Wilderness Wanderings: Towards a Libertarian or Moral Society?

As I study and re-study the marriage and family law [read: divorce] law of Louisiana, I can't help but ask, aren't these just the laws of another wilderness generation? Between the 10 Commandments and the Deuteronomic Law, the law of the Hebrews grew exponentially in length, complexity, and bad-ness. What began as a law of freedom became merely concessions to the "hardness of their hearts." Is not the same thing happening to America? Raft of the Medusa by Théodore Géricault, 1818-19 Instead of wandering in a wilderness for 40 years fed on the manna, America has been wandering in a land of plenty for almost 250 years. We began with a Declaration of Freedom (Independence) and our laws have since become a wilderness. We have, for some time, been standing on the brink of oblivion, and this is the fundamental question facing our law: Should our laws continue to be based on objective truth and morality OR should we complete the work of creating a Libertarian Read More April 27, 2013

WARNING: You may turn Catholic if you read this!!

The early Church Fathers were so clear about the Eucharist, Transubstantiation, and the Real Presence -- how could any Christian reading Justin Matyr or St. Ignatius of Antioch NOT become Catholic?? John Calvin loved the Church Fathers, so how can modern-day Calvinists believe that the Eucharist is only symbolically the body and blood of Christ? I have been hearing a lot of conversion stories recently of people becoming Catholic after reading the Church Fathers. Some of these were former-Calvinists who had thought they had read the Church Fathers in seminary or elsewhere. However, they had only been provided misleading excerpts. The following quotes probably didn't make it into the "Protestant Anthology of the Church Fathers [Abridged Version]": Saint Justin Martyr: Obvious, Early Understanding of Transubstantiation From Saint Justin Martyr's First Apology addressed to Emperor Antoninus Pius, ca. 150AD, from Chapter 66, "Of the Eucharist": A Read More April 26, 2013

The Scary, New Freedom of Religion

Striking down the HHS Contraceptive Mandate on constitutional grounds should have been much more of a slam-dunk. Why did the Obama Administration think they could justify this in the first place?  The answer, as I'll describe below, is a movement to narrow the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to respect only a freedom of worship . This way, our sacred Freedom of Religion would be gutted of its "freedom of conscience." This is how the constitution would need to be warped, as I'll argue below, to support any of the many varieties of the HHS Contraception Mandate. First some HHS Contraception Mandate background ... [skip ahead if you already know the background of the HHS Mandate]  What was this HHS Contraception Mandate that so successfully united the American Catholic Bishops against it? The HHS Contraception Mandate is a provision of ObamaCare which leaves some decision-making to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, whoeve Read More April 18, 2013