Archive for the ‘Social Justice’ Category

Autumn in the Sovereign Zone: Why “It’s My Body, I Can Do What I Want” Won’t Do

Autumn in the Sovereign Zone[1] Anyone who has ever heard a conversation about abortion has heard pro-choice statements like: “My body, my choice.” “You can’t tell another person what she can’t do with her own body.” “The fetus is part of her body.” “The fetus is inside her body.” When...
October 2nd, 2013 | Abortion, Bioethics, Ethics, Family Issues, Human Rights, Social Justice | Read More

True Religion And The Welfare State

I recently had a conversation with a friend who I would consider part of the “Christian Left.”  As I’ve mentioned before, those on the Christian Left tend, generally speaking, to reject evangelical assumptions about Scripture, such as inerrancy or perspicuity.  Many, like my friend,...
February 25th, 2013 | Culture, Domestic Policy, Politics, Religion, Social Justice | Read More

#FirstWorldProblems

I hate it when I check my food order after I pull out of the drive through, and I have to walk inside to ask them to fix it. How does that complaint strike you?  Mildly amusing?  Ironic?  Or are you offended at my callousness toward those who are actually suffering? The Twitter hashtag #FirstWorldProblems...
October 12th, 2012 | Ethics, Media, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy, Politics, Social Justice, Technology | Read More

Welcome Home, Gilad Shalit.

Gilad Shalit was welcomed home today after five long years in the Hamas prison system. (The Telegraph is live-blogging his homecoming for those interested.) The 477 Palestinian prisoners who were freed today in exchange for Shalit are also celebrating their own homecoming, albeit under different circumstances....
October 18th, 2011 | Culture, Featured, Foreign Affairs, Global War on Terrorism, Human Rights, Other, Other Religions, Politics, Religion, Social Justice | Read More

What if Spock Was Right: Gilad Shalit, the Many, and the One

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas announced yesterday that Gilad Shalit, the young Israeli soldier held captive by Hamas since 2006, will be released. In exchange for Shalit’s freedom, more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, hundreds of them convicted terrorists, will also be released. The...
October 12th, 2011 | Culture, Featured, Foreign Affairs, Global War on Terrorism, Human Rights, Judaism, Politics, Religion, Social Justice | Read More

All For One, Not One For All: Thoughts on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy

“It is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.” This age-old attitude is at the heart of the drama in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, which begins with the international best-seller, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. A confession:...
October 11th, 2011 | Art & Literature, Book Reviews, Culture, Ethics, Human Rights, Media, Moral Philosophy, Social Justice | Read More

US Support for Yousef Nadarkhani Grows as Iran Denies Its Own Apostasy Charges

In a move more reminiscent of a badly regulated nursery than of a foreign power, Iranian officials have now denied that Yousef Nadarkhani is to be executed on charges of apostasy. Instead, the young Iranian Christian will be executed on charges of rape, treason, and Zionism. Maybe. Or maybe not; a statement...
October 4th, 2011 | Culture, Evangelicals, Featured, Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Other Religions, Politics, Religion, Religious Liberty, Social Justice, The Gospel | Read More

Social Justice, the Body of Christ, and the Reputation of Christians

Over at the Huffington Post, Zach Hunter has written a piece about his work in the area of human trafficking. At only 19–and having started his ministry when he was only 12–his track record likely puts many other believers to shame, so to speak. In this article, he speaks on the theological...
September 21st, 2011 | Evangelicals, Featured, Protestant, Religion, Social Justice | Read More

Abdolreza Haghnejad and Yousef Nadarkhani: Christians in Iran

Yousef Nadarkhani still looks set to become the first Christian executed for apostasy in Iran since 1990. Unfortunately, he may be merely the first in a new wave of Iranian persecutions–yet the media has hardly noticed. Abdolreza ‘Matthias’ Haghnejad, a pastor in the Evangelical Church...
August 26th, 2011 | Culture, Featured, Foreign Affairs, Global War on Terrorism, Human Rights, Other, Other Religions, Politics, Religion, Religious Liberty, Social Justice | Read More

Good News From Libya–For Now

As Libyan rebel forces occupy the capital at Tripoli, it’s natural to wonder whether the presumed ousting of Moamar Qaddafi will lead to something even more insidious than his tyrannical regime. It’s a distinct possibility, but perhaps not for the reasons you expect. Unlike in Egypt, where...
August 23rd, 2011 | Culture, Foreign Affairs, Global War on Terrorism, Human Rights, Other, Other Religions, Politics, Religion, Social Justice | Read More