The vulture is waiting for the little girl to die. She collapsed on her way to a food distribution center. This is not a photo from a movie scene; it depicts the reality of human suffering. When the picture was first published in the New York Times, it received tremendous attention. The South African photographer […]

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I really like the De Young Museum in San Francisco; it is worth a visit every year. The museum’s architecture is just as interesting as the collections themselves. It is located right in the middle of the Golden Gate Park,  across from the Japanese Tea Garden and the Academy of Sciences. It was completed in 2005, […]

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When thinking about what it means to have a right it is sometimes useful to replace the word “right” with another word that expresses something similar. Let’s review some of these words in order to get a more differentiated notion of what it means to have rights. Each of these translations only capture an aspect of what […]

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I am teaching a class on contemporary religious thinkers, and for this purpose I re-read the book by James Carse, Finite and Infinite Games.(1987.)  It is an interesting combination of ideas – a loose concept of “game” is subjected to a dialectic of the finite and the infinite, and the outcome is a secular theology that […]

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This is now my third post welcoming a new year. It is always strange to think forward, and then to read last year’s post. 2014 was a year of progress and setbacks. 76,000 people died in Syria in 2014 alone; 5000 so far in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and the North Korean government is still […]

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