Tag Archives: political philosophy

On The Necessity Of Power

There is a great deal that one can do without politics so long as one is willing to engage in building communities and institutions. If a group of people are concerned about the same issues and communicate those concerns with … Continue reading

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On The Sound Uses Of Unsound Reasoning

In exploring the possibility of there being sound uses of unsound reasoning, or examples of unsound reasoning that are viewed as sound by those people who engage in them, I am deliberately seeking not to prejudge the question. It is … Continue reading

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Kings And Priests In The Bible

[Note: The following is the prepared text for a Bible Study given to the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on September 28, 2022.] This is a busy time of year for all of us as we prepare … Continue reading

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Representation In The Writings Of Paul: Part One

Yesterday, as I write this, I had a conversation with a deacon from a nearby congregation whom I happen to know fairly well who was talking about a paper he was working on concerning the contentious issue of women’s roles … Continue reading

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On How Republics Die

If you are the sort of person who is inclined to seek insights in the republics of the past, Cicero is the sort of person who is easy to appreciate. A smooth-tongued new man who rose from provincial status to … Continue reading

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A Failure Of Political Imagination

In watching the latest Fantastic Beasts movie, I was struck in particular by the failure of many reviewers, who themselves are part of that accursed tribe of contemporary journos, to recognize the subtlety of the portrayal of political matters and … Continue reading

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Authority And Consent In Sovereignty

Previously, we looked at some scriptures that dealt with the subject of sovereignty in the Bible and where it springs from. Many more could be chosen, and others will be discussed in later parts of this larger discussion, but perhaps … Continue reading

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Short Library Book Reviews: Part Eight

Civil Wars: A History In Ideas, by David Armitage This is not a bad book, but it is a frustrating book. The content of the book and its topic matter is certainly interesting enough, in that the author seeks to … Continue reading

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The Focus And The Directrix, Or Some Thoughts On The Political Theory Of The Bible: Part One

Yesterday, as I write this, a deacon from our local congregation gave a discussion of unity and oneness in the Bible in a way that helped, at least to me, to bring out a great deal of the nature of … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Time To Speak

A Time To Speak: Selected Writings And Arguments, by Robert H. Bork Is it really a time to speak? Reading this book was a bit of a puzzling experience for me because it left Bork nearly as opaque and mysterious … Continue reading

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