Well, They Beat Lawyers, Anyway

From First Thoughts

Pew’s Forum on Religion and Public Life has released the latest version of its periodic survey of public attitudes toward various professions in America. The survey asks whether a given occupation contributes to society’s well-being. The results? The military tops the list, with almost . . . . Continue Reading »

Christianity and King

From First Thoughts

When it comes to mixing religion and politics, I’ve often thought, the principle seems to be, it’s wrong when the other guy does it. For example, conservatives become annoyed when Christians call for liberalizing immigration laws or for universal healthcare. Don’t impose your . . . . Continue Reading »

Nones Across the Globe

From First Thoughts

[caption id=”” align=”alignleft” width=”300”] Image from Patheos [/caption] The third largest religious affiliation in the United States is “None.” Roughly one-fifth of adult Americans tell surveyors that they have no religious affiliation at all. The . . . . Continue Reading »

Raphael Lemkin Was a Remarkable Man

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When he died, roughly 50 years ago at the age of 59, Raphael Lemkin was impoverished and embittered, an unnoticed man. Only 7 people attended his funeral. Yet he was one of the most influential international human rights lawyers of the twentieth century. Lemkin, whom  Jay Winter describes . . . . Continue Reading »