God and Abraham Playing “Theological Chicken”: Spitzer and Dershowitz Face Off in Mock Trial

Abraham, preparing to sacrifice his son, is stopped by an angel MARY EVANS PICTURE LIBRARY/EVERETT COLLECTION

Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer faced off against famed defense attorney Alan Dershowitz November 16 in a mock trial before an audience of 1,300. *     *     *     *     * The one-hour trial, which took place at Temple Emanu-El synagogue on New York's Upper East Side, sought to answer the question once and for all:Was the biblical patriarch Abraham guilty of attempted murder and endangering the welfare of his son, Isaac?You remember the story:  Abraham led his son Isaac up a moun … [Read more...]

Martin Luther King Quotes Augustine and Aquinas

Martin Luther King

One may well ask: "How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?" The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that "an unjust law is no law at all." Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a … [Read more...]