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Enhancing human behavior 2014

The following is a very rough excerpt of my thoughts during a recent business trip.

Yesterday as I caught the tram through the busy streets of Melbourne, I was intrigued by the many churches on street corners. 389 more words


John 8:32 on campus

I was in my office on campus today (yes, on a Saturday), grading papers. At one point I looked out my window at an arch that cuts through my building. 409 more words

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A Little Political Theology Courtesy of Benjamin Franklin

From his “Petition of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery,” presented in the House of Representatives on February 12, 1790:

The memorial respectfully showeth, 179 more words


Power and Religion

‘…no one has ever succeeded in understanding whether he was bound to obey the ruler or the priest.’ Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract.

The role played by religion in society has been absolutely crucial in world history. 722 more words

Civil Religion in an Era of Inequality

I’m a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). I was ordained in 1991; my generation of pastoral leaders presides over a precipitous decline in church membership and participation. 1,092 more words