By: Gina Dalfonzo|Published Date: October 09, 2015
Here's another one from the "My Secular Liberal Friends Don't Get My Faith" genre. I don't mean to be judgmental, truly I don't, but I'm always a little amused by the secular liberal friends who can't take it when someone believes in God and goes to church even though she's like them in most ways that would really matter to them: pro-choice, pro-gay rights, cohabiting outside marriage, and so on. What happens to these friends when a Christian who adheres to an actual traditional Christian worldview comes among them? Do their heads explode?
As I say, I'm not trying to be judgmental of the author's faith. But she herself, when her Jewish boyfriend remarked on the amount of preaching about Jesus at her church, countered that for her faith is more of "a meditation on the bigger picture within a welcoming community upholding lovely traditions." Which reminded me irresistibly of Dorothy L. Sayers' take on the rich young ruler of Scripture:
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A friend on Facebook made light of the latest attempt by liberal journalists to pretend that all world religions really teach the same, basic idea, which is to love people and tolerate them. Particularly with regard to Islam, Western liberals have become accustomed to repeating this bromide, and doing so with special vigor in the wake of a suicide bombing, beheading, or other jihad-related atrocity.
It reminded me of Timothy Keller's remarks in "The Reason for God," in which he describes liberalism as a kind of deracinated Christianity. I think he's right. Read More >
Nine years ago, my friend Julie suffered a terrible tragedy. One of the twins she was carrying—a little boy—died when his cord twisted around his neck. There was nothing for anyone to do at that point but wait. Julie carried her daughter several weeks more and then delivered both children, one struggling but alive and the other dead.
Even nine years later, the anniversary of Leyton’s death is a difficult day in the Neils household. Julie still feels her grief as on that first day. It may not be as raw, but it is just as real. I am always delighted to see her Facebook posts when she and her family release blue butterflies in Leyton’s honor. But I grieve with her, too. It’s a wordless but prayerful grief.
As pro-lifers, we care about those babies that frightened women can’t imagine bringing to term. We pray over and plead for them to change their minds to give these little ones a chance at life. We rightly mourn the deaths of 55 million babies killed in the womb since 1973.
But how do we honor and cherish those babies lost through miscarriage? Read More >
By: Gina Dalfonzo|Published Date: October 05, 2015
In a new video interview with Live Action's Lila Rose, David Daleidan of the Center for Medical Progress shares some previously unreleased footage. In this video, Dr. Amna Dermish of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas describes some of her abortion procedures in chilling detail, including her efforts to get an intact head -- efforts that, Daleidan points out, very definitely cross the line into illegality.
Thomas Cahill tells the story of how the Irish saved civilization in his book of the same name. The monastic movement that started in the deserts of Africa in the fourth century migrated northward to Ireland, where small communities of monks painstakingly copied hundreds of manuscripts. Laboring in obscurity, they preserved many of our Western classics, which would have otherwise been lost.
One of these manuscripts was made available online in its entirety in 2013. The Book of Kellsshowcases the best of manuscript illumination and is a true global treasure. Featuring the four Gospels, the Book of Kells is 680 exquisite pages long. I just spent half an hour poring over it, but one could easily get lost for days, weeks, or months in there. It’s enough to make one want to learn Latin.
By contrast, I got an e-mail this morning in which a friend rejoiced at playing Rock Band 3 for more than 10 hours over the weekend. At least when the apocalypse happens and we lose all electronic data, someone will still be able to knock out the drum portions of Metallica’s entire library.
By: Roberto Rivera|Published Date: October 02, 2015
Twenty-four years ago, C. John Sommerville of the University of Florida wrote an essay in First Things entitled “Why the News Makes Us Dumb.” (It was later turned into a book.) Writing before the advent of the Internet and long before the emergence of social media, Sommerville said that news had become “a product, and the truth of the News product is not a characteristic essential to it.” This was especially true because the process of selling news on a “daily basis” could not be accomplished without “reducing the importance of its context.”
I can only imagine what Sommerville makes of Twitter. What I make of it and the current media environment is that if newspapers and CNN made us dumb, the newer stuff makes us dumber and dumberer.
The reason for this “get off my lawn!” diatribe is yet one more instance of someone citing the Pope’s “Who am I to judge?” comment. Liberals and conservatives agree on little, but they do agree that this comment signals something about Pope Francis’ commitment (or lack thereof) to Catholic teaching about sexual morality.
I want to thank our BreakPoint.org editor, Gina Dalfonzo, for allowing me to post this. It's my opinion and reasoning on the subject, and something some of us here at the Colson Center disagree about.
President Obama gave a very good speech in response to yesterday's shooting. He offered comfort to the grieving and faced the issues head-on as he sees them. He issued perhaps his sternest and most unapologetic call for stricter regulations on firearms yet. The first priority for all of us right now should be grieving with and praying for the ten families who lost children in Oregon, and for those injured. But as the president pointed out, when lives are on the line, this is an issue that can and must be politicized. If action can stop or minimize such massacres, we have a duty to take it. Loving our neighbors means nothing less.
I also think President Obama genuinely believes that rewriting the Constitution and confiscating every legal gun in America would make us all safer. And if I thought the same, I would fully support him in doing so. Read More >
By: Gina Dalfonzo|Published Date: October 02, 2015
Reports are coming out that the gunman who killed nine people at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, asked people about their religion and shot them in the head if they were Christians. (Non-Christians were shot in the leg.) Details are still sketchy, but his online profile suggests a hatred and distrust of religion.
I recently attended a performance of "Amazing Grace," the musical, and can say, without exaggeration, that this is the best Broadway show I’ve ever attended.
"Amazing Grace" is about the life of British slave-trader John Newton, who, after encountering God during a great storm, abandoned the slave trade and spent the rest of his life serving his Lord -- and writing the titular hymn. Read More >
By: Daniel Weiss|Published Date: September 30, 2015
Every week it seems that I read about a teacher or school administrator banishing the Bible or prayers from the public school. Yet, as the U.S. Supreme Court has consistently held, schools cannot practice “viewpoint discrimination.” If they allow any forms of student belief and practice, they cannot single out any specific practices or beliefs for special scrutiny.
One of the better responses to the growing public attack on religious faith is a program sponsored by my friends at Focus on the Family. “Bring Your Bible to School” Day is a great way for students to highlight their faith and their Constitutional freedoms.
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By: Gina Dalfonzo|Published Date: September 29, 2015
I'd say these numbers demonstrate one thing: The media blockade of CMP's Planned Parenthood videos has been phenomenally successful so far. Which is why pro-lifers need to keep sharing them, and talking about them, and insisting that our leaders watch them. We're fighting an uphill battle against deeply entrenched attitudes and ideas, but we have powerful ammunition.
"Our primary problem lies in thinking about these issues first in terms of culture war instead in terms of mission. If we think in terms of culture war, we adopt a cable-news-program mentality in which the children of light and the children of darkness are in perpetual war with each other. But in terms of mission, we know that Jesus called us not to come to the righteous but to sinners and to seek out that which was lost. We have to speak to people who are in places of great temptation or great failure."
By: Gina Dalfonzo|Published Date: September 25, 2015
Reactions to Pope Francis' visit to America have tended to be deeply polarized, as you've no doubt seen. Here's an editorial from NRO that I think strikes a helpful balance. It acknowledges that "his goals . . . are, in the main, shared by all people of good will: less poverty and better care for the poor, more opportunity, good stewardship of the environment, peace that is more than the mere absence of war." But it also reminds us that it makes a difference "how we get from here to there."