Corporations, which should be the carefully restrained creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast becoming the people's masters. President Grover Cleveland, State of the Union Address, December 3, 1888 We live in a corporatized world. Most of us...
Who would have guessed that unassuming librarians would be the inconspicuous defenders of free speech in the darkest days in US’ history. Thanks to their dedicated efforts and behind the scenes networking, Michael Moore was finally able to publish his book Stupid White Men.
An outline of basic concepts: the sacred, the profane and their dynamic interaction. This dynamic opens the ways to the wholly other. Not in terms of a wholly alterity, although it begins as such, but in terms of a wholly embracing totality.
February 4th 2006 marked the 100th year anniversary of the birth of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A remarkable German theologian. Bonhoeffer was involved in several clandestine missions to help Jewish people escape Nazi Germany. He also participated in failed plots to overthrow and assassinate the Fuhrer. His unpatriotic actions led him to the gallows. He was executed on April 9th 1945. Only three weeks prior to the end of the war.
Our tribute to Simone de Beauvoir: An overdue acknowledgment of her contribution to philosophy. The contents of the latter were mostly credited to her celebrated life long companion, Jean-Paul Sartre. Her invaluable analysis of a devalued notion of the Other as an essential part in the expansion of Being.
Thanks to Dan Brown’s book, the overshadowed heroine was brought back to the forefront, raising several controversial questions about her relationship with Jesus and her role in his ministry. The much talked about secret code of the Holy Grail is given a different spin. Especially in view that the Gospels are also literary works, revealing the importance played by the metaphor.
Similarities between the rise of Fascism in Italy and forays of US Corporations in the Capital, resulting in the creation of a new body politic. The subsequent advent of the consumer who has unceremoniously displaced the citizen as the pillar of Democracy.
In this essay we explore how the media has dislocated the legitimate role of religious institutions in providing traditional forms of religious experience to the masses.
With this essay we propose a reassessment of American civil religion developed by Robert N. Bellah. The recent Religious Right’s political activism has somewhat changed the landscape of American civil religion, inaugurating a state of religious and political exceptionalism, shattering the idea of a cultural and political inclusiveness inherent in civil religion. As a result of the changes, a reevaluation was deemed appropriate. To do so we examine Roman religio as a case study of civil religion.
This essay is a follow-up to “Religio and American Civil Religion” in response to President Obama’s inaugural speech. The contents will reveal a continuity with traditional themes delivered by past Presidents. The speech also includes some departures that show a novel development in respect to typical tenets of American civil religion.