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

Thinking About War in Iraq

May 15, 2003

How does one think about war in Iraq? It is a complicated issue with many facets. There are international and geopolitical issues. There are moral and ethical concerns. There are theological and philosophical considerations.

The following is a collection of

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More Christian Bashing

May 13, 2003

For some reason Levi’s jeans seems intent on offending and outraging Christians in particular, and religious folk in general. Remember their kissing lesbians bill board ad of several months ago?

Well now they are at it again. A few weeks

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Children Need Parents, Not Bureaucrats

May 1, 2003

The Federal Labor spokeswoman on children and youth, Nicola Roxon, has called for the establishment of a children’s rights body. In her Herald Sun article (May 26) she mentions a Bill she has introduced into Parliament calling for the establishment

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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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Real Help for Mothers

Apr 8, 2003

Very early this year the Federal Government announced a proposal to spend $39 million on job training skills for stay-at-home parents – mostly middle-aged mothers – to help them make the needed adjustments to get back into the workforce. The

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The Crisis in Motherhood

Apr 8, 2003

Mothers may be nearing extinction. Not only is motherhood ridiculed in popular culture, and often ignored by our politicians, but mothers themselves are becoming more and more rare. Consider some recent Australian figures.

In 2001 the crude marriage rate of

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How Not to Think Bioethically

Feb 28, 2003

The Victorian Government has recently issued a draft code on reproductive technology, stem cells and embryo research. It has been written by the Stem Cell Code of Practice Working Group. The document is entitled, “Draft Code of Ethical Practice for

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Questionable Legal Advice for Young People

Feb 21, 2003

A new taxpayer-funded booklet put out by the Victorian Government for young people has attracted widespread criticism. The 62-page booklet, entitled Am I Old Enough?, is meant to be a guidebook on the law for Victorian young people. Over 225,000

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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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