The Portico

What is authoritarianism?

The adjective 'authoritarian' comes from the mid to late 19th century, and simply means, "favoring imposed order over freedom." An authoritarian is someone who believes that freedom is secondary to societal order and that order must come from a person or entity...

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...

Hermeneutics

her·me·neu·tics ˌhərməˈn(y)o͞odiks/ noun noun: hermeneutics the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts. a method or theory of interpretation. ... in philosophy The term hermeneutics covers both the first order art...

The politics of gender roles in the church

I'm once again challenging my own paradigms (I'm officially off the complementarian band wagon, but haven't quite made the egalitarian train), one of which is the paradigm that exists between complimentarians (on the right, or conservative evangelical side of the...

Libertarianism, Libertarianism, and Libertinism

Libertarianism, Libertarianism, and Libertinism No, you're not going insane. Yes, the title of this post has the word "libertarianism" twice. That is because some one, some where decided that there were two completely different and totally unrelated libertarian-isms...

4 Ways You Can Start Changing Your Community Today

In the wake of the success from my latest Observer article, I realize that there are many people in our community (and yours too) that want to see a positive change happen locally. It's a breath of fresh air to see such support for free speech and good teachers...

Free Speech Series-Introduction

Speech: Conveys thoughts and feelings; a style of speaking; the language of a nation, region, or group. Speech is an integral part of the progressive evolution of individuals, families, people groups, societies, and governments. A baby’s first words are an exciting...

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...

Having a Right vs. Being Right

The English language is horribly inefficient, in case you couldn't tell. Take the word "right" for example. It has 8 different meanings, two of which will be highlighted here. It's very common in our culture to think that if someone has a right (entitlement) to do...

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