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

Killing Babies to Have Babies

Aug 24, 2011

When you combine moral relativism, a war on truth, out-of-control radical individualism, and a pro-death culture, you get the madness that passes for our daily newspaper headlines. Indeed, it can be argued that as we lose the ability to think

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Recommended Reading in Bioethics

Jul 5, 2011

Daily headlines speak to the enormous impact the new bio-technologies are having on all of us. Whether it is a breakthrough in genetic engineering, stem cell research, or yet another new means in assisted reproductive technologies, science and technology are

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The Church, Entertainment, and Authenticity

May 5, 2011

At one point early on the Christian church was fighting for its very life. As such, it had absolutely no time for peripherals, for externalities, for superficialities, and for secondary issues. It had to stick to that which was essential.

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Saying No To Pornland

Oct 7, 2010

The pornification of our culture is destroying everything and everyone in its path. Men are harmed by porn, as are women, children, marriages, and society as a whole. No one escapes the devastating effects of the toxic porn culture. The

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We Create Them and Then We Destroy Them

Jun 10, 2010

While modern reproductive technologies might seem like a blessing to some, they are certainly not free of major problems. Indeed, many people have warned about the brave new world scenarios assisted reproductive technologies (ART) might create.

I have written elsewhere

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More Scenes from the Abortion Wars

May 26, 2010

As the culture of death becomes ever more blatant, and seeks to extend its reach throughout the globe, the battle for life becomes ever more vital. On many fronts the abortion wars are being waged, and those who care about

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Big Bucks and the Gospel

Apr 21, 2010

The proclamation of the gospel can never take place apart from the surrounding culture. Indeed, it is done in some sort of culture all the time – it does not exist in a vacuum. Thus all our efforts at Christian

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Pantheism and Biblical Christianity

Jan 9, 2010

In the famous painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo there is the memorable scene of the creator God extending his finger to the outstretched hand of the newly formed Adam. The imagery makes clear that Adam

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More Book Recommendations

Oct 18, 2009

This is another in my irregular series on notable books that you should be aware of. There is always an endless supply of new books which become available every year. I try to keep up on some of the more

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Christmas Becoming an Endangered Species

Dec 15, 2006

Is Christmas on the way out? Well, certainly not the commercialised and consumeristic version. That is alive and well. But the real Christmas may well be under threat, and headed for oblivion, at least in the public square. We are

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How To Think About Fast Foods

Oct 12, 2006

Australians are talking a lot lately about the problem of obesity. It is of course a genuine concern, given the health problems associated with it. And there are various components to the problem: fast food outlets pushing their wares; parents

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Unwanted Babies

Jul 25, 2003

In  mid-July a High Court ruling declared that a doctor had to pay the costs of rearing a child following a botched sterilisation. A Brisbane woman opted for a tubal ligation in 1992, but had baby Jordan anyway in

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IVF: 25 Years On

Jul 23, 2003

Twenty five years ago the world’s first in vitro fertilization (IVF) baby was born in England. Since then over a million babies have been born by IVF or other types of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). While it is natural

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