Wisdom and Government

Jul 14, 2016 by

from Christian Concern: Dr Joe Boot explores the dramatically different outcomes of wisdom and folly in the lives of individuals and governments. He highlights the biblical accounts of the lives of Solomon and Nabal as examples, respectively, of wisdom and folly. As Christians, Joe says, we are gifted with godly wisdom and we are called to engage with culture. He concludes by stating that “working with government and rulers is our act of worship, the end of which is the glory of...

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Never Do Evil So Good May Come of It: Why Legislators Must Stop Justifying Surrogacy

Jun 7, 2016 by

by Rickard Newman, Witherspoon Institute: The law is a teacher. By legalizing surrogacy, Louisiana legislators are teaching people that it is morally permissible to use people as means to an end. As my wife and I lobbied in the Louisiana legislature this spring, trying to stop a bill legitimizing surrogacy, an image from the Screwtape Letters came to mind. In it, C.S. Lewis describes his vision of Hell: I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of “Admin.” The greatest evil is not now done in...

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Hope, the common good and our duty to the future

Mar 15, 2016 by

By Margaret Somerville and Rachael Wong, MercatorNet: Living in Canada, where the federal parliament is debating a bill to permit euthanasia, and teaching in the field of medicine, ethics and law, Professor Margaret Somerville is acutely aware of the conflict between progressive and traditional values that such issues provoke. Against this background her recent book, Bird on an Ethics Wire, explores the values needed to maintain a world that reasonable people would want to live in and pass on...

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GM embryos: What do Christians think?

Dec 15, 2015 by

By Harry Farley, Christian Post: The Church of England is in hot water with some evangelicals after it hinted it may support the genetic modification of human embryos. The controversial method known as germline editing involves changing the DNA in an embryo to alter a baby’s characteristics. The alteration could range from the eradication of hereditary disease to specifying a person’s height. Although it has been around for a number of years, debate has intensified since 2014 as...

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Here’s Where I Stand To Be Bold

Dec 2, 2015 by

By Craig D. Lounsbrough, M.Div., LPC: It seems that the idea of taking a stand is perpetually taking a beating.  The whole idea of taking a stand is driven by the conviction that at certain times the need to take a stand is unarguably undeniable and inescapably inescapable.  Taking a stand is taking a risk, and sometimes a big one.  Therefore, too often instead of taking a stand we try to take the shortest route directly out of wherever we’ve found ourselves standing. On the other side of that...

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When can the state kill?: Questions and issues in the case of Reyaad Khan

Sep 12, 2015 by

By Andrew Goddard, Fulcrum: The Prime Minister announced in the House of Commons on Monday that our armed forces used a remotely controlled aircraft (or drone) to kill Reyaad Khan in “a targeted strike to deal with a clear, credible and specific terrorist threat to our country at home”. This action was authorised by the Defence Secretary following discussions by the National Security Council and with the Attorney General’s assurance of a legal basis. The taking of human life is always a...

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