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March/April 2013

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No Country For Old Men

After the shock of September 11, 2001, it would seem that a certain numbness of sensibility has allowed the world to absorb a succession of otherwise near apocalyptic events.

Seeking Refuge

Being faced with extinction from terrorist violence and shut out from refuge has created a hopeless situation for many religious minorities.

Keeping Perspective

How the christian quest for temporal power turns thoughtful minds from the biblical worldview.

Free to Be

The state might find Christianity useful, but that usefulness is dangerous to the church. 

Is Offensive Realism Enough?

Global powers may march to the drumbeat of offensive realism, but for the reader of the Bible they are unwittingly parading under the banner of prophecy.

Freedom to Choose

Quote from Areopagitica, a impassioned philosophical defense of the principle of a right to freedom of speech and expression.

Liberty in “Paradise”

How can the noblest of political arguments be made by the prince of darkness, especially when one discovers that the despotic dictator in this story is none other than God the Father?

Banner Speech

Schools are a tricky place for the First Amendment.

The Nightmare of Detention

One of the worst nightmares would have to be detention in an overcrowded prison without knowing why or for how long. You might have done nothing wrong, but you are treated like a murderer.

Freedom Is Necessary

Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making.

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Published in the March/April 2013 Magazine
Quote, by John Milton

Many there be that complain of divine Providence for suffering Adam to transgress. Foolish tongues! When God gave him reason, he gave him freedom to choose, for reason is but choosing; he had been else a mere artificial Adam, such an Adam as he is in the motions. We ourselves esteem not of that obedience, or love, or gift, which is of force: God therefore left him free, set before him a provoking object ever almost in his eyes; herein consisted his merit, herein the right of his reward, the praise of his abstinence. Wherefore did he create passions within us, pleasures round about us, but that these rightly tempered are the very ingredients of virtue? They are not skillful considerers of human things, who imagine to remove sin by removing the matter of sin; for, besides that it is a huge heap increasing under the very act of diminishing, though some part of it may for a time be withdrawn from some persons, it cannot from all, in such a universal thing as books are; and when this is done, yet the sin remain entire.

–From Areopagitica, a 1644 tract against censorship by English author John Milton.

Areopagitica is an impassioned philosophical defense of the principle of a right to freedom of speech and expression.

Author: John Milton

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