Social Justice is not Socialist Justice   Dr. Kelly Burton   All humans are born with a sense of justice. In justice, equals are to be treated equally. Human beings are equally rational animals. We are equal as human beings. Yet we are different in so many other ways. We have different gender preferences, races…

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  We Need A Foundation   About the Author   Owen Anderson is a professor of philosophy and religious studies at Arizona State University. He is the author of eight books including The Declaration of Independence and God with Cambridge University Press.   The Declaration of Independence as Foundation   We did not get the…

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Skepticism in the Postmodern Academy Greg Goodrich   The Virtue of Postmodernism Current divisions within American culture emphasize ongoing racial and political tensions. These tensions can be quite discouraging, but there is reason to hope. These tensions are merely symptoms of more basic disagreements about what is real and good.  If the knowledge sufficient to…

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On the Virtue of Thinking You’re Right Gregory Malloy   It does not seem too far of a stretch to say that the cardinal sin of our day is epistemological confidence.  To believe that one is correct in his beliefs and others are wrong is cited as the root of many evils including bigotry, intolerance,…

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Dr. Kelly Burton   In an effort to understand the times, I have been spending my semester break reading through a stack of recent books on contemporary cultural concerns often going by the terms Critical Theory, Social Justice, or Progressivism. I favor using the term Progressivism because it captures the Marxist view of the progress…

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Integrity is a concern for consistency. Yet Emerson famously wrote in Self-Reliance, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” Emerson is thinking of consistency and conformity. He is advocating for a kind of self-expression or self-creation where one’s individuality is defined in contrast to the group. As…

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By Greg Goodrich Beliefs divide us.  At first this may sound like a call to set beliefs aside, but it’s quite the opposite.  Beliefs can and should unite us.  Our beliefs will either unite our being in the focused pursuit of a meaningful life, or they will divide us until there is nothing left; nothing…

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I’m reading through “The Death of Ivan Illych” by Tolstoy and this seems like a perfect Christmas story. Just as with Scrooge, we are given a look at the hardness of the human heart and what suffering it takes to repent. Sometimes philosophers discuss what they call the hiddenness of God. This takes seriously the…

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General revelation is what can be known about God and the moral law by all persons at all times.   It is what is available to humans through creation and history. The light of nature is used to understand both general revelation and special revelation (scripture). Reason is called the light of nature because it…

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