Who Are You Thinking?

history of ideas and thoughts No one thinks in a vacuum. Ideas have a history, and I want to know that history. I want to know why I think like an evangelical conservative Christian. I want to know how my worldview developed. How did I come to think about liberty, property, democracy, eschatology, and theology the way that I do? Moreover, how did the masses of people who think like me or unlike me come to think as they do?

We would all like to think that we think rightly. But regardless of whether our thoughts and assumptions are aligned with truth, who brought that way of thinking to light and how did it get packaged in such a manner that I think it today? I find the history of ideas fascinating. Read more

The Specialty of Freedom

I’m becoming of the persuasion that freedom is more a responsibility than a right. It’s not a condition of human nature, but a product of it’s voluntary restraint. Thus, freedom is not endemic to fallen humanity, but a condition rightly available to humanity. It is an environment we work to obtain and maintain. Man can neither bestow it nor impose it. We cannot achieve it by wresting it away from another. Removing the tyrant often results in a different, and perhaps, greater enslavement. Lack of oppression does not equate with the presence of freedom any more than a lack of war infers a presence of peace.

George-Washington-PresidentLaws do not create freedom, they protect freedom. Government, in a free nation, is instituted among men to ensure the preservation of freedom for the good of the whole. However, if the freedom being protected decays, the laws cease to function as its preservation. George Washington famously opined that America’s government was for a “wholly religious and moral people and inadequate to the governance of any other.” 

Freedom, then, is endemic, not to a state of nature, but to a state of being that is Read more