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The Denigration of Women, Part II

After illustrating the historical denigration of women from ancient times in virtually every culture and religion, Part I of this essay ended with this sentence: What can be done to correct this historic injustice? In this essay, I will focus on the questions the issue raises for Christians, more specifically for Catholics, whose Church is […]

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The Denigration of Women in History

Westerners are shocked by the treatment of women under Sharia Law, and they rightly link that treatment to the negative view of women historically present in Islam. Yet many are unaware that almost all other religions and cultures have held a similar view. Ancient cultures were generally patriarchal and misogynistic. There were some exceptions—in certain […]

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Prosperity Preaching Is Not Christian

Pastor Joel Osteen’s TV ad announcing his new show on Sirius Radio begins with the promise, “We can have victory every single day.” Next come scenes of his pastoral team on stage during a church service, followed by a long shot of the congregation that looks as if it was filmed in the Super Bowl […]

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Rome’s “Welcome” To Homosexuals

In early October, a draft of a Vatican synod report on family life spoke of “welcoming [homosexuals] . . . to a fraternal place in our communities [emphasis added].” Criticism came quickly from many quarters, including some of the bishops who had participated in the synod. Just as quickly, the wording in English was softened […]

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Sharia Law and Muslim Morality

To people raised in the Judeo-Christian tradition, the punishments called for in Sharia law are shocking. And even more shocking is the widespread approval of those punishments by Muslims around the world. The punishment for adultery is stoning people to death, typically by burying the offenders in sand up to their necks and then having […]

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Feminism and Sharia Law

The last group one would expect to be helping advance Sharia (Islamic) law is feminists, and yet they are doing just that, albeit unintentionally. As is well known, Feminism opposes male domination and the political and social systems that perpetuate it and discriminate against women. In contrast, Sharia law prescribes and celebrates male domination and […]

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Adjusting Our Expectations

There is an old saying, “Blessed are those who expect nothing, for they shall not be disappointed.” Whether it was first uttered as pithy wisdom or a tongue-in-cheek comment on the likelihood of disappointment is not known. But either way, the idea is interesting. The pertinent question is, of course, expect from whom? Other people […]

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Understanding Obama & Ourselves

Why is President Obama so intent on changing America? And why have so many Americans supported the policies and programs producing the changes? Though the questions are almost identical, the answers are very different. The answer to the first question is that Obama is an anti-colonialist. That is, he is outraged by the way western […]

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Gadgets and Grace

If God attempts to communicate with Americans or other westerners these days, chances are He’ll get a busy signal. Our romance with cell phones, not to mention laptops and tablets, video games, music devices, and other electronic gadgets has passed the point of preoccupation and in some cases has reached obsession. Many of us are […]

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A Christian View Of Self

“That I feed the hungry, that I forgive an insult, that I love my enemy in the name of Christ—all these are undoubtedly great virtues . . . But what if I should discover that the least among them all, the poorest of all the beggars, the most impudent of all the offenders, the very […]

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