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In a previous article, I discussed how Christians and non-Christians originally agreed on a common framework for the establishment of a government for the United States at its founding, which was built on natural law. However, the non-Christians, who embraced a more naturalistic worldview, began chipping away at this foundation almost from the beginning.
This effort began as the Unitarians of the day proposed and worked to establish government-run systems of common schooling
In a previous article, I introduced the concept of sphere sovereignty and discussed the role of natural law. This Christian social thought played an important role in the American founding.
Scriptural Admonitions Regarding Mob Mentality, Rioting, and Cancel Culture (Natural Law Foundations Part 1)
Given the current riots, mob mentality, and cancel culture that are sweeping across America, now would be a good time...
Have you recently heard the phrase, “follow the science?” Good theology and good science are never in conflict, but we must keep them in proper priority.
Foundational issues are those that define the “watersheds” for our lives and our cultures. Dr. Cleveland explains.
Boundary Stone is committed to keeping the extraordinary textbooks written by Clarence Carson in print and updating them to make them easier to use with today’s students.
These natural law principles are the foundation of all we do at Boundary Stone. Using curriculum designed from this foundation equips students for making many life decisions.
In the first chapter of Genesis we are instructed that all people are created in the image of God and have been given a mission to have dominion over the animals and subdue the earth (subdue is a translation of the Hebrew kabash, which means here to make the earth useful for human beings benefit and enjoyment). We know, of course, that
In Romans chapter twelve the Apostle Paul tells us not to be conformed to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewal of our minds. The question I would like to raise is, “What does this look like in practice?” At the core I think we can all agree that it means we should be students of God’s Word. That is, God is calling us to know His Word. However, I think the admonishment goes beyond this. Indeed, we must be able to apply the principles of Scripture to the various facets of daily life if we are to fully implement the command. In this regard, I’m afraid that we may well be falling far short of our duty.
One might ask the question, why would I want to use an American Government textbook that was written twenty years ago? It is because this is a text that is sorely needed today. Read a little of Dr. Clarence Carson’s Preface, and ask yourself if this is not an endeavor worth the time and effort of your students. These principles, truly understood, will prepare them for their future:
From a Homeschool Mom's Heart The unrelenting encroachment of the secular worldview into educational curriculum and...
One common goal of Christian educators is to prepare their students for college. As part of this preparation, many teachers endeavor to prepare their students to take the AP exams in various disciplines. Moreover, parents are likely supportive of this practice since successful passage of those exams can earn college credit, thus reducing the number of courses needed to graduate and, in turn, saving the parents tuition dollars. What could possibly be wrong with this practice?
Harvesting the Fruits of Relativism: An Opportunity for the Revival of the Liberal Arts in the Western Civilization Tradition
In March of 2017, student protesters at Middlebury College shut down a planned lecture by Charles Murray. Murray was there to discuss the subject matter of his recent book, Coming Apart. The protesters themselves were wholly ignorant of anything that Murray had ever written or what he was going to say that evening. Nevertheless, they shouted and chanted and accused Murray of things he has never said or written. This event is incredibly disturbing
In my previous discussion of poverty we looked at the nature of it. The chief point made was that poverty is a signal...
No one of good will is unconcerned about poverty. When we see poor people struggling in life we all instantly sympathize with their plight. We are also moved with a desire to do something about the situation. At first blush
When I speak to various audiences around the country I have often asked them at the outset how many people believe that we have some serious economic problems in our nation. Invariably nearly everyone will raise his or her hand. There is at least the sense or feeling that something has gone terribly wrong in our country. However, when people are asked to identify the source of the problem there is widespread disagreement.
The prophet Micah told his readers that God requires of us, “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8b) But what does this simple statement mean? The first thing to note is that there are three component parts of the statement. In this essay I would like to focus on the first two.
The recent popularity for governments at various levels to increase the minimum wage is overwhelming evidence of the immense economic ignorance that plagues our country. Not only that, such policies actually oppress the poor among us and ought, on that basis alone, to motivate Christians to vocally oppose such measures….
If you ask people today if they value freedom they will invariably tell you that they do. Regrettably, based upon their preferred government policy proposals, that assertion cannot be true. I am often surprised at how little people think about the nature of government
As the culture wars continue to rage, civility is on the decline. At root the battle for our culture pits those trying...
Are we justifying actions that plunder others for our own benefit? Dr. Cleveland applies moral principles to government action.
By Dr. Paul Cleveland. Originally Published in: The Journal of Private Enterprise, Fall 1997, pp. 81-99...
Christianity has always asserted that people are sinners. This does not mean that people are as bad or evil as they...
Each year for the past twenty years Clyde Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute has updated his assessment of...
The writer of Proverbs warns us against the folly of keeping a common purse with immoral people. This proverb...
Moral action requires choice. How can we say that one action is virtuous and another immoral, if the person acting has no choice in the matter?
The naturalist assumption that the only valid method of inquiry is the scientific method has generally succeeded in...
Suffering and hardship will end in heaven. For this reason, virtue and poverty cannot be linked. However, the poor are...
On a recent trip to China I had the opportunity to give a lecture to a large class of freshmen and sophomore...
Achieving our desired ends requires work. How does greed pose a problem for us in this pursuit?
Critics of free enterprise often argue that it promotes the worst kind of human behavior, and it must be rejected if moral human action is to prevail. They argue that free enterprise promotes jealousy, envy, and greed.
How much can government reduce our risk level? Consider the principles involved.
institutional government’s role in society is limited in nature and is aimed at securing the peace by defending the rights of the individual.
As Moses was completing the Lord’s instructions to the Israelites as they were about to enter the promised land, he outlined a series of blessings that would be theirs if they obeyed God and curses that would befall them is they disobeyed. In Deuteronomy 28 we read about these blessings and curses. Obedience would result in a general national prosperity and the accumulation of wealth such that the nation would lend money to many nations but would borrow from none. That is not to say
How does fraud and corruption in government really affect us? Who believes the lies our leaders sometime tell?
True religion can make no peace with a false philosophy, any more than with a science that is falsely so-called; a...
What is moral hazard? And how does it relate to socialist attempts to eliminate or underwrite all risk?
What does economics have to do with love, beauty, justice and benevolence?
With single-minded purpose Bastiat destroyed the arguments of protectionists and socialists and, in so doing, defined what he believed to be the appropriate role of government.