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

Facts on Islam

Feb 24, 2006

Three items on Islam.

One. Peter Costello made some timely remarks on Islam and deserves support. All the papers are reporting the story, so please send in a letter to the editor. An edited version of his speech is

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Clear thinking on RU486

Feb 22, 2006

The abortion drug RU486 has caused quite a stir lately. With so much debate on the issue, the Federal Government recently held a public inquiry into the drug, culminating in a vote in both Houses of Parliament. As a result

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Islam and truth

Feb 16, 2006

Three related items on Islam.

One. Danna Vale has received a lot of flack concerning her comments that Australia is aborting itself to extinction, and we might become an Islamic nation in 50 years. I wrote defending her, and

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Reflections on the Abortion Wars

Feb 14, 2006

The current debate about RU486 has resulted in a flurry of claims and counter claims over the abortion issue. It is worth examining several of these in more detail. They reveal a lot of muddled thinking on morality and public

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Making Sexperts of Our Children

Jan 27, 2006

If Lyn Allison has her way, our 8-year-olds will soon be learning the four Rs: reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmatic and reproduction. The Democrat Senator desperately wants our primary school kids to learn everything they can about sex.

But should they? Most

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The Battle for Marriage

Jan 14, 2006

The battle over marriage has seen its ebbs and flows. And at the moment it looks like the other side is getting a few runs on the board. For example, there are now a number of countries that have legalized

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What Are We Fighting For?

Dec 20, 2005

In the busyness of fighting the many skirmishes in the culture wars, be it the stem cell debate, the battle over marriage and family, the assault on childhood or the controversies surrounding Intelligent Design, we sometimes lose track of the

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A review of Socrates Meets Sartre. By Peter Kreeft.

Nov 14, 2005

Ignatius Press, 2005.

Existentialism was a leading expression of Western philosophy in the 20th century. And Jean-Paul Sartre was a major figure in the existentialist movement. His non-fiction was influential, but his fiction impacted millions.

A solid Christian introduction to

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A review of The West and the Rest. By Roger Scruton.

Sep 21, 2005

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2002.

Roger Scruton is one of England’s best conservative writers and philosophers. He is the author of several important volumes, and for many years edited The Salisbury Review. His numerous articles and books on philosophy, politics,

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The Stem Cell Debate

Sep 2, 2005

The issues of cloning in general and stem cell research in particular have swamped the media during the past several years.  As in earlier debates about abortion and euthanasia, there are many issues to sort through – issues of

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