Warning: Moral Inversion Ahead

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Can you be too committed to morality? We’ve seen in the 20th century (and others) how good intentions can lead to horrific atrocities. The Hungarian scientist, Michael Polanyi, saw in his day what was coming and called this a “moral inversion.” Is our own culture also ripe for a moral inversion? The AC team invited Dr. Andrew Grosso, a friend …

I Didn’t Ask for This!: Man Sues Parents for Giving Birth to Him

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Every now and then, we come across a news story that strikes us as utterly bizarre. The story of Raphael Samuel was one such story for the AC crew. This businessman from Mumbai is taking his parents to court for giving birth to him without his consent. While we might be tempted to dismiss this as a random oddity, there …

Is Evangelism Wrong?: Discussing Barna’s Findings

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Perhaps no other mantra resonates with us more in a pluralistic society than “Live and let live.” (Or today’s cousin, “You do you.”) Could this be behind the disturbing trend noted by Barna? According to some recent findings, while Christian millennials overwhelmingly affirm that their faith is important to them, almost half of them also say that they think evangelism …

Modern-Day Hermits: The Global Threat of Social Withdrawal

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From a battery-operated fan attached to chopsticks to cool down noodles, to people who get paid to shove people onto the commuter train during rush hours, Japan has a reputation for strange things. Have you heard of the hikikomori? These are people who have withdrawn themselves from society in Japan. The problem is, this is not limited to Japan. More …

Arrested Development: Discussing Insights from the Renegotiating Faith Study

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You may remember the study, Hemorrhaging Faith, a number of years ago which looked into the phenomenon of millennials leaving the church in large numbers in Canada. There’s been a follow-up study that was done to look at the transitioning period for young adults. What might be going through the mind of the young adults during this phase that some …

Feeding Our Bias: The Dangers of an Echo Chamber

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A 16-year-old Catholic high school student was thrown onto the stage of national awareness when he had a confrontation with a Native American elder at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Seeing in this incident, and in the Catholic high school students in particular, all the prominent social ills of today, many poured out their outrage. Andy, Terry, and Steve …

Toxic Masculinity

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“Boys will be boys.” This phrase, when used as a way to excuse poor behaviour from men, betrays a much deeper social problem. Following a string of relatively recent episodes of corporate social activism, Gillette came out with a commercial addressing toxic masculinity, inciting strong reactions both for and against said commercial. Andy, Terry, and Steve invite a friend of …

Sabrina: The Chilling Adventures of Subplots

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Witches and spells and demons, oh my! The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hit the TV scene several months ago. Some love it and some hate it. Either way, this TV series is leaving us with much food for thought, not so much in its main plot but in its many subplots. Andy, Terry, and Steve are back together to kick …

Fearless Prayer: An Interview with Dr. Craig Hazen

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There are many verses and passages in the Bible that make many people uncomfortable, Christians and non-Christians alike. However, not all verses make us uncomfortable in the same way. While some verses disturb us because it seems horrific, others disturb us because it seems too good to be true. Jesus’ words in John 15:7 fit the bill for the latter …

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

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Everyone has a worldview. Some worldviews seem to approximate better to reality than others. Our atheist friends and neighbours think it takes too much faith (or any faith at all) to be a Christian because a Christian worldview doesn’t seem to fit reality very well. Yet, what happens when an atheistic worldview is scrutinized? Links & Articles CrossExamined.org I Don’t …