Churches and other religious groups can play an important role in reducing the opportunity gap between rich and poor kids in the United States, professor Robert Putnam said in an interview with The Christian Post about his new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.
While churches already play an important role by promoting the importance of marriage, they can do more by getting involved in the lives of the poor children in crisis, explained Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin professor of Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and the author of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (2010) with Notre Dame professor David Campbell, and the bestselling Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (2000).
In part one of his CP interview, Putnam spoke about the isolation from family, churches and community experienced by poor children, or the bottom one-third of all children in the United States, and he responded to comparisons made with Charles Murray's Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 (2012). more >>
The University of Tennesse's "sex week" will go on as scheduled this week, despite efforts to challenge funding for the event.
Organized by the group Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee, sex week starts on Monday and runs through Saturday, April 11.
In years past, the event has included the distribution of "condom flowers" and the wearing of penis costumes. more >>
For many years, it was considered highly envious to attend an Ivy League or other top rated university. Graduates enjoyed social prestige and better job opportunities. Then universities started changing their admissions standards to account for factors other than strictly merit achievement. Left-wing admission panels started favoring applicants with preferred backgrounds, such as activism in the Peace Corps or members of a preferred minority group.
As some students were admitted beyond their level of achievement, they started dropping out in increasing numbers. The politically correct universities started to look a little sheepish. But for the most part, people still looked up to them. Those students who had worked hard throughout their grade school years in order to achieve high grades, but who were from poor, Republican backgrounds, could not compete anymore with the privileged children of wealthy, left wing activist parents, who were now considered the ideal applicants at elite universities.
Fortunately, something emerged to drastically diminish this inequity: the emergence of social media. No longer could young people promoted beyond their abilities quietly attend an elite university and seamlessly transition into a CEO or other top job. Their every thought became publicly broadcasted over Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms 24 hours a day. Millennials and subsequent generations are growing up "wired" to use social media constantly. Instead of hiding behind a lofty degree, their most intimate thoughts - even if formed while inebriated in the middle of the night - are now on display for the world to see. more >>
I knew when I opened the acceptance letter from Houston Baptist University that I was being offered a chance to live my dream. I chose to apply to HBU because I am excited about my faith. I wanted to attend a school that would help me establish a strong foundation of faith as I prepare to go out into the world to serve. I wanted the faith-based training that would prepare me to stand up for my beliefs in a world that doesn't share them.
I also knew that every dream worth living comes with certain costs, like working hard and making sacrifices. But I had no idea that the greatest threat to my educational dream would come from the federal government. In 2011, when the government required HBU to pay for the morning-after pill and the week-after pill in its insurance coverage, my school was put to a choice: its faith or its mission.
Baptists believe that life begins at conception, so for the government to ask us to pay for anything that could end a pregnancy is asking us to violate our faith. HBU's mission is to "provide a learning experience that instills in students a passion for academic, spiritual, and professional excellence as a result of our central confession, 'Jesus Christ is Lord.'" The cost of not complying with the law is devastating fines that will fall directly on my education and cripple HBU's mission. more >>
WASHINGTON — Evangelical churches need to focus more on preaching biblical truth in order to prepare children to defend historic Christian teachings on social issues like same-sex marriage and abortion from the "distorted" theology being propagated by the Christian left, evangelical author Chelsen Vicari said Wednesday.
At a Family Research Council discussion on her new book, Distorted: How The New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging Faith, Vicari explained that as more mainline Protestant denominations are starting to affirm same-sex relationships and other issues that Christ has labeled as sinful, young Evangelicals are susceptible to caving in and embracing the liberal agenda that they encounter on college campuses and in youth groups, because they don't know enough about the Scripture to defend its guiding principles.
Vicari, who's the evangelical program director at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, shared her own story about how when she was going through her undergraduate studies, her strong conservative Christian convictions were tested and ostracized by left-leaning Christian groups on campus. She eventually folded her convictions to believe that it's acceptable for Christians to be accommodating toward sinful behavior, such as homosexuality. more >>
An expert on the history of American evangelical denominations is taking issue with the claim by some that Reconstructionism, a strict faction within conservative Christianity, is America's version of the Islamic State.
Christian Reconstructionism, which calls for the application of biblical law in society, has been compared in recent months to the Middle Eastern terrorist group that's best known in the United States as ISIS.