Cicero’s idea of pleasures sounds fundamentalist, but many things can be redeemed to ‘think Christianly’ about what we’ve inherited as the Great Tradition.
Jesus would never tell someone to take up a sword against another. He teaches in the Sermon on the Mount to “not resist the one who is evil” [but] to “turn the other cheek.”
The Christian faith needs to promote a healthy relationship between what science – mostly secular science – produces and what the Bible proclaims.
Constructive communication requires us to be charitable with those who disagree. We must strive to understand the motivation behind their ideas.
Faith should never trump science. We need to stop asking Scripture and Nature to do jobs they were not designed to do. Some questions likely will remain – and that’s OK.
Matthew provides the genealogy of Jesus to the Babylonian exile. Then he quickly turns to the virgin birth of Jesus by giving a new significance to Isaiah’s prophecy.