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Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 2

May 08th, 2017 by Vader

The first part of this series of posts proposed a definition of freedom: Freedom is the ability to make meaningful and consequential choices. There I suggested that ability implied a free will, understood as a first cause capable of initiating new causal chains. Meaningful choices are ones which can be made rationally between distinguishable alternatives. Consequential choices are ones that have lasting significance. I further proposed that, in the divine scheme of things, lasting significance implies an eternal Judgment of those choices. Reconciling these attributes of freedom with the omniscience, omnipotence, and benevolence of God requires that the causal chains generated by choices exist in a sphere significant to God, but in which He chooses not to exercise His full omnipotence, and which is bounded by His taking the causal chains arising from evil choices into Himself, in the person of the Son, via the Atonement.

In this post, I summarize my understanding of why freedom is a gift from an benevolent God, why it is precious, and  how this understanding informs our approach to liberty, here defined as the social and legal constructs that arise from our understanding of freedom and its worth.

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May 08th, 2017 05:15:20

Notes towards a definition of freedom

May 02nd, 2017 by Vader

A summary of my understanding of freedom and its problems, based in part on things I have long understood and in part on recent insights gained at this blog.

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May 02nd, 2017 13:19:13

No Repentance without Punishment

March 04th, 2016 by G.

hangman

Now, repentance could not come unto men except there were a punishment, which also was eternal.

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March 04th, 2016 07:44:36

James Burnham: Suicide of the West. 50th anniversary edition.

December 21st, 2014 by Bookslinger

Peter Berkowitz of the Hoover Institution wrote an essay about the 50th anniversary edition of James Burnham‘s 1964 book, Suicide of the West: An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism. Berkowitz joins Steve Moore of the Heritage Foundation to talk about it on The John Batchelor Show.

John Batchelor Show podcast archive.

Direct link to mp3. This segment starts at 19:45.

Berkowitz’s article.

Burnham’s book at Amazon.

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December 21st, 2014 08:08:24

Satan’s First Plan

March 07th, 2014 by G.

Council in Heaven

Here is a Mormon model of the pre-existence. Christ presented a plan for us to experience mortality and Satan presented an alternate plan. Christ’s plan allowed full scope for our free agency, so we’d sin, which He would repair by atoning for the sin. Satan’s plan restrained our free agency through repression and tyranny and disinformation/propaganda and who knows, so that we wouldn’t sin. We voted to accept Christ, but Satan and his followers wouldn’t accept the vote, like king-men. Consistent with their plan, like king-men they then went to war to get by force what they had lost by vote. They lost this confrontation too and were thrown out. But the war continues. It has become a bandit resistance campaign of subversion and sabotage.

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March 07th, 2014 12:47:25

The Mistake was Getting Caught

February 19th, 2013 by G.

Washington “assault weapons” ban gives police one free yearly search of your home.

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February 19th, 2013 15:29:18

The Arsenal of Freedom*

August 01st, 2012 by Bookslinger

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August 01st, 2012 15:29:28

“Why Would a Loving God Let Someone Be Gay?”

June 08th, 2012 by G.

Same-sex attraction can be very Mormon.

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June 08th, 2012 11:58:17

The trouble with education

June 09th, 2010 by Vader

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June 09th, 2010 15:28:21

Another anniversary worth remembering

September 03rd, 2009 by Vader

Twenty years ago Wednesday, members of Hungary’s budding opposition organized a picnic at the border with Austria to press for greater political freedom and promote friendship with their Western neighbors. (more…)

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September 03rd, 2009 15:07:04