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Locus Of Control

On the radio today, I heard a man say that “everybody” has either an external or internal locus of control. He explained what it meant, which I’ll do briefly: people either believe that events in their lives are out of their control — external locus, or they believe that they alone are responsible for things[…]

Solving Moral / Ethical Dilemmas

A house in rural Oklahoma (Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.) Many people are uncomfortable with hypothetical ethical dilemmas (some examples). I’ve run into a few people who haven’t heard the term, and others who were first made aware of the idea in high school. I first heard of them in fifth grade, when[…]

Dissecting False Dichotomies

Left or Right (Copyright © 2010 by Wil C. Fry.) It recently struck me that we live in a world of false dichotomies. I don’t pretend to know how it began, or why, but so many questions have been distilled into two opposite answers. Good and evil. Republican and Democrat. Cheap or Expensive. Worthwhile or[…]

‘Dying With Dignity’ Is More Moral

Medical Care has come a long way sing 1929 Photographer unknown “Dying with dignity” is the new, more palatable way to say what we meant by euthanasia in the past. But semantics haven’t fooled anyone; the concept is still hotly debated. For some people, the idea is abhorrent; others think it’s abhorrent to force dying[…]

Free Will vs. Determinism vs. Predestination vs. Compatibilism

When studying the history of religion in Bible college*, it was inevitable that I would come across the age-old religious debate about predestination versus free will. My denomination leaned heavily toward the free will side of the argument; other groups in the past sat on the other side of the fence. There were heavy debates[…]

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