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About tpurchasesnj

I am a Presbyterian minister. I am also a former military chaplain. It has always been important to me to examine the impact that religion has on the public sector. That is the purpose of this blog; to explore the ways that religion intersects the market place.

Is moving in the wrong direction still progress?

I was reading an article in a political journal recently that asked a significant question for the United States. The question was, “Is politics moving in the wrong direction?” The question reminded me of an old Yogi Berra quotation. “We’re … Continue reading

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What kind of relationship?

I noticed an invitation to an annual convention of scholars in Washington, D.C. in September of this year. The subject if the convention, whish is the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, is “The Relationship Between Religion and Science”. It sounds like … Continue reading

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Fear

As most people have no doubt heard, a 29 year-old man in Orlando, Florida shot and killed 49 people and wounded 53 others. For a day and a half people have been offering their opinions about the murders, the worst … Continue reading

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Keeping more things in perspective

In the United States, the presidential primaries are drawing to a close. It appears as if both major political parties are close to identifying their standard bearers. Many people are chagrined by the canddates that have seemingly locked up their … Continue reading

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Can Two Kingdoms On Earth Ever Be Compatable

For Christians this week between Palm Sunday and Easter, known as “Holy Week”,  is the commemoration of the clash between the kingdoms of this world and the kingdom of heaven, or between Caesar and the Lord. The moment in time … Continue reading

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Transforming American thinking or the philosophy of what works

Allen Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce, III professor of the Civil War era at Gettysburg college. He recently wrote about American philosophy in the January 2016 issue of the journal, “First Things”. Guelzo wrote that Charles Sanders Pierce, in … Continue reading

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Possibilities or limitations

Ajahn Brahm wrote: “The possibilities for the future are infinite. When we focus on the unfortunate possibilities, that’s called fear. When we remember the other possibilities, which are usually more likely, that’s called freedom from fear.” People are blinded by … Continue reading

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