Monthly Archives: May 2013

should climate scientists direct government policy

Climate science is hotly debated in the press. One side claims there is a solid and unimpeachable consensus on Global Warming (now being relabeled to Climate Change) and the other side points out that dissent is censored. But what if … Continue reading

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the increasing costs of obamacare insurance

Reason.com posted an email by a small business who is dealing with Obamacare. The whole post is worth reading, it explains why we have a system in which health care is tied to our jobs. But showing the reality of … Continue reading

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go sell all you have and give to the poor

In the synoptic gospels, there is an instance described that baffles modern Christians. A rich young ruler approaches Jesus, asks what he has to do to be saved, Jesus tells him to follow the commandments, and follows that up with … Continue reading

Posted in Church History, Dispensationalism, Ehrman, History, People, Theology | 3 Comments

patents did not cause the industrial revolution

From Deirdre McCloskey’s The Bourgeois Dignity (p 302-4): British patents were very expensive, a minimum of £100 (a respectable lower-middle class annual income at the time) and requiring many months of attendance on law courts in London. Therefore they were … Continue reading

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more price controls in action

In a hilarious article, it is being reported that Venezuela is going to import 50M rolls of toilet paper. When one sees headlines like this, the first thought that should run through their head is “price controls”. 10 out of … Continue reading

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why the state necessarily means coercion

Starting at the 3:30 mark and ending around 5:23 mark, this video does a good job explaining why the state necessarily means coercion. Where I diverge from the video is where they say if a family has a house and … Continue reading

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thou shalt not covet

Deu 5:21 ‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.’ In this video, Dr. Joel … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Figures of Speech, Morality, Textual Criticism, Theology, videos | 1 Comment

wealth v money

Related to a previous post. From Deirdre McCloskey’s The Bourgeois Dignity (p 141): People seem to be mixing up financial wealth and real wealth. Financial wealth in a bank account is merely a paper claim to the society’s real wealth … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Standard of Living | 1 Comment

misquoted verses – false humility

Col 2:23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh. Colossians 2:23 has a reference to “false humility”. Pastors, … Continue reading

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figures of speech in romans

Some Christians say they take the Bible literally and will rest their doctrine on literal readings of certain verses. They will refuse to relent and admit that language is fluid and some words, even in the Bible, are to be … Continue reading

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