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Unlike my friend Eric Metaxas, I do not (I think) struggle with depression. But I am in a funk. I’m down.

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Over at the American Conservative, Rod Dreher speculates that we may have just hit “Peak Trans.” Read More >
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That's Richard Dawkins' advice to any woman carrying a child with Down syndrome.
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I was all set to celebrate Nicholas Kristof's column "Don't Dismiss the Humanities" ("the world would be poorer — figuratively, anyway — if we were all coding software or running companies") . . . until he went and cited Peter Singer as a great philosopher. Yes, that Peter Singer

Personally, if I seriously thought that Singer was representative of the best and brightest that the humanities have to offer, I'd have majored in math.
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"It is quite hard to do a degree in English literature and believe, or try to believe, that the Bible is God’s literal word of truth," writes columnist Christina Patterson in the Guardian.

I confess this took me aback. I always thought it would be the other way around -- that it would be hard without that belief. Obviously people do it all the time, but there are so many things in literature that I think I would have trouble grasping without that insider's perspective.
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Recent rulings in Mississippi, Alabama, and Ohio make it hard to defend the idea that women's health is a top concern for the courts. It is easy, however, to argue that protecting the abortion industry is. Consider:

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Over the past several election cycles, abortion has generally lost its prominent place in the national conversation. A sluggish economy, two wars, and the libertarian Tea Party phenomenon have combined to keep pro-life and pro-choice arguments in the background. Within the past several weeks, however, two pro-abortion articles have appeared that demand the attention of pro-lifers. The arguments of the two pieces actually contradict each other, revealing the stark divide present even within the circles of abortion rights activists. Pro-life people might seize on the paucity of both arguments to make even more compelling cases for life in general and adoption in particular.

The first piece, the one getting the most attention, appeared in the online edition of Esquire on July 30. The article profiles the “abortion ministry” of Dr. Willie Parker of Mississippi, a state whose legislators have managed to shut down all but one of the state’s abortion clinics. There are many interesting aspects to this story, but the most relevant one occurs toward the end of the piece. Read More >
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If you're ever tempted to believe that humanity is basically good, just read about the prevalance of trolling, and it'll straighten out your theology right away.
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Matt Walsh wrote a piece about Robin Williams' suicide that angered a lot of people with its emphasis on suicide as a free choice. Theologist/philosopher Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig puts her finger on the reason for the outrage, and points us toward a reasonable middle ground, in a thoughtful article: Read More >
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[Editor’s note: This weekend sees the release of “The Giver,” the new film based on Lois Lowry’s award-winning children’s novel set in a utopian society that turns out to be not quite so utopian. Guest blogger Ashley Chandler interviewed Micheal Flaherty, president of Walden Media and producer of the film. Note: This interview contains some spoilers.]

Q. I read that “The Giver” was one of Walden’s first literary purchases. I’m curious to know the reasons why you made the purchase. Read More >
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Prison Fellowship President Jim Liske has an op-ed in USA Today about a little-known but disturbing clause in the 13th Amendment, and why it needs to be changed: Read More >
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Tami is the winner of the "Ragamuffin" DVD! Tami, I'll be contacting you for your address. Congratulations!
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Please excuse the profanity at this link; I thought the article was good enough, and important enough, to link to anyway. In a nutshell, musician and writer Andrew W.K. asks a correspondent who's complaining about his right-wing father ("I love him no matter what, but how do I explain to him that his politics are turning him into a monster, destroying the environment, and pushing away the people who care about him?") if he can learn to transcend politics and see his father's humanity.

Having seen hundreds of "my conservative relatives are life-ruiners"-themed advice columns in the paper and online over the years, I hadn't expected to find such wisdom and grace in one of them. Particularly not in the Village Voice. (Which perhaps speaks to my own prejudices and stereotyping.)

It reminds me of something my Grandpa Albert once said to me -- the most memorable thing he ever said to me, in fact. It's guided me my whole life. Read More >
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It is commonly supposed that if God can't do absolutely anything and everything, then He isn't all-powerful. Yet Scripture teaches there are some things even God cannot do, though it affirms in countless places that He is, nonetheless, “almighty.”

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You might have heard of "Kid President"; he's a kid named Robby who started making heart-warming, funny, and inspirational videos with his family in the summer of 2012. What started out as family fun has since captured the hearts of many, many people; Kid President videos went viral shortly after they began. Read More >
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