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A theological basis for rank individualism in society and elsewhere

This essay is long- some 2,000 words.  But I think it is worth reading.  Print it out if you like if that makes it easier.

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‘Individualism’ has a bad rap, even among Christians.  To be fair, there are things in ‘individualism’ that I think are unhealthy or even immoral, too, but the key thing to remember is that any opposite of ‘individualism’ is not necessarily preferable.  If we’re going to raise up ‘inter-connectedness’ (a neutral term, I hope) it must be done thoughtfully, and it cannot obliterate that which is moral or good in ‘individualism.’

The only folks that … continue reading...

Tea Parties About Liberty not Just Taxes

In my last post I tried to explain that there is always a connection between freedom gained/diminished when governments tax.  I was trying to make the point that one can’t speak of an economic system- any economic system- as freedom neutral.  It was not my point, as some wags have suggested, to argue that all government is tyranny.  It was only to ensure that we realize there is a connection.

One fellah went so far as to argue that on my reasoning stop signs decrease our freedom, too.  And what about the four walls in our house, don’t they … continue reading...

Human Rights Without God?

I have been having a discussion with a Christia friend that started with his critique of my Birth Pangs fantasy/action adventure book series.  We started out talking about human rights in general but more recently we have focused on the question of abortion.  The gist of our debate is that I contend that there are ‘inalienable’ ‘rights’ and he doesn’t think so.  Both of us agree (I think) that apart from a theistic outlook, the question of ‘rights’ is nonsensical.  I wish to expand on that aspect due to its relevance to this blog.

That humans have intrinsic rights … continue reading...

Octuplets Birth a Victory for the Pro-Life Cause?

I was on the radio yesterday morning promoting my latest book, We Chose Life, and was asked what I thought about the Octuplet Lady out in California.  I declined to offer an answer because I knew only the headlines and hadn’t looked much further than that and so didn’t consider myself informed on that situation.  I’m still not overly informed.  🙂  It was in the news this morning so I guess I’m slightly more informed now… with these caveats…

I think my main point of resistance is not with her being implanted with 6 embryos.   In the secular press … continue reading...

Human Rights Policies Without Teeth; Lips that flap, No Action to Follow

With the situation in Darfur still percolating and the news of Kosovo declaring independence and of course the US presidential campaign in full swing I have been thinking a bit about ‘human rights’ lately.  For example, I have been pondering what duty, if any, a person or nation has to those who are being oppressed (or slaughtered) in another place.  I have been pondering what kinds of action are permissible, even morally mandated, in the face of such oppressions and genocides.

I remembered back to my time at the International Academy on Apologetics and Human Rights which was held in … continue reading...