Religion

Does the Death Penalty Actually Save Lives?

Does the Death Penalty Actually Save Lives?

Given how much suffering to the innocents is prevented by punishing violent criminals with harsh sentences, it is apt to say, as a federal appeals court judge once did, that “He who is kind to the cruel is cruel to the kind.”

Can You Be Christian and Support the Death Penalty?

Can You Be Christian and Support the Death Penalty?

Among Christian leaders, Pope Francis has been at the forefront of arguing against the death penalty.

Was Jesus a Socialist? A Conversation With Theologian David Bentley Hart and Economist Jerry Bowyer

Was Jesus a Socialist? A Conversation With Theologian David Bentley Hart and Economist Jerry Bowyer

Many people today argue that Jesus was history's first Marxist.

Pastor Claims Trump Is the ‘Most Pro-Black President’ in Generations During White House Meeting

Pastor Claims Trump Is the ‘Most Pro-Black President’ in Generations During White House Meeting

Rev. Darrell Scott, a Cleveland pastor and co-founder of the president’s National Diversity Coalition, said Donald Trump is “the most pro-black president that we’ve had in our lifetime.”

Americans Are Rapidly Warming Up to Porn, a New Gallup Poll Shows. Here's Why.

Americans Are Rapidly Warming Up to Porn, a New Gallup Poll Shows. Here's Why.

A newly released Gallup poll shows that Americans are rapidly beginning to see porn as morally acceptable.

Goya’s Painting of Saturn Devouring His Son: A Study in Damnation 

Goya’s Painting of Saturn Devouring His Son: A Study in Damnation 

 The Story and Symbolism Behind the Most Chilling Image in the History of Western Art 

Democratic Socialists of America Leader: ‘If Anyone Was Ever a Socialist It Was Jesus’

Democratic Socialists of America Leader: ‘If Anyone Was Ever a Socialist It Was Jesus’

The misappropriation of Jesus as a socialist spokesman highlights how important it is for Christians to teach that socialism and Christianity are incompatible.

What is a Humanist Wedding and Why is it Becoming Popular?

What is a Humanist Wedding and Why is it Becoming Popular?

While emphasizing a shift toward individuality, humanist weddings generally draw from traditional aspects of religious weddings.

My 25th Wedding Anniversary Is This Week. Here’s the Secret to a Happy Marriage.

My 25th Wedding Anniversary Is This Week. Here’s the Secret to a Happy Marriage.

To commemorate my 25th wedding anniversary this week to my husband, Jesse, I asked readers on Facebook to share their own secrets to a long happy marriage.

The Separation of Church and State: It’s Biblical 

The Separation of Church and State: It’s Biblical 

Christianity is the first major religion that, at its founding, stripped the state of its theocratic powers over the spiritual lives of the people. 

Leonard Bernstein’s Search for Faith

Leonard Bernstein’s Search for Faith

As conductor, as composer, and as mass-media music educator, Bernstein made Western art music more than accessible: He made it understandable. And at the root of this understanding was his idea of faith.

5 Things Muslims and Christians Can Agree On

5 Things Muslims and Christians Can Agree On

While there are undeniably a great number of fundamental differences between Islam and Christianity, there are a handful of concepts the two popular religions share.

What Is the Christian Idea of 'Heaven'?

What Is the Christian Idea of 'Heaven'?

Different cultural groups, and different individuals within them, respond with numerous, often conflicting, answers to questions about life after death. One theme remains constant, however: Heaven is the presence of God, in the company of others who have responded to God’s call in their own lives.

Why Christians Should Read Detective Fiction

Why Christians Should Read Detective Fiction

Detective fiction has been consistently interpreted as an inherently religious genre by such Christian literary luminaries as W.H. Auden and Dorothy L. Sayers

Genetically Modified Babies? The Future Is Now

Genetically Modified Babies? The Future Is Now

New research allows scientists "to rewrite the DNA bound up in living cells," and now an ethics panel suggests this may be "morally permissible."

Pascal on Why Living in the Present Is So Difficult (Yet so Important)

Pascal on Why Living in the Present Is So Difficult (Yet so Important)

We spend most of our lives not truly living at all but shoring up goods for some time in the future when we can enjoy them—which never comes since we have incapacitated ourselves from enjoying the present.

The Real Questions You Should Ask Your Economics Professor

The Real Questions You Should Ask Your Economics Professor

The “conventional wisdom” may be conventional, but it’s often not wisdom.

The Presidency to the Rescue: How America Begins the Downward Spiral Into Tyranny

The Presidency to the Rescue: How America Begins the Downward Spiral Into Tyranny

In an age when democracy is clearly retreating, will America eventually succumb to autocracy while waving sayonara to democracy?

Chesterton on the ‘Unimportance’ of Evolution

Chesterton on the ‘Unimportance’ of Evolution

Would you be stunned to learn that G. K. Chesterton regarded the topic of evolution as unimportant? Well, he did.  In fact, he wrote an essay titled “The Unimportance of Evolution.”

Les Miserables: What Permit Patty's Outburst Can Teach Us About Mercy

Les Miserables: What Permit Patty's Outburst Can Teach Us About Mercy

For the unlucky few who win the internet lottery, misdeeds become fodder for public judgement. Did the severity of the crime match the severity of the punishment? 

How Early America Overcame Unrest and Cultural Diversity
What the Story of Cain and Abel Teaches Us About Envy and Victimhood

What the Story of Cain and Abel Teaches Us About Envy and Victimhood

Cain and Abel represent rival responses to the suffering inherent in the human condition. Abel’s suffering leads to his self-development as a warrior. Cain’s suffering leads to envy, malevolence, and murder.

Ban Burqas? Don't be Too Hasty

Ban Burqas? Don't be Too Hasty

Could the ban be the first step towards the Netherlands becoming a religiously oppressive nation? 

Why the Dutch 'Burqa Ban' is a Good Thing

Why the Dutch 'Burqa Ban' is a Good Thing

On Tuesday, the Netherlands joined a growing number of European nations to implement a "Burqa Ban." Here's why that's a good thing.

Pope Affirms Freedom of Press While Myanmar Journalists Remain Jailed

Pope Affirms Freedom of Press While Myanmar Journalists Remain Jailed

Freedom of the press is a crucial component to a virtuous, flourishing society, as Pope Francis affirmed on June 20 when he called for greater liberty for the press.

British Physician Accused of 'Shortening the Lives' of Hundreds of Patients Resigns

British Physician Accused of 'Shortening the Lives' of Hundreds of Patients Resigns

A recently released report found an “institutionalized regime” of disregard for human life at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

On Free Speech, 40% of Americans Are Closer to the Chinese Government’s Interpretation than the Founding Fathers

On Free Speech, 40% of Americans Are Closer to the Chinese Government’s Interpretation than the Founding Fathers

Growing numbers of Americans no longer believe in the Founders vision that the function of government is to protect citizen’s pre-existing and unalienable rights. 

Illegal Immigrant Families: The Questions to REALLY Ask

Illegal Immigrant Families: The Questions to REALLY Ask

Lost in the emotional social media posts and virtue-signaling are serious questions that should be asked.

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