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Legislating Morality? Part 3 (Warning: Another Long, Too Long, Post, Suitable for New Years Digestion, Maybe)

December 30, 2013 by


In the first two blogs, I have begun the attempt to initiate greater reflection on the origins, role, authority, limits and functions of government, as well as our place as Christians under the authority of government.  I said at the start that absolute answers were limited.  This is true mainly because the Scriptures are relatively […]

Quote for the Day! From Henry Hazlitt

December 29, 2013 by


It is not merely a fallacy, therefore, but a sham humanitarianism, and a cruel deception, always to insist on wage-rate increases whether or not conditions justify them, and always to resist wage-rate reductions whether or not conditions require them. From Hazlitt’s fantastic dissection of the whole system of Keynesian fallacies, in The Failure of the […]

Of Ducks and Dynasties

December 21, 2013 by


In the end, I agree with Phil Robertson, but I also think A & E is right to put him on hiatus or to cancel Duck Dynasty if it chooses to do so. But, if A & E does pull the plug on the most popular show on cable television, the decision will reveal the […]

Legislating Morality? Part 2 (Warning: Long Post for Christmas Digestion)

December 20, 2013 by


My colleague Jeff Haymond wrote in a comment on my recent blog, “Legislating Morality?  Christians, Law and Politics,” that I had raised questions but not given answers.  He was correct.  So now that he has prodded me for answers I will put myself in jeopardy of all sorts of criticism by offering some tentative answers.  […]

Quote for the Day! Michael Novak

December 20, 2013 by


It is not so much the asceticism of biblical teaching, as its call to creativity and inventiveness, that accounts for the dynamism of Jewish and Christian civilization, including economic dynamism. While some aspects of asceticism are certainly helpful for a culture, such as the idea of deferred gratification, what really makes civilization thrive is when […]

Polling on Obamacare Bodes Ill for Dems

December 19, 2013 by


There is an eternity between now and the mid-term elections of 2014, so take everything that follows with many grains of your own favorite preservative. However, things are shaping up poorly for the Democrats. I will try to unpack these themes in more detail in future, post-holiday posts, but there are three relevant issues. One, […]

Reaping and Sowing applied to Obamacare

December 18, 2013 by


I am one Berean that believes there is, in general, an ethical cause and effect that we see in this life.  I say “in general” in the same sense that we view wisdom literature in the Bible; wisdom that is generally applicable while not always on our timetable (see Psalm 73 for one psalmist’s lament […]