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Defending Diversity

From the November 1995 Print Edition

Every spring a few of the better high school juniors in Ohio compete in the Ohio Tests of Scholastic Achievement. I imagine something similar happens in many other states. Although I pay attention to such matters only from a considerable distance, I was intrigued to learn about one feature of the . . . . Continue Reading »

Victim and Victor

From the October 1995 Print Edition

Narratives of a Vulnerable God : Christ, Theology, and Scripture. By William C. Placher. Westminster/John Knox. 188 pages, $14.99. Over the last several decades the academic study of religion has been marked by a debate that, put much too simply, pits a “Yale school” against a . . . . Continue Reading »

A Matter of Principles?

From the May 1994 Print Edition

The political theorist J. G. A. Pocock once enunciated his First Law of interdisciplinary communication: “Nearly all methodological debate is useless, because nearly all methodological debate is reducible to the formula: You should not be doing your job; you should be doing mine.” It is . . . . Continue Reading »

The Origins of Morality

From the November 1993 Print Edition

The Moral Sense by James Q. Wilson Free Press, 300 pages, $22.95 We read books and recommend them for many different reasons. Some are tightly constructed, theoretically persuasive works; others may be conceptually more confusing, yet very rich in their individual parts. James Wilson has, it seems . . . . Continue Reading »