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Jesus the Sinner: On the Theology of Jeff Sessions
Jesus is a sinner. Such, at least is the position of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Consider. Mr. Sessions holds that Romans 13:1-2 necessitates unqualified obedience to governing authorities. And with this we can agree: a prima facie reading of these p...
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We're all sick
Speaking about the development of values in the early modern period, Erich Fromm in  Escape from Freedom  writes that "The individualistic relationship to God was the psychological preparation for the individualistic character of man's secular activities." ...
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Inter-traditional Antagonism
I've been reading Kieran Allen's excellent little book, Weber: Sociologist of Empire . Allen rightly addresses Weber's antagonistic relationship towards Marxism, an antagonism generally reciprocated by Marxist scholars. This intersects quite neatly with Dav...
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On Max Weber
This blog has been idle for a couple months. The reason is that
towards the end of January, I accepted the executive directorship of the  Lonergan
Research Institute  in
Toronto, Ontario, and the work of transitioning from St. Francis Xavier
University in N...
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MeToo and Method
A couple weeks ago political scandal rocked my home province, Ontario. The leader of the Progressive Conservative Party (the name isn't as oxymoronic as it sounds, if one understands the history of Canadian conservatism) resigned in the wake of allegations ...
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Voegelin and the Late Bronze Age
I haven't posted for awhile, in part because I've been working on a particularly challenging paper to be presented at a conference next month. It will be my first formal unveiling of the project I've tentatively titled Israel and the Dialectics of History ,...
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Why I am not a Marxist
I love Marxist thought. Always have, at least as long as I've known what Marxist thought is. Perhaps it is because of a grandfather who deeply respected the "Reds," as he called them (he fought in the Second World War, and I don't think that he ever got his...
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Did King Josiah Exist?
According to 2 Kings 22-23, during the reign of King Josiah (c. 640-610 BCE) the "book of the law" was rediscovered in Jerusalem. This led the king to implement a wide-ranging program of reform, aimed at bringing Judahite religious life into conformation wi...
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Aniconism and Atheism
Among very standard rhetoric employed by very ill-informed persons is that the difference between polytheists and monotheists and atheists is a matter of degree: a monotheist simply believes in fewer gods than a polytheist, and an atheist one fewer still. J...
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Why the Monarchy?
On the basis of Judges, it's often been argued that during Iron Age I Israel was organized into some sort of tribal confederacy. When I read Judges, I am struck by how little this is borne out by the text. The text seems to assume that there was some sort o...
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