Let It Find Us
We should no longer allow this virus to determine our every move or dominate our thoughts. We must claim our lives back.
If the virus is to find us, let it find us being Americans and not trolls of a dystopian authoritative regime. Let it find us singing in the church choir, going to Sunday school, or sitting in our normal pew at church. Let it find us at the kids’ ballgames, attending the school spelling bee, at cheerleading... Continue Reading
A New Sin, and a New Salvation Requirement?
Are you saved? The New Covid Gospel
If you have questions about the efficacy of masks, or lockdowns, or the new Covid vaccines, you are looked at like some sort of despicable heathen. You are treated with contempt by some of these ‘Christians’ as they try to make you feel like you cannot possibly be saved. You are now a heretic who... Continue Reading
Galileo versus the CDC
The institutional power that oppressed Galileo is as much a threat to assembling a true picture today as it was in the 17th century.
Then as now, cooperation between researchers is the optimal way to leverage all the skills and knowledge available. It is precisely this cybernetic enhancement of our individual powers that can make the sciences today so much more effective than in Galileo’s time. At least, they are when we do not block productive cooperation by censoring... Continue Reading
The History of American Evangelicals’ Opposition to Abortion Is Long
Pro-choice advocates push a new talking point that it isn’t. Let’s look at the record.
[The] account of Evangelicals being late to the pro-life cause isn’t meant to convince the serious pro-lifer but to poison the well against pro-life advocacy. If the public can be convinced that pro-lifers are disingenuous, and hiding racist motivations, then it can more easily disregard discomfort about the ethics of abortion. As the pro-life movement... Continue Reading
The Effectual Truth of Identity Politics
The idea of “equal concern and respect," rather than particular grievances of any group, provides the moral foundation of identity politics today.
This “difference principle” explains the otherwise puzzling current alliance of the high and low against the middle. I refer to the political coalition that now governs America. It consists of the union of those groups designated least advantaged (single mothers, other single women, minorities, and LGBTQ) with the wealthiest and most highly educated classes. ... Continue Reading
My University Sacrificed Ideas for Ideology. So Today I Quit.
The more I spoke out against the illiberalism that has swallowed Portland State University, the more retaliation I faced.
I wish I could say that what I am describing hasn’t taken a personal toll. But it has taken exactly the toll it was intended to: an increasingly intolerable working life and without the protection of tenure. This isn’t about me. This is about the kind of institutions we want and the values we choose.... Continue Reading
Natural Law and the Colonial Roots of American Constitutionalism
At its core, this tradition revolved around the proposition that there is a standard of natural justice that exists independently of human contrivance, and that acts as a measure for the legitimacy of civil laws and political institutions.
Natural law thinking profoundly shaped the way American and British leaders approached issues involving rights, sovereignty, and constitutional government. However, the imperial authorities and their colonial opponents often appealed to different, and even conflicting, strains of the natural law tradition. This essay explores the role of natural law philosophy in the imperial crisis between... Continue Reading
The Spirit of Fear
Spirit of Fear is a large part of how the evil powers will attempt to control everyone.
Spirit of Fear is a large part of how the evil powers will attempt to control everyone. It is already started. My brethren. Stay in prayer. Obey the Lord. I am convinced that the Church Age is nearly over, but rough times are ahead for us until our Lord takes us home. Now is the... Continue Reading
I Wasn’t a Minority, Until Today
Since the vaccine passport segregates and erases me from parts of our society, though I’ve never been a visible minority, today—I am an invisible minority.
COVID-19 shouldn’t make us forget what this nation is supposed to stand for. COVID-19 shouldn’t make us forget our history. COVID shouldn’t make us forget our fundamental freedoms. If our freedoms aren’t fundamental in difficult times, then they aren’t fundamental at all. One of my friends sent me a text earlier this week saying:... Continue Reading
Why Almost Nobody Knows Anything about Critical Race Theory
We don’t need to assume anyone is lying or intending to deceive to understand why the political battle over CRT is so enervatingly stupid.
CRT is just a sophisticated legal theory taught only in law schools and graduate schools. Others say that CRT is the simple factual truth about the history of race and politics in the U.S. and conservative opponents are trying to block teaching that in public schools. These two claims cannot both be true. A complexly sophisticated idea taught only in graduate school... Continue Reading