Editorials & Opinions

The Church of the First Adam

Until about seven months ago (suspiciously around the time of the presidential election), I never paid much attention to the messages blazoned on the backside of the car in front of me. Lately, however, it seems that bumper stickers have become the last bastion of free speech—the final frontier of public politically incorrect expression. As I was making my way home from work the other evening I saw one that got my attention. It was simple in its design: a website address in white letters on a black background. It was the name of the website that really got me thinking—churchcanbefun.com

The Science of Sex

by Marcia Segelstein

Thanks to medical science, we now know that smoking cigarettes is unhealthy. It can lead to diseases like emphysema and lung cancer, and increase the risks of heart disease and stroke. So we have acted swiftly on that information. In one generation, our attitude about smoking has undergone a remarkable transformation. Where smoking was once commonplace, and homes everywhere had ashtrays, even if only for visiting smokers, today it's almost shocking to see someone light up. Banned from airplanes, offices and many restaurants, smoking – and smokers – are viewed with a kind of disdain at worst, pity at best. TV shows and movies rarely show people smoking, except when they're villains. The

The Death of Common Sense

Three yards of black fabric enshroud my computer terminal. I am mourning the passing of an old friend by the name of Common Sense. His obituary reads as follows:

Common Sense, aka C.S., lived a long life, but died from heart failure at the brink of the millennium. No one really knows how old he was, his birth records were long ago entangled in miles and miles of bureaucratic red tape. Known affectionately to close friends as Horse Sense and Sound Thinking, he selflessly devoted himself to a life of service in homes, schools, hospitals and offices, helping folks get jobs done without a lot of fanfare, whooping and hollering.

Satan as "God of this World"

    And though this world, with devils filled,
    Should threaten to undo us, we will not fear,
    for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us.
    The prince of darkness grim we tremble not for him;
    his rage we can endure, for lo! his doom is sure,
    one little word shall fell him.1

A Review of "Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty"

A Review of "Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty: Emerging ConflictsSame-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty" Edited by Douglas Laycock, Anthony Picarello, Jr., and Robin F. Wilson (Published by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., New York: 2008). Reviewed by Lee Duigon Bio

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to delver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Daniel 3:17–18

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