In the United States the term Islamophobia was popularized by political forces in the aftermath of 9/11. In a way, the terms owes it existence and fame to the 19 Islamists from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Lebanon who struck fear into the hearts of Americans on 9/11 while at the same time creating confusion about Islam and division among Muslims. At home, in order to eliminate the fear of Islam, two tools were acquired mostly by the political forces within the U.S. to protect Muslims in America.
Clay Jensen doesn’t know why Hannah Baker committed suicide, but he’s about to find out. Before she died, Hannah recorded a set of cassette tapes, one side for each of the 13 reasons she chose to take her life. Each reason relates to a person. Each of those 13 people must listen to her tapes, then pass the set on to the next person. And Clay is one of them.
When the tapes arrive in the mail, Clay is confused. Aside from making out with Hannah at a recent party, he didn’t know her well. Despite her loose reputation, he really liked her, and he would never have done anything to hurt her. Surely there was a mistake; he can’t be responsible for Hannah’s suicide. But Hannah has threatened that the tapes will be made public if he doesn’t follow her instructions. So he pops the first tape into an old stereo system in his parents’ garage.
Why does our Savior abandon us to this often discouraging struggle against sin?Because we need it! An immediate victory over sin would not serve us well. Why not? We do not do well spiritually when everything is going well for us. The pagan King Nebuchadnezzar had been very proud of his accomplishments.
It is not an exaggeration to say that Islam is now living through its proverbial dark ages. In my view, the material issue is not whether one calls for an Islamic reformation, or for a return to an original moral and humanistic Islamic tradition. The point is that as Muslims confront acts of extreme ugliness committed in their religion’s name, they have no choice but to take a long pause, and to critically evaluate where things might have gone wrong. In essence, Muslims have no choice but to reengage morality in order to generate an effective social rebirth.
Scripture gives us no such hope. Jesus did not extend this hope to the Jewish leadership of His day: “I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24; ESV) Without Jesus, the Mosaic Covenant would do them absolutely […]
Here is how the problem is usually stated: If God has perfect foreknowledge, He knows exactly what we will do in the future. This means that we cannot choose to act in a way that violates His foreknowledge. Instead, we can only choose to act consistent with how He knows we will act. This means […]
While nearly all of us agree that we are wired to make certain moral judgments, we disagree from where the wiring originates. While evolutionists claim that we evolved moral intuitions through a mindless, purposeless process for adaptive reasons, theists invoke God. However, the account of evolution encounters numerous problems. For one thing, evolution reduces morality […]