John Stuart Mill on Mormon Polygamy

I am putting together a conference paper proposal about John Stuart Mill's treatment of Mormon polygamy in his classic "On Liberty." As I do that, I want to share with you the passages that I am considering.The forth chapter of John Stuart Mill's 1869 "On Liberty" starts with the following questions: WHAT, then, is the rightful limit to the sovereignty of the individual over himself? Where does the authority of society begin? How much of human life should be assigned to individuality, and … [Read more...]

“…the man is dead.” (Hymns of Social Justice)

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Like many of the hymns of social justice, I fell in love with Biko by Peter Gabriel before I really understood what the what the song was really about. It is a haunting song and this 2011 performance of the 1980 song brings all of the emotion of the original and some.Steve Biko was a leading activist against the apartheid regime in South Africa. This song is about his death at the hand of government authorities. Here is an excerpt from an entry about his life...and death...from South … [Read more...]

FAQs about the August Subscription Drive

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While Approaching Justice has gotten a few donations, the fund drive has gotten more questions.Let me answer a few:Does Patheos ask you to get paying subscribers?No. This is all my doing.I am not looking for subscribers in the traditional way. There is no pay wall at Approaching Justice and that is not going to change.The funds for this drive will go directly to supporting me and Approaching Justice. The "subscription" option allows for you to make a recurring monthly $2 … [Read more...]

Scrap Sochi and Bring the Winter Games to Salt Lake City!

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Okay, it is not going to happen...but why not at least offer?Christian Harrison, an author and my dear friend, made the following suggestion this morning:Perhaps now is a good time for Mayor Ralph Becker and the City Council to announce to the world that we're able to host should Sochi become untenable. We've wowed the world before in hosting the Olympics against all odds — we could do it again.Of course, I don't expect Sochi to be stripped of its host status. But speaking out at t … [Read more...]

“I know Chris. He isn’t this reasonable in real life. TV makes him more reasonable.” #campaignchronicles

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The live televised debate on Wyoming PBS for the U.S. House of Representatives was the high point of the 2012 campaign.I knew that it would not change anything. It was on November 1 and election day was on November 6. It was too late for anything that happened at the debate to change anything. Additionally, Representative Cynthia Lummis is a well polished politician. I was not expecting any mishaps.Most of the people who would watch, the few that would, were people who had already made … [Read more...]

Jim Gaffigan on Jesus

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I have previously shared an example of comedian Jim Gaffigan's commentary/comedy on everyday American life. In many ways, he is one of my favorite social theoristsSince I renewed my membership in the American Academy of Religion last week, I thought I would share with you Jim Gaffigan as theologian. As you know, I am all about approaching religion in only the most serious of ways.Here is theologian Jim Gaffigan on Jesus: … [Read more...]

The Campaign Chronicles Return Tomorrow. #campaignchronicles

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I have not written specifically about the campaign in a while. It is partially because I have still been processing the entire experience and trying to figure out if it was something I wanted to write about…or just plain try to forget about it.As Ana Cupril, the current Vice Chair of the Wyoming Democratic Party, pointed out in the comments of a previous post, I was an unprepared candidate. I had no name recognition, no base, and no money.In all likelihood, running for Congress was a bad … [Read more...]


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