Tolerance, Morality, & Freedom Parts I-III

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

 

Introduction

The following statement is put forth by a friend or acquaintance: “My biggest problem with Christianity is, for one, that Christians seem so intolerant and judgmental, and secondly, their sexual ethic seems to suppress basic human desires and our freedom to live fulfilled lives.” The question now raised is this, what response can be offered by the Christian who truly wants to engage the person who holds these views as well as the culture that shapes them? One can imagine that numerous responses are possible yet not all are plausible, some responses are consistent yet incoherent, and still other responses are coherent yet do not correspond to reality. Thus, the attempt must be made to offer a response that is plausible, consistent, coherent, and that corresponds to reality. Continue reading “Tolerance, Morality, & Freedom Parts I-III”

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Tolerance, Morality, & Freedom Part III: Freedom

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

Introduction

The following statement is put forth by a friend or acquaintance: “My biggest problem with Christianity is, for one, that Christians seem so intolerant and judgmental, and secondly, their sexual ethic seems to suppress basic human desires and our freedom to live fulfilled lives.” The question now raised is this, what response can be offered by the Christian who truly wants to engage the person who holds these views as well as the culture that shapes them? One can imagine that numerous responses are possible yet not all are plausible, some responses are consistent yet incoherent, and still other responses are coherent yet do not correspond to reality. Thus, the attempt must be made to offer a response that is plausible, consistent, coherent, and that corresponds to reality.

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Tolerance, Morality, & Freedom Part II: Morality

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

Introduction

The following statement is put forth by a friend or acquaintance: “My biggest problem with Christianity is, for one, that Christians seem so intolerant and judgmental, and secondly, their sexual ethic seems to suppress basic human desires and our freedom to live fulfilled lives.” The question now raised is this, what response can be offered by the Christian who truly wants to engage the person who holds these views as well as the culture that shapes them? One can imagine that numerous responses are possible yet not all are plausible, some responses are consistent yet incoherent, and still other responses are coherent yet do not correspond to reality. Thus, the attempt must be made to offer a response that is plausible, consistent, coherent, and that corresponds to reality. Continue reading “Tolerance, Morality, & Freedom Part II: Morality”

Tolerance, Morality, & Freedom Part I: Tolerance

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

Introduction

The following statement is put forth by a friend or acquaintance: “My biggest problem with Christianity is, for one, that Christians seem so intolerant and judgmental, and secondly, their sexual ethic seems to suppress basic human desires and our freedom to live fulfilled lives.” The question now raised is this, what response can be offered by the Christian who truly wants to engage the person who holds these views as well as the culture that shapes them? One can imagine that numerous responses are possible yet not all are plausible, some responses are consistent yet incoherent, and still other responses are coherent yet do not correspond to reality. Thus, the attempt must be made to offer a response that is plausible, consistent, coherent, and that corresponds to reality. Continue reading “Tolerance, Morality, & Freedom Part I: Tolerance”

The Problem of Evil

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

The following is my personal theodicy, scriptural support is provided 
in the endnotes.

How can an absolutely good God exist when there is evil in the world? This is the question posed by many who reject theism, and Christianity specifically. Many attempts are made to reconcile this tension between a good God and an evil world, and these explanations are called theodicies. Here I will present my own theodicy where I address the philosophical problem of moral evil, the philosophical problem of natural evil, and the religious problem of evil.
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The Black & White of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

Theology & Culture

In an article titled “Why I don’t want my daughters to see ‘Fifty Shades’”[i] CNN contributor Ronnie Berke talks about her concern for her daughters watching the movie adapted from the wildly popular erotic novel of the same name. The novel, and subsequently the movie, details a sexual relationship between Dorian Grey and a young woman that involves sadomasochism, which is sexual interactions fueled by the giving and receiving of pain in order to stimulate pleasure.
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