Author Archives: Graham Veale

The Bible, the Church & Slavery: Answering Sam Harris (Part Two)

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In part one we examined a fairly popular Daily Wire YouTube video in which Sam Harris lamented that the Bible does not condemn slavery. 

Ben Shapiro responds that Harris’s has a simplistic view of how religious texts effect social change; Shapiro is quite correct.

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What does it mean to be contrary to nature? (Part II)

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So the church believes that marriage is part of God’s plan for us; that monogamy as written into God’s creation (see part 1). But hold on: isn’t everyone awash with passions which conflict with this view of human nature?

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What does it mean to be “contrary to nature”? Part I

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The Irish Presbyterian Church continues to endure sustained criticism for deciding that individuals in same-sex relationships cannot become full-members:

In light of our understanding of Scripture and the Church’s understanding of a credible profession of faith, it is clear that same-sex couples are not eligible for communicant membership nor are they qualified to receive baptism for their children.

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Jesus, the Church, and Redefining Marriage: A Trilemma

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Recently, there has been a deafening demand for a more tolerant and progressive view of marriage in Northern Irish churches. That creates a problem for any elder or minister who wants to follow Jesus’ teaching. When it comes to marriage, Jesus’s beliefs are just going to annoy moderns.

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Sex, Fundamentalism and Irish Presbyterians

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Culture warriors might be interested in events North of the Irish border, as the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has decided that:

same-sex couples are not eligible for communicant membership nor are they qualified to receive baptism for their children.

This decision has caused some controversy within the Presbyterian church; but the reaction in the secular press has tended towards the hysterical.

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