Explaining Tradition and the Law


McConnell on the Relationship of Tradition and Law:  This 60 min. video offers a wide-ranging discussion of why traditions are not wooden and static and how they relate to the law. Stanford Law Professor Michael McConnell is a constitutional law scholar who served as a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for […]

Simul and the Two Kingdoms

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Simul Iustus et Peccator and the Two Kingdoms: Steven Paulson examines the two kingdoms in light of the simul. Paulson highlights how the simul cuts against natural intuition and experience. By looking at the two kingdoms in light of the simul, Paulson identifies temptations to turn the church into an instrument for social action, a […]

The Supreme Court Transgender School Bathroom Case

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Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. — The Supreme Court will deliberate two issues: 1) the legality of regulator letters; and 2) the word “sex” in Title IX.  Here is the SCOTUSblog page for the public schools transgender bathroom case. SCOTUSblog updates this page as amicus briefs are submitted and other developments occur.

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Making the Case for Theology

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Ten Reasons Why Theology Matters: This hit list might be useful for those who do not teach formal theology classes but seek to help students understand how theology intersects all that we teach.  A few of the ten include  2. Because we can’t feel our way toward knowledge of God; 3. Because the Bible is […]

Salvation Army Nursing Home Must Allow Suicide

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Swiss Christian nursing home must allow assisted suicide: A court in Switzerland has ruled a Christian nursing home must allow assisted suicide for its patients or lose its tax-exempt status. The Salvation Army-run nursing home in the Canton of Neuchatel contested a recent law requiring charitable institutions to permit assisted suicide for patients who request to end […]

Law Suit Discovery Demand for Pastor’s Sermons

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Discovery Demand For Pastor’s Sermons Generates Controversy:  Eric Walsh, a doctor and public health expert, filed a religious discrimination suit against the Georgia Department of Public Health alleging that his termination shortly after he was hired was based on the content of sermons he had given as a Seventh Day Adventist lay minister. Now the […]

Guide to Religious Rights For the Professional Artist

Create Freely: The ADF legal society has published this guide for artists, musicians, designers, artisans, and other creative professionals who seek guidance on managing the current tension between religious liberty and some forms of civil rights activism.  See its p. 22 for “Five Practical Steps” every creative artist can take to protect themselves.

LGBT Rep Sides with Non-compliant Baker

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Gay cakes and religious discrimination: Says a gay rights activist, “This verdict [against a baker who declined to provide a cake decorated for gay rights] a  is a defeat for freedom of expression…Discrimination against LGBT people is wrong and is rightly unlawful. But in a free society, people should be able to discriminate against ideas […]

Churches Increase Refugee Resettlements

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1,180 Churches Help World Relief Resettle Refugees at Record Rate: Last month, World Relief nearly doubled the number of refugees it resettles in the United States in a typical month. In the past 12 months, the evangelical agency handled a caseload of 9,759 refugees—its largest total since 1999, as federal judges rule against state attempts to ban […]

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