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This category is for posts that raise or discuss issues related to spiritual development or its study.

Church v. State on the meaning of marriage

Until relatively recent times, marriage has been regarded by most of civilized society in sacred terms.  It is precisely this reverence for the married state that led to a fascinating mix of tacit and explicit terminology and tradition in defining what marriage is in social, legal and even physical terms.  (Add to that the interest of the Church in the nature of marriage and you introduce a sacramental dimension that completes what marriage is in moral and spiritual terms.)

The outlook for GM...

As everyone knows (or think they know), General Motors Corporation was bailed out by the U.S. Government in the middle of 2009. Technically, however, GM did not get a bailout. Instead, it was sold, under Chapter 11 bankruptcy rules, to a conglomerate headed by the U.S. Treasury. This is why it came to be known as "Government Motors." The conglomerate included the Canada Development Investment Corporation, the Government of Ontario, old GM bondholders and the U.S. and Canadian Auto Worker unions (UAW and CAW).

The progressive's "anagogical sense" of Constitutional interpretation

Scripture is written by people. Inspired scripture is written by people under God's inspiration. Inspired scripture is inherently deeper than that which is not. The Church has recognized this point, and discerned three spiritual senses of interpretation (allegorical, moral and anagogical) of the canon of scripture to supplement the literal interpretation. To tease out the literal interpretation, it can be necessary to apply technical means such as historical and literary criticism. What did the original human author intend to convey?

Marijuana, sex and dependency

Since the states of Colorado and Washington have legalized private use of marijuana (see "Colorado and Washington Blazed a Marijuana Legalization Trail: Should Others Follow?"), moral conservatives all over have objected to its coming impact on youth. One of the more interesting arguments is a very old one, that marijuana is a gateway drug. (So are chocolate and taco chips and spectator football.

Population control hysteria, the progressive movement and the world's elites

Ebenezer Scrooge is the main character in Charles Dickens' A Chistmas Carol. One of Scrooge's most remembered comments is in response to a solicitation from unnamed gentlemen on behalf of the poor. “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population." Scrooge's blunt response was typical of many business class people of his day, It was not generally so publically stated by members of the Progressive Movement, but their general sympathy for the arguments of the Eugenics Movement and the creed of the Malthusians is well known to historians.

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