Supreme Court Cases That You Should Know About

The U.S. Supreme Court’s fall term opens this week with a number of cases that are of interest to Christians. Here are five specific cases you should know about that deal with abortion or religious liberty. The Case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization What It’s About A 2018 law passed in Mississippi, called theContinue reading “Supreme Court Cases That You Should Know About”

Government Persecution Trumps Religious Terrorism

Dictators are the worst persecutors of believers. This perhaps uncontroversial finding was verified for the first time in the Pew Research Center’s 11th annual study surveying restrictions on freedom of religion in 198 nations. The median level of government violations reached an all-time high in 2018, as 56 nations (28%) suffer “high” or “very high”Continue reading “Government Persecution Trumps Religious Terrorism”

Did You Know Totalitarianism Is a New Thing?

I taught a course this past semester on totalitarian novels. We read four of them: George Orwell’s 1984, Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, and C.S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength.  The totalitarian novel is a relatively new genre. In fact, the word “totalitarian” did not exist before the 20th century. TheContinue reading “Did You Know Totalitarianism Is a New Thing?”

Are We Asking the Right Questions 20 Years Later

(I apologize for not editing this further but it deserves to read in its entirety) The question of “Islamic fundamentalism” became of general interest only after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Before that tragic date, it was a subject for specialized scholars. After 9/11, it is discussed both in Parliaments and in coffeeContinue reading “Are We Asking the Right Questions 20 Years Later”

Christians Are the New Extremists

The book Faithfully Different is about the fact that Christians with a biblical worldview are now a minority in America and how the secular worldview that surrounds us is putting significant pressure on what we believe, how we think, and how we live. I wrote it to help Christians more clearly understand the fundamental differences betweenContinue reading “Christians Are the New Extremists”

Why An Evangelical Voted for an Humanist

Last week, The New York Times ran a provocative piece stating that the new president of the Harvard Chaplains is an atheist. Greg Epstein was elected unanimously last spring by his fellow Harvard chaplains. I am one of the people who voted for him. For seven years, I have worked at Harvard as an evangelicalContinue reading “Why An Evangelical Voted for an Humanist”

Believe It or Not. Christianity Is the Free Thinkers Home Now Days.

Free thinking, fearlessly open dialogue, a willingness to voice unpopular ideas: these are increasingly endangered species in a society ever more surveilled by Orwellian thought police. A new, fundamentalistic secular religion has emerged, with tenets that demand total adherence. To question the logic of any aspect of this secular creed—for example, a statement like “transgenderContinue reading “Believe It or Not. Christianity Is the Free Thinkers Home Now Days.”

Christian Doctors and Nurses Breath a Sigh of Relief

A Texas federal district court permanently enjoined enforcing anti-discrimination provisions to compel health care providers to act against their conscience. On August 9, 2021, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Wichita Falls Division, on remand from the 5th Circuit, rendered an important decision, where it stated that provisions of theContinue reading “Christian Doctors and Nurses Breath a Sigh of Relief”

A Nation at the Crossroads of Decision

In the epic exodus of the Israelite slaves from Egypt, the weary wanderers came at last to the end of the desert journey, beyond what Moses had called that “waste howling wilderness.” Encamped on Canaan’s borders, with only the Jordan to cross, the Israelites had to decide whether they were ready to commit themselves toContinue reading “A Nation at the Crossroads of Decision”