Category: Why I am not a “Liberal” or “Conservative”


Vanessa Otero’s Media Chart


I found Vanessa Otero's Complex vs, Clickbait, Liberal vs. Conservative Media Chart to be quite helpful. http://jerz.setonhill.edu/blog/2016/12/12/vanessa-oteros-media-complexclickbait-liberalconservative-chart/

Christians Can’t Simply Be Conservative


Just the other day, I was listening to a pastor casually commenting on social issues, and underlying all his comments was the foundational belief that being Christian goes hand in hand with being conservative. I have been uncomfortable with this attitude since I was in high school and have been arguing...

Why I am not a Conservatyve


I am not a Conservatyve because of three books. Before I get to the books, let me just say that there are a lot of intelligent liberals and conservatives who hold their views because of careful thought and research.  I'm not talking about those. I'm talking about cheap imitations. My...

The Myth of Progress


"People tend to confuse the words, 'new' and 'improved'"  -- Agent Colson, Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. (pilot episode) In the modern world, we assume progress. We do so because, among other things, we see it all around us.  The iPhone 5S was better than the iPhone 5C, which was better than...

The Olympic Spirit and Human Goodness


Are human beings basically good, or are they more inclined to do evil?  There is plenty of evidence for both sides of this long debated philosophical question. There is a lot of evidence for human goodness--we see it in the so called "Olympic Spirit" where individuals dig so deeply to...

I Think the Bible is True


Most liberals like parts of the Bible--they usually like what Jesus said, but there are other parts of the Bible that many reject outright. I am not like most liberals because I believe that the Bible is the Word of God and, as such, it's true and it's relevant, and...

I Might Not Be a Bigot (or a Commie)


Individualism is so strong in the United States, that if you suggest any sort of limitation of individual freedom you might be called a bigot (by the left) or, worse yet, a socialist (by the right). I think this might be the reason I find myself feeling more at home...

Why I Am Not a Liberal


The main reason I am not a liberal is because liberalism leans toward naturalism.  This is not to say that one who identifies with liberalism always rejects a supernatural explanation for anything, but the idea of freedom is so fundamental in liberalism that it often means freedom from most external authority, and this almost...