Justice Versus Justice

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In Plato’s Republic , Socrates’ conversation with his friends over the nature of justice takes a startling turn when Thrasymachus drops a bombshell. It is more profitable, he argues, for people to be unjust than just, if they can manage to get away with it without incurring a bad . . . . Continue Reading »

The Perils of Taking Sides

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In Malcolm Magee’s fascinating book on Woodrow Wilson’s “faith-based foreign policy,” What the World Should Be , the author notes that, in the two major conflicts during Wilson’s administration, the president took sides largely out of a desire to divide the world into . . . . Continue Reading »

Bad People and Private Schools

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Allison Benedikt could perhaps stand to take a few lessons from Mark Twain or Will Rogers, because her obviously satirical article in Slate has elicited a number of angry responses from readers who have taken her seriously. Here’s the article at issue: ” If You Send Your Kid to Private . . . . Continue Reading »

Millennial Religion and the Sovereign Self

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Claiming to speak for an entire generation to which she admittedly does not entirely belong, Rachel Held Evans tells us why Millennials are leaving the church. A sample of the reasons she cites: Armed with the latest surveys, along with personal testimonies from friends and readers, I explain how . . . . Continue Reading »