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Weekly Reading Roundup: Beginning of December

It is the Christmas season! Season, of course, in this case refers to a period of time rather than an arbitrary quarter of the solar year typified by certain weather patterns. Truly, axial tilt is the reason for that season. This week’s reading roundup includes some Christmas stuff and some of the usual bit of everything else. Continue reading

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Followup on “Suffering for Doing”

Evil happens in the world, and it usually happens with the compliance of the general population rather than the whole-hearted support. I might even go as far as to venture that the grossest of abuses are done by those who have surrendered their minds to a degenerate line of thinking rather than the “evil genius” who came up with a wacky ideology in the first place. In the Rwandan genocide in 1994, Hutu officials organizing the attack against the Tutsis facilitated weapons distribution for the people who actually hacked hundreds of thousands to death. Thus, “Bubba” with a machete did the killing while educated officials sat back and watched. Those who would oppose a genocidal mass movement must think for themselves and contend with evildoers, thinking and unthinking alike.

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Suffering for doing

I recently read about the concept of selective conscientious objection. Whereas conscientious objection refers to a person’s moral objection to war in general, selective conscientious objection refers to a soldier’s objection to a specific war or specific mission. Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Push of Pikes! We hope that you enjoyed time with family and got to focus on the true object of gratitude. So many times people are just “grateful” without being grateful TO anyone in particular. Think of it: God gives to you, family gives to you, friends give to you–let your gratitude go TO someone!

“Gray areas” in Christian ethics: What to do

Before I make the last hurrah in my series on “gray areas” in Christian ethics, I want to list my essential points so far in this series:

1. There are practices that are not absolutely prohibited or even discussed in the Bible, and serious Christians hold opposing viewpoints on those points.
2. Christians must tolerate diverse opinions from other Christians regarding “gray areas”, with the understanding that tolerance is a thing to demand more for others than for oneselves.
3. The exact phrase “avoid even the appearance of evil” is a Christian oral tradition (stuff people in church started saying and just kept saying) deriving from Scripture but is not itself in Scripture.
4. Although Christians have to respond when they are misunderstood, they need not cater to the misunderstandings of others.
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Weekly Reading Roundup: Before Thanksgiving

This week’s reading roundup. Some silly, some serious, all listed here. Continue reading

“Gray areas” in Christian ethics: Avoid even the appearance of evil?

This is the second post in my series on “gray areas” in Christian ethics. In my previous post, I explored the three basic Christian positions on drinking alcohol and laid out my own position on that particular issue. In this post, I want to address the phrase “avoid even the appearance of evil” as used in discussions of Christian ethics. Continue reading

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