The Ventriloquist

An online publication at and outside the boundary of evangelical Christianity.

April 2012

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April 2012

Blind Guides v. Obamacare

by Michael Shirzadian, on April 2012, Health Care

When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away - Matthew 22:22 Part I: Christ/ian Anymore there’s only one reason I call myself a Christian—and it’s a characteristic of Christ, not his church. Because really, let’s face it, his church has dropped the ball (Nietzsche: there was only one Christian and you crucified him). Society perceives the church as…

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April 2012

Evangelicals and Masculinity

by Daniel Sizemore, on April 2012, Gender

American evangelical men face a strange double bind when it comes to masculinity. On one hand, they are called to eschew the broader culture’s image of men proving their worth through sexual promiscuity and collection of material wealth. However, walk into any evangelical bookstore and you will find numerous resources purporting to be the definitive guide on how to be a “real” man. Even those outside of the world…

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April 2012

Constituencies or Change?

by Grant Miller, on Cedarville, April 2012

“We aren’t looking for a faith that provides all the answers; we’re looking for one in which we are free to ask the questions.” –Rachel Held Evans, Evolving in Monkey Town p. 204 Christian colleges and universities around the United States face a dilemma--one that will determine their futures (and for some, whether they’ll even have one). Here at Cedarville, we pride ourselves on our tagline, “Inspiring…

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April 2012

Israel and Palestine

by Elizabeth Graff, on April 2012, Israel and Palestine

It is a joke in the Middle East that the Jews and Palestinians compete for the title of biggest victim. The Jews put forth their suffering in the Holocaust. The Palestinians say that they were exiled from their ancestral homeland by European invaders, whom the Palestinians had done nothing to harm. Jewish grandmothers show the tattoos on their arms from Nazi death camps. Palestinian grandfathers cry over the key to…

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Why I Didn't Clap

by Josh Proemmel, on April 2012, Pacifism

On March 28, Jeff Struecker, hero of Black Hawk Down, spoke to about 3,000 people in chapel at Cedarville University. When he finished speaking and walked off stage, he received an emotional standing ovation. I didn’t take part in this ovation, and I think it’s important to explain why. Many of us grew up repeating the Pledge of Allegiance every day in school. To some of us,…