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Book Review: The Life of Conrad Grebel

A book review by Todd Lewis

The Life of Conrad Grebel
By Andrew V. St. Marie & Mike Atnip

The Life of Conrad Grebel is a book in the Cross Bearer series authored by Andrew V. St Marie and Mike Atnip. This book discusses the life of Conrad Grebel within the context of the Swiss Reformation. The periods of Grebel’s life are divided into: (1) his Pre-Reformation life, (2) his Pre-Anabaptist Reformation life, and (3) his Anabaptist life. Within his Anabaptist life, we have sections discussing his personal development within the movement which comprise his missionary work and his final death.

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Contra C.S. Lewis

By Todd Lewis

Sometime in the year 1940, C.S Lewis delivered a talk entitled “Why I Am Not a Pacifist” to a now-unknown group of English pacifists, where he made his case against the practice of Christian pacifism in light of the horrors wrought by Nazi Germany. While C.S. Lewis is a beloved apologist among the Christian community today, the egregious errors and fallacies in this shoddy and poorly thought-out work has driven me to take up the pen to write a rebuttal in defense of Christian pacifism. I open by discussing Lewis’ theory of knowledge and then discuss his judgments on pacifism when he applies his theory of knowledge to this problem.

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In Defense of Christian Non-Violence

By Todd Lewis

Here I will be presenting a defense of the Christian concept of Non-Violence (not to be confused with Pacifism, which I will discuss in contradistinction to non-violence later). This paper will be divided into four sections: (1) Scriptural defense of non-violence, (2) a defense from Church tradition of non-violence, (3) an account of why the unanimous non-violence of the Church was changed, and (4) consideration and rebuttals of non-violence from Protestants (primarily theonomists), Roman Catholics, and Orthodox Christians.

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Unorthodox: Matt Parrott, Orthodoxy, and Ethno-Nationalism

By Todd Lewis

In my last run-in with Matt Parrott, his response included this cute section:

“I’m not a sola scriptura Protestant, so I’ve got a couple millennia of applied Christian tribalism and nationalism to lean on, but I’ll be a good sport here and play by his Anabaptist house rules”

This gem, coupled with a recent series of articles on Counter-Currents (CC) about the history of Russia from an ethno-nationalist perspective, I thought about this question: Is the history of the Orthodox Church friendly toward ethno-nationalism? The answer is…of course not.

 

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Contra the Self-Ownership Principle: The Nightmare of Libertopia

By Todd Lewis

Recently I have been reading Ed Feser’s blog entries on Murary Rothbard here:

http://edwardfeser.blogspot.com/2009/08/rothbard-as-philosopher.html                            http://edwardfeser.blogspot.com/2009/08/rothbard-revisited.html

With Feser’s insights, along with my own separate inquiries facilitated by my friend Brock Bellerive, I have found Rothbard to be a very shoddy philosopher and anarcho-capitalism in general bereft of any serious intellectual firepower. The specific point that Feser was critiquing was Rothbard’s concept of self-ownership, which Feser handily disposes of with rigorous use of logic. This in turn facilitated some of my own thoughts on the self-ownership principle and found it wanting both intellectually and morally. The thrust of this paper is to show that self-ownership is both intellectually and morally bankrupt.

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Starship Troopers: A Book Review

By Todd Lewis

Having just completed my second read-through of Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, I thought I would write about my thoughts on Heinlein’s political philosophy as expressed in this must-read work. Starship Troopers is one of those true gems of Science-Fiction; it uses fiction to explore something interesting about the human condition, in this case war, peace, order and duty, with little to no suspension of disbelief. There are no moments where the reader is going to think, that’s bogus! The Terran Federation has no easy victories, and a couple of sound defeats.

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