Religious Freedom as Constitutional Disagreement

The Clash Between Religious Freedom and Equality Law:  This review of a new book, Religious Freedom in an Egalitarian Age (Harvard University Press, 2017) by former ACLU lawyer Nelson Tebbe, considers his theme that “disagreement, both reasonable and unreasonable, is a fixed feature of constitutional politics.” Tebbe writes in a scholarly tone for colleagues in law and academia, […]

Title IX: When Applying a Law Nullifies That Law

Supreme Incoherence: Transgender Ideology and the End of the Law — Agree or disagree with the author, this careful analysis will challenge students to think carefully about language, positive law, and the claims our words make to natural and revealed knowledge.  This might be the essay to help students on any side of the gender identity […]

Supreme Court: Church Health Care Plans

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High Court Struggles Over Hospital Pension Dispute: Supreme Court Justices considered the cases of three church-affiliated nonprofit hospital systems being sued for underfunding pension plans covering about 100,000 employees. But the outcome ultimately could affect the retirement benefits of roughly a million employees around the country. Workers suing the health systems argue that Congress never meant […]

Consciousness, Soul, or More?

Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul: This lengthy article explores Daniel Dennett’s (Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, Simon & Schuster, 1996)) views on consciousness and physicalism: a materialist view on human nature.  Students may find it useful as a conversational introduction to the various current positions on consciousness, soul, and the transcendent: the physicist’s world of matter and […]

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Human Trafficking Ministries

Healing Victims of Human Trafficking: A Long, Slow Road to Transformation —  This brief article can introduce students to human trafficking ministries. The author is  the Associate Executive Director of Naomi’s House , a long-term residential program for women (18+) who have suffered from commercial sexual exploitation. The program is trauma-informed, faith-based, and comprehensive. It is designed […]

The 1851 Crystal Palace: Shrine to Modernity

A celebration of peace through progress: This article can introduce students to London’s Great Exhibition of 1851 and modernity’s coming-of-age.  The Crystal Palace resembled a mighty cathedral: the great nave, more than half a kilometer in length, was intersected by a transept where the immense barrel-vaulted glass roof dwarfed the elm trees enclosed by it. When the […]

Ethical Conflicts: Euthanasia and Organ Donation

Doctors harvesting organs from Canadian patients who underwent medically assisted death: Doctors have already harvested organs from dozens of Canadians who underwent medically assisted death, a practice supporters say expands the pool of desperately needed organs, but ethicists worry could make it harder for euthanasia patients to voice a last-minute change of heart.

 
 
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