On Trump and the Nature of Lying

There’s a Midrash, I’m told, about the time God tells Abraham that he will finally conceive a child with his wife Sarah, long after they had abandoned any such efforts. As the Bible tells it, Sarah, who had been listening in on the heavenly message, laughs and says to herself (I paraphrase): even if I…

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Extra Ecclesiam: Can Religion and People Be Free at the Same Time?

In the Gospel of Mark, when a group of Pharisees asked Jesus why his disciples were gathering wheat on the Sabbath—something which was evidently seen as unlawful—Jesus answered that “the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” This statement is, in a nutshell, the principal contribution of Christian philosophy to the world…

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