People with same-sex attraction do not need to be “fixed”—they need genuine, authentic friendship.
Month: April 2014
Intention, Choice, and the Right to Life: A Response to Nigel Biggar
“Intention” and “choice” are complex concepts, but we must achieve clarity about them in order to protect human life and upright willing, as we should never choose to damage or destroy human life by intentionally killing a person.
In Defence of Killing the Innocent, Deliberately But Not Intentionally
It is ethically permissible to deliberately choose actions that lead to the death of an innocent person—but not to intend his or her death.
Who is Ayaan Hirsi Ali?
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who has based her conclusions on her own and other Muslim women’s experiences of trauma and torture, forces us to confront uncomfortable facts. Brandeis’s treatment of Ali represents a troubling trend that limits freedom of speech on college and university campuses.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali & Brandeis University: A View from Campus
Civic freedoms come hand-in-hand with responsibilities. Ayaan Hirsi Ali has the right to criticize Islam, but she fails to fulfill her responsibility to do so without resorting to sensationalism and overgeneralizations.
Health Regulations and Roe: The Fifth Circuit got it Right in Planned Parenthood v. Abbott
In staying out of the legislative fray, the Fifth Circuit humbly recognized the limits of its due process jurisdiction. Now it’s up to the Supreme Court to do the same.
The Single Life: Where Do We Go From Here?
Conservatives need to face the fact that a significant contingent of women will remain single. We need to start addressing what it means to live as a single, religious, educated woman in our society.
“Be Fruitful and Multiply”: The Imperative of Creativity in Art and Religion
Painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s vision of creativity reflects the theological concept that man is made in the image of God.
Religious Freedom and the American Settlement
Steven Smith’s new book implies that it is still possible—though difficult—to recover what made the U.S. a land of free and flourishing belief.
Steven Pinker understands the limits of scientific knowledge no better than the fundamentalist understands the limits of biblical knowledge.
Philosophy and Morality in Public Discourse
If we want to move public discourse in the right direction, we should rely on the many assumptions we share with most of our contemporaries.
Crowdfunding, Selfies, and Mommy Blogs: Finding Community in the Internet Age
It’s common to worry that the internet is isolating us. But could it also be helping to create new forms of community?
American Hope: Don’t Conflate Political Culture and Christianity
If we have to make proof of Christian faith dependent on a willful attitude about politics in order to wage the culture wars, are they really worth fighting?
How Good Intentions Make Bad Art: Christian Reviewers and Aronofksy’s “Noah”
Good art helps us see reality how it is. Thus, the artist must attend to what is, looking at the world as carefully and deeply as possible—even the parts that make him uncomfortable.
Where Is the Virtue?
Our culture has become soft. We suppose that sex is too trivial to require virtue, yet we also believe it is so significant that to suggest any restraint upon its consensual exercise is an affront to the most important fount of human dignity.
In Defense of the Innocent
Although Nigel Biggar’s new book on just war has many strengths, the author gets himself into a moral muddle over the question whether the deaths of innocent non-combatants can be deliberately chosen in war.
Abortifacients, Emergency Contraception, and Terminating Pregnancy
If there is any plausible reason to believe that emergency contraceptives cause—even occasionally—the death of embryo, then they are morally equivalent to abortifacients.
Conscience and the Moral Status of the Fetus
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists claims that mothers and doctors have a moral obligation to take care of fetuses—unless they want to terminate them.
If a society regards governmental manipulation of money as the antidote to economic challenges, a type of poison will work its way through the body politic, undermining justice and the common good.
Lady Edith and Pregnancy Dilemmas
For many men and women, the multi-faceted realities of pregnancy pose complex questions about moral responsibility that defy rigid characterizations.