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APPLYING THE JUST WAR THEORY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 13:51

This is my Position Paper re application of Just War Theory to the war in Iraq (written 2/23/11); applicable to today’s “War on Terrorism”

The classic principles that have guided Christian discussion about war since Augustine (d.430 A.D.) are collectively known as the Just War Doctrine. [There are several versions of it, as it has evolved. Some of its ideas go back to the ancient Greeks, but all of them are Humanitarian or Christian Ideals.] This paper is my use of the Theory to evaluate the War in Iraq. It was very helpful and I hope you will find it so, as well.


"The most authoritative and up-to-date expression of Just War doctrine is found in paragraph 2309 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It says:

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INTRODUCTION TO "WORLD VIEWS" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Monday, 17 November 2014 14:33

 

Who am I? What is my nature, task and purpose as a human being? Where am I? What is the nature of the world and universe I live in? What is wrong? What keeps me from fulfillment as a human being? What is the Remedy? How is it possible to overcome this hindrance?  These are Worldview Questions


WHAT IS A WORLD VIEW? based on the book Creation Regained by Al Wolters

Definition- A World View is “the comprehensive framework of one’s basic beliefs about things (the way they hang together)” p.3

Framework- a comprehensive, inclusive system, a pattern

Basic- ultimate, profound, fundamental, matters of principle

Beliefs- certainty, conviction, knowledge which can be argued

Things- anything, everything about which one can have beliefs

 

Everyone has a worldview- everyone acts & reacts, makes decisions, interprets & evaluates based on their view of the world. It shapes how we interpret what we see or hear in the world at large- gives us a sense of up & down, right & wrong. It functions as a guide to life- it orients us in the world, determining how we act or react to our daily experiences. It is a map, a guiding perspective, the decisive factor in determining our decisions and behavior

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THE 'REFORMATIONAL" WORLDVIEW PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Monday, 17 November 2014 13:56

Just as there are several non-Biblical World Views available, there are also several versions of a full-orbed Biblical Worldview. The one presented here comes out of the Reformed, Calvinistic Tradition as it was developed by Dutch Theologians, especially Abraham Kuyper, Herman Dooyeweerd and D.H.T.Vollenhoven

Basic definition of the Christian faith: “God the Father has reconciled His created but fallen world through the death of His Son, and renews it into the Kingdom of God by His Spirit.” - Herman Bavinck, quoted by Al Wolters, Creation Regained p. 10

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WHO IS A TRUE NEOCALVINIST? KUYPERIAN? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Saturday, 20 September 2014 09:27

In certain sectors of North American Protestantism — sectors, I would say, that seem to have disproportional influence on public discussions — everyone wants to hitch their wagon to Abraham Kuyper. From Chuck Colson's How Now Shall We Live? to Mark Noll's Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, evangelicals have found in Father Abraham a model for robust public engagement rooted in unapologetic Christian orthodoxy. Kuyper is the exemplar of a Christian visionary and pragmatic scrapper, one who spent a lifetime sketching "principial" programs while also delving into the nitty-gritty of implementation.

However, the inheritance of Kuyper is often selective. Some are eager to embrace his affirmative notion of common grace but are a little hard of hearing when it comes to Kuyper's invocation of the antithesis.  Others champion the intellectual vision of this university founder but are either ignorant of or embarrassed by Kuyper's lifelong piety. Some are thrilled by the champion of a "free" church and a "free" university and assume that Kuyper would share their enthusiasm for unfettered "free" markets — ignoring some parts of his corpus that complicate this picture a bit. Still others are happy to piggyback on his vision of cultural engagement but do so as if it could be simply unhooked from his orthodox, never-waning Calvinism. - See more at:

http://www.perspectivesjournal.org/janfeb2014/review/whose-kuyper-which-inheritance#sthash.qVIYYd44.dpuf

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CALVINISM: MORE THAN 5 POINTS : A WORLD & LIFE VIEW PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 14 February 2014 20:00

I am a Calvinist. I believe Calvinism is a World and Life View. There are social, political and economic ramifications of the Doctrines of Calvinism.  I believe in the application of Calvinism to all Spheres of Life.  This is the focus of Kuyperian Neo-Calvinism [which is not the same as the New Calvinism]

Sovereignty of God- Secularism is not an option.

Christians can not think or act in any sphere of their life with indifference to, or rejection or exclusion of, God and their faith.

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