Turkish and Armenian Christians reconcile on genocide anniversary

How Christianity invented children

    The Week: Today, it is simply taken for granted that the innocence and vulnerability of children makes them beings of particular value, and entitled to particular care. We also romanticize children — their beauty, their joy, their liveliness. Our culture encourages us to let ourselves fall prey to our gooey feelings whenever we look at baby pictures. What could be more natural? In fact, this view of children is a historical oddity. If you disagree, just go back to the view of children that prevailed in Europe’s ancient pagan world.

  • Posted: 04/23/2015
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: theweek.com

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Opposing the sexual revolution requires freedom

Must Christianity change its sexual ethics? History may hold the key

Cyberbullying is wrong – but so is adultery

Sorry to disappoint, but the faithful won’t yield on religious liberty

First, they call us bigots…

Indiana’s religious freedom law is fully consistent with American law, history

Same-sex marriage, state-by-state

Same-sex marriage isn’t about justice, it’s about Selma envy

The ACLU’s betrayal of civil liberties

Toward a graciously historic sexual ethic

The dark history of birth control that you haven’t heard

From banned to mandated: A history of contraceptives in the United States

Sexual orientation and gender identity are not like race: Why ENDA is bad policy

A pro-women response to “Contraception Saves Lives”

Virginia eugenics victims compensated for sterilisation

The rich roots and spoiled fruits of liberal toleration

Islamic State: Ancient Nimrud ruins ‘bulldozed’ in Iraq

Rick Warren: “Thank Baptists for religious liberty”

Lincoln’s best speech: A sesquicentennial

Jack Willke, witness for life

    First Things: Washington Hall at the University of Notre Dame was packed to the rafters. In a few minutes a physician and his wife would walk onstage and begin a presentation to hundreds of students and faculty about a new issue on the national scene. The topic was abortion and the year was 1972. The phrase “a storm is coming” has come into frequent use of late. But that was certainly the case more than four decades ago—a storm was indeed coming and few understood just how sweeping it would be.

  • Posted: 02/23/2015
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Abraham Lincoln and same-sex marriage

God, our rights, and the modern liberal mind

Same-sex marriage, racism, and what everyone misses about the inevitability of social change

Almost all U.S. presidents have been Christians

Porn goes mainstream

CNN Anchor: ‘Our Rights Do Not Come From God’

Why politics still matter: The temptation to withdraw is ever with us

    Christianity Today: It’s not news that politics can be dreary and dysfunctional. For this reason, as we begin another long season of presidential election politics, many Christians are running for cover, eager to avoid politics as much as possible. The reasons for withdrawal have become predictable. Some suggest politics is too broken, too corrupt, for Christians get involved in without sacrificing faithfulness. Others claim politics is a distraction from more spiritual pursuits. These are both long-held, persistent ideas, each with their own merits, but they are ultimately incomplete.

  • Posted: 02/12/2015
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.christianitytoday.com

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You new around here? Some thoughts on Alabama and same-sex marriage

    Doug Wilson: Look. Racial bigotry is a sin. Sexual perversion is a sin. The fact that the respective players in these two battles were and are Alabama and the Federal Government is completely beside the point. Those who glibly point to that as though it settles everything are like those who think that a son who once participated in an intervention over his mother’s alcoholism has thereby earned the right, twenty years later, to pressure her into committing tax fraud. No, no. Let’s go over this carefully. Drunkenness is a sin. Fraud is a sin. They are both sins. Whoever is championing the sin is the sinner.

  • Posted: 02/10/2015
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: dougwils.com

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Vaccines and abortion? The links are cloudy and complicated

Vaccines and aborted human fetal tissue

    ERLC: The recent debates about whether Christians should vaccinate their children have once again raised questions about the use of vaccines that have been morally tainted by the use of cell cultures derived from aborted fetal tissue in the manufacturing of vaccines. This is such an important issue and we felt it warranted its own article to address some of the questions around the science and morality of the use of fetal tissue in vaccines.

  • Posted: 02/05/2015
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: erlc.com

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Christianity, Islam, and Locke: Unlocking liberty

    The Economist: FOR anyone who believes in freedom of thought, worship and speech, John Locke must rank as a towering genius. In an era when Europe had been torn asunder by warfare between Catholic and Protestant kings, he set out the revolutionary idea that the state should hold back from adjudicating or enforcing religious doctrine. A century later, his ideas had a decisive influence on America’s founding fathers. And to this day, he is provoking some rich intellectual debate, among Muslims as well as Christians.

  • Posted: 02/04/2015
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.economist.com

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Hostility to tradition

Eight hundred years of prayer: Lawyers, faith, and the common good

The magic spell of “Separation of Church and State!”

    The Stream: “Last I heard, we had separation of church and state in this country,” declared a congressman from Colorado during the debate over health care. “I’ve got to say that I think the Catholic bishops and all of the other groups shouldn’t have input.” He was upset that the Catholic bishops had insisted that the health care bill not include abortion.The Church should just shut up. Christians had no right to speak, as Christians, in public affairs.

  • Posted: 01/28/2015
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: stream.org

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Five facts about the March for Life

The future of Catholic schools and the future of America

March for Life 2015: Forty two years after Roe v. Wade, we still march on

A brief political history of religious exemptions

Erring on the side of life

    The Christian Post: The history of human knowledge as it relates to the human body is a fascinating and terrible thing. In every age, the ability for physicians and other medical practitioners to effectively treat wounds or combat disease has been constrained by the technology – or lack thereof – available at the time. In the past, people often died from illnesses or injuries that are quite treatable today. Over the centuries, we’ve come a long way. Our understanding of human physiology and biology has enabled us to improve quality of life and extend life expectancy beyond anything our ancestors could have imagined.

  • Posted: 01/21/2015
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Sex education in America: How yesterday’s extremists shaped today’s sex ed

Five facts about Norma McCorvey of Roe vs. Wade you probably didn’t know

Getting the big thing right: MLK on his day

How Southern Baptists became pro-life

Forty-two years after Roe, we must reaffirm our commitment to protecting human life

Research shows the hands-on dad isn’t a new phenomenon

In celebration of Religious Liberty Day, ‘Je Suis American’

    The Federalist: Over the last week and a half, leaders of nations, dignitaries, Hollywood actors, and flocks of ordinary people posted and tweeted “Je suis Charlie” pins and posters. The “Je Suis Charlie” campaign attracted praise and ire; pundits and writers voiced their opinions in favor and against the slogan and its hashtag version. Fierce arguments broke out over its meaning, use, and potency. But one thing was certain: no American who “suis Charlie” feared arrest or government persecution. Why?

  • Posted: 01/16/2015
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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Pro-lifers plan MLK-style protests to fight for unborn

March on for life

The historical Kevorkian

How many is 57 million?

Women, the pill, and the sexual revolution

If there’s no God, are humans equal? A review of ‘Our Declaration’

Killing has taken its toll: Abortion’s slippery slope has turned into euthanasia

I learned everything I needed to know about marriage from Pride and Prejudice

The night before Christmas when astronauts read from the Bible as they orbited the moon

Religious freedom and American history – a libertarian view

Christmas censorship and the Apollo moon program

What it means to listen: Free speech from the perspective of the Abrahamic religions

The 1950′s, principled pluralism, and the future of America

Why is the abortion rate falling?

Atticus Finch in a skirt

    First Things: Harper Lee, now age eighty-eight and long out of the public eye, is the legendarily mysterious author of the iconic 1961 novel of southern racial injustice, To Kill a Mockingbird. It inspired an equally beloved film with Gregory Peck as heroic small town lawyer Atticus Finch, who defends an innocent black man accused of raping a white woman.

  • Posted: 12/02/2014
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Marriage and the black family

Pastor Johann Christoph Arnold on “God, Sex, and Marriage”

Division and remembrance: Syria past and present

Lowe on American Legal History Since 1998

    Prawfs Blawg: I quite enjoyed Jessica Lowe’s article, Radicalism’s Legacy: American Legal History Since 1998. An economical 12 pages, it surveys developments in American legal history scholarship in the past decade and a half or so, framing it around the continuing influence of Robert Gordon’s famous piece Critical Legal Histories.

  • Posted: 11/18/2014
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: prawfsblawg.blogs.com

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Texas’s latest history textbook tussle

Seven beloved famous people who were wildly pro-eugenics

Should the Supreme Court get involved in church property disputes?

Karen Armstrong’s new rule: Religion isn’t responsible for violence

One trait that set apart the earliest Christians

Antiquities lost, casualties of war: In Syria and Iraq, trying to protect a heritage at risk

The Hyde Amendment at 38