Category: Controversies

10 March 2010: UC Irvine vs Cal State Fullerton basketall in Anaheim, California. Photo by Matt A. Brown

Think Again: Questioning Conspiracy Theories

Are professional sports on the up and up? Do the “better” teams win by genuinely defeating the “lesser” teams? With the NBA playoffs having just finished, it’s a good time to mention one of the conspiracy theories that was making the rounds a few years ago. According to many sports fans at the time, the NBA’s league officials were conspiring…

Considering “Blackfish” and the Question of Mammals in Captivity

Whatever your opinion about the controversial documentary Blackfish, its impact can’t be ignored. CNN has been airing Blackfish periodically since October 2013. The documentary has won several awards and inspired numerous boycotts. Personally, I have three friends who vowed to cease taking their children to SeaWorld after watching Blackfish; one of them even had an annual pass! Hollywood’s elite is…

Beatlemania Plus 50: Can Christians Appreciate the Fab Four?

This month marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first trip to America. I remember how depressed my family was following President Kennedy’s assassination, but how excited my siblings and I were to see The Beatles on our black-and-white television in February 1964. Their coming marked the beginning of the British invasion! Since that legendary episode of The Ed Sullivan…

Global Warming Guidelines in the Book of Job

Today I invite you to read this post by my colleague, astronomer and author Hugh Ross. **** Based on chapter 4 from my book Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job. Yesterday, in commemoration of Earth Day, Climate Central released an “interactive graphic that shows a state-by-state analysis of temperature trends.” According to their graphic, the rates in the US…

Special Edition: Thinking About the End Times

Today, December 21, 2012, marks the end of the world—or so say doomsday predictors. The “end times” are a common topic of speculation among Christians (remember the Left Behind series?) and the population in general. Particularly popular as of late (as indicated by the film 2012), theories based on an ancient Mayan calendar peg today as “the end” for life…

Halloween and Other Hot Topics

Halloween. The September 11 attacks. Global warming. Hot topics can present a troubling challenge, even in a culture that values freedom of speech. Do we ignore touchy issues and avoid all confrontation, or do we engage in verbal warfare with the opposition?

The Tricky Topic of Halloween

In terms of holiday commercial sales, Halloween ranks second only to Christmas (especially in the United States). But is this extremely popular October tradition the “devil’s night,” a literal satanic and occult extravaganza? Or is Halloween a harmless celebration?

Looking Back on 9/11

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. This historic event and its aftermath continue to stir up questions about topics such as the problem of evil and conspiracy theories. Below, I’ve provided links to podcast episodes and articles discussing these issues. As we mark this important anniversary, I’d encourage everyone to take a moment and reflect on…

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Response

British author J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has been a runaway bestseller since its release. The last four installments set records as the fastest-selling books in history and the film franchise is one of the highest grossing of all time. The highly-anticipated final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, is scheduled to bring this epic series…