Pope Leo XIII in Libertas artfully lays out a definition of human liberty which needs no amendment for direct application to today. At the root of the errors of free marketers is a conception of human liberty that often assumes a Newtonian perfection as the result of aggregate human action; that is, it assumes that … Continue reading True Freedom and Sacrifice
I've heard this my entire life, from people who range in their beliefs from Protestant to Catholic to agnostic deists. I think it can be meant in a correct way - "you can handle this" - but the substance of the statement doesn't rise even to the dignity of error. First, it paints a picture … Continue reading The God of “More Than You Can Handle”
Solomon spent many hours spent seated in the enormous square-roomed summer loft of his palace, deliberately isolated from human distractions. Only cool flowing winds and the ambient tranquility of chirping birds managed to gentle impose themselves upon the atmosphere of the room. He designed the loft entirely on his own, whereas he delegated certain aspects … Continue reading Narratives of Solomon
Without a relationship to teaching authority, the Temple, the ordained sacrifice of the Passover, and the Priesthood, the Samaritans worshiped a God they no longer knew.
"In the course of promoting the international trade myth, the USSR has permitted the social philosophers in the West to conclude that commercial relationships are the most effective means of taming Soviet aggressive attitudes. If there were only more consumer goods available in the USSR, perhaps the contentment that comes with owning a toaster would … Continue reading Faulty Political Psychology
"Your moral challenge to my behavior is invalid, because Jesus once said 'Judge not.'" With a single quotation, Christians are thus forbidden from declaring truths authoritatively on morality. This is sometimes what is honestly meant when this quotation is used. What is also implied is that Christians must also first prove they are morally perfect … Continue reading Misusing the Bible: Judge Not
The sweltering heat of the midday had given way and cool evening breezes from the Great Sea flowed over David's face as he stood looking out of a high window in his headquarters in Hebron. David was girded in his customary light jerkin, the heaviest sort of armor he ever wore. In his earliest battles … Continue reading Biblical Short Story: David and the Death of Ishbosheth