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Alan BockTitle: "Christianity and Freedom: When will we let the Truth set us free?" (Abstract)

Speaker:  Alan Bock (Bio)

Date: Saturday January 7, 2006
Time: 5:00-6:45 p.m.
Location: 24769 Redlands Blvd., Ste. A
                Loma Linda, California 92354
Abstract: Ever since Constantine, Christianity has had a troubled relationship with the State, the great temptress.  If Christianity is to reclaim its value to the human race it would do well to divorce itself from the State and return to the radically individualist view of Jesus and the early church.

Jesus preached that the kingdom of God is within us.  We do not need priests or kings or intercessors to have a personal relationship with God and Jesus.  I [Alan Bock] suspect, however, that God does not relish robotic followers of rules.  He wants sons and daughters who have made mature decisions to be in fellowship, adults in the spirit with whom He can converse.  He gave us outsized minds so we could wrestle with great questions, not to simply bow to authority.  I suspect He welcomes the idea of learning something from his sons and daughters.

Because the best kind of faith is based on informed choice, the political/social system best suited to facilitating the spread of the kingdom is one of radical, virtually absolute liberty.  A system in which the choices people make, are not subject to compulsion by others.

God does not compel belief, but approaches us as a suitor, a lover.  If God, who has the power to do so, does not coerce human beings into fellowship, how can human-to-human coercion be morally or practically justified?  If God's desire is to have true sons and daughters who choose him freely when other alternatives are available, then those human beings who limit the choices of others, reveal themselves as His enemies -- unwitting, perhaps, and often well-intentioned, but still inimical to His design.

About the speaker: Alan Bock has been a member of the Orange County Register's editorial page staff since 1980 and has held a variety of positions. He is currently a senior editorial writer.

Mr. Bock joined the staff as an editorial writer and was named deputy editor in 1983. He became editorial page editor in 1984 and held that position for two years, then returned to editorial and column writing. He co-hosted a syndicated radio talk show, "The Fourth American Revolution," from 1994-95 and continues to be a frequent radio talk show guest.

Before joining the Register, Mr. Bock was executive director, Libertarian Advocate, in Washington, D.C. from 1976-80 and a Washington correspondent for Reason magazine from 1976-79. He was a press aide to Rep. Earl Ruth (R-N.C.) and Rep. Robert Bauman (R-Md.) from 1974-76 and editor of Prospect House in Falls Church, Va. from 1973-74. He was advertising administrator for Audiotronics in N. Hollywood, Calif. from 1970-73.

Mr. Bock has four books published: Ecology Action Guide (1970), I Saw The Light: The Gospel Life of Hank Williams (1976), Ambush at Ruby Ridge (1995) and Waiting to Inhale: The Politics of Medical Marijuana (2000). He attended UCLA as a National Merit Scholar where he majored in political science and journalism.

Mr. Bock is a Media Fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He has also written magazine articles for Reason, Freeman, National Review, Harvard Business Review, Liberty, National Educator, Chronicles of Culture, and others. He has won a number of awards, including several from the California Newspaper Publisher's Association.

[Bio Source: The Orange County Register]
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