Tag Archives: authority

Book Review: Caliphate: The History Of An Idea

Caliphate:  The History Of An Idea, by Hugh Kennedy In this day and age where it has become a romantic ideal among at least some Muslims to revive the idea of the Caliphate, this book is a timely and important … Continue reading

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Crises Of Legitimacy

There has never been any shortage of disagreement in this world, and some of these disagreements have always had the tendency to go awry.  A brother is jealous that God accepts the sacrifice of the other brother and not his … Continue reading

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Patron God

One of the most striking insights in the booklet I received yesterday from United Church of God is the way that the booklet discusses the understanding of grace and faithfulness in the a first-century AD context.  This understanding, which is not … Continue reading

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A Defense Of Snitches

Last week, like many other people, I was thrilled to see rapper Takashi 6ix9ine spend three days in a courtroom in New York City singing like a canary and telling the court (and the world) about the various people who … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jesus For President

Jesus For President:  Politics For Ordinary Radicals, by Shane Claiborne & Chris Haw All candidates for president have supporters who don’t really represent their character or understand their political worldview all that well, and Jesus Christ is no exception to … Continue reading

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On Priesthood And Authority

As someone who has written quite a bit about the role of a priest and how it relates to believers [1], one of the more fascinating aspects of priesthood one has to wrestle with is the question of the priesthood … Continue reading

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Self-Censorship: An Ambiguous Sign Of Coercion

While I am by no means an extremist when it comes to libertarianism in such ways as free speech, as a somewhat outspoken and well-traveled writer I am certainly familiar with the awkwardness and unpleasantness that results from living in … Continue reading

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The Affair Of The Necklace

One of the lamentable ways that one can tell when a particular society has reached a state of terminal decline is when conspiracies and conspiracy theories no longer shock people but are considered to be a normal and acceptable.  We … Continue reading

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Book Review: Empires And Barbarians

Empires And Barbarians:  The Fall Of Rome And The Birth Of Europe, by Peter Heather The period between Late Antiquity and the High Middle Ages has always been one where there has been a wide degree of controversy because of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Thieves Of State

Thieves Of State:  Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, by Sarah Chayes In a more perfect world, it would not be necessary to justify anti-corruption efforts based on their threats to security.  One would simply be able to point out that … Continue reading

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