Mike Licona has a five-part series analyzing Bart Ehrman's arguments that the Biblical text we have is not to be trusted.
Ehrman presents no original thoughts, but his positions are largely embraced by mainstream skeptical scholarship and he, too, has a talent for taking select academic positions and sharing them in sound-bites that shock readers.
Anne Graham Lotz says in her new book that religion doesn't really matter. "Religion is an impediment to knowing God...Procedures, rituals, creeds: how in the world can they help you connect with God?"
Wesley J. Smith draws attention to two disturbing developments in our brave new world untethered from objective moral obligation.
1. "Under new rules about to go into effect in the UK, scientists will be able to create cloned human/animal hybrid cloned embryos with tissue already taken from patients, and without their consent."
2. Oregon's doctor-assisted suicide law reported in a British newspaper because Oregon's law is being held up as an example for other states and countries considering passing similar legislation:
Although the rules require those handed the lethal prescriptions to have a life expectancy of only six months, some who subsequently decide not to kill themselves have gone on to survive for a year-and-a-half more. Or even longer.
Critics warn that because many doctors refuse to participate, patients end up shopping around for the handful of physicians willing to prescribe.
It makes it all the more likely the person who is writing the prescription will neither know the patient nor provide an impartial assessment of them.
It is also said that those suffering from depression, a condition that can impair decision-making, are rarely excluded from the process as they should be.
But perhaps most worrying of all, say critics, is the trend for other treatment to be denied to those who are terminally ill. Instead of being given the medicines that might prolong their lives, they are being offered £30 to cover the cost of drugs that will end their days in a matter of hours.
Today is Constitution Day, a great opportunity to recall the uniqueness of our Constitution and it's influence in affecting government's respect for individual rights around the world. It's a remarkable document for it's vision in resolving competing interests and rights, balancing the power of government, and its flexibility to remain relevant over so much time and allow for amendment to adapt.
The Constitution wasn't written until more than a decade after the Declaration of Independence. The Virginia state constitution was very influential in formulating many of the principles adopted by the U.S. Constitution. Probably foremost is the protection of individual rights specified in the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments. And it was George Mason of Virginia who is credited with leading the urgency to formalize these protections of individual liberty and limit the influence and power of the government. And the philosophical source of these rights, as specified in the Declaration of Independence, and government's obligation to recognize them is God's endowment. Both individuals and government are obligated to Him to respect and protect these rights.
Mason was appointed in 1786 to represent Virginia as a delegate to a Federal Convention, to meet in Philadelphia for the purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation....One objection to the proposed Constitution was that it lacked a "declaration of rights". As a delegate to Virginia's ratification convention, he opposed ratification without amendment. Among the amendments he desired was a bill of rights....On December 15, 1791, the U.S. Bill of Rights, based primarily on George Mason's Virginia Declaration of Rights, was ratified in response to the agitation of Mason and others.