I describe these as key for me. Perhaps posts that I want to get back to quickly, topics that have generated significant conversation, etc. This will pick up more or less where my Libertarians and Culture page left off – that page ran its course awhile ago, as I have moved more into integrating Christianity and Natural Law as foundational for liberty.
Conclusion…: Let’s call this the closing chapter of the first part of my journey, getting me to the point of understanding the necessity for a common culture and tradition if one has liberty in his sights.
A Libertarian Grand Narrative: Hoppe identifies the necessity of narrative, something that libertarians lack yet something that human beings live by and through.
Thin Christianity: Taken from C. S. Lewis, my summarization of “can’t we all just get along?”
Doing What I Must: An overview of René Girard’s examination of the meaning and purpose of sacrifice, and how the sacrifice of Jesus put an end to the need for that practice.
Reframing the Non-Aggression Principle: If the non-aggression principle is considered not as admonishments against certain behaviors (murder, theft, etc.) but as a criterion for punishment or justified defense in the face of such transgressions, many problematic or contentious issues regarding the NAP are easily clarified.
Telos: Digging further into what is meant by telos, purpose, or final cause.
Aquinas’s Ethics: Further expanding on the above post, Telos.
It’s Greek to Me: Examining in some detail the original Greek words for the seven virtues.
Natural Law Isn’t About Law…: Regardless of what some students of Aquinas would have you believe, natural law isn’t about law; it is about moral living.
Transforming Aristotle: Aquinas would use Aristotle’s framework, conforming it to Christian truth.
Frank van Dun’s Natural Law: Just what the title says it is.
Natural Law and Anarcho-Capitalism: Frank van Dun examines this connection; anarcho-capitalism rests on an assumption of natural law.
Understanding Thomas: Another look at Aquinas’s view of the natural law; the purpose was not to use it to legislate morality, but to outline moral living.
What of Natural Rights?: Clearing up the distinction between natural law and natural rights.
No Story, No Liberty: We live in a narrative. Without a narrative, libertarians won’t move the needle toward liberty.
Lost Story, Lost Society: Without an owned story, we are lost – both individually and as a society.
Natural Law, Sola Scriptura: Can one arrive at natural law solely through Scripture? I answer this question.
Finding the Individual: The individual was known to Anselm of Canterbury, around the turn of the eleventh century.
What of Rights?: examining Aquinas’s theory of rights; no, it isn’t merely natural laws converted to natural rights.
Religion and Liberty: Guido Hülsmann examines this relationship.
Floating in the Æther?: According to the Apostle Paul, we wrestle against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Is it possible that these powers are acting in a manner other than through human actors? I say no, and name a few names.
My Canned Response: The response I will offer from now on whenever someone says that liberty is possible only absent Christianity. Beware: it is a long reading list.
Virtues Let Loose: G.K. Chesterton offers that our modern world has let not only the vices loose, but also the virtues. It is the Christian virtues gone mad that is the bigger problem.
The Abolition of the Universe: As man has moved toward and embraced a materialistic, scientistic worldview, he has also moved toward a meaningless, nihilistic life.
Philosophers and Ploughmen: One has to know something of working the land if one is to find meaning, and, ultimately, some semblance of meaning. Our modern philosophers and theologians should take note.
A Couple of Items: my version of “those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it,” and “history doesn’t repeat, but it sure rhymes.”
Freedom and Aquinas: As described by Peter Kreeft