Category: Philosophy/Ethics

Giorgio Agamben, the Church, and Me

Italian philosopher and political theorist Giorgio Agamben’s The Kingdom and the Glory, The Church and the Kingdom, and The Omnibus Homo Sacer, and Simon Critchley’s The Faith of the Faithless offer resources for exploring the connections between temporality, political community, and ordained ministry. By Charles M. Stang

Seeing as God Sees

Biblical narratives can help us to reimagine what is possible and to pull truth out from its hiding places. By Jonathan L. Walton

The Advice of Mencius

The central focus of Mencius’s thinking was how to let our goodness blossom and how to prevent ourselves from falling prey to immorality. By Jin Li

Zhu Xi’s Breakthrough

Zhu Xi proposed that each of us must cultivate “reverential attention” so that together we might create more harmonious communities. By Stephen C. Angle

Dull Habit or Acute Fever?

More than a century after it was published, William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience illuminates past and present fault lines in American Protestantism. By Bill Leonard

Who is Jesus Today?

Recovering the permanent Jewishness—not just of “Jesus,” but also of “Christ”—defines the essential work that Christians must do after Auschwitz. By James Carroll

Religion in the Age of Kant and Bacteria

Two books on the Axial Age: Robert N. Bellah’s Religion in Human Evolution and The Axial Age and Its Consequences, edited by Robert N. Bellah and Hans Joas. By Suzanne Smith

Can We Talk (about Animal Rights)?

We tend to hold strong, opposing moral intuitions on animal rights issues, but perhaps we can agree on areas to make partial improvements. By Roger S. Gottlieb

A Jamesian Personscape

The philosophy of William James can be helpful to recovering alcoholics, especially his ideas about “the sick soul” and his affirmation of “the possibility of possibility.” By John J. McDermott

The Philosopher Who Would Not Be King

The philosophy and life of the “disarmingly vulnerable” Richard Rorty reveals a man who wanted to be of use in the world. By Michael D. Jackson

Missing Scenes

Representations of instruction are absent from the work of contemporary Christian ethicists, leading to destructive consequences for Christian communities. By Mark D. Jordan

The Dialogue of Socialism

Nineteenth-century Protestant utopian communities and radical political organizations provided a venue for early interfaith dialogue. By Dan McKanan