But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 19:00

100 Things I'm Thankful for: #1-#33

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Thanksgiving is upon us, so I thought that I would spend this week writing about things insightful for. In fact, I thought I would make a list of 100 things and divide it up between my three posts this week. I know that I don’t always take the time to be thankful like I really should, but it...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 19:00

Remembering the Consequences of Freedom

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As we come to the end of the series, I hope that it has been of some use to you and provoked some thought. I know there are probably questions I haven’t answered, and there are probably things I have written that you probably disagree with. You might not even agree with me on the point that...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:00

A Few Reasons Why Christianity Aligns with Reality

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First of all, as I mentioned on Monday, we need to recognize that Christianity is a religion focused on freedom and individual choice. It is consistent with our humanity. Jesus Christ came to earth to die for our sins, and we can accept this free gift of salvation. We also have the ability to...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 19:00

How Does Christianity Advance Towards the Good?

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I’m going to spend one final week on this idea of freedom and its proper exercise because I think it is vitally important and inherent to our humanity. I think that we are people created with the capacity to exercise our free will. I do not believe we are just robots responding like a...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 19:00

Why Aren't People Freely Choosing Christianity Then?

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If we now have a system that truly promotes freedom that allows people to seek out that which is true and best according to their own conscience and reason, I have said that I think the best ideas are going to rise to the top. I still believe that is true even though our human reason is fallen and...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 19:00

Allowing for Freedom

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I have written about this topic before, but I do think it bears repeating now in the context of the mission we are on to decide how we ought to promote a culture that enables people and encourages them to choose that which is right.

We need to reverse engineer the process here because, as you well...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 19:00

You Say You Don't Have a Religion? I Say You Do

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I suggested at the end of last week that religious liberty is incredibly important as we seek to answer the question about how we ought to promote the right exercise of freedom. We don’t want to force people to act in certain ways, but we want to have them use their freedom for good. That is...

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imageI am now going to add more goods to our matrix of goods. We have the good of life and the good of freedom. We have looked at how they interact and how we are aiming for a society that promotes those goods simultaneously. Logically, it seems that having two goods is better than one good.

Now,...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 20:00

When the Good of Freedom Violates the Good of Life

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It has been said that you cannot legislate morality. That is true to some extent, but that does not mean that in we need to fall into an entirely libertarian state to pursue our vision of promoting life and freedom.

As I wrote a few weeks ago, laws do have a certain degree of power to encourage...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 20:00

Building a Society Based on Goodness and Freedom

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Let me recap really quickly what we have come to conclude so far. Keep in mind that the entire overarching question was proposed a few weeks ago, and we are trying to explore how to help people use the freedom that they have naturally responsibly. Just because we have freedom does not mean that it...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 20:00

A Few Things to Define a Good Society by

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Here we engage with thousands or maybe even millions of thoughtful people from around the world. What is good? How do we decide what is good? Even if objective truth is real and some things are good while others are bad, how do we choose which ones belong in each category?

To start this discussion,...

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 20:00

How Are We Going to Evaluate True Beliefs?

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We have now made a few important conclusions. First, we have determined that any belief we have must correspond with reality. We also concluded we can disagree in perspective, but that does not mean that every belief is true. Our human perspective and abilities of perception can be faulty, but in a...

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 20:00

Any True Belief Must Correspond with Reality

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Coming back to this idea then of objective truth, we discovered last week that there must be at least one objective truth in the universe. The universe cannot be entirely subjective.

We’re now curious as to which truth or truths we’re going to accept as true. Some of them are necessarily...

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 20:00

Some Necessary Assumptions about Our World

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If it is necessary for there to then be some objective truth or multiple objective truths and that complete subjectivity is impossible, then the question becomes how to determine what the truth actually is. After all, even if we have come to the conclusion that subjectivity is bankrupt and there...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 20:00

Is Objective Truth Even Possible?

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I proposed on Monday that we need to figure out what can cause people to internalize certain beliefs and do them because they believe they are right rather than out of fear for legal consequences. A fear of consequences will not stop the behavior from happening because, like I wrote about last...

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 20:00

Doing What's Right Because It's Right

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I left off last week with a question that has frustrated many people for millennia. How do we ensure that people are responsible with the freedom that they inherently have as human beings? People can do a lot of things, but not everything is good to do.

Of course, legislation is a popular way to try...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

Freedom Comes with Responsibility

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The exercise...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:00

Actions Have Consequences

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I wrote on Monday about our freedom and how that freedom is real whether or not the government approves of my behavior or not. I have to, of course, be prepared to deal with the consequences of my actions, but when we think about my actual freedom, it is in no way impinged by government policy...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 20:00

Do Laws Actually Limit Freedom?

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You can take what I am about to write and apply it to just about any political argument you want, and I am absolutely sure that some of you will think that you know exactly what I am talking about.

There are some who would argue that a human right extends to anything that a person wants to do....

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We have been talking about controversial topics all week and how to address them. If you are friends with me on Facebook, you might notice a rule I try to live by. I very rarely comment on someone else’s controversial post. If somebody posts an article that says that socialism is the only way...

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 20:00

How to Choose a Controversial Topic to Talk about

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Sunday, 01 October 2017 20:00

On Trying to Communicate Controversial Ideas

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We have spent a lot of time talking about literature lately. I hope you enjoyed our journey to Middle Earth. I love these books, and I think that they are a great way to communicate real truth about our world in an environment that people are not threatened by but rather accepting of.

This is...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 20:00

That Is What You Have Been Trained for

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imageThe book version of The Return of the King finishes in a different way than the movie. Saruman, although greatly stripped of his power, moved into the Shire. Using his powers of persuasion, he has turned to the peaceful, bucolic land of the hobbits into a center of industry that is corrupting the...

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 20:00

I Could Not Have Destroyed the Ring

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From the first introduction of Smeagol in The Fellowship of the Ring, there is an overarching sense that he had a purpose in this entire narrative. Frodo originally expresses regret that Bilbo did not kill him when he had the chance, but Gandalf reminds them that there very well might be some type...

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Sam Gamgee went through a lot. As we move into the final section of The Return of the King, he is really that encouraging force moving Frodo towards the ultimate completion of this epic journey. However, the final section of this mission turned out to be the most difficult in the land of Mordor. A...

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