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The Crisis in Egypt and the “Secular”

Egypt, Uprising, Muslim Brotherhood

On July 3rd, the latest instalment in a remarkable series of political events in Egypt occurred in the form of what most people are calling a coup d’état. The now former President Mohamed Morsi was “deposed” by the Egyptian military after his election just last year in July, revealing the nation’s already unstable political situation [...]

On the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI: A Brief Sketch of a Christian Humanist’s Legacy

On February 10, 2013, Pope Benedict surprised the gathered cardinals by announcing his resignation, effective 28 February 2013 at 8 pm. In Germany, this news even interrupted the customary media coverage of Carnival festivities, as the media began to transmit various reactions to Benedict’s resignation. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, honored the pope’s achievements in [...]

The Orthodoxy of Unorthodoxy: An Irony in the Newest “Philosophy Bite”

For anyone who is interested in philosophy but doesn’t have time to trudge through behemoth texts like Aristotle’s Metaphysics or Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, philosophers David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton maintain a fantastic collection of podcasts called “Philosophy Bites.” True to its name, “Philosophy Bites” features the perspectives of many world-renowned philosophers on [...]

Stanley Hauerwas on American Healthcare: A Theological Perspective

In American politics, there are few issues that seem more hopeless than healthcare. Voices from the right clamor on enthusiastically, citing unbelievable statistics for the future and using the language of “entitlements” to describe care that is funded even slightly by government revenue. Indeed, the fiery rhetoric aside, it is difficult to argue the numbers: [...]

Can judges make judgements free of moral evaluation?

The answer is no.  A faith-less, a-moral judgment is a contradiction in terms because any judgment always involves moral evaluation.  The general assumption is that the legal system does not take metaphysical or moral perspectives when issuing rulings and that judges.  Yet this idea seems impossible when closely examined.  To insist on the notion that [...]

On Being Vulnerable: Or, a Modest Plea for a Levinasian Chick-fil-A Day

The cultural monstrosity of “Chick-fil-A Day” would do well for itself by reading Emmanuel Levinas. In Levinas’ classic text, Totality and Infinity, the great 20th century philosopher works to define two terms.  Not surprisingly, they are, in fact, totality and infinity. This distinction marks a serious conflict that spans the entire history of what Levinas [...]

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