Homelessness, as an issue, had a huge impact on my philosophical development. I once volunteered for a local coalition of churches working to solve homelessness in our city. As a conservative Christian, my heart wasn't necessary cold, but I didn't believe government had any place in altruism. Then the idea of permanent supportive housing was placed in front of me. There … [Read more...] about Love as a Public Policy Principle
Reverend Ryan Gaffney speaks on abortion and a woman's right to choose. This complex issue deserves a deeper look. We like to align everything as sin vs. non-sin, but this issue and the world are simply more complex than that. … [Read more...] about Is Supporting a Woman’s Right to Choose and Abortion a Sin?
This is an issue I've wanted to address for some time, but wasn't quite sure how. Ironically, this is the general subject of the Law and Public course I previously taught. Our societal political engagement, however, operates through basic and largely inaccurate talking points. Natural Law is the perfect example. Almost all debates with conservatives on "social issues" ends … [Read more...] about Christians and a Wrong Interpretation of Natural Law
Reverend Ryan Gaffney speaks about the "biblical" definition of marriage. One of my goals in this blog is to show how biblical definitions and legal/political definitions are often conflated. This is what we have to do, start from our base. I think as Christians we can build a general political philosophy, but it can't start with politics. Take a listen to the Rev. … [Read more...] about What Constitutes a “Biblical” Marriage in the Eyes of God?
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:3 NRSV I have long suffered with depression and anxiety. My particular affliction is manic in nature. Over the years I've learned more and more about this disease and its affect on my life. Of course it wasn't always this way, but I am now thankful for this thorn. It has a lot to do with … [Read more...] about Depression, Anxiety, COVID-19, and My Faith