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Affluent Christian Investor | December 12, 2018

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AboutDr. Michael Bauman, Author at Affluent Christian Investor

Dr. Michael Bauman

Dr. Michael Bauman

Dr. Michael Bauman is Professor of Theology and Culture and is Director of Christian Studies at Hillsdale College, where he has been since 1988. He also is Scholar in Residence for the Summit Semester program of Summit Ministries. He is a former inner city pastor in Chicago, an honorably discharged Marine, and a former cycling world champion.

Posts By Dr. Michael Bauman

February 27, 2018 |

Catastrophic Government Failure in Florida Shooting Used to Give Government More Power

To echo something President Reagan said — government is not the answer to the problem, government is the problem.

Contemporary leftists have a habit of mind that turns first to government to solve every issue.  To them, if there is problem, … Read More

April 13, 2017 |

How to Spot a Cheater: The Lance Armstrong Edition

If memory serves, about 15 years ago, on the old Eurobike web forum, I wrote my reasons for not believing Lance Armstrong rode clean. He was then in the midst of his 7 consecutive Tour de France “victories” and had … Read More

March 9, 2017 |

Open Borders is How Government Changes the People

The Constitution is a way for people to change the government. Open borders are a way for the government to change the people. Changing the people is based on the political objective that, if you don’t like the electorate … Read More

July 6, 2016 |

Europe: The ‘Savage Continent’

I take here as my topic the title of Keith Lowe’s provocative little book, The Savage Continent, by which he means Europe after WW II.

I suspect that if you ask any Westerner or any northern European where the … Read More

March 11, 2016 |

Sanders Logic: Being Human Creates a Right to Healthcare, But Not to Life

Bernie Sanders says that all persons have a right to health care because they are human beings. But as a pro-abortion advocate, Sanders won’t say that they have a right to life because of their humanity.

Think about that: … Read More

January 29, 2016 |

The Theology of Bureaucracy

“What is a case? A case is never a real person. A case is a series of characteristics abstracted from persons; it is a model of those characteristics that a potential client must display in order to qualify for … Read More

January 25, 2016 |

Why Big Government and Command Economies MUST Fail

You might recall that even back in 1940s, while he was still an actor, Ronald Reagan was confident we could defeat communism. His confidence was rooted in the superiority of our freedom compared to the Soviet command economy, which he … Read More

January 11, 2016 |

Obama Executive Order vs. Senior Citizens

Dear President Obama,

Because you were a professor of Constitutional law, you know that the second amendment does not say “except for those who receive Social Security.” You also know that to amend the Constitution requires following a specific set … Read More

December 30, 2015 |

Left vs. Left

Notice how the left is at odds with itself: The abortion lobby, which craves the chance to destroy its young, and the welfare-state lobby, which loves to maintain government programs in order to keep folks on the dole and … Read More

December 1, 2015 |

Laffer Curve for Dummies

The now famous Laffer Curve, named after its originator, economist Arthur Laffer, shows that beyond a certain easily reached point, lower taxes yield higher government revenue. In other words, lower taxes are a win-win situation: Individuals and businesses win because … Read More

December 1, 2015 |

’Safe Spaces’ Are Not a Civil Right

Somewhere along the path, the civil rights movement lost its way.

I clearly remember Dr. Martin Luther King fighting valiantly and with unwavering purpose against segregation. He worked to open up our society and its benefits to all members, … Read More

August 18, 2015 |

Clinton, Obama, Sanders’ Plans to Pump Up the College Bubble

In a speech in Buffalo, President Obama declared his intention to bring down rising college tuition costs. Hillary Clinton has mimicked that meme often of late. So has socialist Bernie Sanders.

Their speeches makes plain three things:  (1) They think … Read More

August 6, 2015 |

Freedom: What It Means and What It Doesn’t

(1) Freedom described:

Freedom is two-sided: freedom from and freedom for.

(2) Where freedom comes from:

Freedom is truth based:

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”

– (John 8: 32).

In other … Read More

June 24, 2015 |

Affluence is Good, but Not Satisfying

You can beat the market without feeding your soul. You can make millions and leave your heart a beggar. You can retire young and rich and know you’ve missed it. ‘It’ is fulfillment. ‘It’ is soulish prosperity. ‘It’ can’t … Read More

June 15, 2015 |

Unions Strike Against You

Labor unions don’t go on strike against companies or against management. They go on strike against you.

Like all wise consumers, you probably want to get as much value for your money as you can. You want quality products … Read More

May 15, 2015 |

Why Academics Hit the ‘God Delete’ Button

Writing about Christians from the past does not make you a Christian historian. Writing the history of Christians is not Christian history writing. If you want to practice Christian historiography, you have to draw your methods, your rubric, and … Read More

April 20, 2015 |

Why I Can’t Be a Liberal: Words Have Meaning

Here’s a short story for those who are tired of how the left abuses language and those who think the Constitution died the day liberals first called it a “living” document:

When he was still a young man, my old … Read More

April 7, 2015 |

Brain Vases: How Government Distorts Our Children’s Souls

In China, the art of molding humans was developed hundreds of years ago. The practitioners of this ancient art would take a child two or three years old, place it in a porcelain vase, sometimes a vase grotesque in shape. … Read More

March 27, 2015 |

Incentives Trump Intentions

Milton Friedman told us to assess a public program by its results, not its intentions.  Similarly, Thomas Sowell advised us to think with our heads, not our hearts.  If you do as they suggest, it changes everything.

If you assess … Read More

March 13, 2015 |

From Middle Earth to Renewed Earth

Perhaps J. R. R. Tolkien’s most salient contribution to theology is the doctrine he called the principle of “sub-creation.”  By it, he meant that we make according to the principle by which we are made.  That is, like all things … Read More

March 10, 2015 |

Netanyahu Challenges the World to Take the Israel Test

I spent the day listening to Benjamin Netanyahu and George Gilder — Netanyahu in his brilliant speech before Congress and Gilder in his equally brilliant The Israel Test.

Here’s the takeaway:

If the poor of Palestine set aside their compulsive … Read More

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