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Sex, Bias, and the Design of Life Who's biased now?

Sex, Bias, and the Design of Life Who's biased now?

I’ve been reading the competition, so to speak — not that there really is any competition with Ed Feser. I don’t agree with everything he says, naturally, but still he’s untouchable as a top-notch thinker/blogger. Anyway, I want to pick up and run with something he wrote on sex and teleology just before Thanksgiving. His point overall was that sex and sexuality have clearly discernible purposes. In other words they’re teleological, meaning that it is of their essence that they are…

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Yes, We Need Moral Apologetics! In Today's Western World, It's Our First Task of All

Yes, We Need Moral Apologetics! In Today's Western World, It's Our First Task of All

Should apologists concern ourselves with today’s hot moral issues, or should we focus on Christianity’s timeless, core truths instead? Someone raised that question on Facebook, or one a lot like it. I’ve taken my own liberties with the wording; it gives me a chance to beat a drum I need to sound every once in a while. The short answer is yes, we must be involved in these issues. Very involved. I’m writing a book on the most timeless truth…

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How To Talk With Your Pre-teens About LGBT Issues

How To Talk With Your Pre-teens About LGBT Issues

A reader at The Stream sent a question about how to teach her very young children about transgender-related issues. I wrote her this answer, which I think might be helpful to other parents of young children too. (I’ve adapted my answer slightly for use here.) Hi, S____, Thank you for the question! Kudos to you for thinking through this issue for the sake of your children. I’ve actually got an article related to your question, ready to be published soon at The…

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Pushback Against “Critical Conversations” Book? No, Just Stereotyping

Pushback Against “Critical Conversations” Book? No, Just Stereotyping

At first I was going to say here that my book Critical Conversations had received its first pushback today, in an article Debra Pasquella wrote a titled “Christians Who Primarily Focus on Homosexuality Based on Fear.”” It wasn’t. She hadn’t read the book. She was stereotyping me instead. She did hear me do an interview (more on that below). But if she had read the book, she might not have said so blithely, Intolerance and hate are first taught at home….

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You Can’t Not Legislate Morality

You Can’t Not Legislate Morality

“You can’t legislate morality!” No, you can’t not legislate morality. Not even a little bit. I got thinking about this when Alan Shlemon’s 2012 article, “Should Christians Impose Their Moral Standards on Society?” came up on Twitter yesterday. He said it this way: It’s perfectly acceptable to legislate morality. When you think about it, morals are the only thing you can legislate. For example, we have laws against stealing for one reason: it’s immoral to take someone’s property. So, we…

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Is It Bad To Enjoy Doing Good?

Is It Bad To Enjoy Doing Good?

I received this question by email: I was discussing ethics with an atheist friend, and he approaches morals from the point of view of what brings the most pleasure, so he is basically a hedonist. I argued that hedonism is selfish (even if as a moral system advocates pleasure for all or most of us) because it can only look at things from the perspective of how it benefits US, and there is no moral law outside of ourselves. He…

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Stenger Should Stick To Physics

Stenger Should Stick To Physics

Victor Stenger, atheist physicist, emeritus professor at the University of Hawaii, writes in New Scientist of why scientists ought to stick to their own competencies. Well, no, he doesn’t say that in so many words, in fact he tries to say the opposite, that science can judge against the existence of God. He tries, but he fails so miserably, the real lesson is what I have just said: stick to what you know, please, so you don’t embarrass yourself. The…

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Lessons from MLK

Lessons from MLK

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s debt to theology and natural law: Those who praise the modern civil rights movement, but who also want to keep morality and theology absent from public discourse, seldom mention King’s reliance on natural law in his justly famous letter. Scholars such as the late John Rawls were at great pains to show how their thoroughly secularized theories of justice and public reason could make room for King, but in fact they could do so only at…

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