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Beyond The Secular And Enchanted Binary -The “Deep Stories” Informing Contemporary Conservatism (Roger Green)

The rise of rightwing populism has prompted many academics to examine its causes and motivations.  Among these examinations has been an increase in attention to political conservatism and the Christian Right in the U.S. As an American heading off to Melk Monasery in Austria for a conference pithily titled, “The Crisis […]

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Court Decisions Over Psychedelic Tea For Native Americans Should Sensitize Us To The Question of What Is Meant By “Religion” (Roger Green)

In 2006 the United States Supreme court made an important ruling affecting religious groups using the psychedelic-based tea, ayahuasca, as sacrament. In Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao do Vegetal, a New Mexican branch of the Brazilian UDV church, the court found that the U.S. government could not prove […]

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The Fashionable New Global Fascism – Do We Deny The Deeper Meaning of the ISIS Attacks At Our Own Peril?

The recent attacks by ISIS on Western targets call into serious question the assumptions stated publicly by the leaders of the Western liberal democracies. Anyone concerned about the events in Paris, for instance, should check out this truly alarming report in The New York Review of Books on the spread of the Islamic State […]

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Speaking Power to Truth, or, The Banality of Torture (Paul W. Kahn)

I have been writing about torture for the last decade. Does the recently released summary of the Senate report reveal anything that requires reconsideration of my earlier work? Surely, it is not news that the Bush administration, particularly in the first term, pursued a practice of torture. Nor is it news that the practice was not successful. After all, the turn to torture was puzzling partly because we have long known that it is not an effective means of obtaining information. In fact, torture is best understood as a practice not of inquiry but of communication.

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A Revisionist Reading of the Midterm Elections, or the Unmentionable Contradictions of the New Knowledge Economy

One can read the results of the 2014 mid-term elections in the United States in terms of whatever dominant political inkblot they favor. The narrative of the American right-wing, of course, is that the resounding Republican victories at both the Congressional and gubernatorial levels constituted a resounding repudiation by the voters of the Obama administration’s policies and pari passu the much vaunted progressivist politics that seemed to have finally taken solid root in American political soil with the 2008 election.

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The Politics of Sacrifice—Exodus 12:1-14 (Alastair Roberts)

In the Passover we find a myth of the foundation of a nation that differs markedly from the contractarian myths of the Western liberal tradition. It disclosure of the sacrificial basis of the political order offers us a hermeneutical key for understanding the roots of our own nations and helps us to understand how we might be established as communities of faithful witness to them.

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