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Voegelinian Vagaries

In last week’s column, I mentioned that Eric Voegelin is a political philosopher whom I approach – in advance and in principle – with a high degree of respect. Unlike most contemporary thinkers about life at the political level, he is not … Continue reading

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The Blessing

We’ve just returned from the Denver meetings of the American Academy of Religion – more specifically the subfield that Jerry founded: Theology Without Walls. It was founded in recognition of the current, unprecedented openness of communication in our world. It … Continue reading

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The Kiss of God

The Kiss of God Nowadays, on Wednesday evenings, I drive to the local Chabad, when I can manage it, to study the Parshah (section from the Pentateuch being read during that week by Jews worldwide).  Their building is still under … Continue reading

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My First Teaching Non-Anxiety Dream

“Moses and the Tablets”Rembrandt, 1659 My First Teaching Non-Anxiety Dream I don’t know how many academics and former academics have teaching anxiety dreams, but mine followed me even after stepping down from active faculty status.  You can take the girl … Continue reading

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Is the Bible True?

Is the Bible True? Two questions: Why should any educated person care? Whaddya mean by “true”? Who could care? Of course, people whose identities (sense of who they are) are bound up with particular views about the Bible will care … Continue reading

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“Burnout”

“Burnout” I am suffering from burnout. Until the other day, I hadn’t noticed it as a specific complaint. The symptoms? A sense that nothing means anything any more. Every climb of the ant up the anthill will be followed by … Continue reading

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“Is ‘Right and Wrong’…Wrong?”

“Is ‘Right and Wrong’ … Wrong?” One time I had registration duty at the opening of fall term.  Along with other faculty representing their departments, I sat on one side of a long table.  Students would approach from the other … Continue reading

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