On Creation and Post-Modernism

From First Thoughts

Some critics of Intelligent Design conflate the movement with creationism. Of course forms of Intelligent Design can be creationist, but arguably others (like that of Aristotle on some readings of the philosopher) are not. I am both a creationist and one who believes there exists evidence for . . . . Continue Reading »

Ancient Liberty

From First Thoughts

One thing critics of ancient cultures often miss is how easy “freedom” and “liberty” were to achieve in the ancient world and how hard order was to maintain.One could curse the king easily in the ancient world with almost no chance the king would ever hear of it! Any society . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Bible and Liberty

From First Thoughts

This is a brief response to my critics, mostly Frank Turk.I think the heart of our disagreement is the Bible and how to read it. I think the Bible is true and binding on a Christian. If it says a thing, we must do it.Sadly, reading a book is not as easy as one might think. The Bible was written to a . . . . Continue Reading »

Thank God for Government

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I recently read that government is cracking down on finch fighting.It is good to see that our government is ending this plague.The office was originally delegated to stop French fighting, but had no work since Joan of Arc was burned.John . . . . Continue Reading »

On Liberty

From First Thoughts

Let us assume that liberty is: “every man doing what is right in his own eyes.”If that is liberty, then liberty is not an absolute good for a Biblical Christian.Let us try a more careful notion of liberty instead: “the power in any agent to do or forbear any particular action, . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Bible and Civil Government

From First Thoughts

The Bible is a most valuable book . . . being without error and all.It is not, however, an exhaustive text on every single thing a human must know or even should know. It does contain all you need to know for salvation, but will, perhaps, let you down if you attempt to use it to answer the question: . . . . Continue Reading »

Liberty and Happiness: Brother Locke

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Let me commend to our readers the work of noted Christian apologist John Locke on the topic of liberty and happiness. His recent work on human understanding is, perhaps, wrong on innate ideas, but attempts a consistent description of human capacity in a Biblical framework.Who knows if his comments . . . . Continue Reading »

A Simple Error

From First Thoughts

If you oppose a government program, someone will suggest that you “hate” the people on the receiving end of the government largesse.Surely, however, it is a simple minded error to assume that if the government does not help someone then nobody will do so? Isn’t it more dubious to . . . . Continue Reading »