Secular Chaos or Christian Truth–The Educational Options

Cataloging campus outrages must be a time-consuming task, but The Collegiate Network has been doing this for some years. The Collegiate Network encourages conservative student journalists and monitors the atrocities on America’s college and university campuses. Evidently, there is enough nonsense on America's campuses to keep this group busy. Dr. Albert Mohler today considers the chaos in so many of America’s elite schools–and how to challenge it.

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Competing Christianities—Matthew Fox and His “New Reformation”

The conventional wisdom reminds us that a man is often known by his enemies. The same is true for Christianity and, through centuries of heresy, schism, and apostasy, Christianity has collected a good number of enemies. Now comes Matthew Fox, a former Dominican priest and current controversialist, who sets himself against orthodox Christianity and calls for “a new reformation” that would transform Christianity for the twenty-first century. Of course, it would also transform Christianity into something other than Christianity, but that is precisely what Fox intends.

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Death Marks an Anniversary—Have We Learned Anything?

Today, March 31, 2006, marks the one year anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s death by starvation. All too quickly, Terri’s name and cause disappeared from the national awareness as our attention-deficit culture moved on to other issues and other concerns. On this first anniversary of Terri’s death, Dr. Mohler considers once again the question whether personal autonomy really is, or ought to be, the highest moral claim.

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“Marriage is for White People”—The Decline of Marriage among African Americans

“Marriage is for white people.” That’s what Joy Jones was told when she was teaching a career exploration class for sixth-graders at an elementary school in the nation’s capital. As a matter of fact, more than one student offered Jones this retort when she spoke of marriage and parenthood. In his Commentary today, Dr. Albert Mohler wonders what could have brought a young boy to have such a view of marriage.

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Getting It Right From the Beginning, Part Two

The doctrine of creation does not stand alone. The universe has not been set adrift in time without purpose or divine direction. The Christian affirmation of God requires an affirmation of His continuing sovereign Lordship over the created order. This affirmation sets the Christian worldview apart from alternative worldviews which recognize no continuing divine direction. Today, Dr. Mohler considers the Christian doctrine of Providence.

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Getting It Right From the Beginning, Part One

“In the beginning,” Scripture says, “God created the heavens and the earth.” That first biblical affirmation points to the priority of the doctrine of creation within the system of Christian doctrine. Nevertheless, even the doctrine of creation presupposes a biblical notion of God and the authority of his revelation in Scripture. The Christian believer does not acknowledge the creation and then infer a Creator. Indeed, it is not God who must be explained by the creation, but creation which must be explained by the Creator. Today, Dr. Albert Mohler explores the doctrine of creation, and its crucial relationship to the Christian worldview.

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Biblical Authority: Must We Accept the Words of Scripture?

The most contentious debates among Christians are arguments over biblical authority. While Christians who accept the full authority of Scripture–even the inerrancy and infallibility of the biblical text–may debate issues ranging from baptism and church government to eschatology and spiritual gifts, the issues of greatest debate in our time fall along the fault line of biblical authority. Today, Dr. Mohler considers another issue that goes right to this question of Scripture’s authority–human sexuality.

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Can Believers Be Bible Scholars? A Strange Debate in the Academy

Michael V. Fox doesn’t believe that faith-based scholarship of the Bible is possible–and he wants to see such scholars marginalized in the larger world of scholarship. In an essay posted at the Web site for the Society of Biblical Literature [SBL], Fox argues, “In my view, faith-based study has no place in academic scholarship, whether the object of study is the Bible, the Book of Mormon, or Homer. Faith-based study is a different realm of intellectual activity that can dip into Bible scholarship for its own purposes, but cannot contribute to it.” Is he right? Dr. Albert Mohler considers Fox’s argument in his commentary today.

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“Total Truth”–A Bold Manifesto for the Christian Worldview

Books come and go, with hundreds of new titles released each week. Most of these books will quickly go out of print, make their way to remainder tables, and eventually be forgotten. On the other hand, sometimes a book comes along that demands immediate attention and will earn long-term influence. That is certainly the case with Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey, which may well be one of the most important Christian books of our times. Read Dr. Albert Mohler’s review of this manifesto for Christian worldview thinking in the 21st century.

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March Madness, The Big Dance, and the Meaning of Sport

“Let us be able to lose gracefully and to win courteously; to accept criticism as well as praise; and to appreciate the attitude of the other fellow at all times.” That timeless advice was offered by James Naismith, a young gym instructor for the Young Men’s Christian Association in Springfield, Massachusetts, who invented the sport known as basketball in 1891 – looking for a way to channel the energies of young men between baseball and football seasons. He had no idea what he had started. Albert Mohler considers the significance of basketball fever in “March madness, the Big Dance, and the Meaning of Sport.” Read it here.

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Are All Lives Worth Living? A Dangerous Idea Moves Front and Center

Just six years after the New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed the sanctity of human life, the U. S. Supreme Court would hand down the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, legalizing abortion. With that sweeping decision, everything changed. As attorney Jay Webber explains, “The Roe opinion completely reshaped legal views of the unborn, however, and soon thereafter the New Jersey Supremes were singing a different tune. In 1979, that court became the first to recognize the torts of wrongful birth. In light of Roe, the Court said that eugenic considerations in fact did control decisions regarding the birth of a child.”

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Polygamy, Polyamory, and the Future of Marriage

“Think having three wives is a dream come true?” That is the question asked by HBO as it introduces its new series, “Big Love.” Set to begin March 12, the show is about a man named Bill Henrickson (played by Bill Paxton), who is described as “a modern-day Utah polygamist who lives in suburban Salt Lake City with his three wives, seven children, and a mounting avalanche of debt and demands.”

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The Limits of Conscience and the Authority of the Word of God

Last week Rev. Jane Adams Spahr was found not-guilty of ministerial misconduct, even after the openly lesbian Presbyterian minister had defied the teachings of her church by performing “marriages” for two lesbian couples. Given the current state of mainline Protestantism, the actions by the trial court were not completely unexpected. Nevertheless, this act of rebellion against the church’s law and the clear teachings of Scripture sets the stage for an even larger conflict when the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) holds its General Assembly in June.

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Start a Revolution–Eat Dinner With Your Family

“What if I told you that there was a magic bullet–something that would improve the quality of your daily life, your children’s chances of success in the world, your family’s health, our values as a society? Something that is inexpensive, simple to produce and within the reach of pretty much anyone?” Miriam Weinstein begins her book The Surprising Power of Family Meals (Steer Forth Press, 2005) with those two questions and then suggests that the “magic bullet” missed by so many families is as simple as a shared meal.

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The Grace and Greatness of True Humility

CNN founder Ted Turner once remarked, “If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect.” In a strange and almost perfectly ironic sense, this statement encapsulates the spirit of our age–an attitude that gives lip service to humility while celebrating self-promotion. Humility is hardly a hallmark of our age. C. J. Mahaney seeks to set the record straight in his new book, Humility: True Greatness.

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The Return of Patriarchy? Fatherhood and the Future of Civilization

Will the world soon experience a return of patriarchy? That is the question raised by Phillip Longman in the current issue of Foreign Policy. The magazine's cover features a rather stunning headline: “Why Men Rule–and Conservatives Will Inherit the Earth.” That headline would be surprising in almost any contemporary periodical, but it is especially significant that this article should appear in the pages of Foreign Policy, published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The publication of this article is likely to set a good many heads to spinning.

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Are Stay at Home Moms “Letting Down the Team?”

Are stay at home moms a threat to civilization? Those of you who are shocked by this question should take note of the fact that ABC’s “Good Morning America” program devoted segments to this question on two successive days, featuring the arguments of Linda Hirshman, a prominent feminist thinker.

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Who’s Afraid of an Argument? The Insecurities of the Abortion Rights Movement

“Don’t waste time talking to anti-choice people.” That is the straightforward instruction provided by NARAL Pro-Choice America in its “Campus Kit for Pro-Choice Organizers.” The director of the Pro-Choice Action Network answered a question about why his group does not engage in conversation with pro-life advocates with this statement: “Along with most other pro-choice groups, we do not engage in debates with the anti-choice.” In other words, they are scared to death of a genuine argument.

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