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Book Review: Ethnic Conflict: Religion, Identity, And Politics

Ethnic Conflict:  Religion, Identity, And Politics, edited by S.A. Giannakos To be sure, there are a lot of ethnic conflicts that have existed in the world and this book only covers a small amount of them.  That said, if you … Continue reading

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Book Review: Culture, Identity, And Politics

Culture, Identity, And Politics, by Ernest Gellner Reading about identity politics can be fun, at least for some of us, and while I would not agree with everything this author says–in particular he strongly underemphasizes religion, which is a great … Continue reading

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Book Review: Past And Present: History, Identity, And Politics In Ireland

Past And Present:  History, Identity, And Politics In Ireland, by Brian Walker The wonder about a book like this one is that the way that the author attempts to de-mystify claims of ancient animosity between the Irish and Scot-Irish in … Continue reading

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The Myth Of The Lost Case: A Case Study In The Tension Between Criticism And Advocacy

There are many pitfalls that a historian can fall into that can greatly harm the quality of their work as scholars, and frequently scholars appear greatly ignorant of these pitfalls.  On the one hand, one can be so wrapped up … Continue reading

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Creating A Holy Nation

[The following is the text for a message given to the UCG The Dalles congregation for Pentecost on May 31, 2020.] Almost 3500 years ago, as the festival of Pentecost was approaching, the children of Israel, who had just been … Continue reading

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To Justify Is Human

The capacity for self-justification is one of those universal human tendencies which frequently causes us problems as human beings.  As someone who has a not insignificant portion of this particular quality, I do not comment on the issue in order … Continue reading

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The Dividing Line

Whether or not this is a good thing, it appears impossible for humanity to unify even in limited ways without dividing some parts of humanity off from others.  And every attempt to unify human beings who exist on opposite sides … Continue reading

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On The Ubiquity Of Gatekeeping

Unlike many people, I do not find gatekeeping to be a bad thing [1].  Obviously many people disagree, although most people it seems engage in some sort of gatekeeping.  Whether someone is concerned about whether someone has the standing to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Jews In America

The Jews In America:  Four Centuries Of An Uneasy Encounter:  A History, by Arthur Hertzberg It is quite interesting to read this book and the way that it showed both the fretting that Jews have about matters like assimilation in … Continue reading

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On The Importance Of Exhausting The Possible Space

Yesterday during the sermonette portion of services for our local congregation, which has been meeting remotely during the current Coronavirus crisis, a video played to support camp.  It is expected that the camps will be open at some point during … Continue reading

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