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Dead Russian Soldier in Ukraine

Ethicists Without Borders Issues Statement on Russia’s Aggression Against Ukraine

Ethicists without Borders is a Facebook group spearheaded by the distinguished Christian ethicist Tobias Winright of St. Louis University. This group has just released the statement below. I am a signatory. Note the following elements: This statement calls what is going on by its right name — not vague worries about “the conflict in Ukraine,” …

Ethicists Without Borders Issues Statement on Russia’s Aggression Against Ukraine

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Health Care Crises Reveal Our Nation’s Character Flaws

This is a column about crises and injustices in the health care system in America. I interpret these crises and injustices as an indictment on the character and the governance of this country. What follows is inspired by hard personal experience but relevant to all who have ears to hear. I make the following five claims: …

Health Care Crises Reveal Our Nation’s Character Flaws

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History Shows the View Is Best from the Margins

Friends, today is International Holocaust Memorial Day. The Holocaust must never be forgotten. This was not just an eruption of hatred against the Jews by the Nazi regime. It was a systematic government-sponsored genocide, and one that found willing collaborators all across (Christian) Europe — along with a heroic minority of resisters and rescuers. We …

History Shows the View Is Best from the Margins

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New Year’s Resolutions When You Can’t Count on Anything Except COVID

I am an old-school calendar guy. While I do use an Outlook calendar, my default calendar is a monthly planner. I use a color-coding system to write events on the calendar and tasks on the “Notes” column on the side. I am looking at my December 2021 calendar. It has been shot to hell by cancellations …

New Year’s Resolutions When You Can’t Count on Anything Except COVID

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Christ Came to Make Us Truly Human: Social Ethics and the Image of Christ

Dietrich Bonhoeffer always brings me up short when he emphasizes the indicative rather than imperative voice in Paul’s thought and in Christian ethics more broadly. For example, in terms of Bonhoeffer’s work on image Christology, he emphasizes that the work of Christ in restoring the image of God in humanity is an accomplished fact, a reality …

Christ Came to Make Us Truly Human: Social Ethics and the Image of Christ

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Christ Came to Make Us Truly Human: Remade in the Image of Christ

This is the second in a three-week Advent series. In six places in the New Testament, five of them in the (probable) writings of Paul, the image of God is reinterpreted in light of Jesus Christ. The imago dei becomes the imago Christi. This Pauline theme is sometimes called “image Christology.” It takes us closer to our exploration of …

Christ Came to Make Us Truly Human: Remade in the Image of Christ

Old Painting of the Nativity

Christ Came to Make Us Truly Human: Human Sinfulness and the Image of God

Advent is upon us, and in my house, at least, we are already awash in Christmas decorations, music and movies. The peppermint bark candy is already on hand. The Christmas plates, cups and glasses are out. Our tree was up by Nov. 29! My wife, Jeanie, does Christmas right. At Catholic Mass on the first Sunday of …

Christ Came to Make Us Truly Human: Human Sinfulness and the Image of God

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