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Caring and Convictions

If I told you that "doctors' personal beliefs can hinder care," you might guess that I was talking about physicians who would use leeches instead of antibiotics — or, maybe, Jehovah's Witnesses who refused to give their patients blood transfusions.

If so, you probably have not read the Associated Press.

"Doctors' Personal Beliefs Can Hinder Care" was the headline of an AP story about a just-released University of Chicago study. The study, published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, surveyed physicians' handling of "legal but morally controversial medical treatments": abortion, birth control for minors, and terminal sedation.

Based on physician questionnaires, the study found that "86 percent of doctors did feel obliged to present all options in such cases." However, "only" 71 percent felt obligated to "refer the patient to a doctor who did not object to t...

Elections and the Kingdom of God

With the presidential election finally over and with the re-election of President Bush, some are thinking, "Hallelujah! We have a president who's going to promote a godly moral agenda. All is well because we've won."

If that's what you're thinking, it's time for a serious reality check. The Kingdom of God will not arrive on Air Force One no matter how good the president's character or great his ability. Don't get me wrong: Elections are important; the law is a moral teacher. But all the laws and political victories will not help us if we lose the culture. Our job is the same no matter who is in office: that is, to make serious disciples and to bring Christian truth to bear in all of life.

The first place to start is training our children in biblical worldview thinking. Statistics show that many Christian kids lose their faith in college. (Not surprising if you look at Barna's poll and see that only 9 percent of evangelical teens be...

When someone labels his position "pro-choice," whose choice does he or she mean?

An article titled "Who's Making the Choice?" in the Post-Abortion Review states, "Hundreds of thousands of women undergo unwanted abortions every year to please someone else or because of pressure or coercion by their sexual partners, parents, social workers, counselors, employers, or school administrators." A boyfriend or parent threatens to throw her into the streets unless she follows his or her wishes. A boss gives an employment ultimatum. Social or school stigma interferes with the "choice" the girl would otherwise make. According to a survey of 252 post-abortive women, more than half said they felt "forced" into the abortion by others.

In one survey 70 perc...

The women gather at the Old Country Buffet in a Boston shopping mall. They laugh and chat as they dig into roast beef and ice cream sundaes. They could be any group of young moms and college students enjoying a night out. But they're not. These women are recent converts to Islam, celebrating the end of Ramadan. They symbolize a curious new phenomenon in the wake of September 11: A surge of Islamic conversions.
Pornography Goes Mainstream

How does the unthinkable become thinkable? Through slow, persistent, and quiet change. At a time when abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia are becoming widely accepted, you might wonder: What's left that could possibly be called "unthinkable"? The answer: pedophilia, the sexual exploitation of children.

Most Americans view pedophilia as an abomination. But gay activists are now openly advocating it, calling it "inter-generational intimacy." As Mary Eberstadt writes in a provocative article in the Weekly Standard, the "social consensus against the sexual exploitation of children ... is apparently eroding."

The process of erosion began at least fifteen years ago, when academics began questioning the almost universal condemnation of pedophilia. Soon, filmmakers and advertisers joined in, giving us movies like Lolita, depicting a sexual liaison between a twelve-year-old girl and a forty-year-old man. More recently, advertisers l...