Esther in Ancient Je...

I just had the privilege of reading Aaron Koller’s new book on Esther which came out just a few weeks before mine (Esther and Her Elusive God). I would have liked to engage him in my book, but this brief review will have to suffice (for now). Aaron Koller, who is Associate Professor of...

The Banality of Evil...

A couple of weeks ago, I thought about political difference and also a bit on existentialism: And thought I would indulge myself a bit more on the topic — but a somewhat different kind of political indifference. The movie Hannah Arendt came out earlier this year, which focuses on the...

Some (incoherent) th...

I don’t know about the US, but the following video of Jeremy Paxman interviewing comedian Russell Brand has been pretty viral in the UK and indeed over my Facebook news feed. (If you’re like me and can’t bear Mr. Brand’s attitude and mannerism, or if youtube is being...

Death by Natural Causes Oct08

Death by Natural Cau...

“Such is the natural and inevitable tendency of the best constituted governments. If Sparta and Rome have perished, what state can hope to endure for ever? If we wish to form a durable constitution, let us, then, not dream of making it eternal. In order to succeed we must not attempt the...

The Priority of Democracy? Sep17

The Priority of Demo...

The neo-pragmatist philosopher Richard Rorty argues for a “priority of democracy” to philosophy and religion, that democracy should not and does not require a philosophical or theological anthropology as a preface to politics. To quote Rorty: we heirs of the Enlightenment think of enemies...

What Is the Basis for Authority? Part 2 Jul09

What Is the Basis fo...

In my last post I went through the cultural developments that led to the basis of our modern understanding of authority detailing the historical shift in religious and political viewpoints. Eventually we have come to understand in the modern context a delegated authority that tends to come...

What is the Basis of Authority? Part 1 Jun25

What is the Basis of...

Since the twentieth century, no topic has shaped the philosophical conversations more than the question of authority. It is not that the topic wasn’t brought up previously, certainly the Reformation and the Revolutions in America and France centered on the topic, but the fervor with...

Cheerios and the Case for a More Constructive Rhetoric May31

Cheerios and the Cas...

Let me begin with a bit of full disclosure. I’m black. My wife is white. And we’re going to have our first child this summer. This commercial obviously hits close to home. That being said, the following post about the Cheerios commercial is, surprisingly, not going to be about race or the...

Scottish Rugby Reflections Feb26

Scottish Rugby Refle...

This past weekend I went to my first Rugby match and watched Scotland narrowly defeat Ireland 12-8. This match was the third out of five games that Scotland is meant to play as part of the Six Nations Tournament (which includes England, Wales, France, and Italy as well). Last year Scotland...

Obama  Wins:  Now  What?  (Guest Post) Nov20

Obama Wins: Now W...

On November 6th, Barack Obama was reelected faster than Thai food was delivered to my election night party. Though it is still obvious that our country is split down the middle, the election easily went to the Democratic Party. The people have spoken, and I think it’s time for Americans to...

A Mormon President? Nov06

A Mormon President?

Today is the infamous US election day. The current polls seem to point to Obama winning the electoral college vote by 50–100 points. But what if these aren’t entirely accurate and Mitt Romney pulls away? What if America has the first Mormon president in its history? If the...