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Featured Issues

China: The New Superpower

When I was in graduate school, the reigning view of the future was the domination of Japan economically and financially –in Asia and in the West. There was the fear of Japan buying more and more American real estate, of overwhelming American automobile makers and American electronics firms. Rarely do you hear of those projections anymore. Rather, it is China as the future economic, financial and military power of Asia—and of the world. China is positioning itself as the next superpower. In the words of Judith Shapiro, “the Chinese era is upon us.”

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About IIP

James P. Eckman (Jim) is President Emeritus and Professor in Bible and History at Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska. He has been at Grace since 1983. He holds the following degrees:

  • B.S., Millersville University of Pennsylvania (1969)
  • M.A., Lehigh University (1973)
  • Th.M. (with honor), Dallas Theological Seminary (1983)
  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln (1989)

He has also completed additional postgraduate work at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He received the Charles A. Nash Award in Historical Theology while at Dallas Seminary. [Read More]

Featured Issues

iipi09092017 The Challenges of “The Benedict Option”

I recently read Rod Dreher’s somewhat challenging and provocative book, The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation. From my vantage point, Dreher’s analysis of North American culture and specifically the evangelical church is spot on. He writes: “The most pressing problem Christianity faces is not in politics. It’s in parishes. It’s with the pastors. Most of all, it’s among an increasingly faithless people.” The truth is Christianity is declining in the United States. He makes the following observations, supported by statistical data and other pieces of evidence:

3766865469_bbe13b1578_b Google, Corporate Diversity and Gender Difference Confusion in 2017

In early August, James Damore, a software engineer at the Silicon Valley giant Google, was fired by Google chief executive, Sundar Pichai, for violating Google’s code of conduct, specifically his perpetuation of “harmful gender stereotypes” in the workplace. Although 80% of Google’s tech employees are male, Google prides itself in its commitment to diversity, inclusion and openness, yet demands ideological conformity within its company. The irony of the Damore case is therefore striking.

Bible Study Podcast

bspi09082017 1 Peter 2:3-7

Peter is laying out that in the New Covenant, we are the new Temple & the new Priests, plus excellent side discussion on ‘human responsibility’ vs ‘divine sovereignty’.

Culture & Wordview

iipi20170805 How Americans Disagree in 2017

In mid-June, James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., armed with a rifle, opened fire on a group of Republican members of Congress practicing for a baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia. Four victims were transferred to the hospital with gunshot injuries: Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer, a lobbyist and a Capitol Police officer. Another congressman and a second police officer also suffered minor injuries. In statements on social media and letters to a local newspaper, Hodgkinson expressed fervent opposition to the Republican Party and called for higher taxes on the rich. He also volunteered for the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders. He was not a communist or an extremist member of some paramilitary group. He was an ordinary Midwestern Democrat who detested what was happening in his life and to his nation.

Ethics

iipi021117 Should We Grow Transplantable Organs for People in Animals?

For the first time, biologists have succeeded in growing human stem cells in pig embryos, increasing the possibility that one day soon we may develop human organs in animals for later transplant. . . This means that the human-organ-growing pigs would be examples of chimeras—animals composed of two different genomes—a human and a pig. When the human stem cells are implanted into an early pig embryo, the result is an animal composed of mixed pig and human cells.