Knowing the Difference

Timothy Dalrymple over at patheos.com is quickly becoming one of my favorite bloggers and last week he posted a fantastic piece entitled “‘Is Homosexuality a Choice?’ is Not the Right Question.”

In the post he explains the difference between something being a “choice” and something being “voluntary.” An extremely helpful distinction, and not just for the debate about homosexuality. Understanding that something can be voluntary and not necessarily chosen (in Dalrymple’s understanding of the terms) enables us to see how our sins can become almost a second (or is it primary?) nature, though we may never have consciously decided to become a thief, or an adulterer, or an addict.

Check out Tim’s other stuff at Philosophical Fragments.

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