CultureWatch

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

Disease, Disaster, Evil and Worldviews

Aug 10, 2020

One’s worldview determines how we approach things like the corona crisis:

Two nights ago on television there was a replay of the 1996 film Independence Day. You know the story: a bunch of nasty aliens come to earth levelling

Continue reading...

And What Is Your Idol?

Aug 7, 2020

Have you been involved in any idolatry lately?

It was John Calvin who so very rightly said that the human heart is “a perpetual factory of idols.” As such, C. S. Lewis was also perfectly right when

Continue reading...

On Christian Compromise – and Treason

Aug 5, 2020

What happens when Christians renounce their faith in order to please the state?

My title may sound a bit ominous, but this piece is actually an exercise in theology and church history – with some contemporary application. The main issue

Continue reading...

One Law For Us, Another Law For You

Jul 31, 2020

Why do Muslims get special exemptions while the rest of us do not?

As if there is not enough craziness, stupidity, angst and turmoil going on all around us because of corona, we now have this revelation. And I tell

Continue reading...

Corona Alarmists: Get Your Knee Off My Neck

Jul 22, 2020

Today it is mandatory mask-wearing. What will it be tomorrow?

‘I can’t breathe!’ As of tomorrow that may well become true for some folks with Victoria’s latest tough lockdown measure being implemented: mandatory mask wearing – or a $200 fine.

Continue reading...

Would Jesus Wear a Face Mask?

Jul 17, 2020

Some folks are convinced that Jesus would wear a mask. Are they right?

I was asked recently on the social media what I thought about requirements for people singing in church to wear face masks. I responded by saying: “Given

Continue reading...

Dan Andrews, Tear Down This Wall

Jul 9, 2020

Welcome to East Berlin – I mean Melbourne!

So I live in a major Western city which is now in deep lockdown, with a police perimeter keeping people from going in or out. As of midnight, Melbourne, Australia, is the

Continue reading...

Thanks Dan Andrews: Melbourne Madness

Jul 6, 2020

Dan Andrews – not coronavirus – is destroying Victoria:

He is not called Dictator Dan for nothing. He is not known for seeking to push all things Chinese (as in the Chinese Communist Party) on hapless and helpless Victorians for

Continue reading...

Corona: All Lives Matter

May 22, 2020

Numerous experts are warning that the lockdowns are far worse than the virus:

Job losses, unemployment, malnourishment, starvation, depression, mental health problems, suicide – these are just some of the direct results of draconian lockdown and shutdown policies that governments

Continue reading...

The State is Not Absolute

May 15, 2020

Do not forget that in the Old Testament both prophet and priest kept kings in check:

The biblical Christian constantly needs to maintain biblical balance and deal with dangerous and incorrect views concerning Christian truths. The disciples 2000 years ago

Continue reading...

Further Thoughts on the Passing Corona Scene

May 14, 2020

My latest ruminations on the corona craziness:

Here is a collection of random reflections on the corona crisis, some older, some newer.

*****

According to the latest government figures, 2.7 million Australians are now unemployed or underemployed due to the

Continue reading...

Fear, Fascism and Fealty

May 12, 2020

It is amazing what a bit of fear can do in a time of crisis:

If you wanted to conduct a grand social experiment to see how easily the masses can be controlled by means of fear, you do not

Continue reading...

The State, Mandatory Health Care, and Eugenics

May 8, 2020

Some thoughts on government power, the public good, and mandatory policies:

Australian leader Scott Morrison recently said that those in some sports codes should not be allowed to play unless they are vaccinated. As one report put it: “Prime Minister

Continue reading...