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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


Civil Religion

What is “civil religion”?

What is the role of religion in taking care of community?

Is religious belief necessary in order for people to care for their community? 338 more words

How to make Evil Banal (Slavery and Freedom Summer, too)

Inadvertently this blog has stumbled into a little series on the function of covenant in the endless war between banality of evil and civic courage. Given that a few of us are attending to the centenary of the first engagements of what became known as The Great War, and subsequently as The First World War, it’s not a bad idea. 1,561 more words

Unitarian Universalism