Editor's Note: This is the second part in a series on surrogacy, titled "Renting a Womb." Read Part 1 here.
Although not specifically mentioned in the Bible, the act of surrogacy in order to produce a baby should be considered unethical, says Scott B. Rae, professor of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Biola University.
Surrogacy, Rae argued, diminishes a woman's role in procreation. The woman, he said, is reduced to a "baby breeder." more >>
Concluding his blog series on the doctrine of hell, North Carolilna megachurch Pastor J.D. Greear reflects on the question whether God would send people who have never heard about Jesus to hell, and other difficult issues related to the reality of hell.
What about the innocent native in Africa who has never heard about God? How could God hold him accountable for what he didn't even know? This question often comes up when we talk about hell, writes the pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, for Between the Times, the official blog of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
But all people have heard about God, Greear argues, quoting Romans 1:19, where Paul says that what can be known about God has been made plain to all people. All have been made aware of God in two ways, creation and conscience, the pastor says. more >>
While two polygamist families are attempting to prove critics wrong and convince people that they live a normal lifestyle, at least one former polygamist wife is speaking out against the practice. The state of Utah recently ruled that a law against cohabitation was a violation of the First Amendment's right to freedom of religion, allowing polygamist families more freedom.
Marion Munn was part of a plural marriage for 18 years after converting to Mormon fundamentalism. Munn was not happy with the arrangement and is now speaking out about the dangers of the polygamist lifestyle.
"The only way that I can explain it is like living with adultery on a daily basis, and having the woman come home. On top of that you have to smile and pretend that everything's okay because that's part of the culture too. So for me going into it, I didn't personally want to live it, but I felt compelled to as a matter of faith," Munn told Daily Mail. more >>
The producers of the hit television miniseries "The Bible" have stated that their new film "Son of God" is meant to be a "love story" for an "under-served" audience.
"By the time you get to His arrest in Gethsemane, you really feel that you know Him and you love Him. And you really feel awful that this could be happening," said Mark Burnett, co-producer of "Son of God."
"Within that sweeping drama and tension there was this intimacy of this love story of Jesus," added Burnett, who hoped viewers of the film "fall in love with Jesus." more >>
From childhood, I have been in settings – mainly in church – where the Lord's Prayer was recited. Some of you know it as the "Our Father" prayer. Others call this the "Jesus' Model Prayer."
However you refer to it, you might recall that this particular teaching of Christ came in response to the disciple's request: "Lord, teach us to pray." (Luke 11:1)
There are such comforting and noble parts in this prayer. Mystery and power vibrate in each line. However, if you are like me, we can comfortably cruise through an out-loud recitation of the prayer almost zombie-like, with no effort, thought, or emotion. more >>
Christian experts on science explained that there are more than just two perspectives on the relationship between faith and science, articulating a position that neither Ken Ham nor Bill Nye represented in their Tuesday debate at the Creation Museum.
"My objection to the format of the debate, is that it's Ken Ham verses Bill Nye, and I want people to know that there are more options out there," Jack Collins, professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary, told The Christian Post in an interview Thursday. Collins, who also served as Old Testament chair on the translation committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, argued that the most important argument for Christianity and science is not the age of the earth, but the Christian foundations of science itself.
Stephen C. Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, and a leading voice of the intelligent design movement, argued that Ken Ham made a grievous tactical error by focusing on the age of the earth rather than the weaknesses of evolution. "Ken Ham has made a very significant mistake by focusing on that subsidiary issue and giving Darwinists a pass on the more significant issue that there is evidence for design," Meyer explained. more >>