’t so last century

Pro-life message in rap song: “Mommy am I in your womb or swimming in my grave?”

    Life News: Brandon Kagel was born into a Jewish family as a triplet with two sisters and an older brother. This Phoenix, Arizona native is now a devoted husband and father of two. Brandon is also a rapper who goes by “The Rep.” Brandon’s first project titled “Street Prophecy” was released in 2001. He toured across the U.S drawing fans from the gospel industry as well as the secular.


  • Posted: 08/05/2014
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.lifenews.com

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Who deserves respect? Civility is due not to a person’s opinions, but to the person himself

Why doesn’t living together before marrying decrease the risk of divorce?

News you should know: 4 stories happening now

Why do secularists hate kids’ imaginations?

    The Federalist: Churchgoing kids thought the “religious” (Biblical) stories sounded realistic, while secular kids called them fiction. Perhaps most interesting were the reactions to “fantastical” stories. The secular kids roundly rejected these as fiction, while religious kids were less sure. Is magic possible? How about talking animals? Religious kids were divided on those points.


  • Posted: 08/01/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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Learning from young atheists: What turned them off Christianity

Did a study really show that Christian kids are more gullible?

Who is the bigot?

‘Pro-choicers’ are backing off of the label. Why?

ISIS destroys Jonah’s tomb in Mosul, Iraq, as militant violence continues

Marriage now gender-neutral in Chambers dictionary

Theologian says ‘love’ is the new cultural apologetic affirming immoral activities such as assisted suicide

Marco Rubio: Intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy

‘Stamp them out’: On Josh Barro and the new sexual moralism

What a difference six years can make

Porn is not manly, leaves men unhappy and bored, says XXXChurch.com blogger

Facebook and infidelity: Part cause, part symptom

Ronaldo’s mum says she wanted to abort him

How entrepreneurs practice their faith through companies

Is evangelical morality still acceptable in America?

Chase Bank refuses to confirm, deny employee “LGBT survey”

A sexual revolution for young evangelicals? No.

Summer Reading 2014, by Jordan Lorence

Flowers at the abortion clinic: ‘Obvious Child’ is no laughing matter

World Vision under internal reformation after support of homosexuality?

Five questions for Christians who believe the Bible supports same-sex marriage

Chinese red herring: Hobby Lobby and false charges of hypocrisy

Government involvement in un-naming the Redskins is ‘patently’ dangerous

Five reasons why abortion never empowers women

Without the media filter: Marriage marchers speak out

The bitter price of divorce

Planned Parenthood blasts NBC amid claims that network rejected ad for abortion comedy

Dostoyevsky the prophet: The trial of Dmitri Karamazov and the redefinition of family

Benham brothers: Christians can speak boldly if they are willing to lose it all

What’s wrong is right: A revolution in rationalization

    Public Discourse: Governor Rick Perry of Texas recently made waves when he was asked whether he thought homosexuality is a disorder. He replied that he was not professionally qualified to pronounce on a medical or mental health question, and then added, “Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that . . . I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.” As you might expect, this answer—which many millions of Americans might honestly have given—caused a bit of a ruckus.


  • Posted: 06/23/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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L.A. Kings coach Darryl Sutter is more proud of his son Chris than his Stanley Cup, here’s why

    Life News: When pro-life advocates hear stories like Chris’ they are often tempted to point at it and say, “See, Chris is happy so it’s a good thing he wasn’t aborted like so many other Down syndrome children are.” I think this is a mistake. It implies that the reason Chris shouldn’t have been aborted was because he would be happy later in life. But it would have been wrong to abort Chris even if he wasn’t happy. As my colleague Jay Watts at Life Training Institute says, “There is a difference between what’s wrong with abortion and why abortion is wrong.” Abortion is wrong because it kills an innocent human being without justification.


  • Posted: 06/20/2014
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.lifenews.com

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Discrimination is healthy and normal – sex confusion is not

Polyamorists come out of the closet

Intolerance as illiberalism

    Public Discourse: We live in intolerant times. A former Secretary of State is disinvited from speaking on campus. Corporate leaders are forced to resign because of their views on marriage. People are forced by the courts to violate their consciences. A prominent Senate leader calls Tea Party activists “anarchists” and, in a speech reminiscent of McCarthyism, brands the businessmen-philanthropist Koch brothers “un-American.” The Internal Revenue Service—harking back to the Johnson and Nixon eras—is accused of targeting individuals and groups for their political views. And government leaders routinely ignore laws they are sworn to uphold.


  • Posted: 06/18/2014
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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Feelings, nothing more than feelings (Conflict and confusion over identity)

You don’t have to be your dad: How to become your family’s transitional character

Government union wants Duck Dynasty fans fired

The lighter side of pregnancy termination

The New York Times sneers at religion. Again.

Here comes the ‘abortion comedy’

An interview with Emily Letts

    The Christian Post: Letts was the subject of many articles immediately following her award-winning video. Whatever you make of the reality of that video her views throughout this interview are telling: the individualistic nature of her worldview is on full display, from her statements that the video is “just” her story to her statement (repeated twice) that the “male was not involved in my decision.”


  • Posted: 06/06/2014
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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