The Ventriloquist

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

September 2013

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September 2013

Punitive Violence and Forgiveness

by Blake Hereth, on Theology, Pacifism, September 2013

Having been raised in the Deep South, I recall the teachings on war and violence: they were evils to be avoided, but occasionally killing a human person was morally justified. Aside from war, in which it was taken as given that killing was often justified, there was a slightly more controversial kind of case in which killing was allegedly justified: as punishment for severe crime. While there may have been…

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September 2013

Evangelicals and Immigration Reform

by The Ventriloquist, on Politics, September 2013, Immigration, Dr. Carl Ruby

Since the 2012 election, immigration reform has surfaced as a front-burner issue. Analysis of voting trends showed Republicans that their hopes of ever winning another major election might hinge on attracting larger numbers of Latino voters. If Romney had done half as well with Hispanic voters as George Bush did, he would have succeeded in his Presidential campaign. In 2012, Republicans started paying attention. But before the 2012 election, a…

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September 2013

Common Core

by Grant Miller, on Education, September 2013

Do you want to know why conservatives are so opposed to Common Core State Standards in education? It is because many conservatives oppose postmodernism. By definition, conservatives value what they see as unbending, immutable “truths” as underscored by the “self-evident truths” in the Constitution & the “inerrant, infallible” truths of the Christian scriptures. (It is not, mind you, that progressives discount the Constitution or that many progressives do not also…

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September 2013

The Problem with Unity

by The Ventriloquist, on Race, September 2013

Fifty years. Half a decade since Martin Luther King Jr. made the historic march on Washington and declared in his speech that, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” I have firsthand accounts of the Cedarville experience for minorities. It has always been and will continue to be a very different experience from our brothers and sisters in the ethnic majority. Why? Well,…

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September 2013

Galileo was Wrong

by Noah Lantz, on Satire, Creationism, September 2013

In the November 2012 issue of The Ventriloquist, I made the controversial statement that young earth creationism flew in the face of basic observations about the universe. I also, more or less, made the statement that teaching it at an academic institution was an insult to our intelligence and basic capacity to reason. To put it in my own words: "… vocal protests against the teaching of Evolution and basic science…