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Foundational Issues (4) – Ethical Epistemology: How do we know what is moral?

There are essentially four ways we come to know things: observation, reason, feeling, and authority. Observation is the source of most of our scientific knowledge. We, for example, observe that water boils at 212 degrees and freezes at 32 degrees. We can’t figure these things out using abstract reason; these are things we observe and …

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Foundational Issues (3) – Ethics: Is There Such a Thing as Right and Wrong?

Every society, every organization, every nation, every family has rules governing human behavior and expectations on how people should act. We have grand rules that safeguard human life and dignity (e.g. do not murder) and mundane rules governing things like which hours you can make a right turn in certain intersections. There have been two …

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Principles from Plutarch (11) – Education and Worldly Success

Last week I wrote about the importance of habituating our children to diligence in little things in order to set them up to succeed in greater things. Today I am going to end my “Principles from Plutarch” series of messages by writing about seeing education as providing things more valuable than worldly success.  According to …

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Principles from Plutarch (10) – Instilling Habits of Faithfulness in our Children

In my last message I wrote about how instilling the right mindset in our children can help them to face hardship. In this message I am going to write about how instilling habits of faithfulness in our children will help them to grow in strength and maturity. In his “Life of Aemilius Paulus” Plutarch wrote, …

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Principles from Plutarch (8) – How Fear Effects Parenting

In my last message I wrote about how love is a stronger motivator than fear. In this message I am going to continue to explore how fear can negatively effect our parenting.  While discussing Artaxerxes Plutarch wrote, “Fear is the bloodiest passion in princes.” Fear provokes leaders to oppression, to actions they regret in times …

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Principles from Plutarch (6) – Overcoming Weakness of Will

In my last message I wrote about how we should set our hearts upon and pursue eternal things. This week I am going to write about overcoming weakness of will. While discussing Marc Antony Plutarch wrote, “It is common enough for people, when they fall into great disasters, to discern what is right, and what …

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