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Could This Restore Christian Bakers’ Freedom of Conscience?

Posted on Jul 03, 2015

An idea that might help restore Christian bakers’ freedom of conscience:

The law in many states now requires that persons who deal in the wedding business extend their services to same-sex couples. I’m not aware, however, of any laws that require a store create and sell product that’s not in their inventory.

So I wonder whether a baker in Oregon (for example) could prepare a defined catalog of cakes she will offer to prepare for weddings. She produces only these design. She will sell these …

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“Still Against Gay Marriage?” Good Relational Advice, Bad Practice, and a Solution

Posted on Jul 02, 2015

Steve Siebold was given a platform at Huffington Post to explain how people should behave, now that the Supreme Court has blessed gay marriage. He’s addressing those of us who are still against gay marriage, and he says (among other things),

While he [Jesus] might not necessarily agree with the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize gay marriage, and while he might not agree with the LGBT lifestyle, ultimately he would still extend his hand in friendship to his fellow man. That is the point …

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“Sexual Liberty, Sexual Equality, Sexual Fraternity or Sorority!”

Posted on Jun 27, 2015

I’ve never studied the French Revolution in depth, but I know it was a horrifically bloody time, a time of national madness. I know that there were many mottos motivating it, but “Liberté, égalité, fraternité,” (“Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”) was the one that emerged and endured. It was a secular revolution, very decidedly distancing itself from God or religion.

Over recent decades the United States has elevated personal liberty, in the form of various “rights,” above all other goods, possibly even economic goods (though that’s open …

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The Judgment Has Been Delivered. The Debate Is Settled.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015

The Supreme Court has ruled on gay marriage in the U.S. Does this mean it’s all over? That the debate is settled?

Yes and no.

Yes, it’s settled. No, it’s not because the Supreme Court has ruled on the matter, and it’s not settled in the way the court ruled.

Court rulings are often overturned. This one should be. The justices have created for themselves the right to create rights. The circularity there should be obvious. It’s an invention out of vapor, an action based upon nothing. …

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Street Epistemologist Supporting the Cause of Credulity

Posted on Jun 26, 2015

Here’s something that I think everyone, whether theist or atheist, believer or skeptic, should be able to agree on:

An evidence-oriented, scientific approach wants to explore all reasonably possible interpretations of data, gathering as much surrounding information as possible, so as to guard against bias and select the best possible interpretation from among all the possible choices.

A credulous approach draws conclusions based on insufficient information, and is especially eager to draw hasty conclusions from snippets of data that support prior beliefs.

Is that a fair statement?

With that in …

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Top Resources Related to Gay Marriage

Posted on Jun 20, 2015

Sometime in the next several days, the U.S. Supreme Court is going to rule on gay marriage. American Christians are going to be scrambling for information. Google isn’t much good in this case: we need a place where we can all find the very best

I’ve been working with others in the apologetics community to gather a list of the top online resources related to gay marriage. You’ll find it here. These articles, videos, and podcasts are listed for your study and equipping. This …

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Repost: The Court, the Culture, and the Glory of God

Posted on Jun 19, 2015

I wrote this early in 2013 following a major Supreme Court decision on marriage. It seems timely again now. I’m reposting it verbatim.

God does not conform to culture. Culture does not conform itself to God. Stated thus, the situation almost seems symmetrical, but obviously it is not. In the beginning the world was not created by the culture, and in the end culture will not own it. The earth is the Lord's, and its fullness, including culture.

In the times in which we …

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Everything Looks Different from Here

Posted on Jun 17, 2015

My June BreakPoint column: Everything Looks Different from Here:

Christians in the Western world are walking new paths. Everything looks different from here. At times I think we act as if we really are lost, threatened, seriously at risk. I see this in the inward-focused, self-protective posture we often adopt, and in the anger with which we too often lash out at those who are remaking our world.

We need a new orientation, a new perspective. We need to look up from our feet—ourselves, …

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Transgender, transgressive: “Vested interest masquerading as a moral principle”

Posted on Jun 16, 2015

Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who until recently was the Spokane chapter president for the NAACP, “identifies as black,” she says. Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn, apparently identifies as female. Dolezal was pressured to give up both her pretense and her position. Jenner made the cover of Vanity Fair, and was honored by our President and by ESPN.

Conservative bloggers have pounced on the irony of the two cases. If Jenner can be a woman, why can’t Dolezal be black? What’s the difference? And can …

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