Monthly Archives: February 2015

Is this what we want?

I have heard people over the years decry the fact that we are a secular society in the US. They opine that it would be better if their particular faith was the official religion and that the government would be … Continue reading

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More about authority

One of the trades we make in order to live in social societies is a certain amount of freedom for order. Rousseau called this, “the social contract:. Life is about exchanges we make. We give up a little freedom in … Continue reading

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Sacred or secular?

I recently read an invitation to a conference on ethics and public life in Steubenville, Ohio. This was nothing shocking or even noteworthy. These meetings come around regularly in a variety of locations. The thing that caught my eye on … Continue reading

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Surviving?

I recently saw a cartoon in which a man is on a psychiatrist’s couch. The psychiatrist, seated next to the man on the couch, said to the man, obviously a patient, “I am certifying you absolutely normal, sane and responsible”. … Continue reading

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Perpetual tension

I was re-reading some of the writings of Origen of Alexandria who was a biblical scholar in the second century of the Common Era. He failed to be elected bishop, because of his phenomenal misreading of Scripture, (the details are … Continue reading

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The topsy-turvy world of faith and the public sector

I was reading today’s prayers in the book Common Prayer A Liturgy For Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Enuma Okoro and came cross the following: “Things are topsy turvy in Your kingdom, G_d. The poor bear gifts … Continue reading

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Very unscientific survey

Today’s posting is not about unscientific surveys, which are legion especially on the internet. This is an unscientific survey. I find myself with a month’s vacation to use to finish a book on which I have been working. The problem … Continue reading

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