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Derek Rishmawy responds to President Obama's hopes for Benedict's successor. I wrote a brief profile of Pope Francis, observing that his social justice emphasis is real social justice, not the sentimentality we normally get with that term. Secular liberals will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2013 at Tractatus
I'm going to be writing on a regular-ish basis for an online magazine, Christ and Pop Culture. I'm looking forward to it. I think it will force my analysis more squarely in to a Christian worldview, and force me to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2013 at Tractatus
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The Dred Scott decision is not an originalist decision. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at Tractatus
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Note (3/5/12): Below, I say that Justice Thomas has never promulgated an interpretive theory. I was rightly called to account for this statement by one of his clerks (past, present, or future, to preserve anonymity). I did not mean to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at Tractatus
There's a strong part of me that wants to be good-natured about the White House responding to a petition to build the Death Star. Really, I wish I could let myself say that not everything needs to be political, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2013 at Tractatus
The school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut cut deeper than usual. It happened just before Christmas, during the season of Advent, when Christendom is in a celebratory mood. We wait for glad tidings and a Gospel message, not horror and evil.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at Tractatus
A few thoughts in the wake of the 2012 presidential election. Principles First, some historical context. Political engagement is operating on one level or another of a great matrix. The most common level is that of ordinary politics. This is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2012 at Tractatus
The individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act was upheld today. Chief Justice Roberts voted with the Court's more statist justices to find that Congress's tax-and-spend power provides authority for the individual mandate as a tax. It should come... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2012 at Tractatus
When the Affordable Care Act (known more popularly as Obamacare) first passed Congress, I wrote this post ruminating about some of its implications. My previous post was in August 2009, when I was in Iraq. Since then, I have left... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2012 at Tractatus
I usually refrain from using this space except when I have quite a bit to say about a subject. But I have been ruminating some on the idea of a transcendent order, and so I'd like to do some public... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2011 at Tractatus
The Controversy During a small and informal Bible study today, a question arose out of Romans 7, specifically from verses 15-20: For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2011 at Tractatus
Matt and I would probably agree that liturgy has the potential to be confused with regenerative ritual. We may have been the well-intentioned participants of an over-reformation: instead of contextualizing liturgy and relegating it to its proper role, the hyper-individualism of American Christianity has largely banished it.
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Dec 20, 2010
Matt - I was hoping you would read and I am delighted that you have commented. As to your first point, the phrasing I used was meant to express my frame of mind owing to my upbringing. I endorse everything you have said about liturgy. I am excited to explore it further in the coming months. I actually anticipated your misunderstanding but decided to leave it just so that we could have this very discussion! And as for the second, I think you and I must be kindred spirits, since that point occurred to me as well. I still want to say that God determined in love according to His own good pleasure to come and make worthy some creatures who were decidedly not worthy. But I see your semantic point: we may term as "worth" whatever operative principle outside of ourselves was at play in God's own good pleasure. And in defining worth in this way, we are worthy. So we are in agreement on both points, and I thank you for drawing out this precision. I hope this will impart some enabling grace: O God, who hast caused this holy night to shine with the illumination of the true Light: Grant us, we beseech thee, that as we have known the mystery of that Light upon earth, so may we also perfectly enjoy him in heaven; where with thee and the Holy Spirit he liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen 1979 Book of Common Prayer
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Mar 15, 2010
1. Community ambulance teams are not socialist. Just because something is a collectively supported service does not mean it is socialist. Or, put another way, we might say that socialism is acceptable at the municipal level. 2. Finding a Constitutional mandate for Congress's action is a necessary but not sufficient cause for their action. In this case, I would have to know what regulations are imposed by the federal government before I can agree or disagree with its legitimacy. Most likely, it falls into the category of legitimate action but politically undesirable. That is, Congress has the authority but I think they shouldn't do it, anyway. 3. Where is the data for this 47 million number? How many of those are transitory, how many of those can afford insurance but choose not to buy it, and how many of those are not U.S. citizens? 4. The VA system is terrible. God help the rest of us if everyone is subject to that nightmare. Medicare from what I can tell from the above linked source is covering less and less of its enrolees' expenses while sinking itself into a deeper and deeper financial hole. I don't have that much to do on a daily basis. Most of my duties are administrative and as you can imagine there is a sort of Groundhog Day feeling out here. BTW, how's the pelvis coming along? And what on earth were you doing on a ladder?
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