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Firm Opinions and Strong Decisions

Today, I wanted to share something from G. K. Chesterton’s Heretics. In our pursuit of objectivity, we examine the facts and try to see what jumps out of them without our attempt to interpret them; in our pursuit of objectivity, we survey data to see what unbiased analysis proves. As we try to be open-minded, we will find our minds closing when we make conclusions. Continue reading


The Pluck of the Irish

St. Patrick’s Day was this week. As I am of Irish extraction, I thought it appropriate to address the occasion. I will deal with the light and airy things first. Continue reading

The Gospel We Preach and Christians in Society

The spiritual message of the gospel has social, political, material, and personal implications. These implications push and pull on decisions made in the present. The impact of the gospel in the present is easy to understand, but the intended impact of the gospel through time is harder to understand, and responding to the gospel’s historical progress is hard to do. Continue reading

Mutiny on the Ship of State

Back in the days of sailing ships, captains could not instantly contact their superiors in Europe or America. When the crew and the officers were not getting along, sometimes the crew banded together to take over the ship. Ship discipline was harsh, keeping sailors who served with varying levels of volunteer spirit in line. Discipline mostly kept sailors on task, and at other times it provoked mutiny. The mutiny on the H. M. S. Bounty happened in the South Pacific, virtually on the direct opposite side of the world from Britain. Captain Bligh had to personally reach Britain for the Admiralty to find out what happened, or indeed that anything had happened. Between the lack of ready communication with home, stern discipline, and trying conditions on the ships, the captain and the crew had a devil of a time maintaining enough discipline to get home.

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Tunisia, Egypt, and 1,001 Arabian Nights: A Book Recommendation

There is a lot of change going on in the Middle East at the moment. Protests in Tunisia led to the resignation of that country’s leader, while continued protests in Egypt led to the recent resignation of Hosni Mubarak, that country’s former president of thirty years. One worry is that Islamic fundamentalist groups will manipulate elections to gain power so that they can impose Sharia law. Whether the Muslim Brotherhood‘s influence in Egypt is something to fear I will not debate here, but I will argue that increasing understanding is always important. Continue reading

Acting Your Age and Taking Yourself Seriously

Today, I want to make two points:

  1. Your age and maturity affect how you believe and how you act.
  2. Beliefs, opinions, and language change over time. Continue reading

A Christian Plot to Take Over the World?

This post continues a discussion started in posts on this blog by James Arnold and Stephen Hale. Yeah, Christians want to convert everyone else in the world, but they have no business trying to take it over! Continue reading

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