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Monte Knetter

MMSD Gender & Sexuality Curriculum (3) – Ethics

The second philosophical problem with MMSD’s curriculum is that it assumes a moral course of action without proving or even arguing on behalf of it. Throughout the curriculum students are time and again taught that they need to “support” and be “allies” of those with non-normative sexualities. It is not my purpose here to argue …

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MMSD Gender and Sexuality Curriculum (2) – Metaphysics

There are three fundamental ways of understanding reality. The first view teaches that everything physical is a reflection of a deeper spiritual reality. For example, we find a rose or a sunset beautiful because it reflects beauty found in God. The second view teaches that there is a common reality found in like things. For …

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MMSD Gender and Sexuality Curriculum (1) – Psychological Development

Many of you have probably heard about Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill that legislates that instruction regarding “sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.” Given the amount of discussion around this …

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Striving Joyfully (6) – Charis as a Counter-Culture

Striving Joyfully is a tall order, but it is why Charis exists. The world is deforming our children. Many people believe that virtue is an outdated technology; we don’t need virtue, only “life hacks.” Others hold that a series of temporary, passionate romances are of greater value than a covenantal, comprehensive, and lifelong commitment built …

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Striving Joyfully (5) – Joy

“A shadow seemed to have fallen on [Dolly’s] life; she recognized that these children, of whom she had been so proud, were not only quite ordinary but even bad and ill-bred children, with coarse animal inclinations—in fact, vicious children. She could think and speak of nothing else, and yet could not tell [anyone] her trouble.” …

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Striving Joyfully (4) – How Do These Things Come Together?

How do these three things, technology, science, and love, come interrelate? First off, we’ve created an advanced technological system that constantly distracts us from things of worth and value; things that humanize us and connect us with one another. How often does a notification or text interrupt a conversation you are having? How often are …

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Striving Joyfully (3) – Love

A century ago G.K. Chesterton prophetically wrote, “The next great heresy is going to be simply an attack on morality, and especially on sexual morality. . . . The madness of tomorrow is not in Moscow [Chesterton is here alluding to Marxism] but much more in Manhattan.” Heresy is different than apostasy. An apostate simply …

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