Category Archives: Morality

Posts related to the “blue” articles. Moral philosophy and issues of enforcing morality.

The Series on Christianity vs. Capitalism Continues

I just wrapped up a new chapter — a BIG chapter — on my Christianity vs. Capitalism series. This is some serious “inside baseball” for Christians debating the merits of Pope Francis’ anti-capitalist pronouncements. Casual and non Christians might want to stick with the summary, which is this:

The Old Testament has many promises of material rewards for the faithful. The New Testament has many admonitions against seeking riches. The two themes might be connected in a subtle manner. Suppose the Pharisees of yore treated promises of Divine Providence as nearly identical to karma. The logical conclusion is that the poor and unlucky are poor and unlucky because of sin, and that the rich and powerful are enjoying their wealth and power by virtue of their righteousness.

Perhaps Jesus was berating the wealth-seeking (and having) Pharisees for this incorrect view and the resulting hardness of heart.

Karma vs. Christianity is a lengthy meditation of such matters. I explore how the Old Testament picture of Divine Providence differs from karma and thus the Pharisees were accountable for their theonomical error they believed otherwise.

This meditation may be also useful for Christians wondering whether it is moral to practice capitalism. It is also a partial admonition against the opposite: the Prosperity Gospel.

Ah, subtleties…I wonder if I am wasting my time getting subtle on a web site. Maybe with tablet computers long reads of Internet materials are now feasible. But maybe this should be a book…

 

 

Religious Right or Left?

With Pope Francis making lefty pronouncements on a fairly regular basis, it’s worthwhile to review what the Bible has to say on the matter. On the static site, I have a new 2000+ word article on Capitalism vs. Biblical Law. The Old Testament Law is rather more lefty than most people give it credit for,Continue Reading

Voting on the Start of Life

Just in time for Mother’s Day, a rather long article on just when motherhood begins: Toward a Democratic Consensus on the Start of Life. If you care at all about the abortion question, read it. It’s big, but important. You will learn: Why the Court was correct to demand more than mere legislation to outlawContinue Reading

Rethinking Roe v. Wade

Things have been quiet here on the blog, but I have recently added a honkin-big study on the main site: A Fuzzy Workaround for Roe v. Wade. If you are pro life, it could be the most important article you read this year, or even decade. It outlines a legal strategy for restricting abortion whichContinue Reading

Taking on the Abortion Issue

I haven’t made enough political enemies yet. So I guess it’s time to take on the most rancorous, divisive issue of all: the abortion question. I jest, slightly. Part of me wishes I could avoid the issue entirely, as it divides both the liberal, conservative, and libertarian camps. And it will divide the new UpperContinue Reading