Thursday, February 22, 2018
 

The Case for Libertarian Christianity

Should Conservative Christians Expect Government Regulation of Morality?

  • 31 January 2018
  • Author: Guest Blogger
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by Christian J. Ledford
a Political Science student at UM Dearborn and contributing writer for the University's Michigan Journal

In thinking of Christianity and its requirements as a belief system, what immediately come to mind as overall principles? Faith? Love? Purity? In addition to these simplified concepts, I would add one that perhaps supersedes the others: 
choice. Although Christianity is predicated, of course, on repentance from sin and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the fact that underlies all Christian dogma is choice.  

Sidestepping slightly into the realm of politics, what is the political ideology of choice? What political ideology emphasizes freedom and human liberty above all else? Libertarianism. Simply put, libertarianism is the ideology of liberty, the rightwing belief that the government should be minimized to its smallest possible size and scope, only large enough to protect its citizens’ natural rights of life, liberty, and property.

In Praise of Reason (part 2)

Preface to the Author's New Book, "The Reason of Reason: How Reason, Logic and Intelligibility are Evidence for God"

  • 13 September 2017
  • Author: Scott Cherry
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Why does reason work?

This is a question we will explore in my new book, The Reason of Reason. I think there are only three possible answers: The universe, God (some kind of intelligent omni-being), or ‘unknown’.  If we dismiss ‘unknown’ as not a real answer at all then of course there are only two.  This is philosophy, of the sort that a college undergrad encounters in, say, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy or Religion, or even Intro to Philosophy.  But it is also a kind of theology known as Natural Theology.  Today in academia there seems to be a great divide between philosophy and theology, but in centuries past that was not the case.

*There is a 14-point syllogism that captures my whole argument in the Read More section. You can order your copy of The Reason of Reason on Amazon

The Disheartening Nihilism of Modern Science

by Christian Ledford

  • 7 July 2017
  • Author: Guest Blogger
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by Christian Ledford, UM Dearborn student

In 1859 Charles Darwin published On the Origins of Species, his magnum opus and the foundation of evolutionary biology, and changed the world. While many point to the publication of Origins as the point at which religion and science began to collide, it was merely a sign of the times; humanity’s descent into naturalism began earlier, in the Enlightenment of the 1700s in which scholars and scientists began to reject millennia-old Aristotelian and Biblical knowledge. Whereas anachronistic thinkers like Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Pascal, and too many others to name were devoutly religious, this age of naturalism saw a departure from theism in efforts to explain the world around us, and the universe as a whole, outside of intelligent design and outside of God.

*Extended since first published in the Michigan Journal of UM Dearborn in May of this year.

Ramadan, Day 26—"Night of Power"

«.لَو كانَتْ مَملَكتِي تَنتَمِي إلَى هَذا العالَمِ، لَكانَ أتباعِي يُحارِبُونَ لِيَمنَعُوا تَسلِيْمِي إلَى اليَهُودِ. لَكِنَّ مَملَكَتِي لَيْسَتْ مِنْ هُنا »

  • 20 June 2017
  • Author: Scott Cherry
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by Scott Cherry—

Unthinkable Humility 

On the night of his last Passover meal Jesus performed one of the strangest and most uncommon acts for a figure of such epic prominence and power as the Messiah: He washed his disciples' feet. Yet it was entirely consistent with his M.O. which makes it believable. He lived it out thoroughly. It was yet one more demonstration that he came "not to be served but to serve...and to GIVE his life [not take]...as a ransom for many." That is mind-blowing to me. 

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June 19, Day 25

« مَملَكَتِي لا تَنتَمِي إلَى هَذا العالَمِ.»  "My kingdom is not of this world."  It would seem that only an alien like Thor or Kal El "Superman" would say something like this. But it wasn't them. Besides, they are fictional. But the man who said this was real and had very strange ideas about himself. "What kind of a outrageous claim is that?" his audience wondered in disbelief. But there's more: «.لَو كانَتْ مَملَكتِي تَنتَمِي إلَى هَذا العالَمِ، لَكانَ أتباعِي يُحارِبُونَ لِيَمنَعُ »

Ramadan, Day 13: Contemplating the Oneness of God

Fasting is a time of contemplation. A time to humble yourself before the One God.

by Steve Schlichter


Fasting is a time of contemplation. A time to humble yourself before God. A time to search yourself and confess attitudes and actions that are contrary to the nature of God. Those we commit that we should not and those we omit that we should do. The more we understand God's nature, the more humbling and meaningful our expressions of love and worship can be. God is one. He is unique and indivisible, as these verses bare witness:

       


Moses: "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!" (Deuteronomy 6:4)

Jesus: "The foremost is, 'HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD.'" (Mark 12:29)

Paul: "Now a mediator is not for one party only; whereas God is only one." (Galatians 3:20)

James: "You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder." (James 2:19)

      
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