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Author, editor, educator.

The democratic tug-of-war

In his Op-Ed piece in the 5/24/14 online New York Times, Shadi Hamid presents an interesting quandary: the illiberalism of Islamic religion conflicts with democracy, at least as that term is understood in the more liberal West. While he hints … Continue reading

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Gen-Ed Ethics and the Failure of “Alternative Views”

One of the challenges of teaching an ethics class in a non-denominational college is accommodating students who arrive with a particular religious background. Given the demographics of my classrooms this is typically some form of Christianity, and quite understandably some … Continue reading

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Guinea Pigs in the Climate Change Debate

Valerie Richardson’s report in the Washington Post on the latest testimony before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee illuminates the complex and intractable problems we face in making decisions. On the face of it, the testimony was the typical … Continue reading

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Original Sin and other social diseases

“The civil religion of our nation [is] fundamentally anthropocentric and anti-ecological.” It was 1992 when William Becker spoke out against both ecological sin and the religious establishment that seemed to be ignoring it. There has been some progress on the … Continue reading

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Sorry it took so long, Jack

Some years ago I was writing a book on, of all things, complexity theory and grace, when I came upon these remarks by C.S. Lewis in The Abolition of Man: “We are always conquering Nature, because ‘Nature’ is the name … Continue reading

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Dominating the Conversation

As far as I can tell, much research into ‘digital behavior’ still distinguishes spoken or traditional text based communication from newer forms, lumping together the various modes of smart device communication (email, posts, Tweets, etc.) as if the specific mechanisms … Continue reading

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The Broken Promise, Part 4: A New Promise?

Collectively exploring topographies of information may well solve a problem most colleges face: first year composition/information literacy training. The typical second semester composition course combines instruction in information literacy and in the rhetorical forms of argument and persuasion. We expect … Continue reading

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