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Restoring the Ruins—What Does Eschatology Have to Do with Law?

Aug 11, 2022

Eschatology can be a contentious subject in evangelicalism. But few realize the critical role it played in development of the Western Legal Tradition. Even fewer know why today’s prevailing eschatology undermined and helped lead to the loss of the Western view of law. Don’t be “left behind” in your knowledge of the rise and fall of the Western view of law.

Restoring the Ruins—Is the ‘Western Legal Tradition’ Gone?

Aug 5, 2022

Colleges increasingly minimize or fail even to teach Western Civilization, and that means the Western Legal Tradition on which our law and Constitution rest are jettisoned too. But what is that tradition and is it even important now? Does it relate to anything the U.S. Supreme Court does now?

Restoring the Ruins—Justice Thomas Explains How Common Law Thinking Works

Jul 29, 2022

How is the Constitution relevant to our modern problems especially if it is going to be interpreted based on the common law meaning of the words at the time it was ratified? For example, how does that work when the “arms” referenced in the Second Amendment envisioned muskets? David walks us through Justice Clarence Thomas’ explanation of how the justices think about the common law, and then show how we all think the same way every day.

Restoring the Ruins- Justice Thomas Shows How to Repair the U.S. Constitution

Jul 22, 2022

Today, David takes Clarence Thomas’ majority opinion in the Court’s decision protecting the 2nd Amendment from encroachment by the state of New York to demonstrate a right understanding of common law and its importance to the Constitution. That five other Justices signed onto the opinion makes understanding it vitally important.

Restoring the Ruins— What is Common Law and Why Even Care?

Jul 15, 2022

In 20th century, teaching common law fell into disrepute in law schools. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court based two constitutional decisions on the common law. Today, David explains why Christian should care about common law and insist that an understanding and appreciation of it be diffused throughout the church.

Restoring the Ruins—A Godless View of ‘Law’ Exposed

Jul 8, 2022

Today David takes the previous series—Escaping Futility—to the next level with Restoring the Ruins. In this opening episode, David tells how the U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion decision in Dobbs exposed the ungodliness of his own views about law, and specifically the common law on which the Court’s majority and dissenting opinions rested. You will learn how the Court has laid waste to the foundation on which our Constitution and its values were framed. Knowing what created the ruins in which we live will help us know what needs to be restored.

Abortion Decision Debriefing—Breyer Bests Alito

Jul 1, 2022

The pro-life community should rejoice that Roe v. Wade was reversed. Many praised Justice Alito’s majority opinion for its treatment of abortion at common law, laying waste to the Roe Court’s “historical” justification for abortion. What Justice Alito really did was ignore the text of the 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clause and preserve the Court’s made up doctrine of substantive due process that gave us abortion and will soon give us “transgender rights’. Today David explains how Justice Breyer’s dissenting opinion exposed Alito’s “textual” subterfuge.

Escaping Futility—Was Francis Schaeffer Wrong?

Jun 24, 2022

The late Francis Schaeffer set the standard for many Christians for how to engage in non-futile conversations with non-Christians. He clearly diagnosed the reason so many live futile lives. But his fellow Presbyterian, theologian and seminary professor Cornelius Van Til, took him to task for letting his diagnosis lead him into a futile apologetic that does not refute the post-modernists’ conclusion of meaningless. Today David “moderates” the debate between Schaeffer, Van Til, and the leading post-Modernist thinker, Jacques Derrida. Their “debate” will be helpful regardless of one’s Christian faith tradition.

Escaping Futility—Conforming to Culture to Change It Is Futile

Jun 17, 2022

If Christians want to “join the conversation” in our culture in a way that can make a difference, they need to know what conversation they are in. But joining the conversation by conforming to the way the world thinks about things is futile. Today, David explains how evangelical leadership has led Christians into doing just that, which explains why Protestant cultural engagement has proved futile.

Escape From Futility—Is Apologetics Helpful or Self-Defeating?

Jun 10, 2022

In 1898 Abraham Kuyper said that people in America and Europe were “bent upon saving the ‘Christian Heritage.’” But things have been going from bad to worse on that front. Some think diffusing the tools of apologetics among Christians, particularly those in places of influence, is critical. So why did Kuyper say 100 years ago “apologetics have advanced us not one single step”? Find out why in today’s episode to avoid futility in “saving” our “Christian heritage.”

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