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You’re in a conversation and someone says, “The earth is overpopulated. At this rate, we’re going to run out of food and resources.”
What would you say?
Panic-stories like this get a lot of attention, but none of Ehrlich’s doomsday predictions came true. No worldwide famine. No catastrophic scarcity of resources. In fact, Ehrlich’s models have been repeatedly debunked.
Nevertheless, the idea that the population is booming at an unsustainable rate still holds the public’s imagination.
So the next time someone says that the earth is overpopulated and we’re all about to starve, remember these three things:
First, there’s plenty of food and natural resources to go around.
Second, the population is not locked into a pattern of exponential growth.
Third, there are actually too few people on earth to sustain countries’ economies and the global standard of living.
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For more on yearly food production and distribution, see: https://foodfirst.org/publication/we-already-grow-enough-food-for-10-billion-people-and-still-cant-end-hunger/
For more on Japan’s prisons serving as havens for their elderly women, see: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-03-16/japan-s-prisons-are-a-haven-for-elderly-women
For more on the tax cut for mothers in Hungary, see: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/hungary-is-so-desperate-for-kids-mothers-of-four-wont-pay-income-tax/2019/02/11/04701764-2e01-11e9-ac6c-14eea99d5e24_story.html
For more on China’s population control policies, see: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/02/china-population-control-two-child-policy
For more on China’s economic situation resulting from their population control efforts, see: https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2019/10/31/chinas-median-age-will-soon-overtake-americas
Election Day is only three months away. Perhaps even more so than most elections, this one will be in large part a referendum on competing visions of what America ought to be. And perhaps the greatest fault line is religion in public life. What role does faith have in American life, in American government and governance? Can a truly democratic republic survive without a “moral and religious people”? And what role did faith and the Bible play in the founding of the American order?
Today’s guest on the BreakPoint Podcast is Alan Crippen, the Chief of Exhibits, Programs, and Public Engagement for the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center. Dr. Crippen makes the case that not only was the Christian faith integral to the founding of the American experiment, the Bible itself was one of its founding documents—and that faith, liberty, and justice are inextricably intertwined.
In 2021, the American Bible Society (which, by the way, was itself established by several of the founding fathers) will open the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. Dr. Crippen gives us a preview of the exhibits and interactive, immersive experiences visitors can expect as they learn about the role of faith and liberty in founding of our nation.
breakpoint.org An Interview with Alan Crippen of the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center
A friend says to you, “People who are suffering unbearably deserve our compassion. That’s why they should be able to end their lives if they choose.” What would you say?
breakpoint.org A friend says to you, “People who are suffering unbearably deserve our compassion. That’s why they should be able to end their lives if they choose.” What would you say?
While some health and government officials warn that a return to five-day-a-week in-person school in the fall will be too risky, the Secretary of Education is pushing for reopening schools nationwide. It’s a high-stakes Catch-22. This is the time for good-old-fashioned Christian innovation in education.
breakpoint.org This is the time for good-old-fashioned Christian innovation in education.
Is the Bible anti-woman? If you ask a lot of folks today, they’ll be quite sure that this is so. It’s so obviously true, so we think, that we often don’t bother to prove the point. This isn’t just an abstract issue for scholars and pundits. It affects the day in, day out faith of many both in and outside the Church.
But, are we right? When we dig a little deeper, when we push aside our 21st century assumptions and preconceptions, we find that the Bible some keener insights that we usually assume it does, maybe even more than we have ourselves in our oh-so enlightened age.
As part of the inaugural installment of the Colson Center’s new podcast, Strong Women, hosts Sarah Stonestreet and Erin Kunkle talk with Jo Vitale of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries about perceptions of women in the Old Testament, Jesus’ radical love and concern for women, and words of advice for parents and for young women themselves.
breakpoint.org Can we trust the eternal Word of God in our enlightened age when it comes to gender?
Last week, a federal judge sided with the ACLU, claiming these regulations are “too burdensome” during a pandemic. While many doctors have resorted to meeting with and treating patients via video conferencing right now, this is something quite different.
breakpoint.org A global pandemic is precisely the time to pursue extra care and thoughtfulness in healthcare, not less.
Last week, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York announced that the name of the organization’s founder, Margaret Sanger, would be removed from its clinic. They also asked the city to rename a local street known as “Margaret Sanger Square.” Sanger is being cancelled because of her advocacy of eugenics, a movement that began in the early 1900s and promoted the idea that the human race could be “improved” by selective breeding.
breakpoint.org Sanger is being cancelled because of her advocacy of eugenics, a movement that began in the early 1900s.
When college students get back to class, will cancel culture be there waiting for them? According to the Chronicle for Higher Education, 57% of school's currently planned to hold in person classes this year. In other words, tens of thousands of students will be back on campus in a few short weeks.
The burning question on many people's minds is what our institutions of higher education are going to look like after this tumultuous spring and summer. Specifically will free speech for Christian students and faculty?
Joining Shane Morris on the BreakPoint Podcast is Dr. Corey Miller, President and CEO Ratio Christi, the nation's most prominent college apologetics ministry. https://hubs.ly/H0sZlc30
breakpoint.org Will free speech exist for Christian students and faculty?
Paul says that God sent Jesus to just the right time and just the right place in history. So, knowing what Jesus looked like isn’t critical. Understanding the the time and place He entered human history is.
breakpoint.org Paul says that God sent Jesus to just the right time and just the right place in history. So, knowing what Jesus looked like isn’t critical.
The question most central to defining a worldview, other than “Who is God?” and “What does it mean to be human?” is “What’s really wrong with the world?” It’s a tricky question, because there are a lot of things wrong with the world. The question is, what is the core problem that needs to be addressed in the world, the root cause of evil and human suffering, and what solution can be offered to fix it?
breakpoint.org What is the core problem that needs to be addressed in the world, the root cause of evil and human suffering, and what solution can be offered to fix it?
It's impossible to miss the battles being waged over biological sex and gender roles these days. Think of biological males competing in women's sports; or Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling coming under attack for insisting that womanhood is a biological reality. How can we effectively address these and other issues surrounding womanhood with our daughters? What is God's view of all this?
breakpoint.org It’s impossible to miss the battles being waged over biological sex and gender roles these days. Think of biological males competing in women’s sports; or Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling coming under attack for insisting that womanhood is a biological reality. How can we effectively address th...
Few of us would say that there’s no such thing as evil, but we’re not too keen on finding it anywhere near our own lives. Sure, we’ll say that Hitler was evil, and Charles Manson was evil, but, for the rest of us, we’re somewhere in the middle between the Nazis hunting down Jews in the dark and the heroes hiding them in their closets. By seeing ourselves as neither too-bad nor too-good, a bit of grey between the poles good and evil, we fail to see the evil in our own hearts.
Corrie ten Boom was one of those heroes we say we so admire. She, along with her family, hid Jews from the Nazi menace. While they were successful for a time, they were eventually betrayed and cast into the concentration camp system, a dark hole from which neither Corrie’s father nor sister would ever depart. Yet, despite being the sort of person we’d all long to be, she too held evil in her heart. What’s more, she knew it.
Stan Guthrie joins Shane Morris to talk about his new book, Victorious: Corrie ten Boom and the Hiding Place. They talk about the way that our society has lost track of evil, banishing it only to the fringes of our collective consciousness. But, they also note that Corrie’s tale does not allow us such a self-comforting illusion.
breakpoint.org Corrie ten Boom faced the worst kinds of evil in history, and she saw it in herself, too.
"As we face significant social upheaval and challenges in our society, the question is, which model will we follow: a secular model built on elitist theories of social reform, or a spiritual model based on a recognition of sin and the need for repentance and inner transformation?"
breakpoint.org Britain once dodged a bloody revolution through a spiritual renewal. Will we learn the lesson?
Doves play a serious role in Scripture. A dove confirmed to Noah the waters were receding. The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus at His baptism “in the form of a dove.” And now doves are confirming the Bible’s historical reliability.
breakpoint.org Doves play a serious role in Scripture. A dove confirmed to Noah the waters were receding. The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus at his baptism “in the form of a dove.” And now doves are confirming the Bible’s historical reliability.
Despite protests from around the world, Turkey has decided to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. One supporter of Prime Minister Erdogan told Al Jazeera he’d been waiting fifty years for the holy site’s “original identity as a mosque” to be “restored.” In truth, the original identity of the Hagia Sophia was as the Christian cathedral of Constantinople.
breakpoint.org Despite protests from around the world, Turkey has decided to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
"Too many of us float along with prevailing stream, unaware that we’re operating on the same impulsive pattern as the watching world. Like the proverbial frog in the kettle, we’ve abandoned the biblical understanding of the world because we’ve stopped looking to the Bible for truth and now only search our own hearts."
breakpoint.org When you face an ethical question –homosexuality, abortion, war – where do you look for guidance?
You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Assisted suicide is a compassionate option for those who are suffering. If someone is in unbearable pain, they should be able to end their life on their own terms.”
What would you say?
The push to legalize assisted suicide has intensified in recent years, and it’s often framed as a merciful and compassionate option for those who suffer from unbearable physical pain.
But assisted suicide is not compassionate.
Next time someone tells you that assisted suicide is the compassionate thing to do, remember these four things.
First, assisted suicide robs patients of compassionate care.
Second, the right to die leads to a duty to die.
Third, assisted suicide ruins trust with doctors.
Fourth, sometimes a terminal diagnosis is wrong.
breakpoint.org Cries for "Death with Dignity" are built on faulty foundations.
We are in the midst of “a refugee crisis rivaling any witnessed in modern history.” In Syria alone, between 30,000 and 40,000 Christians “are in danger.” The need for admitting Christian refugees into the United States has never been greater.
breakpoint.org We are in the midst of “a refugee crisis rivaling any witnessed in modern history.” In Syria alone, between 30,000 and 40,000 Christians “are in danger.”
Understanding that time and that place in which Jesus Christ entered human history is an incredibly helpful tool in understanding Him. However, that time, that place, and that culture can seem mysterious and even inaccessible to Western Christians, which is why this new book by Ravi and Abdu is such a gift.
breakpoint.org Understanding that time and that place in which Jesus Christ entered human history is an incredibly helpful tool in understanding Him.
The late, great J. I. Packer is remembered by Christian theologians and leaders, including two contributions from Colson Center staff.
reformandamin.org What follows is a delightful recounting of an influence both wide and deep. In Packer, the Reformation blood ran strong and clear; at Reformanda, we hope the same for ourselves and Christ’s church in coming days.
"I am old enough to remember when abortion was illegal in America. This means I have witnessed the battle to protect unborn babies for all the 47 years it has been fought. While the Supreme Court decision was a disappointment, I have reason to hope."
breakpoint.org Quit fighting for babies after only 47 years? We’re just getting warmed up.
Millions know of Corrie ten Boom through her book The Hiding Place, in which she recounts her family’ efforts to protect Dutch Jews from the Nazis — as well as her arrest and suffering in German concentration camps.
But what about the rest of Corrie ten Boom’s story? Where did she find such indomitable faith in Christ? And what can she teach us today about defending human dignity of the weak and persecuted? About holding on to our faith when God seems far away?
Stan Guthrie, author of Victorious: Corrie ten Boom and the Hiding Place, joins Shane Morris to answer these and other questions about the life of this Christian heroine.
breakpoint.org Stan Guthrie, author of Victorious: Corrie ten Boom and the Hiding Place, joins Shane Morris to answer these and other questions about the life of this Christian heroine.
For several years psychiatrists, medical professionals, educators, and parents have been largely bullied into accepting hormone treatments and destructive surgeries for minors who identify as transgender. But lives are being destroyed.
breakpoint.org For several years psychiatrists, medical professionals, educators, and parents have been largely bullied into accepting hormone treatments and destructive surgeries for minors who identify as transgender.
Western attitudes towards death have changed dramatically, especially in attempts to “tame death” or somehow hold it back. Examples today, include talk about manipulating our genes to extend lifespans, or, if that fails, “uploading our consciousness to the cloud.”
breakpoint.org Western attitudes towards death have changed dramatically, especially in attempts to “tame death” or somehow hold it back.
Even in the midst of the turmoil of the last few months, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind when it comes to the courts. On the one hand, we’re now told that a biological male gets to be treated legally like a woman, if he so desires. But, on the other hand, religious schools and organizations are free to regulate their own policies.
In many ways, we’re seeing the result of a world that’s lost its bearings. We don’t know what’s right and wrong, and we hardly even know where to begin to look for such things. Our legal system continues to function in the absence of any real standard, so it’s not all that strange that we don’t understand the logic of recent rulings.
Ryan T. Anderson of The Heritage Foundation joins John Stonestreet for a study of the recent judgments from the Supreme Court. Anderson notes that our society’s loss of any higher perspective means that any wins we might have in the courts may have uncomfortably shallow roots.
breakpoint.org What do the recent court rulings say about our society?
We live in a moment of cultural confusion. Fewer and fewer of the things that give meaning to our lives come easily. Family, community, beauty, truth seem to be constantly eroding around us—while our news feeds are full of despair, anger, and division.
How are Christians to make sense of the world around us? How can we make sure we have clarity in our daily lives?
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