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Ethical Musings · 3d ago

Power that corrodes and corrupts

An understanding of power helpfully informs laments about economic inequality, including those on Ethical Musings (cf. Capitalism and inequality and Economic inequality). The nineteenth cent...
Ethical Musings · 6d ago

When a new rector arrives

I preached this sermon at the Parish of St Clements prior to the arrival of their new rector. Although set within a particular context, the message is broadly applicable to the arrival of a ...
Ethical Musings · 1W ago

The myth of the American gunslinger culture

Christopher Knowlton in his book, Cattle Kingdom (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) wrote:In fact, most cowboys did not carry weapons at all. If they did own an expensive six-shoote...
Ethical Musings · 1W ago

Christians refuse to discriminate against LGBQT persons

A group of religious-right activists just released a new theological statement condemning lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and purporting to excommunicate Christians who affirm...
Ethical Musings · 2W ago

One challenge of post-theism

Pete recently sent me this comment in response to some of my previous Ethical Musings postings on post-theism (Defining post-theism and Christian, Anglican, Episcopal, and Post-theist):Thank...
Ethical Musings · 2W ago

Good fences don't make good neighbors

Robert Frost’s poem, “Mending Wall,” is frequently misunderstood as an endorsement of the idea that “Good fences make good neighbors.” Reading that phrase from Frost’s poem in context clearl...
Ethical Musings · 3W ago

The irony of Texas’ response to Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has had the ironic effect of highlighting the dependence of Texas’ allegedly independent citizenry on the rest of the nation:The thousands of stranded persons evacuated by t...
Ethical Musings · 3W ago

Love, don’t hate

"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.  And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."The Dalai LamaLoving others, therefore, is not a question so much of 'doing God's wi...
Ethical Musings · 4W ago

Further thoughts on clergy transitions in the Episcopal Church

A previous Ethical Musings post that also appeared on the Episcopal Café, Rethinking the transition process, triggered a flurry of responses, pro and con, many of whom recounted personal exp...
Ethical Musings · 1M ago

The love that conquers hate

My mother was from North Carolina and my father from Maine. I have ancestors who fought on each side in the Civil War. I don’t know any details about those who fought for the Union. On the C...