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April 2014

MARS HILL AUDIO Journal (121)

Guests on this volume include:

• Daniel Gabelman, author of George MacDonald: Divine Carelessness and Fairytale Levity, on how George MacDonald’s celebration of the “childlike” promotes levity and a joyful sense of play, rooted in filial trust of the Father

• Curtis White,  author of The Science Delusion, on the troubling enthusiasm for accounts of the human person that reduce us to mere meat and wetware

• Michael Hanby, author of No God, No Science?, on why there is no “neutral” science, how all accounts of what science does and why contain metaphysical and theological assumptions

• Alan Jacobs, author of The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography, on why the Book of Common Prayer has lived such a long and influential life

• James K. A. Smith, author of Imagining the Kingdom, on how some movements in modern philosophy provide resources for recovering an appreciation for the role of the body in knowing the world

• Bruce Herman and Walter Hansen, authors of Through Your Eyes, on Herman’s paintings and how conversing about works of art enables us to grow in understanding of the non-verbal meaning they convey


Much Ado About Sex, Nothing to Do with Race

Whatever one’s views of marriage and however the state defines it, there is no compelling state interest in forcing all citizens to facilitate, participate in, or celebrate a same-sex relationship as a marriage. Believing that marriage is the union of man and woman is a reasonable position held by many. Bans on interracial marriage, by contrast, were grossly unreasonable. Protecting religious liberty and the rights of conscience does not restrict anyone’s freedom to enter into whatever romantic partnerships he or she wishes. Americans should remain free to speak and act in the public square based on their belief that marriage is the union of a man and woman without fear of government penalty. No one should demand that government coerce others into celebrating their relationships.

 

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