Archive for January 2012

Are You Guilty of Speciesism?

Jan 28th, 2012 | By

One of my favorite writers is Andree Seu, who writes for the magazine World. In her most recent column, she writes of reading through a bird magazine she bought at a local PetSmart store. One article particularly in this magazine caused her to write of the author: “. . . by the end of her remarks I felt just a little bit ashamed of being human…”



Mitt Romney’s Wealth and the State of the Republican Party

Jan 28th, 2012 | By

The rather shocking outcome of the South Carolina primary is a metaphor for the state of the Republican Party. During the campaign in South Carolina and especially during the major debate right before the primary, the wealth and taxes of Mitt Romney seemed to be the primary issue.



The Pernicious Nature of Gambling

Jan 21st, 2012 | By

Once again, the pernicious issue of gambling is raising its ugly head in the state of Nebraska, the state in which I live. It is important to refresh our collective memories on the nature of gambling and its indisputable effects on culture and society.



Tim Tebow and Evangelicalism

Jan 21st, 2012 | By

Jon Meacham, associated with Time magazine and an important American writer on religious issues, has written that Tim “Tebow is perhaps the most significant Evangelical Christian in the country. Depending on your point of view, his rise is a thoroughly American story of honest conviction or of ostentatious piety, of faith and family or of aggressive sectarianism…”



Israel’s Changing Population

Jan 14th, 2012 | By

The mixing of political and religious ideas is central to understanding Judaism and the modern state of Israel. Thomas Friedman, in his book From Beirut to Jerusalem, argues that there are four distinct groups of Jews within modern Israel (and the world).



Should We Privatize the Postal Service?

Jan 14th, 2012 | By

The US Postal Service is in trouble. It has urged Congress to allow it to cancel Saturday deliveries, with discussion about the possibility of moving to three-days-a-week delivery of the mail. In the last fiscal year, it lost $5.1 billion, with total losses exceeding $14 billion—an amount larger than the budgets of 35 states of the US!!



An important message from Dr. Jim Eckman, about the Future of Issues In Perspective.

Jan 13th, 2012 | By

Dear Faithful Listener of Issues in Perspective, As many of you know, I have announced my retirement as Grace University’s President, effective 30 June 2012. An important aspect of my retirement is the decision to end the radio edition of Issues in Perspective. The last radio broadcast of “Issues” will be the weekend of 28-29
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Thinking about the “God Particle”

Jan 7th, 2012 | By

Basic to any understanding of physics is the concept of mass. Why do particles of nature have mass? This is obviously a fundamental question of physics but one that is inscrutably difficult to answer.



The Ongoing Decline of Marriage in America

Jan 7th, 2012 | By

Over this past year, I have done several programs on the sociological phenomenon called emerging adulthood. One of the most significant aspects of this age-group is the absence of a commitment to institutions. One of those institutions is, of course, marriage.



America’s New Energy Security

Jan 7th, 2012 | By

Oil consumption in America remains an important issue for our economy and for our national security. Our nation, however, has become more efficient in its use of petroleum and has secured new energy sources, as shown recently by Daniel Yergin. How did this startling development occur?