CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – The Southern Evangelical Seminary warmly welcomed Dr. Richard Land, former longtime president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, during his inauguration held at First Baptist Church Indian Trail Thursday evening.
After receiving accolades and charges from such notable theologians as Craig Mitchell, Greg Thornbury, Ergun Caner, Josh McDowell, and Norman Geisler, Land told The Christian Post that the event was very humbling.
"You don't come to an event or to a place like this without owing a tremendous debt of gratitude to many, many people starting with my parents, and the church workers who invested in an unruly child in a church a longtime ago in Houston, Texas," said Land, during an emotional evening for the staunch defender of the Christian faith. "My dad was saved in a Billy Graham crusade and I got raised in a Christian home." more >>
The United States Supreme Court has decided to not hear an appeal from an African-American woman who was fired from an Ohio academic institute for penning a column that was perceived as being anti-gay.
Working during the government shutdown, earlier this week the Court rejected the appeal of Crystal Dixon, former employee at the University of Toledo.
Jonathan Strunk, senior director of university communications for Toledo, provided The Christian Post with a statement from the university's President Lloyd Jacobs. more >>
A lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union has stated that a Halloween celebration canceled by a Pennsylvania elementary school does not evoke religious concerns.
Earlier this week an elementary school in Pennsylvania opted to ban a Halloween parade for the schoolchildren, with the principal citing religious concerns.
Mary Catherine Roper, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Pennsylvania, told The Christian Post that she did not believe there was a true church and state concern with the Halloween event. more >>
Loyola Marymount University [LMU], a Jesuit college in Los Angeles, Calif., will vote Monday on whether to continue providing elective abortion coverage on the health insurance plans of faculty and staff. The issue has created a deep schism at the university between faculty members who wish to not alienate their non-Christian students, and those wishing to stay true to the university's religious credo.
Loyola Marymount's Board of Trustees Chair Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead and President David W. Burcham sent a letter to all faculty and staff back in August announcing plans to "thoroughly discuss" the elective abortion coverage option on their health insurance on October 7. Additionally, Burcham told The Los Angeles Loyolan that the school had renewed its inquiries regarding abortion insurance coverage late last year in preparation of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
In the weeks leading up to Monday's Board of Trustees meeting, professors and others on campus have become involved in a heated debate regarding abortion coverage at the university. Although one of LMU's healthcare providers, Anthem, dropped its abortion coverage option early in 2013, the other provider, Kaiser, reportedly still offers the option. more >>
The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee distributed a letter to 135 school superintendents throughout the state last week, telling them that school-sponsored prayer before football games is a violation of the Constitution's First Amendment that prohibits an endorsement of religion. In response to similar letters sent in the past, legal groups have countered the ACLU's claims by arguing that students have a constitutional right to free speech and religious expression.
"Our experience is that many public school administrators and educators struggle with how the constitutional guarantees of religious freedom apply to prayer during their school-sponsored events," Hedy Weinberg, the ACLU's executive director, said in an ACLU-Tennessee press release accompanying the letter.
"Our goal is to make sure that school systems statewide understand these First Amendment guarantees and commit to protecting religious freedom for all students, including athletes, and for their families who attend the games," Weinberg adds. The press release goes on to say that the ACLU, a nonprofit group, chose to send the letter to certain superintendents reading reports of prayer at football games. more >>
Today in many intellectual circles, Christians are viewed with condescension and derision. We are seen as naïve simpletons who lack the courage to accept the world at face value. We insist on weaving elaborate theologies and worshiping a God who is invisible because we are too weak to cope with the fact that existence is finite and life ends with the grave. Atheists accuse us of being irrational and illogical, maintaining that they are on the side of the factual and sensible. They reject the metaphysical because it can't be verified and quantified. They reject moral absolutes because they impinge upon individual self-determination.
Similarly, the concept of Christian education strikes many as a laughable notion, an oxymoron embraced only by morons. The idea that God has any involvement with or impact upon what man can know and how he can know it – indeed, the idea that God even exists – is anathema to academic elites. Sadly, even some Christians believe that Christ's exhortation to reject the things of this world means that engaging in the pursuit of knowledge is a waste of time and a potential impediment to one's faith. This is a mistaken view.
Anthony Bradley of the Action Institute Power Blog challenged this view recently in an article reviewing theologian Abraham Kuyper's understanding of education and its centrality to the Christian life. Kuyper recognized even in his day that the university system was rapidly becoming a stronghold of anti-theistic bias, and that this bias was adversely influencing the broader culture. The solution, he suggested, was not for Christians to withdraw from university life, but to commit themselves the rigorous pursuit of higher education as a way to both honor God and benefit the broader culture. From the piece: more >>