We live in a socio/cultural context that is questioning if not rejecting the entire notion of Natural Law. The issue of same sex marriage brings this to the fore most emphatically. And I know that the position that I advocate is somewhat atypical, but one which I feel is somewhat justified given the rapidly changing public perception of Natural Law that we have always assumed (and rightly so) as something of a constant social subtext. A lot of it has to do with authority and autonomy. Increasingly Love/Desire and Morality are being conflated, with moral constants giving way to hedonistic assertions; I want becomes a justified statement of entitlement by the very act of wanting. Continue reading Dionysus For President
Article IV: Of Justification.
Also they teach that men cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works, but are freely justified for Christ’s sake, through faith, when they believe that they are received into favor, and that their sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake, who, by His death, has made satisfaction for our sins. This faith God imputes for righteousness in His sight. Rom. 3 and 4. Continue reading The Augsburg Confession Articles 4 Thru 8
…postmodernism, the belief that truth is inherently subjective and a function of power. With the rise of postmodernism came the notion that the only heresy that remains is the belief in absolute truth–orthodoxy. Postmodernism, for it’s part, contends that the only absolute is diversity, that is, the notion that there is many truths, depending on a given individual’s perspective, background, experience, and personal preference. In such an intellectual climate, anyone holding to particular doctrinal beliefs, while claiming that competing claims are wrong is held to be intolerant, dogmatic, or worse.(The Heresy of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture’s Fascination with Diversity Has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity, by Andreas Kostenberger and Michael J.Kruger, pg 39) Continue reading The Capitulation Of A Public Faith To A Private Practice