Confessing Courage – Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

The name, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), has become a byword for conviction and courage. In 1935, ten years before the Nazis hanged him in Flossenburg, Bonhoeffer presided over a seminary consisting of twenty-five young pastors. They were all part of the Confessing Church, believers who refused to drape Hitler’s policies with the Christian flag. Therefore, the …

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“An Elemental Moral Code”—Hugh Heclo

Hugh Heclo, a professor of political science at George Mason University, argued at Harvard University in March 2006 that American democracy depends upon Christianity. Politically, morally, and socially, the doctrines of the Christian faith nurtured democracy. While many grant that religion in general is an important cultural foundation, Heclo asserted that Christianity specifically is a …

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The Outward Expression of Christian Charity—Mary G. Chandler (1818 – 1907)

Mary Greene Chandler was a nineteenth-century author, who married the son of Unitarian leader Henry Ware in 1862. Although associated with Unitarianism, her thoughts here on character express biblical truths that all believers would do well to heed. This selection is taken from her 1854 book, The Elements of Character, which likely had an influence …

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Meeting, Mating, and (Maybe) Marrying in America

Eighty-four percent of unmarried Americans between the ages of 18 and 23 have already had sex according to a newly released, massive study, Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think About Marriage (Oxford, 2011) by Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker. Regnerus is a sociology professor at the University of Texas at …

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An Atheist Who Loses Faith in His Morals

Joel Marks, professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of New Haven and a scholar at the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University, recounts his loss of faith in a recent New York Times article. Don’t misunderstand, he’s always been an atheist, but now he’s lost his faith in morality. I had thought I …

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