by Michael Wagner People think and communicate through language, and each language uses words with particular meanings. Thus words are important tools in thinking and communicating. As George Orwell so famously pointed out decades ago, it’s possible to channel people’s thoughts by manipulating the words they use. Thoughts can be restricted if words are not available to carry certain “forbidden” meanings. How can you think about something if you don’t have any words to represent that something?
Why should Christians oppose polygamy if even the patriarch Abraham, the father of all believers, practiced it?by Johan D. Tangelder* In our Canadian society common sense is in short supply. Perhaps this new century will go down in Canadian history as the age of uncommon nonsense. How else can we describe the latest developments? Marriage and family-relations professionals have come to extol "alternative lifestyles." Textbooks that used to be entitled Marriage and the Family are now entitled Intimate Relationships or the all-inclusive Families. Abnormal behavior has taken on the appearance of the normal.
By Michael Wagner Long before the same-sex marriage controversy, heterosexuals were demeaning and degrading the institution of marriage by frequently abandoning the commitment it is supposed to entail. The rate of divorce has risen dramatically since the 1960s due to social change that emphasized individual desires over faithfulness to duties. Making divorce easier was supposed to lead to greater happiness because people would no longer be trapped in loveless and uncaring marital relationships. But, in fact, the dramatic increase in divorce has led to severe social problems and unhappiness.
By Derek Stoffels Teachers’ have a moral and legal obligation to teach the designated content in each course’s curriculum document. For many courses the government dictates quite specifically the things that you must teach. Fortunately what they don’t usually dictate is the perspective you approach the material from. In this article I will try to give you a bit of a glimpse into a teacher’s life as they grapple with teaching a particular learning outcome or theme.
by Jon Dykstra(originally appeared in the April 2004 issue of Reformed Perspective and was the winner of the 2004 Word Guild award for Best Feature article) When a Christian politician asked me to write a brochure defending traditional Marriage I thought it would be an easy task – something I could complete in a couple of hours. Three weeks later I still wasn’t finished. The problem was every time I found a good argument defending traditional Marriage I discovered that a gay marriage advocate had come up with an even better rebuttal. My favorite Christian columnists weren’t doing any better. They were fixated on a mere handful of arguments, all of which initially seemed convincing, but ultimately none of them measured up. For example: “Marriage has been this way for thousands of years, so why change it now?”
Comments on the proposed Social Justice 12 Curriculumby Rod Taylor [CHP Skeena-Bulkley Valley]Background: the BC Ministry of Education, in cooperation with Attorney General Wally Oppal, made a deal with two homosexual teachers (Corren and Corren), which gave the two men unprecedented influence over the development of new curricula for use in BC schools. The following commentary points out several obvious problem passages for family-values advocates.The following comments on the proposed Social Justice 12 “Integrated Resource Package” (Curriculum) are merely specific points in regard to this blatant attempt by the BC government to introduce significant philosophical changes to current public school curricula.
By Mark Penninga “Married people outnumbered for the first time” rang out a recent CBC news headline. The story came in response to Statistics Canada releasing its survey of the Canadian family. That survey revealed that for the first time ever in this country, unmarried people over the age of 15 outnumber those who are married. Some other findings were that: - For the first time ever there are more families without children than with children. - There are 1.4...