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Did Jesus “Do What the Bible Sa...

Did Jesus “Do What the Bible Says”? Some thoughts on Jesus, Biblical Formalism, and Problem of Indeterminacy
Tomorrow morning, our Sunday School class at SPUMC is going to talk about a Sabbath healing story. This particular story is located in John 9, but certain elements of this story are present throughout the gospels. As I have been working through this text during the last few days, I have been noticing a parallel between the disputes that are a [...]

What is Justice?

What is Justice?
I had a chance to read Michael Sandel’s “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?” over the Summer. Sandel’s book, which is based on his popular course of the same name at Harvard, was so fantastic that I’m still trying to digest/process the whole thing. I also had a chance, during the latter part of the Summer, to survey the thoughts of sever [...]

New York Court Says “No” ...

New York Court Says “No” to Gene Patents
A federal court in New York has ruled that patents on human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer are invalid. There is some reason to believe that the ripple effects from this decision could undo a legion of pending claims of patents on other human genetic material. This is good news to me. I find the potential for commodification [...]

Patent Trolling as Moral Hazard

Patent Trolling as Moral Hazard
Slashdot just posted this rather unflattering take on Intellectual Ventures, a company that has been set up by an ex Microsoft executive. The company is being labeled as a "Patent Troll," a derogatory term that has been popular in the technology sector for the last few years. It refers to companies that are primarily in the business [...]

Throwing the First Stone, Part 3

Throwing the First Stone, Part 3
This is the third and final post in a series involving the story of the woman (allegedly) caught in adultery. In the initial post I described how the case against the woman under the Mosaic law was problematic for at least two reasons. First, the Mosaic law appears to treat adultery primarily as a crime that a man commits against another man [...]

Throwing the First Stone, Part 2

Throwing the First Stone, Part 2
[This is the second post of three on the opening verses of John 8, in which Jesus is asked by the Pharisees to decide the case of a woman allegedly caught in adultery.] One of the things that judges have to do – more frequently than you might think – is decide how to fill in gaps in the law. Politicians love to preach about how judges ought [...]

Elisa Padilla on the Gospel in Americ...

Elisa Padilla on the Gospel in American Culture
In an earlier post, I mentioned that I was reading The Justice Project, a collection of essays on the subject of justice, published through Emergent Village. In the last chapter of the book, Elisa Padilla, one of the its editors, makes a plea for churches in the emerging culture to be about more than alternative forms of worship (t-shirts in [...]

The Justice Project

The Justice Project
I’m about half-way through The Justice Project, a 2009 volume containing a collection of essays on the topic of justice within the context of Christianity. Thus far, I have been impressed by the depth of the analysis, as well as the variety of perspectives that have been brought to bear on this subject. Today, for example, I read a Chapter [...]