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This article is the second in a series on forum philosophy from a Christian point of view. The series aims to lay some philosophical groundwork as part of the process of finding a new Forums Director for SI. It also aims to build unity around some of the why’s and wherefore’s of forum administration, consider biblical principles that should govern how we speak to one another, and wrestle with issues like respecting others’ expertise, anonymity, and limits on free speech.
“Liberté! Égalité! Fraternité!” Such was the cry of the newly empowered common man during the French Revolution. “Liberty! Equality! Brotherhood!” Historians debate how often these words were used in this combination, but the motto certainly captures the spirit of the time—especially the égalité (equality) part. Jean Jacques Rousseau had trumpeted the equality concept years before in his 1762 book Social Contract. Some, though, see égalité in a much older source.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal. 3:28, NKJV).