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The ultimate concern in a discussion of the Bible is its authority.

The decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court regarding same-sex "marriage" is likely to have far-reaching implications to redefine marriage across this country. Following the Lawrence decision on sodomy by the U.S. Supreme Court this past summer, the 4-3 decision by the Massachusetts court almost guarantees that this issue will land on the high court's docket sooner than anyone could have imagined.

The dissenting justices in the Massachusetts opinion were correct to argue that the courts had assumed the role of lawmakers. Justice Francis Spina wrote, "Today, the court has transformed its role as protector of rights into the role of creator of rights, and I respectfully dissent." The Massachusetts decision goes beyond the previous ruling in Vermont, which has granted civil unions to gay couples. The emphatic language by the Massachusetts court suggests that gay couples should be offered nothing less than marriage itself.

Such a decision...

One of our local newspapers recently ran a series of articles and editorials focusing on the rise of crime in West Tennessee. Each author addressed the crime issue solely from the standpoint and perspective of economic deprivation. I read — and re-read — the articles thinking I was missing something. One approach was anthropological, another sociological, another economic — each dealing with systemic issues, which I don’t doubt for a moment exist. But missing from the articles was any sense of human responsibility. Crime was discussed without raising the issue of morality. I couldn’t believe it. Then it dawned upon me that there were diverse worldviews at work between those authors and me, the reader.

A Chinese proverb says, “if you want to know what water is, don’t ask the fish.“ Water is the sum and substance of the world in which the fish is immersed. The fish may not reflect on its own environment until suddenly it is thrust onto dry land and struggles for its life. Then it realizes water pro...