How you frame the question means a lot

My son sent me a link the other day to a isidewith.com to see who I would vote for.  You are allowed to weight the questions according that issue’s importance to you, which ostensibly will lead to a more accurate assessment of who you support based on their positions.  I came down solidly on the side of Mr. Trump, which was not something I particularly wanted to see.  Much of my hostility to Mr. Trump is that he is a… Continue Reading ››

Romans 13 and God’s Sense of Humor

For the past several weeks, I have been leading an adult Sunday school series at Calvary Baptist Church in Bellefontaine, Ohio. The topic–politics from a biblical perspective. Such discussions are always a bit touchy since my presentation does not always conform to expected patterns. I spent one lesson exploring our obligations to government as believers. I am becoming more and more convinced that we, as scholars, have attempted to erect too many political edifices atop Scripture, often passing by persistent,… Continue Reading ››

Who Really Benefits from Internet Sales Taxes?

So it seems Bob Goodlatte, a Republican House member from Virginia has introduced for circulation among his Judiciary Committee colleagues a framework proposal for taxing internet sales transactions, something “brick and mortar” stores have wanted for some time.  Goodlatte’s aide says the plan is simple and fair.  As an article on the plan states, “Internet sales would be taxed according to the rules of the state in which the seller was located but would pay at the tax rate of… Continue Reading ››

Campaign News: Still Depressing

Hillary Clinton’s unique unfitness for the presidency continues to be readily apparent. The Washington Post ran two items that highlight Mrs. Clinton’s ethical problems. Though bad for Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Trump did not skate through the week. First, Helderman, Hsu, and Hamburger co-authored an article on the relationship between Clinton Foundation donations and access to Mrs. Clinton and her inner-circle. Donations always guarantee access to public officials, but those public officials hold elected office, and those donations are also publicized.… Continue Reading ››

Quietly socializing…the world’s seemingly inexorable journey to socialism

When asked how one could tell whether a country had left capitalism and become a socialist economy, the Austrian economist Ludwig Von Mises said: “A stock market is crucial to the existence of capitalism and private property. For it means that there is a functioning market in the exchange of private titles to the means of production. There can be no genuine private ownership of capital without a stock market: there can be no true socialism if such a market is… Continue Reading ››

Book on Christian Worldview: Updated and New Chapters

In a blog a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was writing a book on the topic of worldview.  I posted the first chapter and asked for feedback.  I appreciate the comments I received, and the spirit in which they were made.  I have also edited the chapter I posted then, both before I received comments and after, to reflect those comments.  Today I am posting that Introduction again, in edited form, and the next two chapters: Chapter One: … Continue Reading ››

The Great Enrichment and Inequality

I have been reading the third in a trilogy of books by Deidre McCloskey on economic history and economic thought, but each one having a powerful point of application for our economy and our well-being today.  The trilogy is massive, running to about 2,000 pages in three volumes.  This third volume is Bourgeois Equality (University of Chicago, 2016).  As the title implies a big part of the book addresses, directly and indirectly, the issue of inequality or it opposite, equality. … Continue Reading ››

The Majority Wins: But What?

Well, the rage now is politics, electoral politics.  My colleague Mark Smith has been busy the past few days addressing Wayne Grudem’s qualified support of Donald Trump for president.  I am not going there for now.  I wanted to say something about the bigger picture of how and why we got to where we are today.  I think Alexis de Tocqueville had something to say about it, but so did our Founding Fathers in the particular way they wrote the… Continue Reading ››

Grudem and the Costs of Trump Support (Part 3)

Wayne Grudem, the theological guru, has created a firestorm by publishing an argument in favor of voting for Donald Trump. While I respect Grudem, I have three major problems with this advocacy. First, Dr. Grudem minimizes Trump’s weaknesses, which causes him to put too much faith in what Donald Trump might accomplish (Part 1). Second, Trump has the potential to be a destructive force as president on a variety of fronts, which should offset his advantages (Part 2). Third, Dr.… Continue Reading ››

Grudem: Right on Many Things, Wrong on Trump (Part 2)

Wayne Grudem, the theological guru, has created a firestorm by publishing an argument in favor of voting for Donald Trump. While I respect Grudem, I have three major problems with this advocacy. First, Dr. Grudem minimizes Trump’s weaknesses, which causes him to put too much faith in what Donald Trump might accomplish (Part 1). Second, Trump has the potential to be a destructive force as president on a variety of fronts, which should offset his advantages (Part 2 below). Third,… Continue Reading ››

Quote of the Week!

Hillary Clinton? “She’s Nixon in a pantsuit.”  –Jonah Goldberg