Detroit Lions’ Don Carey Writing Column for the Detroit Free Press Throughout NFL Season; First Topic Addresses Our Present Culture from a Christian Perspective


Hello, everyone!

Writing this column is an amazing opportunity, and I am truly grateful. I truly relish the chance to show you all a different side of an NFL player.

Over the next several weeks, I plan to write on an array of topics, ranging from life as an NFL player to key social issues. My hopes are to make you think and look at things from a different perspective, all while attempting to avoid sounding like Charlie Brown’s teacher. I’m nearly certain that those born after 1990 will need to Google that reference.

OK, let’s get into the meat of today. What kind of culture are we living in?

Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias recently spoke on this topic, stating there are three primary cultures from which many others are derived: theonomous, heteronomous and autonomous.

A theonomous (theo = God, nomos = law) culture is one in which the law of God is so innate in each individual that it governs his or her morality.

A heteronomous (hetero = another, nomos = law) culture is one in which the morality of the many are dictated to them by the few. That is, the way people go about their daily life is governed to them, in one way or another, by someone other than themselves.

Finally, an autonomous (auto = self, nomos = law) culture is one in which a person’s morality is that which he or she decides to follow and observe for his or herself.


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SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
Don Carey is a defensive back from Grand Rapids in his fifth season with the Lions. He will be offering commentary in the Free Press during the season.