Joel Belz

Joel, WORLD's founder, writes a regular column for the magazine and contributes commentaries for The World and Everything in It. He is also the author of Consider These Things.

Krieg Barrie

Liberty at risk

Religious Liberty | A timely debate brings a sobering conclusion
by Joel Belz
Posted 8/15/19, 03:33 pm

Whenever, in recent times, the conversation among us evangelicals has turned to the so-called LGBTQ community, two themes surface frequently.

“Can you believe,” folks ask repeatedly, “how fast all this has happened?”

And second: “So where is the LGBTQ movement moving next? I can’t see any more taboos for them to cross.”

Both are thoughtful and legitimate questions. But too much focus on the past may have a tendency to obscure what lies ahead. We are what we are; we are what we have become—as repugnant as that reality might be. What are we going to do about it?

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Rachel Beatty

The shape of fraud

Elections | Gerrymandering is a moral blot on American politics
by Joel Belz
Posted 7/26/19, 10:30 am

Among all the abuses of the democratic process in America, none is more arrogant than the gerrymander. I argued that point here 25 years ago, but the danger is more acute now.

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Krieg Barrie

On ending well

Death | Have you thought seriously—and Biblically—about end-of-life decisions?
by Joel Belz
Posted 7/18/19, 02:06 pm

On the face of it, no book focused primarily on the subject of dying holds high promise for becoming a bestseller. Death is hardly the most appealing of all possible topics. And unless the author has actually “been there, and done that,” the book-buying public has reason to be skeptical.

If I tell you as well that this book I want you to read was written by a philosophy and ethics professor at a small college, I realize you may already be turning the page.

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