Author: Jon Rowe
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.”
American Creation: Ben Franklin Quotation that Typifies the Zeitgeist that Caused the Great Enrichment
Peter Thiel is fond of noting the incredible technological progress the modern world experienced starting around 1800 and ending, in his opinion, 1969 (with the moon landing, and the field of information technology excepted). Niall Ferguson recently gave a Ted Talk on what he views as “6 Apps” that caused modernity’s material progress. And most recently Deirdre McCloskey has written about this “great enrichment” that didn’t start to take off until around 1800 and arguably continues to this day (even if Thiel and others argue we stopped progressing as we should in 1969).
Did the Ancient Jews have a “republic”? I don’t think they did. But what about contemporary leading theologians?
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.