Current Events and Christianity Archive

Sep 11, 2001

This article first appeared in the Practical Apologetics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 24, number 1 (2002). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: There is no need to paint a word picture describing the horrors of 11 September 2001. The images will forever be emblazoned […]

Pat Robertson and Christian Broadcasting Network

The position of Christian Research Institute relative to Pat Robertson and the CBN Network has not varied over the last 25 years. Dr. Martin has been a friend of Pat Robertson and, though they are not always in agreement, they have “agreed to disagree agreeably” in areas of theology which are not essential to redemption […]

A Nation Responds to Terrorism and War

Synopsis America has rightly responded to the September 11 terrorist attack by replying with prayer, a solemn assembly, and force. According to the seven principles that constitute a just war — proper authority, real injury, proportionality, just means of fighting, good chance of victory, failed negotiations, and right motive — America is justified in using […]

Episcopal Court Demotes Doctrine of Marriage

In September 1990, retired Bishop Walter C. Righter laid hands on the head of Barry Stopfel, a man living openly with a homosexual lover, and ordained him a deacon of the Episcopal Church. A year later, Bishop John S. Spong — well known for his books, such as Reclaiming the Bible from Fundementalism, Resurrection: Myth […]

Christianity and Homosexuality

This article first appeared in the Viewpoint column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 24, number 2 (2001). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: Adulterer? Fornicator? Swindler? Gossip? The apostle Paul clearly said people who habitually and impenitently behave in such a manner “will not inherit the […]

Holistic Health Care

The term “holistic health” refers to a wide range of alternative approaches to health care which emphasize spiritual and psychological as well as the physical dimensions to personal health. The holistic health movement sees itself as a corrective response to traditional medicine’s almost exclusive focus on the physical dimensions of health and healing. Unfortunately, the […]

Answering the Gay Christian Position

This article first appeared in the Effective Evangelism column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 23, number 1 (2000). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: Twenty-two years ago I craved justification for my homosexuality. I had decided I was gay, and I felt utterly incapable of changing […]

Just War Tradition

SUMMARY The just war tradition (JWT) arose from a desire to have the Christian faith influence the terrible necessity of warfare. Just War Tradition allows Christians to evaluate potential conflicts and to influence other conflicts once they have begun. It also allows Christians to see God as present and active even amid the violence and […]

Of Animal and Human Rights

Summary Although human rights are only partially secured around the world, since the 1970s a growing movement for animal rights or animal liberation has emerged. The animal rights movement is inspired by a genuine and commendable compassion for animals that have been mistreated, exploited, and abused by human beings. It is also motivated, however, by […]

Gambling in America

Summary If baseball once was America’s national pastime, it’s been replaced by a $550 billion-per-year obsession — gambling. Gambling feeds the self-indulgent, instant-gratification mindset that has plagued America in recent decades. Beneath its glittery surface lurk the parallel tragedies of increasing addiction and a decreasing devotion to spirituality. Most Christian churches have been silent about […]