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Fighting Addiction with Brain Surgery

Fighting Addiction with Brain Surgery

What we cannot do is reduce people down, as a naturalistic worldview tends to do, to only their brains. When we treat them as if they aren’t moral creatures, with the freedom to act, we don’t merely dehumanize them … we fail to adequately help them. The problem with poverty, especially in the first world, is rarely just a lack of money. People are not reducible to their material selves: their brains, their traits, even their circumstances. Real treatment requires moral commitment and a strong network of spiritual and relational support.

In Defense of Stigma

In Defense of Stigma

The suggestion that people who do something wrong only deserve our empathy or compassion when they “can’t help it” misunderstands the human condition. None of us are immune from wrong impulses, and all of us do things that are wrong. At the same time, none of us have to indulge our inclinations, either. To act on a desire is still to act, no matter our genetic composition or elevated risk factors. And, Christ offers redemption to those sinners, too.

I Could Quit Anytime: How Statism Creates Addicts

I Could Quit Anytime: How Statism Creates Addicts

If our freedoms come from God, then it is to God we must appeal. Here we find hope. For America was founded on a series of sacred covenants, vows made to God on behalf of Americans then unborn. As Perry Miller (1905–1963), the preeminent Harvard historian, taught, to understand America, one must admit her spiritual founding. Oxford historian Paul Johnson (1928–), likewise, points to the impulse for America to seek forgiveness, revival, and to be restored to the faith of our Fathers. We must appeal to God through Christ to remember our forefathers’ prayers to be that “City on a hill,” shining the Gospel light of freedom to the world.

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