I was given an advanced copy (without page numbers) of this book in exchange for an honest and voluntary review on Goodreads. “Footnote” citations do not explicitly include chapter number; in actually, they are endnotes, which was somewhat aggravating, if understandable, for me. Also, I have put in boldface where I mention each chapter. Quotations are to be understood to belong to their respective chapters, unless otherwise explicitly cited. Continue reading
I’ve read a first-rate article by Edward Feser explaining why the Left reacts so viscerally when people “on the wrong side of history” feel like they have to make clear their lack of endorsement of same-sex weddings. (I mean, in the 21st Century, you’re telling me, you won’t bake a wedding cake for me?! Seriously?)
In this article, Feser suggests that not baking that cake or photographing that blissful day is ultimately a deeply subversive act that threatens the very fabric of the society (modern-day) liberals have built for themselves: a egalitarian, anything-goes sexually “free” society. It suggests that what we are doing is wrong, and it brings the suppressed shame (that we don’t want to deal with or admit we even have) to the surface. So let’s look at not baking that wedding cake actually entail (because I don’t have time to discuss the issue of general discrimination, and plus, most of those (even Christian!) bakeries are generally happy to serve all customers regardless of orientation … that’s not the issue: the wedding cake issue is). Two points and a conclusion (and FULL DISCLAIMER: some reflections suitable for the day after Good Friday and before Resurrection Sunday). Continue reading
I just had to repost this clever and important post: “Why the Church Should Be Welcoming but Not Affirming of Straight Christians.”
This should help to subvert two deeply embedded myths in the church:
1) It subverts the idea that homosexuals are a unique “problem” to the church, but not heterosexual lust or adultery. The opposite of homosexual sin is not heterosexual lust, but purity through Christ. Straight Christians are not able to let their guard done or pity those who same sex attraction (SSA). We have to be watchful and dependent on the Holy Spirit and prayer. We are not holier or purer than those who struggle with SSA.
2) It communicates that those with same sex attraction (SSA) are not alone or unique in their call to purity / even singleness. We are all called to die to self and fight what may feel so natural. Lust and (sexual) sin are no respecters of sexual orientation or attraction. All Christians, whether single or married, straight or with SSA or …, are called to be pure and holy, as the Bride of Christ, who is Lord over all things and spheres and who claims lordship over everything.
I’ve written a draft of something that I’ve been thinking and mulling over, trying to formulate what it means to obey and honor our God with our bodies in the matter of sex. I don’t pretend to know all that much about sex, but it’s been something I thought a lot about, and I hope my incompletely-developed and ongoing thoughts about it may be of some use or benefit to those who seek to live truly human, fulfilled lives in joy and obedience.
Subtitle: Do Intellectual Property Rights Exist? Why ideas (or music or art or computer programs) cannot be owned like houses or cars can be owned …
It is not private knowledge that I have written a bit on copyright in more places than one (search under the category “Ethics”). Anyway, I want to revisit my argument that people have an inherent “right” to copy. Continue reading