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25 Truths Essential To Restoring Our Freedoms

25 Truths Essential To Restoring Our Freedoms

Happy Independence Day! Today, more than any Independence Day in my lifetime, is a day for thinking about what it will take for us to restore our freedoms in America. Freedom for some is being able to do what one wants. Better thinkers — including America’s Founders — have seen it rather as the freedom to do what is right, to do good, to practice virtue, to follow conscience. This is my view of freedom, yet for this Independence Day post I’m thinking…

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Why Religious Freedom Matters

Why Religious Freedom Matters

Religious liberty is under attack, not only from Federal mandates to violate doctrine and conscience, but also from a more intentional philosophical perspective. Ryan Anderson of editor of Public Discourse, recently reviewed Brian Leiter’s Why Tolerate Religion? I do not expect to have time to read Leiter’s book, though I suppose I may have to eventually; it’s an important question he raises and it needs a sustained thoughtful response. I think even without reading the book there is something to…

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On Moral Genius, Vicious Deception, and Amazing Faith

On Moral Genius, Vicious Deception, and Amazing Faith

Notre Dame had the football. My team, Michigan State, was behind. “This would be a great time for Notre Dame to fumble,” I said out loud—and they did. On the very next play they lost the ball to Michigan State. That actually happened while I was a student at MSU. But that’s not all. A while later in the same game Notre Dame had the ball again. “This would be a great time for them to fumble again,” I said—and…

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“Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner”

“Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner”

Difficult? Or Impossible? Years ago I was in an undergraduate social psychology lecture at the University of Central Florida. The professor, speaking of attitudes toward homosexuality, told us, “Christians say they can ‘hate the sin but love the sinner,’ but I think that’s pretty hard.” By his non-verbals it was clear that he meant is was really quite impossible. In a way I agree with him. Jesus himself was realistic about love. In a classic passage, Matthew 5:43-48, he says,…

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Gay “Marriage,” Civil Rights, Power, and Principle

Gay “Marriage,” Civil Rights, Power, and Principle

Even a democracy can undermine freedom and foster the unethical rule of power. America’s founders saw this, and placed in our Constitution a Bill of Rights to preserve civil rights and protect us all from the tyranny of the majority. Gay “marriage” is often regarded as a civil rights issue deserving that constitutional protection. And indeed it is. George Weigel has perceptively showed us, though, that it is not the kind of civil rights matter that its proponents claim it…

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