Thomas Jefferson disagreed with Blackstone’s notion that “Christianity is part of the common law.” Legal jurist St. George Tucker may have provided an Enlightenment alternative to Jefferson’s notion while revising Blackstone for America.
How necessary is to go to college in order to make a good living? Are we getting what we are paying for? Who doesn’t need to go to college in order to make a good living, indeed, even to get rich? Those are the issues I explore here while reflecting on Bryan Caplan’s new book that argues for austerity in education and how a friend of mine is doing quite well in business without a college degree.
I note the recent story about UFOs and consider burdens of proof required to convince of their existence and compare with burdens of proof in the debate over theism.
Is “God” a necessary component to undergird universal human rights? And if so, what kind of God best serves the purpose and how compatible is the biblical God, and/or God of the various orthodox traditions with said purpose?
I discuss the difficulties of constitutional interpretation of the 14th Amendment as it relates to the fundamental rights to be free from both racial and religious discrimination.
A pioneer in mind-body medicine has just passed away. What he could purportedly do is both fascinating and amazing.
John Quincy Adams, as a Calvinistic Christian, was open to the notion that John Milton, Homer and Virgil were divinely inspired along the same grounds he believed the inspired parts of the biblical canon were. He also endorsed the notion of a “partially inspired” biblical canon.
This started off as a joke when I proposed it; now I’m serious and think it would make for a good course.
Paul Krugman still defends free trade, but does so while channeling John Rawls in favor of the “free trade losers.”
A Princeton professor has demonstrated that you can’t pick stocks that “beat the market.” The future, by in large, is unpredictable. Except one area of the future, is predictable. For a possible investing strategy that relates to that predictable area of the future, read on.
We thought we found it. But that turned out to be wrong.
My informed understanding of The New Atlantis’ report on sexual orientation and gender identity that purports to speak “scientific” truth to political power. But is that what it is really doing? Read more to find out.
One of the world’s leading experts on the brain speaks and connects his knowledge to an argument for atheism.
Sometimes mental illnesses have been metaphorically described as “demons.” “Mental illness” may well be a metaphor too. As I have concluded, there is truth in metaphor.
Andrew Sullivan’s comments on Plato and American democracy need a little unpacking.
Jack Balkin demonstrates that Randy Barnett’s originalism is more “liberal” than “republican.”
The notion that the Ancient Hebrews had a “republic” is more a creation of “Whig” and “Enlightenment” thought than something supported by the biblical record as it was traditionally understood until figures in those later historical periods began re-imagining the theology.
Read about cutting edge research from Harvard that both contradicts a “secular” understanding of modernity and supports an egalitarian economic vision of such.
Does this seem as wrong to you as it does me?
Transgenderism is not some new crazy phenomenon coming out of the modern demented, decadent, relativistic West mind. Let’s look at how other cultures view this.
How does Marcion, an early church father, who like Arius was one of the earliest notable heretics, relate to the Christian-Deism that arose in England and America during the Enlightenment period of the American Founding. That’s what I am trying to figure out here.
I’m trying to understand the term “neoliberalism” that is often bandied about. I am interested in whether readers think I get it right here.
There can be only one. And he was it.
Justice Scalia, RIP. That he would ditch Stare Decisis would make the American System look more European. Yet, Scalia didn’t think “Americans should be governed the way that Europeans are.” That’s a conundrum.
Ben Franklin was not a non-religious “deist.” But neither was he a traditional orthodox Christian. For some cutting edge research that sheds light on Franklin’s actual religious beliefs, click on the link.
I’m super-interested in this book, just like Bill Clinton is and John Adams and Thomas Jefferson probably would have been.
How authentic is it to the various religious systems the notion that all religions try to get at the same essential truth and in a sense do?
An example of how Christian Nationalist history revision harms.
For those wishing for happy endings, his thesis is probably too good to be true.
How does the “slippery slope” relate to “post hoc ergo propter hoc” with a discussion of “causation” in a legal context.
Speculation as to the possible existence of a secret coterie of advanced beings who filter knowledge down to NASA scientists.
What is the future of higher education? Face to Face? Online? One veteran practitioner’s opinion informed by experience.
Trying to solve the dilemmas posed by Sola Scriptura can lead to interesting implications for philosophy, politics, law and society.
The power of monopolies. Some are legal, some not. If you can pull it off legally, monopolies can make you loads of $.
How to get rich and the philosophy about how to get rich.
Is same-sex marriage something worth going to literal war over?