We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
External freedom is only an aspect of interior freedom. Political freedom, as the Western world has known it, is only a political reading of the Bible. Religion and freedom are indivisible. Without freedom the soul dies. Without the soul there is no justification for freedom.…
"Religion and freedom are indivisible. Without freedom the soul dies. Without the soul there is no justification for freedom.…"
Whittaker Chambers: Communist and Soviet spy - until he came in from the cold.
Freedom can be measured by the separation of church and state. States run by theocracies have no such freedom as we know it.
Without the soul, there is no body, thus, no need for worrying about freedom.
From Dr. Bob:
"...the seat of moral judgment resides in what the individual believes, rather than what the individual does."
Moral judgement aside as a most tiresome pastime in which to engage, how does one separate fully belief and action? I cannot see into a man's mind; but I can see what a man does. If I see him doing good things and find out later that he is a humanist, do his deeds suddenly become inconsequential?
It is the secular foundation of our country that allows freedom of religion. Those who crack and snap their whips of judgement in the name of their god would do well to pause and note that our Founding Fathers wanted to avoid just that kind of 'what an individual does' based purely on his 'beliefs'.
Dr. Bob is a rare bird on the net. He seems to be a modern Lewis or Chesterton. I have really enjoyed his ability to make complicated concepts clear. This is the best post-mortem on post-modernism I have read.