CultureWatch

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

Apologetics and Modelling

Sep 28, 2015

OK, my title is likely to be something resulting in relatively few google search result hits. In fact, I just tried it, and this is what I got: “No results found for ‘Apologetics and Modelling’.” Of course it is not

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Fake Christians, Fake Marriage

May 23, 2015

One good way to spot a phony Christian is when some crucial moral or social issue comes up. When they declare their hand, that usually tells us all we need to know about a person’s supposed Christian credentials. For example,

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A Generation of Zombie Children

Apr 15, 2015

Much can be said – and has been said – about modern culture, pop culture, and the way in which we are raising the next generation. Modern Western education is really not doing much for our kids, and the rise

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Why Culture Matters

Mar 19, 2015

God is the author of culture, so it matters – end of story. But since folks expect a bit more from my articles, let me elaborate. I have been thinking the past few days about the many achievements of human

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Homosexual Truth Tellers

Mar 17, 2015

Yes, there are some homosexuals who are willing to go against the grain – even against their own militant lobby – and speak truth about homosexuality. And when they do speak truth, all hell breaks loose. It seems there is

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Sin, Sleaze and Hyper Grace

Feb 15, 2015

One of the biggest problems in the Christian church in the West today is that of antinomianism. The Greek word for law is nomos, and most folks know what the prefix anti means, so this term basically means “against

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Fifty Shades of Sleaze

Feb 10, 2015

Disclaimer: I have not read the lousy books and I do not plan to see the lousy movies – so shoot me already. But I don’t need to eat strychnine or drink poison to warn others about it. Moreover, when

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Katy Perry: God Told You What?

Feb 10, 2015

I would like to begin this piece by informing you that God spoke to me. Yes he did, and this is what he told me: “Bill I want you to know that adultery is just peachy.” And this is not

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Making Cheap Excuses for Rebellion

Jan 24, 2015

There are all sorts of lousy excuses atheists and unbelievers make about not coming to faith in Christ. And there are plenty of cheap excuses made by those who leave the Christian faith as well. I have heard plenty of

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On Being a Castaway

Jan 7, 2015

Fifteen years ago I took my wife to the movies to see Cast Away. The film, starring Tom Hanks, is a modern take on the 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. I thought it was a good film

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Tolkien, Hobbits, Warfare and Realism

Dec 30, 2014

And so it ends. The adventure is over. At least the adventure that started four books ago and/or six films ago. Presumably this is all we will see from Peter Jackson concerning the film adaptation of the works of Tolkien.

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Target and the Real War on Women

Dec 6, 2014

There are some things that elevate the status of women, and some that denigrate and demean women. Here I want to mention three such things. And they all have to do with the retail chain store Target. The three diverse

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Band Aid Baloney

Nov 20, 2014

OK, another crisis, another token gesture by the West’s super rich elites. But hey, at least it makes ’em feel good. While it might assuage their guilt feeling about living like kings while so much of the world is in

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IVF and ART: Philosophical Problems

Sep 15, 2014

The 1997 film Gattaca was a sci-fi thriller about a brave new world of genetic engineering and a two-tiered race. Most people were manufactured, created to be robust and fault-free specimens, while some were still born the old way, with

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More Clueless Celebs

Jul 1, 2014

I have hesitated on writing about this. The story has now been around for several days and is causing no small stir. But since I have written so often about celebutards in general, and this guy in particular and his

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More Mental and Moral Meltdowns

Jun 11, 2014

One question almost too difficult to answer concerning the state of so much of the West today is this: which is worse, our mental meltdown or our moral meltdown? Chances are they are both equally abysmal. We live in a

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