Equity Without Liberty

I’ve come to the conclusion, that, while equality is a noble and necessary pursuit, it is also one that is fraught with danger and susceptible to the temptations of despotism. Because activism is as much a faith as it is a political activity or social movement. It has its own dogmatics, its own evangelists, and a penchant toward extremism that any recognized religion might have shown throughout history. The pursuit of a broad and ill defined concept of equality is as exclusive in its imposition as the gospel. In the same way that Jesus said that he is the way, the truth and the life and no one can come to the father except through him, social activism places any who will not submit to whatever particular notion of what equality is that prevails onto the wrong side of the moral divide.

Activism inhibits the practice of evidence based social care, putting roadblocks in the way of the practice of loving your neighbor as both individuals and a community. It requires the diminishment of difference and a commitment to coercive pogroms to flatten the topographical nature of a multi-cultural society in order to achieve a “civilization of equality.”

When one realizes that the pursuit of equality that is not tempered by an overriding commitment to the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness of both communities and the individuals that make up them that we ostensibly built our society on, much of our demands for special treatment couched as equality can turn to bitterness in our mouths.

What good is the “Unum” without the “Pluribus.”

The Call To Worship

The freedom of religion is not primarily concerned with private devotion but rather that of public worship. It is a display of the freedom of conscience which, if removed to merely the privacy of silence, becomes a privation of faith which results in a practical, if not literal, atheism. Continue reading The Call To Worship

The Church and the Mall

Over the years I’ve heard or read about the idea of “redeeming” music or literature or education or government…you get the picture. If it exists and functions in society as an institution of some sort, there’s always someone in the Church that wants to sound the call to redeem it. What they really mean is that they want to sanitize it in order to make it palatable or useful according to whatever manner of constructs that their pietistic sensibilities have conjured up. Continue reading The Church and the Mall

Ego Vs. Martyrdom

 

Martyr:

noun
1.

a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce his or her religion.
2.

a person who is put to death or endures great suffering on behalf of any belief, principle, or cause:a martyr to the cause of social justice.
3.

a person who undergoes severe or constant suffering:a martyr to severe headaches.
4.

a person who seeks sympathy or attention by feigning or exaggerating pain, deprivation, etc.

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The Gracious Nature of Beauty

Modernity’s insistence upon the quantifiable and its suspicion of anything that existentially intrudes upon the clean lines it believes are150953349 necessary to achieve the life well–lived is unsettled by the beautiful; it strikes a challenge to the utilitarian nature of the secular. Beauty is an affront to the natural recoil that is experienced when one is confronted by beauty amidst tragedy and like modernity’s rejection of the very idea of a loving God in the face of evil, beauty is rejected as a brutal and empty promise placed upon the wounds that experience in the world inflicts upon the soul. Continue reading The Gracious Nature of Beauty

Original Peace

…the Christian infinite belongs to an ontology of original and ultimate peace, and as a consequence allows a construal of beauty and peace inconceivable in terms of the ontology that Christian thought encountered first in various schools of pagan metaphysics, and encounters again in the thought of Nietzsche and his heirs.”

~ David Bentley HartThe Beauty of the Infinite