CultureWatch

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

Popular Music and the Death Of Culture

Nov 10, 1998

Modern music has made some very radical changes in the past few decades. In 1953, the number one song was Patti Page’s How Much Is That Puppy in the Window?, and ten years later, the Beatles were singing I Wanna

Continue reading...

Youth Suicide and Secularisation

Sep 18, 1998

Australia has one of the highest youth suicide rates among the world’s developed nations, with 27.3 out of 100,000 Australian males aged 15 to 24 expected to kill themselves. In 1996, 2367 Australians killed themselves, and perhaps a quarter of

Continue reading...

Silver and Gold Have I None

Sep 8, 1998

A popular teaching has been heard in the church over the last few decades which encourages Christians to believe they should be rich and prosperous. Called the Prosperity Gospel, the Health and Wealth Gospel, the Name it and Claim it

Continue reading...

Christian Persecution

Aug 30, 1998

Jesus told the early disciples that following him would not always be easy: “You will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.” (Matt. 24:9) Indeed, Jesus

Continue reading...

To Judge, or Not to Judge

Aug 23, 1998

Even in our biblically illiterate culture there is one verse which non-believers know and know very well: “Judge not, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1).

It seems that whenever a moral point is being made, whether pornography, abortion

Continue reading...

Radical Environmentalism: An Assessment

Aug 2, 1998

Robert Nisbet once remarked that environmentalism has become the third great redemptive movement in human history, following Christianity and Marxism. Indeed it already has its notions of sin, guilt and redemption, its sacred texts and venerated leaders. And like all

Continue reading...

The Battle For Our Children

Jul 15, 1998

These are not good days for our children. Most adults can simply compare their own childhoods with those of today’s young people to see that a major shift has taken place in our society. We have gone from being a

Continue reading...

Character and Public Life

Jul 4, 1998

Although Australia is in many ways a thoroughly secular nation, it is interesting to note how biblical literacy comes to the fore when issues of morality and public office are raised. When a public figure is engulfed in a moral

Continue reading...

The Economic Costs of Divorce

Jul 1, 1998

A new Federal report has been released which puts marriage back on the public policy agenda. The report, To Have and To Hold: Strategies to Strengthen Marriage and Relationships, was released in June by the House of Representatives Standing

Continue reading...

In Defence of the Industrial Revolution

Jun 20, 1998

The author of a recent piece in a conservative journal on the lndustrial Revolution provides a negative view of the period. But he is certainly right when he concludes his article by saying that “the economy should exist for man,

Continue reading...

The Case for Corporal Punishment

May 30, 1998

The case of the Ringwood mother who was found guilty of assault has again opened up the debate about spanking in particular and corporal punishment in general. Should spanking be made illegal? Many Scandinavian countries have already outlawed corporal punishment.

Continue reading...

Questions About Child Care

Apr 30, 1998

With over $1.5 billion a year spent on child care by Australian Governments, child care is big business.  And with over 600,000 children involved, it affects a lot of people. There is no denying that child care is a

Continue reading...

Marriage in an Age of Rights

Mar 30, 1998

While flicking through our local community newspaper recently, I came across two ads which struck my attention. Both ads were for divorce services. One ad read simply: “Divorce ‘R’ Us: low cost divorce” and gave a phone number. The second

Continue reading...

Abortion and Science Fiction

Mar 16, 1998

There is a new shoot-em-up sci-fi thriller which has hit the big screen. Starship Troopers is another good guys (earthlings in the future) versus bad guys (giant nasty insects from outer space) film, great on special effects but low

Continue reading...

“Normal” Christianity

Mar 2, 1998

A radical thought came to me recently. It happened as I was reading a biography of Charles Wesley, and was blessed by the exciting accounts of how God used him to bring revival to England and the rest of the

Continue reading...

In Search of Church Discipline

Feb 23, 1998

One if the missing ingredients of modern Christian life is that of church discipline. We have all but lost the New Testament understanding of discipline in the churches. I suspect this is part of a much larger problem. Church discipline

Continue reading...