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Islam and Religious Freedom

Mar 24, 2017

There was a somewhat unhelpful article in the National Review recently entitled “Why Baptists Should Support Muslims’ Right to Build Mosques.” The link to it can be found below. It is not my intention to deal with everything found in

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On School Chaplains and Religious Freedom

Jun 20, 2012

A High Court ruling has declared that government funding of the school chaplaincy program is invalid according to the Australian constitution. This ruling raises many issues and many questions, and is a very important decision indeed.

One news report covers

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Chrislam and Religious Syncretism

Mar 1, 2011

I have written before about the new development known as Chrislam in which some misguided Christians believe they can somehow combine the two religions (Christianity and Islam) and still have something recognisable as the Christian faith. Sorry, but it can’t

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Christianity and Religious Syncretism

Dec 2, 2009

This week the Parliament of the World’s Religions (PWR) meets in Melbourne. Thousands of delegates from all over the world are expected to attend this week-long conference. People from all religions, and even atheists, will be in attendance.

While there

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Faith, Unbelief and the Real World

Dec 3, 2006

These are not easy days for atheists. Not only is their worldview a minority viewpoint, and a relatively recent one at that, but it may be experiencing a progressive downfall. That is the thesis of the important 2004 volume by

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More Marriage Myths from the Militants

May 18, 2017

Activists who push for things like homosexual “marriage” routinely rely on falsehoods, sloppy thinking, emotionalism, and the endless promotion of myths. And one of the most common myths perpetuated by the activists is that it is only religious folks who

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Yet More Scenes From the Passing Madness

Feb 1, 2012

Sometimes the moonbattery from the secular humanists, the sexual revolutionaries, and the social activists comes in so fast and so furiously, that dealing with each one in individual articles becomes impossible. So here I can only mention a number of

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An Anti-theist Outburst, Again

Jan 5, 2007

The devotees of Dawkins are working overtime to promote their militant anti-theism. The latest full-frontal assault comes from Australian playwright David Williamson. Writing in the 3 January 2007 Australian, he has a mischievous piece entitled, “Deliver us from the

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Whose Voice Should be Heard?

Jun 9, 2004

In 1984 the American social commentator Richard John Neuhaus wrote an incisive book entitled The Naked Public Square. In it he argued that in the past few decades there has been an attempt to squeeze out those with a

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Marriage and History

Oct 7, 2017

The current marriage wars are so very odd for so many reasons. Until just recently the ideological left was vigorously insisting that marriage is just a piece of paper; that marriage is an oppressive and outdated institution; and that marriage

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The Christian Obligation to Speak Truth

Sep 23, 2017

There are certain basics and non-negotiables in the Christian job description. One is to be salt and light as Jesus clearly stated in Matthew 5:13-16. This is not some optional extra, but an essential component of the role of the

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[Re]Affirming the Things that Matter

Jul 9, 2017

Two articles that have appeared recently, and one speech just delivered, all speak to the things that matter, and the need to stop the rot. The articles come from Australian journalists while the speech comes from an overseas world leader.

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The Collapsing Christian Worldview

May 13, 2017

On a regular basis, sadly, I find myself in debates with fellow believers who seem woefully clueless as to the biblical worldview. They seem to just regurgitate pagan thinking, beliefs and practice, yet still somehow think they are being good

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