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Reflect on the following questions, looking for connections between your theology and Ballou's. You may wish to write your reflections in your theology journal.

  • Do you agree that all human actions are motivated by the desire for happiness?
  • Ballou wrote, "[There is] no such thing as disinterested benevolence." Do you agree?
  • What are the messages you have received or currently receive about the human right to happiness? Is this a counter-cultural notion?
  • Ballou considered human happiness a God-given right. What is your own attitude toward human happiness? Does your attitude have a connection to your liberal faith? If so, what is it? If not, why not?

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