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Rights and healthcare, revisited

From an answer on the Quora question “Why do many Americans think that healthcare is not a right?”:

First and foremost we need to eliminate God from the discussion of rights. God is an issue of faith and to assert that rights are a product of God infers that those who are not faithful do not have rights and/or societies cannot assign rights. Indigenous societies in America very successfully managed tribal rights for 20,000 years without the need for the Christian definition of God.

Why should we seek to eliminate God from this discussion? It seems to me that if we are talking about trancendent human rights which apply to all persons in all circumstances at all times then, like morality, there is no better canidate for grounding such rights than the Creator referenced in America’s deceleration of independence from Brittan.

Whats more, it seems that such a notion of rights as being derived from a divine source has served both theist and non-thiest alike.

Further, capitalism, like secularism, is insufficient for providing us the “ought to” that constitutes rights. In lieu of a rights giver all we are left with is a description of statistical preference displayed in legal authority. Without a Creator we can only derive our rights from the crowd or the king and I believe Samuel Rutherford made an excellent case against both in his work Lex Rex.

In the end, if we do not define what is and is not a right properly we will try to create a utopia here on earth and history has shown us time and again that the pursuit of utopia is worse than acknowledgement of reality.

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Greek resources: fonts

In order to learn and use Greek alphabet, you’ll need to have a suitable Greek font installed on your system. Here are a few resources to hopefully point you in the right direction:

  1. How to Read, Write, Print and Email in Greek
  2. Greek Fonts (Unicode)
  3. Ancient Greek font
  4. Unicode specification for Greek language (technical)
  5. Bible Greek and Hebrew Fonts
  6. More Unicode Greek fonts
  7. More Greek fonts

I have seen some fonts that do not conform to the Unicode standard and the result is that anything done in that font is completely unusable by anyone without the font. So it is important that you pay attention to whether the font you are using for Greek conforms to the Unicode standard or not.

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Free resources for learning Greek

After we’ve decided that its a great idea to learn Greek, figuring out where to begin can be daunting. Especially if we aren’t part of a group committed to encouraging and holding one another accountable.

Here are a few free resources1 to help get started:

Here’s a great bare-bones introduction to Greek:

Greek Alphabet. Basics of Biblical Greek. from Bill Mounce on Vimeo.

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  1. There are many good books that you can purchase, but I’ll focus here only on the free ones []
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Resources for more information on Molinism/Middle Knowledge

Since my post on Molinism/Middle Knowledge garnered some interest I figured it would be helpful to provide some more resources on the subject for anyone who is interested in exploring, as William Lane Craig puts it, such a fruitful doctrine further:

Audio

William Lane Craig‘s multi-part series “Doctrine of God” taught in his Sunday School class (Defenders) at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

Articles

Philosophia Christi is a scholarly periodical published by the Evangelical Philosophical Society which regularly has articles both for and against Middle Knowledge, recently Vol 11 Num 1 2009 featured Steven B. Cowan (Editor of Five Views on Apologetics) against and Scott A Davison (Professor of Philosophy at Morehead State University) for with some good interaction between them both.

Books

Other notable proponents of Middle Knowledge1 include:

I would be remiss if I were to claim this as an exhaustive list of proponents or resources pertaining to Middle Knowledge/Molinism so if you know of any other resources, by all means, let me know!

  1. These include both active and passive proponents of Middle Knowledge/Molinism. Not all of these people actively promote Middle Knowledge by itself but all, as far as I know, hold to this doctrine and deem it useful or “fruitful” in answering other theological/philosophical issues. The most significant being the question of evil. []
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