(1) Tim Keller, prominent pastor and theologian, says secularism, not religion, is set to decline |Deseret News
Prominent pastor and theologian Timothy Keller has written a new book that targets skeptical people who have some serious questions about Christianity.
The book’s release comes amid claims that religion in America is burning out and dying, though Keller actually makes a starkly different argument: that secularism is, in fact, the theological worldview that’s poised to decline.
Keller, the senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, released “Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical” on Tuesday — a book that “invites skeptics to consider that Christianity is more relevant now than ever,” according to an official description.
The pastor, who is widely known and respected for his oft-times deep theological analysis, told The Christian Post that, instead of arguing that Christianity is true — a claim he most certainly believes — he wants people to see how the faith system positively impacts the world.
“I’ve had people say ‘I don’t care if Christianity is true, it’s irrelevant to me,’” he said. “And I’m trying to say I want you to see what Christianity offers so that you would think, ‘Wow, if it really offers that it would be great if it were true.’”
(2) Education Sec. Says Homeschoolers Would Be Better Off in Public Schools: ‘Not Getting … Rapid Instructional Experience’ |Christian Post
U.S. Secretary of Education John King is receiving criticism for his recent statements claiming that children who are homeschooled have fewer options than those enrolled in schools.
At a recent breakfast event sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Secretary King told reporters that he had mixed feelings about homeschooling children.
According to Politico, King noted that while he knew many homeschooling families do it “incredibly well” and homeschooled students have had “very tremendous academic success,” he believed homeschooled children are not “getting the range of options that are good for all kids.”
King added that he was worried “students who are homeschooled are not getting kind of the rapid instructional experience they would get in school,” unless their parents are “very intentional about it.”
Michael Farris, co-founder and chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, said in a statement released Wednesday that he was “disappointed” by the comments.
(3) Tens of thousands march against same-sex marriage in Mexico |AP
Tens of thousands of people marched through Mexico City on Saturday in opposition to President Enrique Pena Nieto’s push to legalize same-sex marriage.
Organizers of the National Front for the Family estimated at least 215,000 people participated, and while that number could not be immediately confirmed, it was clearly one of the largest protest marches in Mexico in recent years.
Dressed mainly in white and carrying white balloons, the marchers held banners warning against same-sex marriage and demanding parents’ right to control sex education in schools.
“We are not against anybody’s (sexual) identity,” said Abraham Ledesma, an evangelical pastor who traveled from the border city of Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas, to participate in Saturday’s march. “What we are against is the government imposition … of trying to impose gender ideology in education. As religious leaders, we don’t want to be forced to marry same-sex couples and call it marriage.”