A self-described lesbian leftist professor describes her conversion at Christianity Today. “I continued reading the Bible, all the while fighting the idea that it was inspired. But the Bible got to be bigger inside me than I. It overflowed into my world. I fought against it with all my might. Then, one Sunday morning, I rose from the bed of my lesbian lover, and an hour later sat in a pew at the Syracuse Reformed Presbyterian Church.”
a Liberal-Democrat Member of Parliament and former minister, explaining why she voted against the redefinition of marriage in the British Parliament on February 5. “My concern, however, is that by moving to a definition of marriage that no longer requires sexual difference, we will, over time, ultimately decouple the definition of marriage from family life altogether. I doubt that this change will be immediate. It will be gradual, as perceptions of what marriage is and is for shift. But we can already see the foundations for this shift in the debate about same-sex marriage. Those who argue for a change in the law do so by saying that surely marriage is just about love between two people and so is of nobody else’s business. Once the concept of marriage has become established in social consciousness as an entirely private matter about love and commitment alone, without any link to family, I fear that it will accelerate changes already occurring that makes family life more unstable.”
A list of 50 philosophy blogs that cover a variety of philosophical topics. Among the interesting titles are “The Philosophy Smoker” and “The Ethical Werewolf.”
Speaking of philosophy, UC-Berkeley has made available online three courses taught by well-known philosopher John Searle. The courses are Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Society.
A number of free theology books in PDF format are available at the Online Christian Library of Virtual Theological Resources. Titles include Charles Hodges’s Systematic theology, Creation in Old Testament Theology by Paul R. House, and The Divine Inspiration of the Bible by Arthur W. Pink.
Last Seminary has a tremendous collection of free material in the categories of New Testament studies, science and religion, and philosophy of religion, which are further broken down into articles, books, and courses. A wealth of quality material here.
Several interesting papers from Baylor’s past Philosophy of Religion Conferences are available on the conference website. Past presenters have included Paul Moser, John Greco, Jonathan Kvanvig, and Alexander Pruss.
Randy Alcorn’s book Why Pro-Life is free in PDF format here. In this 144-page book he deals with questions such as Is the Unborn Really a Human Being?, Is Abortion Part of a Right to Privacy?, Does Abortion Harm a Woman’s Physical and Mental Health?, and several other related issues.