Monthly Archives: October 2012

Paul Krugman’s The Conscience of a Liberal 6: “What’s Okay with Kansas?”

In my latest reading of The Conscience of a Liberal, Paul Krugman interacts with Thomas Frank’s 2004 book, What’s the Matter with Kansas?  How Conservatives Won the Heart of America?  In that book, Frank argues that many people in Kansas … Continue reading

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Unsatisfied Quest: Justice and Mercy

In Exodus 34:6-7, God declares God’s character to Moses: “And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Daily Quiet Time, Exodus, Religion

Paul Krugman’s The Conscience of a Liberal 5: How the G.O.P. Became the Daddy Party

It’s a common cliche that Republicans are the Daddy-party whereas Democrats are the Mommy-party.  That means that Republicans are believed to be tough towards America’s foreign enemies and good at keeping the United States safe, whereas the Democrats are regarded … Continue reading

Posted in History, Political Philosophy, Politics, Ronald Reagan

Grace and the Written Code

I finished Erwin Goodenough’s By Light, Light: The Mystic Gospel of Hellenistic Judaism.  In this post, I’ll use as my starting-point what Goodenough says about Philo’s thought on page 398: “True, obedience to the unwritten law in even this sense … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman’s The Conscience of a Liberal 4: Why Income Disparity?

In my latest reading of The Conscience of a Liberal, Paul Krugman seeks the causes of the vast disparity of wealth in the United States and the stagnation of middle-class income. Krugman does not think that these things are just … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Political Philosophy, Politics, Ronald Reagan

Sabbath and Law in the Apostolic Constitutions

In my latest reading of By Light, Light: The Mystic Gospel of Hellenistic Judaism, Erwin Goodenough referred to W. Bousset’s treatment of the Apostolic Constitutions, as well as interacted with the Apostolic Constitutions himself.  The Apostolic Constitutions was a fourth … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Church, Religion

Scattered Ramblings on Riches (Spiritual and Material)

At church this morning, we sang the hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”.  To read the lyrics and listen to the song, click here.  Above the title of the hymn in our hymn-book was a quotation of the first … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman’s The Conscience of a Liberal 3

In my latest reading of The Conscience of a Liberal, Paul Krugman continues his narrative about movement conservatism.  It’s not like a lot of left-leaning narratives about conservatism that I’ve encountered—-the types that romanticize William F. Buckley and Barry Goldwater … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman’s The Conscience of a Liberal 2

In my latest reading of The Conscience of a Liberal, Paul Krugman tells a typical left-wing narrative, and yet he also diverges from it, in areas.  Where Krugman echoed the typical left-wing narrative was in his argument that a number … Continue reading

Posted in Political Philosophy, Politics, Richard Cheney, Ronald Reagan

Psalm 100

For my weekly quiet time this week, I will blog about Psalm 100, focusing primarily on v 3. The King James Version for Psalm 100:3 states: “Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made … Continue reading

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