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August 23, 2018

I talk to a lot of people about divorce. This can sometimes be unfortunate (I can’t say I recommend it as a topic for a first date or wedding reception; lessons learned), but also profoundly useful. As a historian, my interests can be esoteric and de...

May 26, 2018

Kind thanks to Joel Ballivian for his comments on my paper, "Jesus and Affluence," and for the invitation to contribute a blog post in response. (And further thanks to Joel for patience with my glacial pace in getting this to him!)

I begin with a brie...

October 4, 2017

As rumors swirl surrounding the potential retirement of Justice Kennedy from the Supreme Court next summer, the abortion debate is once again set to take center stage. But just how should we think through the debate over abortion? Sadly, this is an i...

October 2, 2017

You're walking past a pond. Suddenly, you see a small child drowning. No one else is around to help her and you're an able swimmer. Do you have a moral obligation to save her? Intuitively, yes. What if doing so meant you'd ruin the fancy clothes you'...

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