The worst, most painful aspect to the gospels is not that Jesus claims to be Christ, but that Jesus casts out demons, heals the sick, raises the dead, and all the rest of the supernatural miracles we are challenged to consider. These are next to impossible to take seriously as actual historical events, which I think … Continue reading Why Jesus Cast out Demons
I have been reading the gospels lately, and have gotten through Mark, John, and yesterday finished reading Matthew. Although I've read them before, this time has been especially exciting. In particular, I have a few thoughts on how Mark stands out. It has to be understood first something about the authorship of Mark and its … Continue reading Miracles in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew
Last time, I argued that human beings are equal in an ethical sort of way: they are equal in terms of the dignity that all humans deserve to be treated with. Next I would like to add a few words on what it is about human beings that gives them this special dignity. A couple common answers … Continue reading Human Equality, Part 2
Well, I have a new (my first) article out in the latest issue of Political Research Quarterly. The subject of the article is John Locke's understanding of human equality. I plan on writing at least a couple of blog posts on the major ideas from the article, which I would like to make as accessible … Continue reading Human Equality, Part 1
A man and woman were talking to each other while strolling down a peaceful road. The man asked the woman, "What must heaven must be like?" The woman answered: "Well the idea of the kingdom of heaven is that of an ideal kingdom. The laws flow from the will of the King, who is good. The angels who reside … Continue reading The Kingdom of Heaven
When a soldier is killed, what has occurred? Does it matter who you are, where you are, or what you are doing? Was it better to be a dead soldier lying face down in the dirt at Breed's Hill or Gettysburg, than leaning against a wall or a post in Khost or Baghdad? Does it matter … Continue reading When a soldier dies.
There is a real tension between talking and doing. In the present election cycle, establishment politicians are the talkers, and who are the doers? Well, Trump and his supporters, who are going to "make America great again." But notice that just as politicians have their reputation for not getting anything done, Trump and his supporters … Continue reading Protecting your Heart from Itself: A Response to “Let’s Talk?”