Lamp Post: August 12, 2014

The original Narnian lamp post drawn by Pauline Baynes

The original Narnian lamp post drawn by Pauline Baynes

The Lamp Post is a collection of recent news articles, opinion pieces or blog posts that I found interesting and worthy of attention. If you see something that you believe should be in The Lamp Post, tweet it to me at @WardrobeDoor with the hashtag #LampPost.

TGC: Fact Checker: Is ISIS Beheading Children in Iraq?

There is no doubt that ISIS is perpetrating acts of pure evil in Iraq and Syria. We should be concerned with truth, even about those that seek to do us harm.

While it is possible that children are being beheaded by ISIS in Iraq, there is currently no credible evidence to support that claim. We should pray this report turn out to be just rumor and that whatever other crimes are being committed, that God is sparing the children of Iraq from “systematic beheading.”

Pew: The Most Liberal and Conservative Big Cities

The headline is a bit misleading, in that, there aren’t many conservative big cities at all. Out of the almost 70 U.S. cities with more than 250,000 people, only 11 were slightly conservative.

Even cities in conservative states that would seem to have a right-leaning pull, like Nashville, Charlotte or Louisville, were closer to liberal than conservative.


Huffington Post: How Religion Affects Children’s Judgment of What Is Real and What Is Pretend

About that study that purportedly showed how religious children could not tell fact from fiction … not so fast, say the researchers.

Some media reports about our research have said, on the basis of these results, that religious children cannot tell fact from fiction. We doubt such a conclusion is warranted. Our interpretation is different. Religious children are encouraged to think that miracles are possible — and so for them, a story that includes a miracle is not obviously fictional. Non-religious children, by contrast, receive less encouragement to think that miracles are possible — and so for them a story that includes a miracle is likely to be made up.

Public Discourse: Tracking Christian Sexual Morality in a Same-Sex Marriage Future

As Christians embrace the argumentations surrounding same-sex marriage, they are much more likely to embrace other forms of sexuality previously accepted as sinful.


Boston Globe: Pope’s Protestant Friend Dies, but Push for Unity Lives

This is such an interesting story. It seems odd to call someone a Protestant or evangelical, when they stated a desire to be member of the Catholic Church, but the relationship between Pope Francis and Bishop Tony Palmer is fascinating.

In 2012 Palmer’s family moved to England, to allow their son to prepare to enter university there. Palmer had little idea of Bergoglio’s rising star, but received an email three days before the conclave of March 2013 asking for his prayers. When he saw Pope Francis emerge on the balcony, Palmer was thrilled but assumed that their friendship would be over.

Shortly after the New Year, however, he received a call. Francis wanted to know when he was next in Rome, could he come by? On January 14, Palmer spent the morning with Francis in the Vatican residence where he now lives, the Domus Santa Marta.

Cheerios: #HowToDad

Finally, a commercial that depicts a dad as a real dad, not some evil overlord or bumbling idiot. Thanks, Cheerios!

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