Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

Be fruitful and multiply and have 1.7 kids … and a dog?

August 27th, 2012 Comments off

by Allan Carlson

Luther regarded contraception as among the most wicked of sins. So why had nearly all Protestant denominations embraced the practice by the 1970s?

Video: In Focus 02/17/12- Matt Trewhella with Dr. Allan C. Carlson; Godly Seed from VCY America TV on Vimeo.

The Protestant Reformation was in significant part a protest against the perceived antinatalism of the late Medieval Christian Church. It was a celebration of procreation that also saw contraception and abortion as among the most wicked of human sins, as direct affronts to the ordinances of God. This background makes the Protestant “sellout” on contraception in the mid 20th Century all the more surprising, and disturbing. Read more…

The Brave New iWorld

August 20th, 2012 Comments off

Rev. Dale S. Kuehne, Ph.D., the Richard L. Bready Chair of Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College

How the world has changed (. . . and there’s no going back)

Christianity has always been counter-cultural; the daily challenge for followers of Christ is to be in and not of the culture. At no time is this more challenging than at the moment of cultural transformation. Now is such a time. Read more…

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Origins of the universe

July 19th, 2012 Comments off

by Sheila Liaugminas

Can science prove or disprove the existence of God? Has the origin of creation without a creator come to be settled science? Are these questions knowable, even by the brightest minds in the world? Yes, sort of, is the basic answer… Read more…

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Raise kids religious

July 18th, 2012 Comments off

by Mariette Ulrich

Beleaguered adherents to most religious creeds are accustomed to having their beliefs and lifestyles mocked and derided in our post-modern, God-is-dead society. So it’s rather refreshing, if not vindicating, to read an article like this one by Andrew Whitehouse, Associate Professor, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research at the University of Western Australia. Read more…

Dismantling the new atheism

July 12th, 2012 Comments off

by Christopher O. Tollefsen

A new book by a leading philosopher argues that there is a deep compatibility between science and religion and a hidden incompatibility between science and naturalism. Read more…

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Religious Liberty

June 26th, 2012 Comments off

Rev. Dale S. Kuehne, Ph.D.

The Richard L. Bready Chair in Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good

Saint Anselm College

I often wish I could summon our founding fathers from the grave to engage our society in a discussion on liberty, but I am afraid they would have difficulty making themselves understood.  Not because of a language barrier, but because a pervasive contemporary misconception of the nature of freedom.  “Liberty” and “rights” are among the most misunderstood words in the English language.  It is commonly believed that freedom is the mere absence of restraint, and that so long as we don’t hurt anyone and have the consent of others for our actions we should be permitted to do as we please.  By itself, however, the absence of restraint is no gift.  Some choices enhance a free society, other choices, freely made, can undermine freedom.  Freedom is ultimately based on what a citizen chooses to do when restraint is absent.  Read more…

Author of atheist blog announces she will become Catholic

June 20th, 2012 Comments off

By Benjamin Mann

Blogger Leah Libresco, known for writing about ethics and religion from her perspective as an atheist, announced June 18 that she now believes in God and intends to enter the Catholic Church.

“For several years, a lot of my friends have been telling me I had an inconsistent and unsustainable philosophy,” the Washington, D.C.-based author of the “Unequally Yoked” blog wrote in a post announcing her intention to convert. Read more…

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Religion has its rights in the public square

May 11th, 2012 Comments off

by David Cortman

There are no historical or rational grounds for denying faith a public voice.

Recently, thousands of student journalists gathered at the annual National High School Journalism Conference to celebrate the First Amendment and its guarantees that ensure journalists the freedom to engage in their profession. In attendance were students from all walks of life, including hundreds of Christian students. Ironically, at a session on bullying, those Christian students found themselves and their beliefs being berated and mocked by Dan Savage. Read more…

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A Guiding Principle Revealed

March 30th, 2012 Comments off


The state should never force anyone to perform an action he or she believes to be wrong, unless it has a good reason, not merely to have the action performed, but to insist that even those who find it wrong perform it. Read more…

Religious freedom rallies

March 30th, 2012 Comments off

by Sheila Liaugminas

They launched big, in 140 cities, coast to coast.

Organizers hope it was only the beginning. They are indeed resourceful.

Take Chicago, for example, where a long summer-like streak ended that morning with a heavy downpour and chilly temperatures and adverse conditions. The crowd swelled to about 2,500 anyway. The sound system went out moments before the noon start time. The message was amplified anyway. Read more…