Web of Interest 1019

Last week, in an extraordinarily deft, gracious, and thorough 20-page paper titled, “A Theological Summary of Human Sexuality,” InterVarsity Christian Fellowship affirmed its historic commitment to the Bible’s teaching on human sexual behavior. “Marriage (in the Bible) is defined as a distinctive union between one man and one woman, as husband and wife, in which they covenant with one another to lifelong devotion,” the paper argues. —The Stream

Some of history’s greatest philosophers, then, agree that wrongdoing tends to be motivated by self-interest. Alas, I’m not one of history’s greatest philosophers. Although most assume that an immoral person is one who’s ready to defy law and convention to get what they want, I think the inverse is often true. Immorality is frequently motivated by a readiness to conform to law and convention in opposition to our own values. In these cases, it’s not that we care too little about others; it’s that we care too much. More specifically, we care too much about how we stack up in the eyes of others. —Intellectual Takeout

A survey of 3,000 people conducted by LifeWay Research and commissioned by Ligonier Ministries found that although Americans still overwhelmingly identify as “Christian,” startling percentages of the nation embrace ancient errors condemned by all major Christian traditions. These are not minor points of doctrine, but core ideas that define Christianity itself. The really sad part? Even when we’re denying the divinity of Christ, we can’t keep our story straight. Americans talking about theology sound about as competent as country singers rapping. —The Federalist

These are dark times for the Right. Not materially or even politically, but intellectually. Pick any mainstream conservative publication and you’ll get a sense of the total confusion and sheer panic that has gripped the core of pundits and writers responsible for articulating the ideas that drive one half of America’s body politic. What we are witnessing is less a true political revolution or realignment than a profound crisis of faith in conservatism itself. —National Review

In front of our eyes, America is descending into vulgarity, lewdness, crudeness and profanity. In front of our eyes, things which should not be spoken of in private are being shouted across the airwaves, and there seems to be almost no way to escape the bombardment of filth. At times like this, those of us who love and fear the Lord need to be careful that we too don’t descend into this trashiness, paying careful attention lest we become desensitized and hardened along with the rest of the culture. —The Stream

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