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Violence and the protection of life

by SteveSchlichter on Monday, February 22, 2016 7:46 PM
Violence is a tool. It is not a hammer or screwdriver that goes in your toolbox for everyday use. It is a tool of last resort. It is behind the glass broken only in extreme circumstances. What are the appropriate circumstances? What are the appropriate circumstances? We always want to avoid violence but there are circumstances when violence is necessary.

External and Internal evidence for the preservation of the New Testament

by SteveSchlichter on Friday, November 6, 2015 4:28 PM
The internal evidence of the NT shows an immediate expectation and acceptance of the writings of the apostles. From the Church Fathers, we can see that the sub-corpus of the 4 gospels and the book of Acts were accepted extremely early and exclusively. The letters of Paul were copied, transmitted, and read across the entire population of Christians including his personal letters and the sub-corpus of Paul’s 13 letters were assembled together. Even heretical and gnostic writings confirm the early existence of the gospels in that it is the gospels that they mimic and never the other way around.

Does God value liberty?

by SteveSchlichter on Thursday, October 8, 2015 3:21 AM
Does God value liberty?  There are two ways to answer this question. The first is with reason. Evil exists because God values free creatures that choose good (and therefore are capable of choosing evil) more than he values the absence of evil. The fall of man is evidence of this. God created man and gave him opportunity to choose freely. God values Liberty.


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When is taxation legal plunder?

by SteveSchlichter on Sunday, September 6, 2015 8:24 AM

Taxation is not always analogous to theft nor is it correct to say it is never theft. How can we distinguish a legitimate government service that could not be performed voluntarily from a robbery at the hands of the majority? 

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The Gospel and the parasite of the State

by SteveSchlichter on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 12:48 PM

How the Gospel should not be implemented by force.

Qur'an to Jesus in 3 hops

by SteveSchlichter on Sunday, August 2, 2015 9:29 AM
I often wonder how different my beliefs would be if I grew up under different circumstances. Am I a Christian because I was raised by Christians. What if I was raised by atheists or by Hindus. Would I come to the same conclusions that I arrive at now? 

I have even made attempts, in the past to clear my slate (as best I can) and start from scratch. It is important to examine our own beliefs. Why do I beleive in God? Why do I believe Jesus is God? If I start over, would I re-assemble the same construct that I have now or would it look differently? While we are (admittedly) incapable of entirely setting aside beliefs, one can attempt to imagine different starting points in life and explore the reasoning under the beliefs we hold. Imagine that you were a Muslim (are perhaps you are). If the Qur'an alone was your starting point then where would it guide you?
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Problem of Evil

by SteveSchlichter on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 5:04 AM
What is the Problem of Evil?

The problem of evil (PoE) is a philosophical argument. It is probably the strongest argument an atheist might have to justify atheism. It is said that the existence of evil proves that God is either not all good or not all powerful (and therefore does not exist as defined by monotheistic faiths). If God does not want evil to exist then he is not all that good. If he simply cannot stop evil then he is not all that powerful. 

Response to Lynn Dunston

by SteveSchlichter on Sunday, February 22, 2015 1:41 AM
Although multiple topics were touched on over the course of several blog posts, my response is focusing on this question you raised re: Jesus uses of a slave / master relationship in a parable. Luke 17:7-10. 
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