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

Trump, the Pope, and Walls

Feb 20, 2016

I am no fan of Donald Trump. But I must say I am no fan of the current Pope either. It seems each passing day they both come out saying some quite ridiculous and foolish things. And don’t accuse me

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Islam on the March, the West in Decline

Nov 17, 2015

Political and ideological vacuums are just as real and just as potentially dangerous as those found in nature. When you have a resurgent, revitalised and hyper-confident Islam pitted against a moribund, comatose and purposeless West, guess who is going to

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Paris In Flames – Again

Nov 14, 2015

Not just Paris, but much of France is now in lockdown, and even places like neighbouring Belgium. Travel has been curtailed, borders closed, and panic reigns on the streets of Paris and beyond. A series of coordinated attacks around the

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The Osteens and Another Gospel

Sep 4, 2014

I have penned many pieces on megachurch pastor Joel Osteen. But people say, “Oh, leave them alone” or “Don’t be so judgmental” or “We should not criticise other Christians” or “Do not touch the Lord’s anointed” etc, etc. Are they

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Women Waking Up To Islam

Oct 2, 2013

Back in 2005 Phyllis Chesler wrote an important volume entitled The Death of Feminism: What’s Next in the Struggle for Women’s Freedom (Palgrave Macmillan). It was actually not just a book on feminism, but more specifically about feminism’s lack of

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Christians, Christmas, and the Missing Gospel

Dec 26, 2012

It would seem pretty obvious that when a major Christian calendar event comes around, then Christian leaders of all people should be quite happy to use that occasion to forthrightly proclaim the Christian message. But sadly great opportunities to share

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Truth and Christianity

Jul 4, 2009

The Christian religion places a tremendous premium on truth. If Christianity is not true, then it is not worth following. Indeed, that is the ultimate test as to whether a religion should be followed or not. All other reasons may

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Freedom From Religion

Jan 25, 2009

American President Ronald Reagan once famously said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help’.” That is certainly true in the area of religion. Whenever the government starts sticking

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On the Rights of Children and Pedophiles

Jul 11, 2008

The recent case of pedophile Dennis Ferguson raises important questions about the rights of criminals, and the rights of the rest of society. In this instance, the serial child sex offender is moved from one location to another – only

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A Conflict of Visions

Oct 19, 2007

With the Federal election now well underway, it is time to turn the spotlight on some of the competing visions of the two main political parties. This essay will examine some of the philosophical distinctions between the two parties, outlining

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Faith, Leadership and Politics

Aug 9, 2007

In Canberra several hundred Christian leaders had the opportunity to hear and interact with the leaders of the two main political parties. Both Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd were allowed to address the audience with a

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What About Those Who Have Not Heard?

Jan 24, 2007

A recent comment on this website raised a number of related issues about God’s fairness and justice concerning those who have not heard the gospel, or are unlikely to have heard it. I mentioned to that person the many good

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Playing Against a Stacked Deck

Jan 19, 2004

In the culture wars, fair fights are hard to come by. Sometimes the odds are so stacked against you, that you hardly feel like wading into a fight. Often those promoting all the wrong causes are entrenched in public service

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