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contradict human rights 1 Corinthians 7:5 marriage
Culture

Does 1 Corinthians 7:5 Contradict Human Rights in Marriage?

Can a wife say ‘no’ to sex with her husband? Can a husband say ‘no’ to sex with his wife? Does 1 Corinthians 7:5 contradict human rights expressed through self-ownership? A popular interpretation of 1 Corinthians 7:5 says spouses may never say ‘no’ to sex unless it’s for “medical reasons.” This interpretation relates to some objections from Christians about the principle of self-ownership. In this view, you can’t own yourself because God owns you (which

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Libertarianism Changes the Abortion Debate
Originally Published on The Libertarian Christian Institute

Libertarianism Changes the Abortion Debate

Americans haven’t changed much in their approach to abortion over the past fifty years. Since Roe v Wade, conventional arguments on both sides have traversed various fields of philosophy. At the same time dancing around, but never addressing, the actual question; a question about the legal nature of human rights. Both sides attempt to answer the question of legality by confusing a legal theory of rights with ethical, ontological, and religious arguments in their favor.

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doublespeak black lives libertarian
Originally Published on The Libertarian Christian Institute

The Doublespeak of Black Lives Matter and a Libertarian Response

The murder of George Floyd has proven to be a tipping point in America. Not only are various politicians looking at criminal justice reform, but some police officers are abandoning their posts as they’ve done in Seattle, Minneapolis, and now Atlanta. This doesn’t seem to be your usual (and temporary) social outrage. But what is it that we’re tipping towards? What began with peaceful protests against excessive use of force by the police, has culminated with President Trump threatening to deploy

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abortion, mass shootings, vaccinations
Culture

Polarizing Abortion, Mass Shootings, Vaccinations

I was interviewed by the Libertarian Christian Institute today and we discussed the polarizing topic of abortion. In it, I expressed briefly why I believed abortion is so emotionally charged and compared abortion, mass shootings, and vaccinations to each other. Here I’ll expand a bit more on what I said in that episode. Abortion, Mass Shootings, Vaccinations These three topics have some foundational things in common. Ultimately, they are ruled by various appeals to emotion, which keep

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praxeology
Culture

What is Praxeology?

What is Praxeology? Praxeology comes from the Greek; it means the study of deed, or action. It’s actually a broad discipline where human action is understood deductively. This leads to conclusions that are a priori, or self-evident. Today, praxeology is most often associated with Austrian economics, and for good reason. But it didn’t begin with Austrian economics. The term praxeology was first used by a German philosopher, physicist, and theologian name Clemens Timpler. Timpler identified

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what is the golden mean in philosophy
Philosophy

What is the Golden Mean in Philosophy?

The golden mean is a tool to gauge where virtue falls between two vices, excess and deficiency. Aristotle describes ethical virtue as a disposition. That is, a tendency induced by our habits to have feelings apropos to a given situation. Defective dispositions, according to Aristotle, are tendencies to have inappropriate feelings. Aristotle rejects Plato’s view that vice and virtue are a matter of knowledge. For Aristotle, virtue is distinct from knowledge since virtue involves appropriate

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moral consideration
Philosophy

What is moral consideration?

Moral consideration is a fairly simple concept. Although it’s weight depends greatly on the context. Generally speaking, moral consideration is simply giving careful thought to proper conduct. In the legal sense, moral consideration is given apart from legal consideration. The actions of a “Good Samaritan” may be given careful thought in court if the intent of those actions were otherwise good that resulted in unintentional harm. In the legal sense, moral consideration is more of

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Philosophy

How Should We Respond to Free Speech?

Free speech can be controversial and offensive. It can introduce ideas we aren’t comfortable with or reaffirm moral trends that we don’t like. It can speak about politicians who may be violating their oaths, or supporting their ideas instead. It can speak against all government, some government, or none of it. Our offense to a particular idea isn’t indicative of it being morally defunct, only that it’s outside of our comfort zone. Free speech has

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Philosophy

Is Offensive Speech Free Speech?

← Free Speech-Introduction ← The First Amendment as the Standard Bearer (Part 1 of 4) Some forms of speech under the First Amendment are relatively innocuous, but what about offensive speech? Is offensive speech free? The penalty for penning the Declaration of Independence was treason; under threat of hanging. This document itself was highly offensive to more than just King George. It offended colonists still loyal to the British Crown. And the United States herself

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Culture

Should a business owner be able to refuse service?

Does a lingerie store have the right to tell a breast-feeding mother to leave. Does a fashion designer have the right to make clothes that only fit “beautiful” people? Does a wedding photographer have the right to refuse to photograph a gay wedding ceremony? Does an ordained minister have the right to refuse to marry two people? These are all examples of real business owners refusing service to real people for what some may think

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