Tag: Freedom


Radical Individualism


This idea, that meaning resides in the individual human mind, has been a long time in development. We take it for granted and it is no longer considered a way of looking at reality, but the way reality is. It has not always been so; 500 years ago, meaning was...

“Maybe Jesus was a vampire?”


Are there vampires in the Bible? A few of the characters on HBO's True Blood suggest there are. Lazarus, Cain and Eve are presented as possibilities, but then the dim-witted Jason Stackhouse hypothesizes, "Maybe Jesus was the first vampire?" Jason's evidence for this assertion is that Jesus rose from the...

Is there a cure for the disease of hatred?


Hatred, a disease? We haven't been able to eliminate the scourge of hatred, so perhaps we've been looking at it all wrong. In "Finding A Cure for Hate" Jennifer Yang reports on a University of Toronto initiative that looks at understanding and preventing hatred by "treating it as a public...

Doing the Dishes and the Gnashing of Teeth


When my kids were younger they had chores—one of which was doing the dishes. It should have been as simple as everyone taking a turn on a rotating basis, but was never that simple. Lacrosse games or ballet practices meant that somebody would miss their turn. To ask another child...

Made for Freedom?


When I got married, I was no longer free.  I couldn't play League of Legends whenever I wanted.  I couldn't eat chicken wings in bed.  I had to tell my wife that I was going down to the store to get a jug of milk. But I don't mind.  Not at...

The Story of Human Rights


While driving to one lecture, I was listening to another.  The one I was listening to was delivered by A. C. Grayling on CBC's Ideas. This was the first of eight "Fragile Freedoms" lectures held at the not yet officially opened Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg (listen here)....

A Christian Worldview?


The term "Christian worldview" is often used, but not always understood. Too often, people think that if you simply believe the Bible, oppose abortion and avoid R-rated movies you have a Christian worldview.  OK, this is a bit of a caricature, but my point is, Christians often have a far too superficial understanding of worldview.  Even Nancy Pearcy's...

Fatal Attraction to Freedom


I used to have sheep, about a dozen ewes and a big ram named Joe.  This combination resulted in about twenty lambs in the spring.  Once these little ones discovered the wonderful world beyond the teat, they became a huge problem. The ewes and Joe would happily eat the grass...