Current Events and Christianity Archive

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Summary If baseball once was America’s national pastime, it’s been replaced by a $550 billion-per-year obsession — gambling.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 […]

The Ethics of Capital Punishment

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 17, number 1 (1994). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org The Ethics of Capital Punishment- SYNOPSIS Historically, the church has affirmed the right of the civil magistrate in matters of capital justice. Contemporary culture, in contrast, is […]

Jack Kevorkian: A Glimpse into the Future of Euthanasia?

Dr. Jack Kevorkian was thrown into the nation’s headlines on June 4, 1990. In a Detroit public park, the doctor made 54-year-old Janet Adkins, suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, his first “suicide machine client.” (Kevorkian would soon abandon use of his infamous suicide machine. His patients now inhale carbon monoxide.) In the […]

Dumbing Down, Blowing Up

This article first appeared in the January 2000 issue of the Christian Research Report. For further information go to: http://www.equip.org As I watched reports of the Columbine killings, the title of Robert Bork’s book, Slouching towards Gomorrah2, pulsated like neon in my mind. While Christian leaders from Bill Bright to Rodney Howard-Browne claim that we […]

What Is a Surrogate Mother

The following is an excerpt from article DD135 from the Christian Research Journal. The full pdf can be viewed by following the link below the excerpt. What is a Surrogate Mother? Undoubtedly, surrogate motherhood is the most controversial of the new reproductive technologies. In many cases, the surrogate bears the child for the contracting couple, […]

What Is In Vitro Fertilization

The following is an excerpt from article DD135 from the Christian Research Journal. The full pdf can be viewed by following the link below the excerpt. WHAT IS IN VITRO FERTILIZATION (IVF) On July 25, 1978, Louise Brown was born. She was the first child ever born through the use of in vitro fertilization; that […]

What Is Human Artificial Insemination?

The following is an excerpt from article DD135 from the Christian Research Journal. The full PDF can be viewed by clicking the link below the excerpt. HUMAN ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION Artificial insemination is a relatively simple procedure in which sperm, either from the woman’s husband or a donor (if the husband is unable to produce sperm), […]

Reproductive Technologies

Summary The new reproductive technologies give great hope to infertile couples and make many new reproductive arrangements possible. They also raise many difficult moral issues. Artificial insemination by husband is considered moral, but artificial insemination by donor raises questions about a third party entering reproduction. In vitro fertilization is acceptable within limits: the couple should […]

Religious Advertising

The highways leading to Atlantic City, New Jersey are lined with billboards advertising the city’s many gam­bling establishments. But one billboard advertising “world peace” stands out. The way to achieve it, the billboard proclaims, is to join the Baha’i Faith. While not many sects lease billboards alongside major high­ways to attract new converts, many have […]