Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Libertarian Straw Man

I’ve become thoroughly sick and disgusted at the continual perpetuation of the libertarian straw man. The straw man is an image of libertarians, put forth mostly by liberals, as not caring about important issues and being nothing more than shills … Continue reading

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Krauthammer: It Can’t Be Bigotry if a Majority Believes it.

— Resistance to the vast expansion of government power, intrusiveness and debt, as represented by the Tea Party movement? Why, racist resentment toward a black president. — Disgust and alarm with the federal government’s unwillingness to curb illegal immigration, as … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Glenn Beck, Mormons, & the Mosque

First check out Ed Brayton commenting on Stephen Prothero’s article. The bottom line is Mormons, of all folks, should especially support the religious liberty rights of all. Their experiences in America should make them know better. Which leads me to … Continue reading

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Supernatural Rationalism

[This one was from 2008.] Conrad Wright is one of the sources from which Dr. Gregg Frazer’s PhD thesis draws and he coined the term “supernatural rationalism” to describe what Dr. Frazer terms “theistic rationalism.” This was the theology of … Continue reading

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The Boundaries of Libertarianism: What’s Wrong with One-World Government?

I may have written this before. I don’t remember, and don’t feel like looking it up. As a (moderate) libertarian, I like exploring the boundaries of libertarianism. How far can it go before it stops being defensible, and how far … Continue reading

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Beckwith on D’Souza, Religious Dickering & “Mere Christianity”

There’s a long story which I don’t feel like recounting. The following passage of Dr. Beckwith’s interests me:

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Conyers Middleton, Progenitor of Theistic Rationalism

[This one was from 2009.] Conyers Middleton is one of the “divines” Dr. Gregg Frazer names in his PhD thesis as influencing the theology of the key Founders. As Thomas Jefferson wrote to John Adams, August 22, 1813: You are … Continue reading

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On Constitution Writing

One of my current projects is rewriting the Constitution and By-Laws of the Parents Association for my daughters’ swim team. It brings home to me the difficulty of writing a good Constitution even for a small and very simple organization. … Continue reading

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The Connection Between Heresy and Political Liberty

A strikingly disproportionate number of notable theologians who influenced the American Founding and establishment of political “republicanism” were theological unitarians. These figures, British and American Whigs, were instrumental in arguing on behalf of the American Revolutionary cause and in convincing … Continue reading

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Post From Dispatches From the Culture Wars on Rights, God, the Bible

Since King of Ireland, my co-blogger at American Creation, and I are discussing the idea of rights/God/the Bible, I thought I’d post parts of post I did when I guest blogged for Ed Brayton’s Dispatches From the Culture Wars. … … Continue reading

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