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“Is it still wrong if another culture says it is right? A teacher’s surprising discovery”

“Is it still wrong if another culture says it is right? A teacher’s surprising discovery”

Denyse O’Leary writes: In “Moments of startling clarity: Moral education programming in Ontario today,”* Dr. Stephen L. Anderson recounts what happened when he tried to show students what can happen to women in a culture with no tradition of treating women as if they were fellow human beings with men…. They became confused. They seemed not to know what to think. They spoke timorously, afraid to make any moral judgment at all. They were unwilling to criticize any situation originating…

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If Christianity Is Your Religion, Don’t Thank God for the Cross

If Christianity Is Your Religion, Don’t Thank God for the Cross

If Christianity were my religion, I wouldn’t thank God for the Cross. But it’s not my religion, and on Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. tomorrow, I will be giving God all the thanks I can give him for the Cross of Jesus Christ. I know I need to explain that, and I will. First I’ll need to clarify what I mean about “my religion.” Choosing Our ReligionsWe live in a world of religious pluralism. A recent Gallup poll says…

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From the Department of Double Standards Department

From the Department of Double Standards Department

A student at York University in Ontario called for a professor’s firing after he said, “‘All Jews should be sterilized’ would be an example of an unacceptable and dangerous opinion.” Her reasoning reportedly went like this: Grunfeld said Tuesday she may have misunderstood the context and intent of Johnston’s remarks, but that fact is insignificant. “The words, ‘Jews should be sterilized’ still came out of his mouth, so regardless of the context I still think that’s pretty serious.” The report…

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9/11: “Full Cognitive Meltdown” – Lessons and Fallout

9/11: “Full Cognitive Meltdown” – Lessons and Fallout

Not long before 9/11 I was part of a group visiting The King’s College in New York, where the school’s leaders gave each of us a coffee cup as a small memento of our time there. It’s come to have special significance for me, as it features the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on it. Since 9/11 I’ve used it only at the office, because for my wife, that image is just too painful to have at the breakfast table….

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Art That Doesn’t Tell Us What To Think Of It?

Art That Doesn’t Tell Us What To Think Of It?

Joe Carter linked to this video at First Thoughts: It’s fascinating how the students react to this. One of them said, It’s your own interpretation. It’s not telling you what to think of it, it’s what you think of it. She ended that with a rather embarrassed-looking smile. I can’t help wondering what it mean. It seems as if she thought that was a virtue of this piece, that it was good that it not be telling you what to…

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Did God Make This Huge Mistake?

Did God Make This Huge Mistake?

My column, “Christianity: Not part of a menu of nice ideas” was published in this morning’s Daily Press. Here’s another view on the same issue.* A Pew Forum poll in 2008 found that about seventy percent of religiously-affiliated Americans believe there are many ways to God. Fifty-seven percent of people who attend evangelical churches think so. Here’s how it might look for one of them, “Anthony,” as he was just beginning to think through what that really means. I think…

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