#Prolife Alert: How MLK’s Dream Applies to the Unborn

Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream that the United States would “make real the promises of democracy.” In 1963, he stood up against oppression, racism, and the unequal treatment of black people iwhen he shared his great dreams with his many followers. The following year, the U.S. government passed Title VII of the Civil …

#Prolife Alert: U.S. Federal and States Laws Elevate Animals and Dehumanize Humans

The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (passed in 1940) prohibits the “take, possession, sale, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, of any bald or golden eagle, alive or dead, including any part, nest, or egg, unless allowed by permit(16 U.S.C. 668(a); 50 CFR 22). ‘Take’ includes pursue, shoot, …

Social Justice Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: A Christian Response

One of my favorite graduate assistants, from a handful of years ago, grew up in Sweden, where she was raised in a Christian home by very loving parents. I met her parents upon her first graduation where they gave me a book entitled “Jerusalem” by Selma Lagerlöf, which presented a fictional account of a humble …

Do Ethical Values of Religious People and Atheists Vary? An Answer from the #WVS

I downloaded data from the 7th and most recent wave of the World Values Surveys today and analyzed items using the SPSS statistical package. I wondered whether any statistically significant variations were present between religious people and atheists on a variety of ethical values and norms. I isolated the United States, New Zealand, Japan, and …

The (Frightening) Moral Implications of a World without Christianity

Some may be cheering as they witness the rising wave of Euro-secularization, where many in western societies have become increasingly atheistic, post-material, and secular. Ron Inglehart of the University of Michigan’s World Values Surveys has distinguished these “secular/rational and self-expressive” countries from the “traditional/religious and survival” countries in other poorer parts of the world (Inglehart, …

Can Christianity Survive Secularization in the West?

Why are people so happy in secular Europe and what can the United States do to raise its levels of subjective well-being? This article has several objectives. The first objective is to examine the impact of secularization on Europe and the United States given changing religious climates and the acceptance of once taboo social issues. …