May 30, 2009

Article on Women's Subordination

For those who have an interest in the debate among evangelicals regarding the subordination of women to their husbands and male leadership in church, my article "The Metaphysics of Subordination: A Response to Rebecca Merrill Groothuis," has just been published in the Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. You can read the article here:

The gist of the article is this: Groothuis argues that the common distinction made by complementarians between women being subordinate in role but equal in being/value is logically incoherent. I argue that she is mistaken, that the distinction is coherent. Unless I am mistaken, this exchange between Groothuis and myself represents the first time that more or less pure philosophy has entered into this debate.

May 27, 2009

Article on the Meaning of Life

I was just invited to post a short article on the meaning of life from an evangelical perspective on the Patheos Public Square website. This is a cite that posts multiple viewpoints on important and current topics that impact our society. You can read my piece at:


May 26, 2009

Thomas Sowell on Obama's Supreme Court Pick

Barack Obama has made his first Supreme Court appointment, justice Sonia Sotomayor. Even the most casual follower of the story can see that she is the posterchild for postmodern political correctness and judicial activism. By her own testimony her gender and ethnicity will influence her decisions. And she thinks that someone (like herself) of a particular ethnicity and gender may be better equipped to make certain decisions because of her ability to "empathize." Forget the rule of law and the facts of the case--what matters is empathy! One wonders, given her postmodern view of law and culture, if she can empathize with a white male who stands before her bar looking for justice? On her own terms, we already know the answer. I encourage readers to read the commentary by Thomas Sowell on Sotomayor's appointment at this link:

May 25, 2009

The Missing Link? Gimme a Break!

Before you watch the HistoryChannel's "The Link" program tonight about the new primate fossil "Ida" that is all the rage the last few days, take a look at this link:

The author easily debunks all the hype.

May 13, 2009

Good Discussion of Waterboarding

Rich Lowery has written an insightful post on the ethics of waterboarding, making some points that are seldom heard in the debate--such as the fact that the morality of this practice depends on the context or circumstances in which it is used. Obviously, there are situations where it would clearly be wrong, but that doesn't rule out the possibility of morally permissible cases. See Lowery's column at this link:

May 12, 2009

Spiegel on Cowan and Spiegel's Book

Please check out Jim Spiegel's comments concerning our new book The Love of Wisdom (B&H, 2009) on his blog (link below). He does a great job explaining some of our reasons for writing the book and the benefits we hope it gives the readers. Look for comments of my own in the next few days.