Category Archives: Politics

The Rights-Protecting State

In The Mighty and the Almighty, Wolterstorff offers an “argument from above,” from the revealed will of God, for the state’s authority to curb injustice, while in Understanding Liberal Democracy, he offers an “argument from below” for the same, rooted … Continue reading

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Eastern Syria, Western Kurdistan

From the BBC: Syrian Kurdish militia have been engaged in fierce fighting recently with the jihadists of the anti-Assad al-Nusra Front. Mr Barzani [President of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region] called for a delegation to visit the Kurdish areas in Syria. He … Continue reading

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Negotiating Dual Citizenship

The thesis of The Mighty and the Almighty: “Central to a Christian theological account of the state is an understanding of the duality of state authority mediating divine authority and an aunderstanding of the duality of Christians being under the … Continue reading

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Wolterstorff on Liberal Democracy and Virtue

In The Mighty and the Almighty, Wolterstorff identifies three possible forms of state governance, arguing vehemently for the first, tentatively endorsing the second, and flatly rejecting the third. They are as follows: 1) curbing injustice (codifying criminal law and maintaining a … Continue reading

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Lehrer’s prison-reform proposals

In an article titled “Responsible Prison Reform,” at National Affairs, Eli Lehrer sets out an impressive agenda for prison reform, which, in a country with “roughly 5% of the world’s population and nearly a quarter of its inmates,” is desperately needed. He … Continue reading

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Rousseau and the Islamists

Le Monde hosted a fascinating  debate recently, concerning whether, “L’islam politique est-il dans l’impasse?” Phillipe d’Iribarne suggests that the recent coup in Egypt, combined with the struggles of Islamist governments in Tunisia and Turkey, has a dual significance for the fate … Continue reading

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