Whatever Is True

Left, Right, & Center. Understanding each other through the classical liberal tradition.

 

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Phil. 4:8

November 29, 2018

In May of 2018, the H.F. Langenberg Memorial Speaker Series brought Robert Frank and Charles Murray to campus in an event called “Culture and Opportunity in America”.  Frank discussed themes from his book Success and Luck, which deals with the social strains caused by...

August 30, 2018

Joshua Mitchell’s “The Identity Politics Death Grip” helped me to understand my strange relationship, as a classical liberal, with the social justice movement.  I am animated on issues of economic freedom and criminal justice reform, but feel deeply ambivalent about th...

August 14, 2018

Note: I presented this talk to a group of honors students last week, at a conference called "Has Liberalism Failed?"

I. Livingston’s Idiosyncratic reading of Hume 

In the ancient and medieval philosophical world, questions about what is real and what is valuable take pri...

August 14, 2018

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), escaped slave, abolitionist, and public intellectual, could be excused for doubting our Constitution; after all, it did in fact require the return of runaway slaves. Upon reflection, however, Douglass changed his mind, insisting that the...

July 10, 2018

My parents were Goldwater conservatives, Reagan Republicans.  They were also in ministry to hippies (many of them Jewish!) and blacks in the 1970’s – “sold out for Jesus” as we used to say back then – and deeply disappointed at the mainline churches for the way their t...

June 28, 2018

This talk was presented to 50 high schoolers yesterday.  They are attending the Faith Ascent Base Camp, to prepare themselves intellectually for college. I draw heavily from Atheist Delusions by David Bentley Hart.  The link to the video is here.  Start at about 5...

June 14, 2017

The American left, acting on its Marxist training, interprets both current and historical realities in terms of various forms of group oppression – whether based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or whatever else.  The American right calls them race-baiters and man-...

April 21, 2017

Dear Mr. _______,

My son let me know about the meeting the class had yesterday concerning some girls that were feeling left out of the recess soccer games.  I love our school so much, and I'm so glad that you all help the kids work through issues of exclusion and bullyi...

April 21, 2017

I got a ticket in Indianapolis recently.  I was driving on a 10-lane highway at 7:30 am on a Saturday, going 72 mph.  Much to my chagrin, I found out the hard way that the speed limit was 55.  55!  Let's be honest, it would have been insane to drive 55 mph.  People wou...

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