Gerald R. McDermott
In an article in the current issue of First Things (http://www.firstthings.com/article/2013/12/evangelical-retreat), Russell Moore argues eloquently for the best sort of Evangelicalism—that which recognizes the need to think with the Great Tradition as it reads the Bible, holds on faithfully to dogmatic and moral orthodoxy, and does not shrink from going public when the culture attacks the gospel on issues such as sanctity of life, religious freedom, and the meaning of sex and marriage. It rolls up its sleeves to run adoption agencies, soup kitchens, and halfway houses for released prisoners.
But I wish he had stuck to the exhortatory and optative rather than speaking so often in the indicative. Continue reading
The home and the office pull in opposite directions, but modern mothers can assemble a team on both ends of the rope to help them manage that tension—and they can learn to thrive in the process.
“Eggsploitation” reveals the predatory practices of the fertility industry, which lures young women in need of money to undergo medical procedures that carry the risk of severe long-term health problems.
Strict separation of church and state would require us to throw out Thanksgiving as a religious holiday proclaimed by the president. Instead, we should embrace Thanksgiving and throw out strict separationism as a misguided interpretation of the Constitution.
Jonathan Rauch, in his memoir Denial, argues that only access to the institution of marriage can make gays and lesbians whole. In doing so, he purposefully suppresses the truth that there are many other options available to those who are attracted to persons of the same sex.
Folks, these three articles appeared without footnotes on Patheos -Evangelical.
Here are the full articles with footnotes:
Here in Stockholm this fall, we in the Jewish community have enjoyed our 21st annual Jewish film festival, a klezmer concert, and a number of other cultural diversions. I choose the word “diversions” advisedly. It’s thanks to such entertainments that so many of my fellow Jews can allow themselves to say that we’re doing okay here—that there’s no need to rock the boat or cause trouble.
But you know what? We are not okay, and this is not okay.
The stunning finding of Pew’s A Portrait of Jewish Americans—the most comprehensive portrait of the community in 20 years and, in the richness of its detail, perhaps of all time—is the degree to which American Jews are now choosing not to live as Jews in any real sense. Secularism has always been a potent tradition in American Jewry, but the study’s analysis of what being Jewish means to its respondents reveals just how much irreligion has taken center stage in American Jewish life.