The horrific shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was not driven by the killer's ideology, but by his spiritual and moral emptiness. The true source of his rage was the existential meaninglessness of a life cut off from the source of all hope, Jesus Christ, our redeemer and creator.
It's ironic how much blind faith is required to live in the modern world. Technology forces us to put our complete trust in things we do not, and cannot, understand. We must live by faith or live in paralysis.
Science wants to de-mystify mystery. It is committed to finding material explanations for those paradoxical outliers, like musical giftedness, that make us want to give credit to God. It wants to say that Mozart wasn't any different from the rest of us. Really?
Yes, we can. That was the mantra of the Obama candidacy, and so far, the guiding principle of his young administration. Yes we can farm human embryos for adult spare parts. Yes we can. Yes we can. But no, we shouldn't.
At a time when America should be proud of the achievement of a certain black man, the politics of race threatens to incite us to war. Whatever the outcome on Nov. 4, it will be up to black and white Christians to set an example, putting aside our political differences to embrace each other at the foot of the cross.
Here's proof that life isn't fair: The "super wealthy" New York Yankees have won the World Series 26 times. The "middle class" Chicago Cubs haven't won in 100 years. What exactly is Congress doing to fix this World Series unfairness?
With all the recent political talk about the importance of experience, doesn't it seem ironic that Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and so many other Wall Street juggernauts have been sailed into the rocks by some of our nation's most highly experienced corporate managers? Am I missing something?
Air travel was once luxurious. The chic, cross-country traveler dressed up for the occasion. Hot meals were served on china. Now, it's all about getting there as fast as possible. We have a need for speed.
God is (unhelpfully) invisible and apparently silent. When I am sitting on a rock in the desert sun, I may believe God is watching, I may even believe there are leprechauns hiding among the trees, but that hardly makes it so. Are we alone?
The Judeo-Christian concept of human worth is that we are God's priceless, crowning act of creation. The US Environmental Protection Agency takes a more utilitarian view, valuing human beings at $7.22 million each. So, which is it? Are we priceless, or are we mere commodities, stamped with a price tag like everything else?
We borrow everything we believe from someone else. All of us are persuaded by the words and actions of others, and once we are persuaded, we build our lives around their beliefs. Whose words move you? Whose philosophy guides you?
Heath Ledger has a real shot at becoming this generation's James Dean. His life will be polished by his publicists, his films will be watched with new interest by adoring fans, and we will all boo-hoo about a great talent snatched from us in the prime of life.
Childless couples are turning to in vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive children. The Christian church highly values life, family, and children, but has ethical concerns about IVF. Is the church merely stuck in the past, or is there reason to be worried?
Consumers and media producers are involved in a continuing cat and mouse game, in which ever more complex and restrictive systems are created to protect intellectual rights, only to be broken by clever, and frustrated, consumers who want full benefit from the products they have purchased.
A political system that wants to call itself "Christian" must be built on a foundation of self-denial, not self-aggrandizement. It must hold that every human being has an essential dignity and intrinsic worth as a son or daughter of God. Self-denial is not degrading rather, it points us to what it means to be truly human, in community.
I suspect Michael Fox has thought a lot about God since he first received his diagnosis. Perhaps he has even wondered, as many have in his place, how a good and loving Father could allow his children to suffer so terribly.
Our western love affair with libertarianism, individualism and egalitarianism has led many pedophiles to see themselves as victims of Puritan taboos, and a class of people being denied their civil right to have sex with children.
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Without realizing it, we have adopted John Stuart Mill's utilitarian principles. Utilitarianism is ultimately a subjective and ego-centric philosophyin practice, it looks a great deal like social Darwinism.
The Groningen Protocol, which allows a committee to actively euthanize a newborn, topples a critical and vital barrier: A person may be put to death for medical reasons without regard for his or her wishes.
The Democratic party, while chastising conservatives for their hawkish tendency to drop bombs on dictators and, collaterally, children, is meanwhile waging a much deadlier war on the children themselves.