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Freedom Is Not Autonomy

I particularly like to warn my American audiences about this. Freedom is not the same thing as autonomy. Freedom does not mean I am a law unto myself. ...


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The Church's Business

It is surprising how easily we can see the place of the church community in terms of social reform in some directions but not in others. The Church stands ...


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Frederick Douglass on Escaping Slavery

Frederick Douglass grew up as a slave in Maryland in the early nineteenth century and experienced slavery's every brutality. He was taken from his mother ...


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Bush Speaks at Prayer Breakfast

At the fiftieth National Day of Prayer Breakfast on February 7, 2002, George Bush stated:

It is always and everywhere wrong to target and kill the innocent. ...

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"The Matrix": Unseen Reality

In the science fiction movie, The Matrix, the real world has been taken over by computers that keep humans in bondage by creating a false reality in their ...


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Enron Employee Loses Big but Feels Set Free

The May 2002 issue of Fast Company tells the stories of five people who worked for Enron, the company that in 2001 filed for the largest bankruptcy in ...


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Michelangelo's Unfinished Sculptures

When I visited a museum in Italy, I was struck by four partially finished sculptures. These were figures Michelangelo originally intended to use on the ...


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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on Freedom

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.


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Businessman Takes a Stand on Slave Labor

In 1524, Martin Luther said, "Among themselves the merchants have a common rule which is their chief maximÂ…I care nothing about my neighbor; so long as ...


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William Wilberforce's Long Fight Against Slavery

In the middle of the eighteenth century, Christians became increasingly concerned about the slave trade. They amassed information on the inhumane treatment ...


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