Archive for April, 2010

Video Answer: Born Gay?

Posted: April 29, 2010 by Alan Shlemon in Do the Right Thing

Alan answers a question submitted to our website about whether people are born gay or not.

Talking About the Utah Mission

Posted: April 27, 2010 by Brett Kunkle in Choosing My Religion, Events

I took Sean McDowell and students from his school–Capistrano Valley Christian School–on a Utah Mission trip this past month.  Listen in to Sean and a couple of his students talk about the experience:  The Frank Pastore Show.

My Abortion Debate

Posted: April 26, 2010 by Alan Shlemon in Do the Right Thing, Events

Last week, I debated a women’s studies professor at California State University San Marcos on the topic, “Should Abortion Be Illegal?”  I’ve posted all seven parts of the debate below.

Alan’s Opening Argument Against Abortion

Posted: April 21, 2010 by Brett Kunkle in Do the Right Thing, Events

Yesterday, Alan debated professor Cecili Chadwick on the campus of Cal State San Marcos on the question, “Should abortion be illegal?”  Check out Alan’s opening argument:

Teens and Texting

Posted: April 21, 2010 by Brett Kunkle in Etcetera

Students, how often do you find yourself texting?  Every day?  Every hour?  Every minute?  A new study shows its the centerpiece of your communication?

Besides texting, what’s the form of communication you use most?

And do these forms of communication have an impact on you or your relationships?

Abortion Debate Tomorrow

Posted: April 19, 2010 by Alan Shlemon in Events

Tomorrow, I’m debating a women’s study professor on the legality of abortion at California State University, San Marcos. Event information can be found here. The local news has picked up the story.

Unashamed Conference for Students

Posted: April 19, 2010 by Brett Kunkle in Events

Hey students, for those of you in Southern California here’s a great conference on Saturday, May 8:  Unashamed 2010.  I’ll be there to talk about truth and there are a bunch of other speakers as well.  If you go, make sure you come say “hi” to me!

Abortion Survey Results

Posted: April 16, 2010 by Alan Shlemon in Do the Right Thing, Events

Last week I posted about training Oregon Right to Life students on how to persuasively articulate their pro-life views. I had them survey people on the streets of Portland using a simple abortion questionnaire. Although this was far from being a statistically relevant, scientific, or perfect survey, the results were still interesting. Most people the students talked to (in the predominately liberal city of Portland) did not fall into the abortion-for-any-reason camp. 74% preferred there were fewer abortions and 77% felt that abortion shouldn’t be used as a form of birth control. It was also encouraging to see a majority of people (74%) believing we should attempt to persuade abortion-minded women to choose adoption instead.

Another interesting finding was that many people who indicated they were pro-choice still opposed abortion for the majority of reasons that abortions are done in the United States. Data from the Guttmacher Institute indicates that at least 86% of abortions are done for socio-economic reasons (can’t afford another child, don’t want another child, timing is wrong for another child, don’t want to be a single mother, not mature enough to be a mother, would interfere with education/career). This makes one wonder about national poll data that cites that 46% of Americans are pro-choice. Although they identify themselves as pro-choice, our survey results suggest (no, it’s not a representative sampling – I know) they would oppose the vast majority of abortions that take place in our country.

Finally, and as expected, there was a consistent pattern of moral relativism. People felt that abortion was wrong for many of the reasons that abortions are done, but weren’t as willing to claim that abortion should be made illegal for those same reasons. It’s the “I’m personally against abortions done for X reason, but I don’t believe we should make it illegal” position.

How is Religion Portrayed?

Posted: April 15, 2010 by Brett Kunkle in Etcetera

Chuck Colson has a good commentary on how religion and religious leaders are portrayed by Hollywood.

Question:  Can you think of any examples of POSITIVE portrayals that you’ve seen from Hollywood?  Answer in the comments section.

Debate: The Problem of Suffering

Posted: April 15, 2010 by Amy Hall in Etcetera

Does the Bible provide an adequate answer to the problem of suffering? A debate happening later today between Michael Brown and Bart Ehrman will respond to this question, and you can watch! You need to register in order to join them online, but then it’s free to watch the debate at 7:00pm Eastern (4:00pm Pacific).