Wesley J. Smith: Of Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Politics, and the Rule of Law

Source: First Things The Center for Bioethics and Culture asked me to expand upon comments I have made here noting that the politics of ESCR seem to have the power to supersede the rule of law. Not being the shy and retiring type, I immediately agreed.  The result is now out.  From “Embryonic Stem Cell Research Versus the Rule of Law:” First, let’s consider an … [Read more...]

Egypt: Why Are the Churches Burning?

Source: New York Review of Books p>On a recent afternoon this month, in a busy downtown Cairo street, armed men exchanged gunfire, threw rocks and Molotov cocktails, and freely wielded knives in broad daylight. The two-hour fight, which began as an attempt by some shop-owners to extort the customers of others, left eighty-nine wounded and many stores destroyed. In the new Egypt, incidents like … [Read more...]

An Insider’s View of the Collapse of the PCUSA

This quote reflects Calvinist theology, but the moral point the author makes is applicable to all Christian communions: "On the surface, it is not obvious how affirming and defending the imputation of Christ’s righteousness adds weight to ordaining only candidates who affirm and try to live by biblical standards of morality. But just as New York City experimented with the policy described … [Read more...]

When William F. Buckley Met Saul Alinsky

If you don't know who Saul Alinksy is, you need to learn (biography here, Rules for Radicals here). Many of the tactics, especially on the left, are drawn from his ideas. Below is a five minute segment of William F. Buckley interviewing Alinsky in 1967 on Buckley's Firing Line program. Source: Hot Air Download the transcript (.pdf). Unfortunately, only five minutes of this … [Read more...]

Homosexual Debate Complicates Relationship between the Orthodox in Russia and Finland

Source: Ortodoksinen Sateenkaariseura Attitudes towards homosexuals is becoming the key issue of Orthodox church politics. The Russian media has presented the gay-liberal outlining of Finnish orthodox priests, which is strictly condemned by the Patriarchate of Moscow. According to Russian sources, the visibly positive attitude towards homosexuality in the Finnish Orthodox circles might … [Read more...]

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