Section : Opinions

  • Female Muslim Worshipper

    Who Exactly Are 'Radical Muslims'?

    The Trump administration has been using the phrase “radical Islam” when discussing the “war on terror.” From his inauguration address to remarks to military leaders, President Trump has been warning against “Islamic terrorists.” Many different kinds of individuals and movements get collapsed into this category of radical Islam. A common one that is increasingly being used by politicians and journalists both in Europe and the U.S. to equate with “radical Islam” is the Salafist tradition.
  • Franklin Graham media

    Fake News 'Nothing New, Was Going On In Bible,' Says Franklin Graham

    Although evangelist and Samaritan's Purse president Franklin Graham agrees the United States needs "a free press," he said he believes we "also need an honest press." However, given current tumultuous cultural concerns, ensuring the same definition is being applied to the term "free press" is warranted.
  • Angelina Jolie with refugees

    Angelina Jolie: Refugee Policy Should Be Based on 'Facts, Not Fear'

    American filmmaker, actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie, who also serves as a special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, stated in an opinion-editorial in the New York Times Thursday it is simply not true that U.S. borders are overrun, or that refugees are admitted to the United States without close scrutiny.
  • Syrian Refugees UNHCR

    'Refugees Are Already Vigorously Vetted' Says Former Homeland Security Immigration Officer

    "The only explanation for this [immigration/travel ban] order is that refugees are being used by the president to appeal to his base at the expense of U.S. security," stated Natasha Hall, a former immigration officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in an opinion piece published Tuesday in The Washington Post. "Such a move is not only despicable and devastating to the people who desperately crave the safety of our country -- it erodes the American legal system by turning it into a political tool."
  • When Christians Disagree

    When Christians Disagree: Disagreement & the Gospel

    Since the beginning of Christendom, Christians have disagreed. They’ve disagreed about doctrines and politics, social and personal questions, and the list could go on. Our day is no different. Much like iconoclasts defacing artwork in the 1500s, in our disagreements waged on the social feeds of Facebook and Twitter today, we Christians continue to wrestle with the importance of disagreeing well with one another. The following faculty conversation weighs in on this question of disagreement and provides thoughtful insight into the nature of disagreement as part of the Christian life.
  • immigration ban

    Executives of National Evangelical Bodies Pen Letter to Trump On Executive Order On Refugees

    As evangelical Christians, we are guided by the Bible to be particularly concerned for the plight of refugees, individuals who have been forced to flee their countries because of the threat of persecution. Evangelical churches and ministries have long played a key role in welcoming, resettling, and assisting in the integration of refugees from various parts of the world. As such, we are troubled by the recent executive order temporarily halting refugee resettlement and dramatically reducing the number of refugees who could be considered for resettlement to the U.S.
  • Inauguration Day Preparation: Reasons to Pray and Praise

    As people are preparing for Inauguration Day---some with rejoicing, others in seeming sackcloth and ashes---one fact becomes clear: amid all of the performance rejections and media criticism abounding, this is a controversial and exciting time, to be sure. And perhaps that's an understatement. To the Christian, however, there is never a time devoid of comfort. For those whose eyes are fixed pessimistically, I hope to avert your focus just a bit more.
  • Death Penalty

    Should Christians Support the Death Penalty?

    Death penalty measures were considered on three different state ballots on Election Day, which has sparked a healthy capital punishment debate among Christians, but where should Christians stand on the death penalty? Some capital punishment proponents justify their stance by suggesting that not only is it good governance but it's also sanctioned by God. This is a bold claim. Those who support the death penalty often cite a few Biblical verses, but do they really translate into a divine death penalty mandate?
  • Fuller Seminary Leaders Mark Labberton and Richard Mouw

    Post-Election Evangelical: Prestigious Seminary Leaders Condemn Racism, Fear, Hatred Expressed in Lord's Name

    We are writing to address critical concerns about Christians in America who identify as evangelical. The issues we have in view have been intensified by the 2016 presidential campaign and exist now regardless of the outcome of the election itself. We know many evangelicals of deep faith and strong conscience who cast varied ballots, often gripped by an agonizing sense of compromise whatever their decision. Our concern is not to comment on the election but to clarify the moral vocation of an evangelical Christian faith in the midst of these times.
  • A Constitutional Case for Life: Reflecting on the Legal Mishandling of Roe V Wade

    The Roe vs. Wade case posed perhaps the most controversial handling of Constitutional material in history. The argument defended—the national legalization of abortion—stirred claim to liberties stated within the Fourteenth Amendment, ratified over a century earlier. The premise for this preference of action was established upon the Article’s general references to “equal protection” and individual recognition regardless of race or cultural distinctions. Those representing defense for the recent lawsuit contended the right to private expression of choice; those countering the 1973 historical landmark, however, refuted their opponents’ rationalization. In convictions involving morality and governmental capacity, many questioned whether or not such a case faithfully typified the intentions of the article’s original authors. Although the Supreme Court, in the end, consented to all in behalf of Jane Roe’s cause, a nagging speculation continued to haunt the minds of the American people following: was the Roe event sufficiently and rightly justified? A brief overview of the significance asserted by the Fourteenth Amendment and the historical understanding of liberty and government supports the fact that in light of such knowledge, the Roe. vs. Wade case would have earned the forefathers’ disapproval.
  • Religions around the world

    Religious Pluralism: Identifying and Responding to the Spirit of Our Age

    "America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance — it is not. It is suffering from tolerance. Tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broadminded.”― Fulton J. Sheen. It was once accurately stated that to believe everything is to believe nothing. Though unrestricted acceptance may appear at first thought superiorly loving, it is in factuality lethal and self-destructive.
  • Capitol Hill in Washington DC

    Seven Ways to Pray on Election Day

    We acknowledge that in this election you are, as it were, holding up a mirror to America. You are showing us who we are as a nation. We may not like what we see, but the two major party candidates represent us well. Lies, corruption, selfishness, unbridled ambition, shameless sexual immorality - all committed with a high hand. That's our nation. You are giving us the leaders that we deserve.
  • Unfinished Portrait of William Wilberforce

    William Wilberforce's Exhortation to the Church to Embrace Political Activism

    "Is it not the great end of religion, and, in particular, the glory of Christianity, to extinguish the malignant passions; to curb the violence, to control the appetites, and to smooth the asperities of man; to make us compassionate and kind, and forgiving one to another; to make us good husbands, good fathers, good friends; and to render us active and useful in the discharge of the relative social and civil duties?"~ William Wilberforce
  • China's Leftover Woman

    Leftover Women: The Story of China's Unmarried Women

    Women in China over 27 are viewed as unwanted or "leftover". This is a sad reality because many of these women are beautiful, talented and educated. In Leta Fincher's book, Leftover Women, this sexism struggle is probed and revealed to Western readers. It's pathetic that the progress of these women is being punished by the media of their homeland.
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