Freewill, Free Speech, and Blasphemy


If we were robotic machines simply executing a program, we would have no real choice when we take moral decisions. But we do take moral choices. We do decide between right and wrong. In doing so, we exercise freewill, and I believe the existence of our freewill is one of the proofs that God loves us. You see, the decision to love is a choice, and God has given us the right to choose not to love Him. He loves us enough to refrain from forcing our choice.

If God loves you that much, it would be the height of arrogance for me to attempt to force you to express love for Him according to my understanding. Of course, it’s reasonable for me to try to convince you that my understanding is correct, but that’s persuasion—not force. Indeed, so long as you aren’t hurting anyone except yourself, you should be free to choose to hate God.

This is why I support freedom of expression even to the extent of allowing blasphemy. Certainly, blasphemy offends me, but if God is Who He says He is, He is capable of dealing with it on His own terms. He doesn’t need me to avenge Him. In the end, God will not be mocked. After all, the message of the book of Revelation is: God wins/Pick a side/Don’t be stupid.

Charlie Hebdo has published cartoons that offend Christians as well as Muslims. They should be free to do so. I view their choice as unwise, and I choose not to reproduce some of those cartoons here at Hogewash!, yet I still support their right to publish them.

Once in Royal David’s City


That’s the name of the Christmas carol that opens the Nine Lesson and Carols service at King’s College, Cambridge, each Christmas Eve. Some archeologists have suggested that Kings David and Solomon as described in the Bible are more legend than fact. However, a group of bullae (clay seals used with ancient government documents) dating from the 10th century BC was recently found in Israel. The existence of such bullae suggests that a very organized and centralized government existed in Israel in that era, something which tends to confirm the Biblical record.