Talking about dying

Mar 22, 2020 by

For the first time in over fifty years people are having to face directly their own mortality, or at least that of someone they love dearly. The first thing Prime Minister Johnston spoke of in addressing the nation about the measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic was that sadly, people would lose someone they loved. The BBC reports Coronavirus: Doctors urge conversations about dying An important online resource has recently become available www.talkingaboutdying.org. It does what it says...

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Conservatism is dying: the liberals have won

Mar 7, 2020 by

by Andrew Gimson, Conservative Home: Book Review: Small Men on the Wrong Side of History: The Decline, Fall and Unlikely Return of Conservatism by Ed West. Ed West finds himself in a predicament familiar to many conservatives who live in the trendier parts of London, and in various other places too. A few months before his 40th birthday, it dawned on him that “my worldview is dying”, for no one he knows is “becoming more conservative”. Instead they are becoming more left-wing. Whole fields,...

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The making of trans children

Feb 7, 2020 by

by Joanna Williams, spiked: Should schools have gender-neutral uniforms? Should tampons be available in the boys’ toilets for pupils who were born female but now identify as male? Which changing room should transgender pupils use after PE lessons? Should parents be informed if their daughter asks to be treated as a boy at school? Should transgender children be prescribed hormones to delay the onset of puberty? Discussion about the treatment of transgender people often focuses on the...

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Why We Need, More Than Ever Before, a Theology of Mankind

Jan 22, 2020 by

by D Blair Smith, The Gospel Coalition: At the turn of the 20th century, the Scottish minister and church historian James Orr famously proffered a theory about doctrinal development. God, he suggested, has given to each age of the church a concern for a particular doctrine. According to Orr, the second century was an age of theological prolegomena and apologetics. The third and fourth centuries were concerned with the Trinity, and the fifth through seventh centuries tackled the many nuances of...

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A Review of The Quest for Reality and Significance. By David Gooding and John Lennox.

Jan 22, 2020 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch: This new six-volume set of books on Christian apologetics is a very useful resource indeed. Coming in at some 1850 pages, it covers most of the key areas when it comes to defending the Christian faith and affirming the rationality and reliability of Christian truth claims. The first two books were released in 2018, and the last four in 2019. Sadly, one of the authors, David Gooding, passed away late in 2019. Gooding was an Old Testament professor in the UK....

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The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution

Jan 16, 2020 by

by Carl R Trueman, Crossway Books: Modern culture is obsessed with identity. Since the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision in 2015, sexual identity has dominated both public discourse and cultural trends—and yet, no historical phenomenon is its own cause. From Augustine to Marx, various views and perspectives have contributed to the modern understanding of self. In The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, Carl Trueman carefully analyzes the roots and development of the sexual...

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