Why Are We All Arguing?

cookie-cutterIf we all thought the same way, we would be in trouble. When we are free to think for ourselves, we are free to think poorly as well as rightly. We are free to think sideways, backwards, or not at all. If we are not free to think worse, we are not free to think better.

When I watch debates raging across social media, I think we have all gone mad. We seldom debate to reach truth. We debate to dominate and stamp out the opposition. I’m free to share my opinion, but your opinion should not exist. This is proven when we are angry at someone for saying something we interpret as stupid. Read more

Saving Western Civilization

historyA decade has passed since I sat in my Introduction to History class listening to my professor lament on our inability to know history. Instead of introducing her students to the fascinating world of historical knowledge, she adeptly laid the foundation of its futility. Her philosophy ought to have caused her resignation as her own field of discipline had no purpose pursuant her own admission. In fact, her philosophy undermined the entire historical department at the University not to mention the discipline itself. The professor did not simply suggest this untoward line of thinking, she professed it as truth, at least in as much as it could be in a world without truth. She opined truth’s nonexistence in the same manner she dispensed with the ability to know history.

A few weeks into the course, I would hear the same professor attempt to validate her point of view that plagiarism is a moral wrong while many of the students argued that there were legitimate allowances for it. She had no ground to stand on since she had already dismissed the existence of truth weeks before. All she had at her disposal was indignation at the moral malaise of her students. It is not every day that a person comes face to face with the logical conclusions of one’s own philosophy.

Most people live in conflict with their own philosophy. Read more

Christians: A People Who Change Nations

The Christian life encompasses the whole life of a person. In a society where Christians are the minority, their lives, when lived in accordance with biblical Christianity, will look radically different than their neighbors. In a post-Christian nation such as America, Christians fail to consider that the Bible affects every area of our life because American life has long been lived on auto-pilot. The remnants of Christian living, still found in our society, are now considered common sense. When someone fails to live up to those standards, we believe they have taken leave of their senses. Or we think the offender is intentionally rejecting the right way of life that everyone else knows to be right. It is far more likely in this day in age that the offenders of common sense are ignorant of it, because sense is not common.

The way of life did not evolve into modern civilization any more than a collection of atoms spontaneously exploded and produced the universe. The Western world is a95 theses & Protestant Reformation product of the Protestant Reformation and subsequent reformers who utilized the Bible as their guide as to how life should be lived. Out of this biblical way of life grew science, history, political science, justice, medicine, hospital care, the rule of law, orphanages, schools, universities, free commerce, and the nuclear family. Once the ball got rolling it gained enough momentum to sustain itself even when its foundation faded into the lost annals of history. Read more

The Myth of Common Sense: Part II

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If common sense is a myth, then there are practical changes in how we see the world once we stop believing the myth.  Here are a few examples of how we will need to look at the world differently.

  1. We cannot expect people to behave according to an innate system of morality. If a person or group of people has not been taught how to behave according to one set of beliefs over another, then their frame of reference is going to be different than those who have had this instruction. We are likely to be as ignorant of their upbringing as they are of ours.
  2. Thus, we cannot assume people know better. While it may be difficult to think outside of our own worldview, it is necessary to understand that most people think differently than we do. We cannot judge that a person is doing something wrong Read more