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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on August 24, 2012.

eNewsletter Subject: Life, Death, Temptation, Love

When I wrote on the moral dimensions of global warming, I promised a major review of the quarrels among scientists on this issue. This week I finally made good: Scientific Disagreement about Climate Change.

And yet so many social issues seem to be far more important. Consider today's news story: Vermont Catholic innkeepers who refused lesbian wedding reception settle with ACLU. This is chilling: They were pressured to drop wedding receptions and to pay $30,000 rather than give up their beliefs about marriage.

There are, of course, many causes for this gross injustice, but one of them is the growing conviction in our culture that both religion and the natural law are purely personal things. Politically, President John F. Kennedy played a key role in popularizing this viewpoint: John F. Kennedy in Retrospect: A Damnable Privatization of Religion.

But there are good reasons to resist today's anti-Christian social pressures and temptations. Both Phil Lawler and I reflect this week on what it means to be a Christian:...

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