Searching for Steve McQueen, Mark Regnerus, Kurt Warner, and Doctors Standing for Life

SIGNS AND WONDERS

Faith of an Icon. The life of film legend Steve McQueen is coming to theatres for one night only this Thursday. “Steve McQueen: American Icon” is produced by the Erwin Brothers, the Christian filmmaking duo that brought us “October Baby” and “Woodlawn.” The documentary features evangelist Greg Laurie, who wrote a book about McQueen’s conversion. WORLD’s Megan Basham opines: “Despite one or two insightful interviews and audio tapes, American Icon fails to plumb depths that even an E! True Hollywood Story would manage.” However, it’s likely that the movie will generate interest among McQueen fans, and no doubt lead some to inquire about the Savior whom McQueen apparently embraced late in life.

Sociology That Matters. Economics is often called “the dismal science,” but for my money, sociology is more dismal still. Far too many sociologists are ideologues whose work tells us more about their biases than the society they are supposed to be studying. A notable exception is Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas, whose research regularly illuminates the human condition. His latest study, summarized here, on the impact of casual sex on millennials, is both disturbing and encouraging. Disturbing because it highlights widespread promiscuity and vacuity, but encouraging because it plainly shows that those who follow biblical models of behavior are happier, healthier, and more likely to lead productive lives over time. His new book, “Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy” is well worth the read.

Good Sport. Kurt Warner, an outspoken Christian widely known as a role model, is the newest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The 46-year-old quarterback, who went undrafted out of high school and got cut by the Green Bay Packers, was stocking store shelves for $5.50 an hour when NFL Europe and the Arena Football League gave him a fresh start. He went on to play 12 years in the NFL, appearing in three Super Bowls, winning one of them, and getting named MVP twice. He closed his Hall of Fame acceptance speech with this: “His last moment was for me, mine is for Him. Thank you, Jesus.”

Standing for Life. The American College of Physicians (ACP) is taking a stand on assisted suicide. The nation’s second-largest physician organization issued a statement last week that read, “The practice . . . raises ethical, clinical, and other concerns.” The statement went on to say: “Control over the manner and timing of a person’s death has not been and should not be a goal of medicine. However, though high-quality care, effective communication, compassionate support, and the right resources, physicians can help patients control many aspects of how they live out life’s last chapter.” John Haas, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, told WORLD the decision is “wonderful news.”

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Warren Cole Smith is an investigative journalist and author as well as the Colson Center vice president for mission advancement.


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  • jason taylor

    What impressed me most about McQueen was how he showed the good aspect of professionalism and discipline in Towering Inferno. “Just Following Orders” and “Banality of Evil” have become such a cliche that we forget that we need people who will run into burning buildings just because that is what they do.

    Speaking of which we can spare a prayer for those on the firelines and hurricane relief. Who there whether or not it is There’s to Reason Why, and whether or not someone will Go Tell the Spartans.