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The Politics Of Loving Your Neighbor: A Commitment To People and Place

Justice is what separates society from anarchy, it is the fundamental distinction and possession of government which distinguishes it from mere brigandage. To quote St. Augustine, “In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?” Society is something which elevates us above the mere beast, but justice is what separates us from the madman, from the tyrant, from oppression

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The Capitulation Of A Public Faith To A Private Practice

…postmodernism, the belief that truth is inherently subjective and a function of power. With the rise of postmodernism came the notion that the only heresy that remains is the belief in absolute truth–orthodoxy. Postmodernism, for it’s part, contends that the only absolute is diversity, that is, the notion that there …

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The Episcopal Church In America Through The Lens Of A Radical Moderate

So, if we accept that rights are inherent and thus, by extension, conferred by something outside of society, then it is perfectly acceptable to insist that the State uphold or restore those rights; we are simply invoking the duty implicit in the nature of the State, in exercising it’s obligatory prerogative.

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What Kind Of Knowledge, Bryan Or Scopes?

Narrative knowledge produces a prescriptive impulse whereas the form that scientific knowledge embodies is fundamentally denotative. Though science can tell us the what, it can never move from empirical to moral. Science will always fail to tell us the why and the what for of existence, only the moral or prescriptive narrative can provide that. Thus science/fact is unable to create a cognitive matrix on it’s own that explains it’s own existence. So science, real science, is inherently non-religious, neither for or against, because science can produce no ethical impulse. Because the why is the narrative. The empirical only substantiates or disproves belief and or speaks ontologically when contextualized by the narrative. Science can never give you the why because it then would move from the descriptive to the prescriptive, from the empirical to the religious. That is why atheism is as religious as theism. Both purport to explain what is back behind what is.

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Love Thy Neighbor: A Patriotism of People and Place

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, …

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The Case For Taxing God: A Response

Why aren’t churches taxed? This seems like a legitimate question. The First Amendment says this: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the …

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Neoliberalism and American Exceptionalism: They’ll win if it kills you

Today, about 50 million Americans exist everyday without healthcare coverage. To put that in perspective, that’s more than the population of California and roughly equal to the population of England. Let that sink in a moment, equal to the entire population of England. That’s the population of an entire industrialized …

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Christianity, Capitalism and Healthcare…I need to borrow Romney’s Etch-A-Sketch

One thing that has always puzzled me as a Protestant, as a theological descendant of Calvin and Luther, of Ursinus and Olevianus, is the irrational commitment of American Christians to the idea of what I like to call morally neutral unregulated market capitalism, that market factors are brute facts and …

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