In this episode we continue to examine equality politics by doing some thought experiments with favorite colors and ice cream preferences.
We examine the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence to define and describe basic human "negative rights." We contrast these with the "positive rights" that statist politicians propose that ultimately result in tyranny.
Defending the equality that we share as human beings and embracing the differences with which God has made us all unique as individuals helps us prosper.
Attempting to make "equality" of outcome or possessions leads to poverty as we restrict what people have to offer in favor of the lowest common denominator.
A good model of how this works is how the Apostle Paul describes the Christian church as a body.
"The big scoop: America's favorite ice cream flavor, revealed"
The Declaration of Independence :)
Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful day of the year when you can thank God for all He has done for you while chowing down to your heart's content.
This episode is a short, light-hearted look at 16 fun (and sometimes weird) facts of trivia about a holiday steeped in American tradition.
This is the second guest interview for Truthspresso!
I interview Tyler Vela about the age-old topic: Does God exist?
Tyler was raised an atheist until his atheist professor in a Metaphysics class in college discussed arguments for the existence of God. The challenge of the "moral argument" caused Tyler to investigate and eventually convert to Christianity.
In this interview, we raise and answer various philosophical and presuppositional arguments about the existence of God.
We also consider the issue of miracles and animals that talked in the Bible.
We also examine the arguments about God's existence from the claims of the Bible itself and how to define a "fool."
Tyler Vela studied Philosophy and English at Sonoma State University in California.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies at Moody Bible Institute.
He is pursuing a Masters in Biblical Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary.
He is the author of Measuring McAfee: Why One Atheist's Attempt to Disprove Christianity Misses the Mark.
More about Tyler Vela:
According to many sources of reputable statistics (giving the benefit of the doubt), the average woman in the United States earns about 80 cents on the dollar of what the average man earns?
But, once we start breaking down these large aggregates of averages down to different subsets, we can see more reasons for the numbers. What are the largest factors that make women in the average earn less?
Disaggregating the data:
- Is age a factor?
- Why don't greedy businesses hire only women and save on cheap labor?
- How much does marriage and family affect the dollars? (hint: a lot!)
Questions to consider if trying to "close the gap" by social policy:
- What about biological differences?
- How do we handle the needs of children?
- Do geographical and demographical factors complicate the issue?
- What about non-monetary compensation that some value over others?
- Would we stifle the unique traits and personalities of individuals?
- Would we be fighting a never-ending battle and unintentionally cause poverty?
In this episode we conclude our series of episodes responding to John Iriving's article in the New York Times. We demonstrate how Dr. Horatio Storer's writings and campaigns influenced state legislatures to criminalize abortion by making the law consistent with advances in science and medicine. We see how the laws against abortion strengthened, but then began to scale back as the eugenics movement in the early twentieth century ranked the worth of one life against another. We examine some quotes from Margaret Sanger, the founder of abortion provider Planned Parenthood that show the strong eugenics mindset behind the origins of abortion as a means of population control and engineering.
"The Long, Cruel History of the Anti-Abortion Crusade"
Margaret Sanger, "High Lights in the History of Birth Control," Oct 1923.
Margaret Sanger, Woman and the New Race, Chapter 5, "The Wickedness of Creating Large Families." (1920)
Margaret Sanger, "America Needs a Code for Babies," Article 4, March 27, 1934.