Category Archives: Spirit

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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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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When those who might, can’t

Passing by my wife’s computer at breakfast I noticed it was already set for the live radar feed for Oklahoma from the National Weather Service.  “Old habits die hard, I guess,” she said without a smile. Before we moved to … Continue reading

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Don’t make it just an address

At the post office and the hardware store, in the coffee shop and in the dentist office, the main topic of conversation is whether it will be an early fall this year. It amazes me how many people who inhabit … Continue reading

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Ad-junked

Once again it is time to separate our lives into the can’t afford to keep, don’t absolutely need, and can’t yet bear to part with. We’ve been here before. Last summer we clenched our teeth, stripped hangars, pillaged shelves, pulled … Continue reading

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