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On The Insufficiency Of The Law As A Basis For Morality

There is a great deal of confusion about the purpose of the law. This is true regardless of what laws one happens to look at. Recently, a vlogger I pay attention to made a comment about what looks to be … Continue reading

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How Privilege Warps The Fundamentals Of Justice

One of the most problematic aspects of the history of antebellum Southern Christianity was the way that the message of Christianity was warped to such a great extent by the unjust behavior of slaveowners. This injustice may be profitably compared … Continue reading

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What Is History To You Is Memory To Someone Else

One of the more frequent asymmetric aspects of our lives is the way that what is history to us is memory to someone else. And, if we are older, what is history to someone else will be memory for us. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reading While Black

Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation As An Exercise In Hope, by Esau McCulley This book is not written for a reader like me. Sometimes this can be a bad thing, but in this case the fact that the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reading, Writing, And Racism

Reading, Writing, And Racism: Disrupting Whiteness in Teacher Education And In The Classroom, by Bree Picower I would like to begin this review with a thought experiment. I have taken perhaps the most egregious passage of this book and will … Continue reading

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Lord Acton’s Revenge

Lord Acton, a British politician of the middle of the 19th century, is best known for his aphorism on the corruptive influence of power. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Rarely has a lesson been so appropriate for our … Continue reading

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We Wear The Mask, Or, Reflections On The Pyrite Rule

Moralists who are fond of comparative religion often discuss the nature of various ethical rules that are found in different religious systems. The golden rule, for example, is well-known, in its formulation that we should do unto others as we … Continue reading

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Lynch Law

In one of his earliest speeches, Abraham Lincoln stood against the lawless tendency of his times to celebrate lynch law. During the first half of the 19th century there was a rising tendency on the part of people throughout the … Continue reading

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Civilized Masks

One of the striking aspects of humanity is that we all to some extent, wear masks. These masks are worn for a variety of reasons. Sometimes we wear masks to protect ourselves, to present ourselves as being less vulnerable than … Continue reading

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Papua New Guinea: The State As Killer?

Papua New Guinea: The State As Killer?, by Amnesty International Is it a bad thing for the state to be a killer? Amnesty International would have one believe that the death penalty has no place in justice out of a … Continue reading

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