The Spiritual State of the Nation (4)

John ArmstrongAbortion, America and Americanism, Culture, Current Affairs, Politics, Roman Catholicism, The Future

Yesterday I continued my survey of what recent election exit polling told us about great divisions that are ever so apparent in America culture today. Our national election revealed some huge divides that are not likely to be resolved anytime soon. What does all of this mean for us spiritually as a nation of almost 315 million people? Defining Ourselves … Read More

The Case Against Planned Parenthood

John ArmstrongAbortion

I am radically, or so I believe, pro-life. I oppose the use of the death penalty (at least in our present unjust context) and I oppose our consistent unethical waging of warfare internationally. I also oppose the pro-death stance of the controversial organization Planned Parenthood. No matter how you frame it Planned Parenthood can no longer deny its massive involvement … Read More

Why Are More and More People Pro-Life?

John ArmstrongAbortion

According to the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute 576 measures related to abortion have been introduced (in 2011) in 48 states. Most of these will never pass committee. Yet by early April, 142 abortion-related provisions had passed at least one chamber of a state legislature, compared with only 67 in 2009. More than half of these 142 bills introduced this year seek … Read More

Coming Out, Coming Home

John ArmstrongAbortion, Evangelism, Homosexuality, Marriage & Family

I wrote a blog on January 16 titled: “A Conference on Faith and Sexuality.” It was about a local Saturday seminar on same-sex relationships and the church. The host church, Gary Memorial Methodist Church in Wheaton, invited four speakers to give biblical and theological presentations. The speakers clearly held different perspectives. The last of the four speakers was Christopher Yuan. … Read More

Abortion, Social Justice and Young Christians

John ArmstrongAbortion

I applaud the rise of social justice Christianity, at least up to a certain point. Some of this movement is a politically left response to the political right. This always causes me to pause and look for the holes in the argument, of which I see a number. When the point becomes the politics of left or right then I … Read More

50 Millions Lives Wasted

John ArmstrongAbortion

The National Right to Life calculates that 50 million abortions have been performed in America since the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973. 38 years and 50 millions deaths. That is staggering to me. 50 millions human fetuses have been denied their most basic right, “the right to life.” For those who do not know the history of this decision … Read More

Pam Chose Life: The Tim Tebow Pro-Life Story

John ArmstrongAbortion

The following letter appeared in my box this week. I think it implores those who value unborn life to respond. I did. I hope you will too. Dear Friends, Once again our values are under intense attack from radical liberal feminists. Only this time they are venturing where they never should have gone. Football. And not just any football game. … Read More

Secularization and the Role of Religion in Public Life

John ArmstrongAbortion, Politics

The controversy rages throughout the West. Does religion have a role to play in secular culture? Or should it be marginalized to a place safely outside the public square? So far as I can tell this controversy began in the 1960s but it is rooted in debates that are centuries old now. Europe and America are not the same in … Read More

Why Did Senator Ben Nelson Cave In to the Pro-Choice Pressure?

John ArmstrongAbortion

I originally wrote this blog on December 19. At the time I first wrote Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska was refusing to support the senate version of health-care reform because of its openly pro-choice stance. I wrote, on December 19, that there are "very few politicians that I actually admire." Like many Americans I see so few of them who … Read More