The Social Sciences and Public Policy

Oct 26th, 2013 | By

As a result of the 18th century Enlightenment, Western Civilization began an intellectual journey to develop, in the words of philosopher David Hume, a ?science of man.? The Enlightenment leaders sought for the social sciences a level of certainty achieved by Sir Isaac Newton during the previous century for the hard sciences. Hence, the modern social sciences of psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc. were born. Have we achieved a ?science of man?? Have we achieved as a civilization an ability to attain a level of certainty about human behavior? The US government often operates on the basis of social science in its public policy programs. This applies to how the government funds prison reform policies, criminal behavior policies, economic policies, federal housing policies, etc. Has this connection between social science and public policy in western civilization been successful?

Should Dogs Be Granted Personhood?

Oct 19th, 2013 | By

Gregory Berns, professor of neuroeconomics at Emory University, argues that ?dogs are people, too.? He bases this rather stunning conclusion on brain scans of dogs he and his colleagues at Emory have conducted. . . How should we think about Berns, his work and his conclusions? Should dogs be granted personhood? Should they have rights equivalent to humans? Is there a Creation-Order difference between dogs and humans? What is the fundamental difference between a dog and a human being?

1 Corinthians 7:5-11

Oct 18th, 2013 | By

Paul shares God’s instructions on marriage & divorce as it relates to the married, unmarried & widowed.

Boys and Education: We Have Lost Our Way

Oct 12th, 2013 | By

Over the years, one of the major themes of Issues in Perspective has been that God created the human race in two grand streams?male and female?and that each stream is totally different. Any attempt at a unisex movement or any attempts to make boys behave like girls or girls like boys are doomed to failure. God?s design for the human race is clear; we ignore this design to our peril as a civilization.

1 Corinthians 6:16-7:4

Oct 10th, 2013 | By

Paul explains a Biblical, God-centered perspective of the body, and how we are to view sexual intimacy of marriage.

Climate Change Confusion

Oct 5th, 2013 | By

With all the other crises currently on the world?s front burner, we have heard little about climate change of late. But there is an important amount of confusion about this issue right now. What is the source of this confusion? Is there or is there no evidence of climate change, especially global warming? What about some of the solutions being proposed to deal with the perceived causes of global warming? A few thoughts about this provocative topic:

1 Corinthians 6:12-15

Oct 3rd, 2013 | By

Paul explains a deeper meaning of freedom in Christ to the Corinthians, and that it matters how we live and what we do with our bodies.