Janie B. Cheaney

Janie lives in Missouri, is a columnist for WORLD, writes novels for young adults, and is the author of the Wordsmith creative writing series. She also reviews books at RedeemedReader.com. Follow Janie on Twitter @jbcheaney.

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Gene dreams

Science | Gene-editing technology carries great promise—and great risk
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 10/28/16, 01:00 am

Cutting-edge microbiology was an election issue in 2004, when presidential candidate John Kerry used Michael J. Fox and the late Christopher Reeve as object lessons for his proposal to lift federal “bans” (actually, restrictions on federal money) from embryonic stem cell research. Since then, experimentation on human embryos has not been much of a political football, perhaps because it has produced no significant results. It’s time to open the conversation again, in light of the new technology storming the frontier of genetic research all over the world.

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A tent peg in stubborn soil

Faith & Inspiration | Though blown and battered, the church of God will hold secure
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 10/14/16, 01:00 am

Rod Dreher, a writer and editor at The American Conservative, is looking into the future and doesn’t like what he sees. “The Coming Christian Collapse” names three trends that will spell doom for the church in America unless—well, Dreher sees no “unless.” We’re doomed.

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Longing for a ‘strong leader’

Culture | Why is democracy starting to fall out of favor?
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 9/30/16, 01:00 am

In 1959, Whittaker Chambers thought democracy was finished. After decades of heavy involvement with the Communist Party (card-carrying member, no less), he converted to Christianity and testified against high-ranking State Department official Alger Hiss, another Communist. Chambers did not see the conviction and life-sentencing of Hiss as a victory, for Communism was stretching its tentacles into every continent and would most likely make good on its promise to conquer the world.

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