Albert Mohler - The Briefing
Is work a prerequisite for food? For able-bodied people, state of TN says yes, so does the Bible
- Tennessean (Anita Wadhwani) — Tennessee to reinstate work requirements for able-bodied food stamp recipients
ACLU targets religious exemptions for adoptions, and in turn the children of Michigan
As U.S. debates monuments, monument to Russian general behind AK-47 comes under fire
Worldview book recommendation — Worth Dying for: The Power and Politics of Flag
After the shock of an earthquake, many of the aftershocks are theological
- New York Times (Kirk Semple, Paulina Villegas, Elisabeth Malkin) — Mexico Earthquake Kills Hundreds, Trapping Many Under Rubble
How does sin explain natural disasters?
Clash of worldviews at the U.N. as President Trump addresses General Assembly
- New York Times (Mark Landler) — Trump Offers a Selective View of Sovereignty in U.N. Speech
- New York Times (Peter Baker and Rick Gladstone) — With Combative Style and Epithets, Trump Takes America First to the U.N.
Allergic to sovereignty? Media reacts to President Trump’s U.N. speech
- Wall Street Journal — Trump Shock at Turtle Bay
- Wall Street Journal (Gerald F. Seib) — Trump Returns U.S. to Realpolitik in World Affairs
‘Will and Grace’ returns, but is it edgy enough?
Rolling Stone magazine for sale: How cultural artifacts quickly become more of the past
Millennials cast their ballots, or not: Will their failure to vote hurt Democrats?
Why the Australia same-sex marriage vote will tell us a lot about the future of marriage, mail, and millennials
Why a Catholic theologian’s cancellation at a Catholic seminary should have our attention
The LGBT revolution is inevitably a theological revolution
China no longer harvesting organs of prisoners, which it said it never did
- Washington Post (Simon Denyer) — China used to harvest organs from prisoners. Under pressure, that practice is finally ending.
Why atheists don’t trust other atheists and what this reveals about moral intuition
- The Guardian (Agence France-Presse) — Atheists tend to be seen as immoral – even by other atheists: study
- New York Times (Benedict Carey) — The Serial Killer Test: Biases Against Atheists Emerge in Study
Looking back on the Summer of Love and the cultural revolution, 50 years later
- Weekly Standard (Andrew Ferguson) — Flowers in Their Hair: The Summer of Love, 50 Years Later
- The Chronicle of Higher Education (Zoë Corbyn) — The Long Summer of Love
Were The Beatles right, is love really all you need?
- Financial Times (Ludovic Hunter-Tilney) — All you need is love: what happened to the global pop song?
Harvard University grapples with admission questions the secular world can’t handle
Worldview implications of the health care debate takes shape
- New York Times (Robert Pear) — Medicare for All or State Control: Health Care Plans Go to Extremes
- Wall Street Journal (William Galston) — The Single Payer Siren Song
Are dictators the biggest fans of the smartphone?
A judge comes clean about how he actually judges
The influence of pragmatism in the culture and its understanding of truth
Transgenderism goes to college: Women’s colleges struggle to define what it means to be a woman
Why a dress code is never simply a dress code
- LA Times (Priscella Vega) — High school students in Burbank challenge dress code, call for updated policy
Research finding that sexual orientation can be revealed by a computer highlights dangers of Artificial Intelligence
- The Guardian (Matthew Todd) — Why, exactly, would anyone want to use AI to decide whether I’m gay or straight?
- Washington Post (Derek Hawkins) — Researchers use facial recognition tools to predict sexual orientation. LGBT groups aren’t happy.
- The Economist — Advances in AI are used to spot signs of sexuality
Is a Utah judge preventing two men from having a biological child, or is it biology itself?
- Salt Lake City Tribune (Jennifer Dobner) — Utah couple heads to state Supreme Court over law that prevents married gay men from having biological children through surrogacy
The Wall Street Journal asks if we are we richer than we think we are
Government is never neutral: A lesson in how bureaucracy really works
- New York Times (Ben Protess, Danielle Ivory, and Steve Eder) — Where Trump’s Hands-Off Approach to Governing Does Not Apply
Search-and-destroy mission in Iceland as babies with Down syndrome are nearly eliminated
- CBS News (Julian Quinones and Arijeta Lajka) — "What kind of society do you want to live in?": Inside the country where Down syndrome is disappearing
- National Review (Alexandra DeSanctis) — Iceland Eliminates People with Down Syndrome
- The Federalist (David Harsanyi) — Pro-Choicers Should Explain Why They Think Eugenics Is Acceptable
Kate Millett’s legacy: A worldview that sees family as a problem cannot but end in sadness
- New York Times (Paul Sehgal and Neil Genzlinger) — Kate Millett, Ground-Breaking Feminist Writer, Is Dead at 82
What the unpredictability of a hurricane says about human vulnerability
- Washington Post (Jason Samenow and Greg Porter) — Hurricane Irma to batter Florida Peninsula through the night
Dependence on technology revealed as many are in the dark after Hurricane Irma
New York Times amazed that hurricane strengthens, rather than weakens Christians’ faith
In the face of nature’s chaos, New York Times asks, “Why can’t we stop asking 'Why?'”
Religious liberty under fire in a hearing of the United States Senate
Physician assisted suicide is not a fundamental human right, says New York court
- Wall Street Journal (Jacob Gershman) — New York’s Highest Court Rules Against Physician-Assisted Suicide
Why one federal sex education program has more to do with morality than money
The redefinition of childhood as sales of Lego products decline
The fate of the Reformation in Western Europe, 500 years later
- The Guardian (Harriet Sherwood) — After 500 years, Europe’s Reformation scars have all but healed, study finds
- Pew Research Center — Five Centuries After Reformation, Catholic-Protestant Divide in Western Europe Has Faded
The legacy of nominal Protestantism and cultural Christianity
- Pew Research Center — U.S. Protestants Are Not Defined by Reformation-Era Controversies 500 Years Later
A significant number of atheists in the United Kingdom don’t find atheism intellectually satisfying
- RNS (Catherine Pepinster) — Britons reject creationism but some find evolutionary theory lacking, too
Mayor of New York City tells us what he really believes and it’s unvarnished socialism
Why policy questions and constitutional questions aren’t always one and the same
- Time Magazine — 'We Cannot Admit Everyone.' Read a Transcript of Jeff Sessions' Remarks on Ending the DACA Program
What should our priorities be in the aftermath of the White House’s decision on DACA?
The soul of a civilization as Europe tends toward childlessness
Messianic message forbidden in China as Communist Party bans Handel’s Messiah
Lessons small become lessons large: North Korean threat reveals necessity of stability and order
- New York Times ( Motoko Rich and David Sanger) — Motives of North Korea’s Leader Baffle Americans and Allies
- Financial Times (Gideon Rachman) — Miscalculation could lead to a Korean war
The strength of relationships vs. the fragility of stuff in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
Two rival visions of Christianity on display in the response to the Nashville Statement
- Washington Post (R. Albert Mohler Jr.) — I signed the Nashville Statement. It’s an expression of love for same-sex attracted people.
Princess Diana: Not only a pop culture icon, but also a driver of the moral revolution
Hurricane Harvey tests the vocabulary of meteorology
- New York Times (Christine Hauser) — As Harvey Raged, Meteorologists Grasped for Words to Describe It
Courage under fire: How a kindly grandmother who turned out to be an important WWII spy
The new functionalist understanding of religion and how it contrasts with biblical Christianity
- Chicago Tribune (Rex Huppke) — Anti-LGBT 'Nashville Statement' meets a more loving 'Chicago Statement'
Finding refuge in the muddled middle: What can we learn from responses to the Nashville Statement?
Knowledge vs. Faith: Is there a new chasm in American intellectual and religious life?
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Tracie Mauriello) — Monument to myth or history? Museum of the Bible to open in Washington, D.C.
Should children be told that they can be anything they want to be?
Evangelical coalition releases Nashville statement, a manifesto on biblical sexuality
Nowhere to hide: Church faces unavoidable questions on issues of sexuality
Why the human scale is the most important scale when it comes to Hurricane Harvey
Harvey dumps over 9 trillion (and counting) gallons of water on Texas. What does this mean?
- Washington Post (Matthew Cappucci) — Texas flood disaster: Harvey has unloaded 9 trillion gallons of water
Is marriage just an ‘evolving institution’? One Australian political figure thinks so
- The Guardian (Gareth Hutchens) — Nick Greiner denounces 'religious freedom' argument against marriage equality
‘X’ marks the spot: Canada adds third gender category to passports
As Hurricane Harvey makes landfall, the best and worst of human nature is on display
- Washington Post (Dylan Baddour, Kevin Sullivan, Wesley Lowery and Robert Samuels) — 3,000 guard troops called up as ‘catastrophic’ Harvey causes deadly floods in Texas
Moralizing on a college campus: A new sexual ethic emerges at Wesleyan University
Why the long-term view of the LGBT revolutionaries is not long enough
Internal contradictions of transgender ideology exposed as military policy is debated
The worldview of Scientism and the commodification of aborted fetuses
- Wall Street Journal (Jacob Gershman) — Indiana University Spars With State Over Aborted Fetal Tissue
Melinda Gates warns parents about dangers of exposing kids to technology too early
- Washington Post (Melinda Gates) — Melinda Gates: I spent my career in technology. I wasn’t prepared for its effect on my kids.