Culture & Wordview

What Is the Difference between Sunni and Shia Islam?

Mar 26th, 2016 | By

In today’s Middle East, there are two major Islamic powers striving for power and influence—Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran. This rivalry is tense and fueled by centuries of bitter hatred and competition. This rivalry is evident in Yemen, Iraq and the bitter civil war in Syria. What is the difference between these two branches of Islam? Why does it matter and how important is this difference in understanding today’s complex world?

Evangelical Christianity: Its Role in a Hostile World?

Feb 20th, 2016 | By

Evangelical Christians should, by nature, be optimists.  Our hope for the future is rooted in our confidence in Christ’s return and the establishment of His kingdom (Titus 2:13).  But, because evangelicals have enjoyed such influence in American culture, it is the immediate future that causes so much anxiety.  Evangelicals no longer influence public policy, culture’s
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The Scourge of Biblical Illiteracy

Feb 6th, 2016 | By

Important researcher and evangelical Christian, George Barna, has written: “The Christian body in America is immersed in a crisis of biblical illiteracy. How else can you describe matters when most churchgoing adults reject the accuracy of the Bible, reject the existence of Satan, claim that Jesus sinned, see no need to evangelize, believe that good works are one of the keys to persuading God to forgive their sins, and describe their commitment to Christianity as moderate or even less firm?” Consider additional evidence Barna has surfaced of widespread biblical illiteracy in America:

Wheaton College and the Theology of Islam

Jan 23rd, 2016 | By

Larycia Hawkins, tenured associate professor of political science at Wheaton College in Illinois, has taught at Wheaton since 2007, but, through her recent comments about Islam, has created a firestorm at this evangelical college. . . In December, Wheaton suspended her and placed her on administrative leave because her “theological statements seemed inconsistent with Wheaton College’s doctrinal convictions.” The College explained that “While Islam and Christianity are both monotheistic, we believe there are fundamental differences between the two faiths, including what they teach about God’s revelation to humanity, the nature of God, the path to salvation, and the life of prayer.”

Altering Human Heredity: Gene Editing and the Power of Genetic Technology

Jan 9th, 2016 | By

On 1 December 2015, at the opening of a three-day meeting in Washington to discuss the ethics and use of gene editing, David Baltimore of the California Institute of Technology perceptively declared, “Over the years the unthinkable has become conceivable and today we are close to being able to alter human heredity.” This meeting, called the International Summit on Human Gene Editing, was convened by the national academies of three nations—the United States, Great Britain and China. The primary focus of this meeting was to discuss whether gene editing should be used to make heritable changes to the human gene line.

Mary’s Little Lamb at Christmas

Dec 26th, 2015 | By

Much of American culture still accepts the manger at Christmas. We still see manger scenes in church, on front lawns and on Christmas cards. But in our increasingly secular, commercial, and sexually liberated society, we keep the horizontal message of the manger but often eliminate the vertical message entirely. We like the shepherds and their lambs, but are uncomfortable with God, miracles and the incarnation. In short, the biblical worldview about Christmas is rapidly losing market share to a more secular, materialistic one that is horizontally comfortable but vertically challenged.

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity: 100 Years Later

Dec 12th, 2015 | By

The Scientific Revolution of the 16th-century changed humanity’s perspective and understanding of the physical universe. At the end of the Scientific Revolution (the 17th century), Sir Isaac Newton synthesized the work of others (e.g., Galileo, Kepler, Brahe, etc.) with his own original thinking, and produced a compressive understanding of the laws of the physical world (e.g., inertia, gravity, etc.). . . But on 25 November 1915, Albert Einstein published a theory that challenged this understanding of the physical world.

Is Capital Punishment Biblical?

Dec 5th, 2015 | By

In the United States, capital punishment remains legal in 31 states and in the federal civilian and military legal systems (for specific crimes). The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution has been understood as the key section of the Constitution governing capital punishment, and it has been interpreted to apply to murders committed by mentally competent adults.

Men Adrift: The Unfolding Cultural Crisis

Nov 28th, 2015 | By

More than 90% of presidents and prime ministers are men, as are nearly all corporate executives. In some areas of culture, men arguably dominate (e.g., finance, technology, film, sports). But that reality is changing—and rather rapidly. In fact, although men cluster at the top of worldwide culture, they also cluster at the bottom. Men are far more likely to be in jail, be estranged from their children or to commit suicide.

The Unanswered Questions of Science

Oct 31st, 2015 | By

We live in a technological age in which science dominates our thinking and offers solutions to many of our fundamental problems. We depend on science and hold this discipline of human knowledge higher than we hold others (e.g., history, literature). At the end of the Scientific Revolution (the 17th century), Sir Isaac Newton synthesized the work of others with his own original thinking, and produced a compressive understanding of the laws of the physical world. We owe him much [. . .]