Is Empathy Bad?

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Is empathy a good thing? In an era with a heightened sense of social justice, most people would not hesitate to say “yes.” What better way to motivate positive change in the world than empathizing with those who are suffering? Yet, some academics, like Paul Bloom, would argue the opposite; empathy is a bad thing, because it blinds us to …

Industrial Revolution 2.0?: Rendering Humans Obsolete

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Technology has been, and still is, our way of life. But, with the break-neck pace at which technology has been advancing, many questions and concerns arise. One such question is, “What is the future of work for humans?” The first and the second Industrial Revolution have drastically changed the way we work, but will the new Industrial Revolution render humanity …

A Bull in a China Shop: A Christian Response to The Travel Ban

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President Donald Trump signed an executive order on January 27, 2017, imposing a travel ban on people from several Muslim-majority countries, barring their entry into the US. Further, he has mentioned that Christians would be given preference when granting the refugee status. This has caused an uproar in the media where many are calling this travel ban a “Muslim ban.” …

Film & Theology: Silence

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Andy, Steve, and Terry had an opportunity to go watch the movie, Silence. In this movie, two Portuguese missionaries set out to Japan in search of their teacher, Ferreira, who they hear has renounced his faith. Japan is heavily persecuting Christians in their midst, and the missionaries face the toughest challenge of their lives. Will they apostatize to save others? …

An Interview with a Syrian Refugee

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Canada has traditionally opened its doors to refugees from all over the world. With the war in Syria, many Syrians are coming to our country. Have you ever wondered what must be going through the mind of a refugee who comes to our neighbourhood? This week, we’ve had the privilege of hearing from a Syrian refugee to answer that very …

Poli-Wood: The Art of Political Influence

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When actress Meryl Streep won the Cecile B. DeMille Award at the 74th Golden Globe Awards this year, she took a few minutes on stage to air out her political views. Many praised her while others slammed her for it. On the surface, her speech seems like a fine example of moral conviction, but, below the surface, there are some …

When a Man Loves a Tree: 21st Century Collapse of Relationship

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Forget homosexuality and same-sex marriage. There are fringe groups exploring and identifying with a number of bizarre types of sexuality. Human sexuality being one aspect of what makes us human, any perversion thereof is by definition dehumanizing. Join Andy, Steve, and Terry as they discuss this troubling trend. Links & Articles People are having sexual fantasies about the biosphere from …

Duped: Navigating Fake News on Social Media

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A lot of information comes through a social media platform like Facebook. The bad news is that not all information coming through such a platform is reliable. Indeed, some of the news stories you see on it are outright fabricated. We all know someone who shared a social media post that turned out to be a hoax. (And that someone …

Based on a True Story (Pt. 2)

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Luke’s nativity account is perhaps the most detailed one out of the four gospels. He mentions names of people and places in order to situate the reader. But was Luke reliable as a historian? There are apparent problems, such as when the census took place, whether and when Quirinius was governor in Judea, whether people actually traveled to their families’ …