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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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The Essential Missing Prologue To All Apologetics

The Essential Missing Prologue To All Apologetics

The practice of Christian apologetics faces a new and mostly unrecognized hurdle. Although this hurdle’s pieces and parts are familiar to apologists and worldview thinkers, few have recognized their full implications. It is the new fundamental obstacle to listeners’ and readers’ saying “yes” to Jesus Christ and to Christianity, so much so that for many it stands as a strong barrier against their hearing anything we say. For that reason, addressing it has become essential as a prologue to all…

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Mary Midgley’s Near-Answer To My Lifelong Question

Mary Midgley’s Near-Answer To My Lifelong Question

I was not a believer in Jesus Christ when I left home for college in 1974. My brother and I had both been very interested in the occult, and around that time I must have read dozens of books by people like Ruth Montgomery and Jeanne Dixon, purveyors of belief in psychic phenomena. My recent church experience had not been at all good, and I didn’t know of any reason to believe in Jesus Christ. I had no real beliefs…

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