Answering ancient questions: what is goodness?

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People’ve been asking this question for a long, long, long time. 

About 2,300 years ago, in ancient Greece, a very wise man named Plato recorded many of the words of his master, Socrates. Once, Socrates had a conversation with a priest of the gods, whose name was Euthyphro. Socrates loved to ask people questions about all sorts of things. In this case, he questions Euthyphro on the nature of “piety” or “piousness:” that is, following what the gods command.

The fundamental question becomes: is the pious pious because the gods ordain it, or is the pious some higher standard that the gods adhere to?

This question has come down through history to us like this: is goodness good because God commands it, or is God held by some higher standard of good? Both answers have problems. (more…)

How Christian men can treat Christian women

So you came to this blog because, for whatever reason, you think there’s something wrong or lacking in the way that men treat women in the church. Whether you’re a man who wants to learn how to better conduct himself, or a woman who wants to read what this man is saying to other men, you already feel that this matters. (more…)

Responding to Unloving Christians

This is intended to be an examination of why the church is not what it should be, an apology and an appeal to my friends who are not believers in Christ, and a clarion call to all my fellow-believers to fulfill the destiny that God has for us, now and forever.

The calling of the church

Here is what Christians are to do: Jesus said that the most important commandments are “You shall love the Lord thy God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all you mind” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” He also said to his disciples, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you my disciples, if you have love for one another.” This is what is to define us as Christians: our love for God and, consequently, for one another and for our neighbors. The church, which is Christ’s representative on Earth, is supposed to be the most loving group of people in the world.

So why isn’t it?
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