CultureWatch

Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

The Need for Christian Leadership

Jun 24, 2004

We live in dark times. And in dark times, there is a pressing need to have leadership that offers a way out of the darkness. In difficult times the need for wise and strong leadership is all the more pressing.

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Whose Voice Should be Heard?

Jun 9, 2004

In 1984 the American social commentator Richard John Neuhaus wrote an incisive book entitled The Naked Public Square. In it he argued that in the past few decades there has been an attempt to squeeze out those with a

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Why the Church is Losing in the Culture Wars

Mar 3, 2004

The steady march of those who seek to undermine pro-family and pro-life values continues unabated. Various activist groups are making great headway in the face of apathy and indifference from the general public. But too often their causes are greatly

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Targetting Believers

Jan 11, 2004

The Greens, along with the Democrats, are among the most supportive of the homosexual agenda, with Labor not far behind. Thus religious folk in general, and Christians in particular, need to be aware of what these parties are up to.

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Another Look at Jesus

Dec 25, 2003

Two years ago on this day the Herald Sun featured an opinion piece by Andrew Bolt entitled, “Even heathens can learn from a man who wasn’t the Son of God”. Given that this was Christmas Day, Mr Bolt’s piece was

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False Prophets: Lessons for Today?

Dec 1, 2003

It has often been noted that the most liked people in the Old Testament were the false prophets. How come? Simply because the false prophets told the people what they wanted to hear. Did the masses want to hear about

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A Tale of Two Cultures

Oct 27, 2003

I want to mention two films I have seen on television recently. How much you relate to what I am going to say will depend on how old you are and your cultural literacy.

Both films brought back a lot

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A Theological Dead End

Apr 22, 2003

Three guesses as to who said the following: “Even in purely nonreligious terms, homosexuality represents a misuse of the sexual faculty and, in the words of one…educator, of ‘human construction.’ It is a pathetic little second-rate substitute for reality,

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Faith Under Fire

Jan 28, 2003

When I was a new Christian, reading through the New Testament for the first time, I was quite fascinated with – and frightened by –  the various gospel accounts of forthcoming persecution. Passages such as John 16:2-4 and Mark

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Faith is Not Dead Yet

Dec 3, 2002

The Melbourne Age’s regular anti-religion writer, Pamela Bone has issued another salvo against faith. Entitled “The most dangerous force in the world,” (Nov. 30), the militant secularist again wages war against those who think differently than her. She undoubtedly believes

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Islamic Persecution of Christians

Oct 7, 2002

There are some fundamental differences between Islam and Christianity. For example, it could be argued that if a Christian kills a non-Christian in the name of Christ, he is acting against the fundamental tenets of the Christian faith. However, if

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The Problem with Vilification Legislation

Mar 26, 2002

A raft of new legislation is being passed throughout the Western world. These laws are called by various names, such as vilification or tolerance or discrimination laws. Sometimes they are referred to as hate-crime legislation. Whatever their title, these laws

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