KoMoL Book 1, Chapter 2

This is an example of a place where I’m going to riff off of Machiavelli, and it’s (mostly) not a criticism of his work. In this chapter, Machiavelli mentions that “many” have created a division of types of government into three types: Monarchy, Aristocracy, and Democracy.

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KomoL Book 1, Chapter 1

Immediately my theme on the differences between Machiavelli’s world and ours takes center stage. There are two major themes in this chapter, a discussion of how a city is founded and how that affects the likelihood of greatness, and what amounts to the virtues of having easy local supply lines in to a city or difficult ones.

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KoMoL Book 1, Prelude

The Prelude opens with an observation that many of the institutions we have are the manifestation of accreted wisdom from the past, but few people are willing to examine and learn from that past.

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Krymneth on Machiavelli on Livy

I made a resolution to raise the Castalia Library books higher on my book pile, and after a second swing through Awake in the Night Land, I picked as my second book to be Discourses on Livy by Machiavelli.

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A Tidbit on "Free Will" and Theodicy

A note on a common aspect of theodicy (the problem of evil) and/or free will: It is commonly supposed that free will is in conflict with God knowing the outcome of our free choices, and that free will1 must somehow entail God not knowing and not being able to know what we will choose.

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Egalitarianism is Profoundly Wrong

I’ve been listening to Mark Winger’s series on Women in Ministry, and Egalitarianism vs. Complementarianism in general. I think he does a great job of exploring carefully and thoroughly why egalitarianism is a factually and logically incorrect position as drawn from the Bible, and recommend it if you have the time and interest.

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