Unjustifiable Abortions Are Morally Impermissible

  1. Human life has a beginning and an end.
    1. Both of these (i.e., the beginning and the end) are morally salient.
  2. Murder is the wrongful killing of one human being by another.
  3. Conception represents a change in kind, not merely in degree.
  4. Death represents a change in kind, not merely in degree.
  5. Both the beginning and the end of life are a change in kind, not merely in degree.
  6. There is no other change in kind in human life; all other changes are merely in degree.

  1. III ∧ V

Conception, as a change in kind, represents the beginning of a human life.

  1. IV ∧ V

Death, as a change in kind, represents the end of a human life.

  1. 1 ∧ II

As life begins at conception, terminating a fetus at any point without sufficient justification is wrongful and is, therefore, murder.


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Theodicy

According to Christian theology, the first human beings to walk the Earth were Adam and Eve. For the purposes of reconciling God’s omnibenevolence with the existence of evil, this provides a convenient starting point (with a very convenient minimum of variables).

Given Adam and Eve, there are four possible states of affairs regarding the possible entrance of evil into the world.

  1. Adam is transworld depraved.
  2. Eve is transworld depraved.
  3. Both Adam and Eve are transworld depraved.
  4. Neither Adam nor Eve is transworld depraved.

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2018-06(Jun)-07(Thu)—1705PDT

It would appear that ThinkProgress has published a hit piece on me. The article ends with the following:

Mahler did not respond to ThinkProgress’ requests for comment on Thursday.

There is a bit of irony in this, as I received the following email from Mr. Barnes today at 13:11 PDT (16:11 EDT):

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The European Peoples and Christianity

I do not believe that God leaves, or causes, any to walk in darkness. I believe that all men in all ages have been granted glimpses of the Light; for some it has been the mere flashes of a candle at a distance and for others it has been the blinding brilliance of the midday sun, but all have had at least a glimpse of the Truth. The Scriptures and logic both support me in this view:

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Free Speech, Corporations, and Dissent

Unique among nations, the United States of America professes to and actually does protect freedom of speech. Enshrined in the First Amendment, but not granted by it, is the freedom for all to speak their minds and to be free from having their lives destroyed for doing so. This freedom has consistently been interpreted very broadly by the Supreme Court.

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2018-02(Feb)-07(Wed)—2120PST

An ideology is a set of ideas and beliefs. Religions are ideologies. The argument that all religions are equal and should be granted equal respect is misguided, at best.

To claim that all religions are equal is to ignore reality. Inherent in the assertion of “equality” is an underlying assertion that all ideologies are equal, and, taken to a more fundamental level, that all ideas are equal.

[A⊻¬A] ∧ [¬(A∧¬A)]

Given proposition A, the state of reality is such that A is true or A is false; in short, A⊻¬A. One of these must be true, and the other false. The same holds for all propositions.

All else being held equal, a true belief is superior to a false belief.
∴ a true religion is superior to a false one.

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2017-12(Dec)-18(Mon)—0027PST

For all of humanity’s tens of thousands of years of history, a very simple truth has served as the bedrock upon which tribes, cities, States, Civilizations, and Cultures have been founded: family trump strangers. If a human being must choose between a family member or a stranger, all else being held equal, the natural, and, indeed, moral, choice is to choose the family member. From family, this simple rule extends outward via growing, concentric circles: from family to tribe, from tribe to People, and from People to Civilization. Unset from this foundation, no Civilization can long survive, and tribe-based conflict must inevitably result.

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2017-12(Dec)-18(Mon)—0009PST

“But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.”
— II Thessalonians 3:13-15 (NKJV)

I am my brother’s keeper. When he strays from the truth, it is my duty to correct him; when I stray from the truth, it is his duty to correct me.1 It would be dereliction of duty and a betrayal of my brothers were I to choose to remain silent as to the state of the Church in the West, particularly in America.

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2017-11(Nov)-16(Thu)—2150PST

This is a terrible move; big-game/trophy hunting of this kind should be permanently banned. Allowing the importation of ‘trophies’ from these hunts will ultimately harm conservation efforts, not promote or help them. We are stewards of this world and we must act accordingly.

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If Living, Then Not Both Rational and Honest

Anyone who claims to be an Atheist should immediately lose any and all credibility with rational men, for an Atheist can be at most two of the following things: alive, rational, and honest. Naturally, this means that a living Atheist must be irrational or dishonest. The logic behind these conclusions is as simple as it is compelling: If there is no soul1, this life is, in the end analysis, wholly and totally devoid of meaning. In the face of a meaningless existence, the only logical action is not to act. However, avoiding personal pain and suffering is also2 rational, so suicide (in order to avoid the pain and suffering entailed by simply waiting to die) is the most rational choice.
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