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Commonplaces: Evelyn Waugh the Young Atheist

Evelyn Waugh, who would become one of the best-known British writers of his age, chronicled the decline and fall of the British aristocracy in works...

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The Culture of Death Bares its Teeth: Planned Parenthood Leader Says Life Begins at Delivery

Cecile Richards is no stranger to controversy. As the president of Planned Parenthood she leads one of the central institutions of the Culture of Death...

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Faith and Freedom in the Public Square: An Evening I Will Share with Dennis Prager and Ross Douthat

A respectful conversation on the most controversial issues of our day is a rare gift. And I am looking forward to just that kind of...

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Commonplaces: Teenagers, Reading, and Language

In times past, readers kept books in which they recorded favorite items from their reading. These "commonplace books" were sometimes later collected, offering a view...

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Another Shooting, But the Same Vexing Questions Remain

One day before the one-year anniversary of the killing of twenty-six in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, an 18-year-old young man entered the high...

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A Theology of Action: Owen Strachan on “Risky Gospel”

One of the most lamentable symptoms of today's emotionalist Christianity is its tendency to inaction. We can trace this symptom to any number of causes,...

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Theology and the Future of the Southern Baptist Convention: A Conversation with R. Albert Mohler Jr. and Eric Hankins

Southern Seminary was glad to welcome Dr. Eric Hankins, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Oxford, Mississippi, as our chapel preacher for Thursday, November...

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The Indispensable Evangelical: Carl F. H. Henry and Evangelical Ambition in the Twentieth Century

I was very pleased to address the Carl F. H. Henry at 100: A Centennial Celebration conference at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary last week....

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The Cultural Revolution on the College Campus—Why it Matters to You

Several  years ago, sociologist Peter Berger argued that secularization has been most pervasive in two social locations—Western Europe and the American college and university campus....

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Stronger Together, Serving Together, Sending Together—The State Baptist Conventions and the SBC

Fall brings the opening of the new school year, the energy of the season of autumn and, for Southern Baptists, the meeting of the state...

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The Man from Issachar—An Address at the Inauguration of Russell D. Moore

THE MAN FROM ISSACHAR An Address Delivered in the City of Washington, D.C. upon the Inauguration of Russell D. Moore as President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

On April 19, 1961, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the Julius B. Gay Lecture at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. As historian Gregory A. Wills...

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Don’t Just Stand There—Say Something: The Sin of Silence in a Time of Trouble [VIDEO]

Yesterday, I stood at the pulpit of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to deliver my 21st Annual Fall Convocation Address. For me, it was a...

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Sorry Kids: Back to School = Back to Bedtime

Sorry kids, back to school means back to bedtime. One of the odd characteristics of our time is our apparent need  for scientific verification of...

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Adultery: When Law and Morality (used to) Agree

The Colorado legislature is considering the repeal of laws in the state that criminalize adultery or any act that would "promote sexual immorality." According to...

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Why Conservatives Should End the Debt Ceiling Debate

Watching the American scene in the 1960s, historian Daniel Boorstin, invented the idea of the "pseudo-event." The rise of television and modern mass media had...

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The Injustice of Helpful Parents — Yet More Insanity

French President François Hollande recently announced that he wants French schools to put an end to homework. That is certain to thrill school children in...

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The End of the World is NOT Near. Says the Russian Government

Russia is in the grip of an apocalyptic fever. The New York Times reports that Russians across the nation's nine time zones are in the...

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The Briefing, Monday, December 3, 2012

TODAY 1. The Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage -- A Decision Not to Decide is Still a Decision. 2. First Same-Sex Marriage in West Point's...

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The Briefing, Friday, November 30, 2012

TODAY: Another Decision Day at the Supreme Court -- Marriage on the Line / Does the Fiscal Cliff Really Matter? / The Gender Police Hit...

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The Briefing, Thursday, November 29, 2012

TODAY: The Digital Divide -- Where the Young People Are / Filtering the Flood in the Digital Age / Are Hindus and Muslims Better at...

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The Briefing, Wednesday, November 28, 2012

TODAY: The Perils of Powerball --The Losing Game of the Lottery / The Deadly Danger of a New Prenatal Test / Abortions Fall by Five...

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The Briefing, Tuesday, November 27, 2012

TODAY: What the Christmas Buying Season Says About Us / The Perils of State Sponsored Religious Education / Atheist Group Gets Major Funding at a...

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The Briefing, Monday, November 26, 2012

TODAY: Autocracy in Egypt as Morsi Launches an Islamist Coup / The Real Aims of Hamas / India Executes a Terrorist / An Oklahoma Judge...

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The Briefing, Wednesday, November 21, 2012

TODAY: The Church of England turns down women bishops / San Francisco turns down public nudity . . . partially, maybe / Teenagers disconnected --...

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The Briefing, Tuesday, November 20, 2012

TODAY: Should Israel put its trust in an Iron Dome? / A day of decision for Anglicans -- Women Bishops? / Hindu congresswomen to take...

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The Briefing, Monday, November 19, 2012

TODAY: Conflict between Hamas and Israel intensifies / Monarchy out of step in the modern world / Mail order ordination in a secular age /...

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The Briefing, Friday, November 16, 2012

TODAY: Violence in the Middle East and the future of Israel / A moral crisis in the military? / Why is adultery still a crime?...

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The Briefing, Thursday, November 15, 2012

TODAY: Social engineering in Sweden means toddlers can't say "him" and "her" / France debates same-sex marriage, eliminates "mother" and "father" / Turkey's Islamist turn,...

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The Briefing, Wednesday, November 14, 2012

TODAY: Has America made a great moral shift?  / How democracies decide divisive questions. / Was Gen. Petraeus a victim of "Sexual McCarthyism?" / When...

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