Note: A few years ago I wrote on the subject of psychology and the Bible and the question of self-love or self-esteem. Wherever I go this subject keeps coming up. Pastors, lay people, book publishers, discipleship ministries, just about everybody is talking about the fact that churches are now embracing twelve step programs and a host of other methodologies, and the ideologies that come with them. What follows is a concise statement of my beliefs on this subject, stripped of anecdote and elaboration.
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- Wed, Mar 01, 1995
- Culture and Worldview
This article originally appeared in the Spring 1995 issue of Eternal Perspectives, EPM's quarterly newsletter.
Some thoughts on those angry voters. Ask parents of any two-year-old and they can tell you about those temper tantrums: the stomping feet, the rolling eyes, the screaming. It’s clear that the anger controls the child and not the other way around. It’s the job of the parent to teach the child to control the anger and channel it in a positive way. Imagine a nation full of uncontrolled two-year-old rage. The voters had a temper tantrum last week ... Parenting and governing ...
- Fri, Dec 30, 1994
- Culture and Worldview
Excerpted from Southern California Christian Times, December 1994.
Dr. Michael Wohlgenant, Ph.D., a professor at North Carolina State University and parent stated why he and his wife objected to a book used at his daughter’s elementary school.
A teacher in the school read, “Wonderful Sausage,” to a first grade class. It tells about a butcher who kills his wife, grinds her into sausage and sells it to townspeople. The meat is so popular that the butcher continues killing children, kittens, and puppies to make more sausage until he is discovered—and strangely disappears, perhaps fed to his own ...
Today, November 10, 1994, the outcome has been declared official. The state of Oregon became the first jurisdiction in the history of the human race to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Even the Netherlands (which commonly practices it) and Nazi Germany (which practiced it in its involuntary form) were not so bold and presumptuous as to pretend to legitimize it through making it legal. No one on the planet has ever done that until now.
The following are notes and overhead transparencies developed by Randy Alcorn and used in his Contemporary Social Ethics class:
Ethical Philosophies and Systems
“Right and Wrong are determined by . . .”
Nothing—there is no right and wrong.
Whatever is—if something is, if it becomes possible, it is right. (Descriptive Ethics rather than Prescriptive; Sociology equals morality.)
Power—might is right.
Majority—as beliefs of the majority change, right and wrong changes.
The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number—what most benefits the majority.
Current Community Mores—varies with place and time.
Beliefs and Preferences of the Individual—varies person to ...
This is the course syllabus for Contemporary Social Ethics. You can also access some of the instructor’s notes and overheads.
SOC 111: Contemporary Social Ethics
Fall 1996; Instructor: Randy Alcorn; Multnomah Bible College
An investigation of the biblical foundation for a system of ethics and its application to specific situations. Alternative ethical systems will be evaluated along with a number of contemporary social issues.
1. Overall objective: To help fulfill the school’s mission of producing biblically competent, culturally aware, maturing servants of Christ, whose Spirit-enabled love for God, his Word and people shapes their ...