Last Week, Today: Is it Christian to Believe in the "Right Side of History"?

Last week's headlines on politics, religion and culture

1. Is There a "Right Side of History" for Christians? 

Some say: Yes, and we are on it, for Jesus is the Victor. Others, like NT Wright, say: It's more complicated than that; the early church, for instance, was on the "wrong" side of history when it gave equal status to women and slaves in the church. David Graham explains why progress is often not what you expect it to be. 

2. The Laws and Rules that Protect the Police Who Kill

Tamir Rice's case is less about a biased jury or prosecutor, and more about the systemic laws, protocol and rules that give police much leeway in using deadly force (see the controversial 21-foot-rule as an example).

On a more personal note, read this moving Psalm-like blogpost by Jemar Tisby on RAA (Reformed African American) network on the fears that black fathers have for their sons. 

3. A Better Way to Get Men to Come to Church

Stop the BBQs and football outings. Commence the... intellectually rigorous bible studies? (This is, of course, applicable to women as well.)

4. Why the Democratic, Liberal Consensus is Finally Cracking

Ever since the Berlin Wall fell, there hasn't been a legitimate alternative to the basic liberal, democratic consensus. Ross Douthat explains why, from Europe to America, the "Pax Americana" is cracking, giving way to extremists parties. For a more local perspective, read about how Obama's team is not surprised by Donald Trump's popularity, given the GOP's rhetoric and politics for the past decade.

5. Hillary Clinton Called ISIS' destruction of Christians "genocide"

Last week, we featured Kirsten Powers' op-ed on why it is important to use the "g-word" to describe ISIS' targeting of Christians. A few days ago, Hillary Clinton finally used that word in a New Hampshire town hall.

Bonus: As a follow-up to the Wheaton story from last week, for those who are more philosophically inclined, take a look at this extremely methodical and nuanced examination of the "same God" question between Christians and Muslims by Edward Feser, a Christian philosophy professor. 

Thank you for reading. 

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