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Texas and the Children of Yearning for Zion Ranch: The Sorrow Continues

“When I die, I may not go to heaven, I don't know if they let cowboys in,” sang Tanya Tucker. “If they don't just let me go to Texas, Texas is as close as I've been.”

For the more than four hundred children that officials removed from their mothers at Yearning for Zion Ranch near Eldorado, Texas, the Lone Star State is as close to hell—not heaven—as they’ve been. Or probably ever hope to be!

Does Christian Ethics Exist?

“Would someone please explain what is meant by the ‘Christian lifestyle?’” Elaine made this reasonable request many comments ago in our discussion of “We Ministers Have Professional Standards Too!” “Is it different from an Islamic, Buddhist, Mormon, or atheist lifestyle in a way that is apparent to all around? Is a Christian kinder, more loving, generous, thoughtful and forgiving than others?”

We Ministers Have Professional Standards Too!

“My church's last evangelistic effort in 2006 baptized 79 people,” wrote Al on April 26 in response to Alex Carpenter’s blog on this Web site titled “Southern California Conference to Spend 1 Million to Televangelize LA.” “My pastor and bible worker received conference prizes as top soul winners that year. (They got cruise trips). BUT as things worked out, of the 79, less than 5 remain!!

Who Needs Capital Punishment in the First Place?

On April 16, 2008, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Commonwealth of Kentucky may continue using three drugs when executing criminals by lethal injection. Chief Justice John G. Roberts announced the judgment and offered the opinion that carried the day. Six of the associate justices concurred, sometimes also writing their own opinions. Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg dissented in a written opinion that Associate Justice David Hackett Souter joined.

Polygamy, Patriarchy, and Tyranny: What Are We to Do?

I might have finally figured out why I experienced such mixed feelings while watching on television the authorities take into protective custody 416 or so children of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who lived on the Yearning for Zion ranch in west Texas. Once again, we may have done more harm than good by treating a chronic problem as though it were an acute crisis.

Loma Linda University School of Religion Dean Praises Postmodernism

Although he also pinpoints its challenges and dangers, the dean of the School of Religion at Loma Linda University has many good things to say about postmodernism. His name is Jon Paulien and Pacific Press is about to release his new book on the subject. Its title is Everlasting Gospel/Ever Changing World. Any day now it will be available at Adventist Book Centers and Internet retailers.

Escuela sabática: La humanidad de Jesús, ¿Como la de Adán y Eva, o como la tuya y la mía?

(Traducido por Carlos Enrique Espinosa)

A través de los siglos, los cristianos han entendido en una variedad de formas la afirmación de las Escrituras de que, en Jesucristo, el Verbo se hizo carne. Nosotros, los adventistas del séptimo día, hemos visitado ese territorio varias veces en nuestra muy breve historia. Al principio, los primeros cristianos llegaron a prevalecer contra el arrianismo, que sostenía que la divinidad de Jesús es secundaria y posterior a la de Dios.

Katrina, Doctor Pou, and the Ethics of Killing and Letting Die

Is it ethically acceptable to give terminally ill patients pain relieving medications with the knowledge that they might hasten death? Going further than this, can it be morally permissible intentionally and directly to kill such patients?

These are two of the many questions that swiftly come to mind when we review what happened at Memorial Medical Center at New Orleans, Louisiana on September 1, 2005, just days after Hurricane Katrina.

The Humanity of Jesus: Like Adam and Eve or You and Me?


Over the centuries, Christians have understood Scripture’s claim that in Jesus Christ the Word was made flesh in a variety of ways. We Seventh-day Adventists have revisited this territory in our much shorter history. Early on, the first Christians eventually prevailed against Arianism, the view that the divinity of Jesus is secondary and subsequent to God’s. So did the first Adventists.

Daniel C. Dennett Won’t Break Religion’s Spell and Here’s Why

Daniel C. Dennett is an internationally renowned scholar at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and he is out to break religion’s “spell.” By this, he means its irrational grip, which causes us to act against our own best interests. Although he acknowledges that religion does some good things, he believes that in general it hurts us. He wants us to weigh its pros and cons in public, allowing no place for it to run for cover. He wants us to see it as it really is.

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