Tuesday, August 6, 2013

All Around the Web - August 6, 2013

Denny Burk - Gay marriage and the slippery slope to incest and polygamy |

Kent Greenfield is a law professor at Boston College and a supporter of legal gay marriage. He has also written a compelling article admitting that the arguments in favor of legal gay marriage must also allow for incestuous and polygamous marriages as well. He writes,
You know those opponents of marriage equality who said government approval of same-sex marriage might erode bans on polygamous and incestuous marriages? They’re right. As a matter of constitutional rationale, there is indeed a slippery slope between recognizing same-sex marriages and allowing marriages among more than two people and between consenting adults who are related. If we don’t want to go there, we need to come up with distinctions that we have not yet articulated well…
The arguments supporters of same-sex marriage have made in court do not sufficiently distinguish marriage for lesbians and gay men from other possible claimants to the marriage right. If marriage is about the ability to define one’s own family, what’s the argument against allowing brothers and sisters (or first cousins) to wed? If liberty protects, as Kennedy wrote ten years ago in Lawrence v. Texas, the case striking down Texas’s anti-sodomy law, the “right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life,” why can’t people in polyamorous relationships claim that right as well? If it’s wrong to exclude groups because of prejudice, are we sure the uneasiness most of us feel about those who love more than one, or love one of their own, shouldn’t count as prejudice?

Associated Press - King David's palace found, says Israeli team | And remember that a few decades ago many assumed that David never existed.

A team of Israeli archaeologists believes it has discovered the ruins of a palace belonging to the biblical King David, but other Israeli experts dispute the claim.<

Archaeologists from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Israel's Antiquities Authority said their find, a large fortified complex west of Jerusalem at a site called Khirbet Qeiyafa , is the first palace of the biblical king ever to be discovered

Practical Shepherding - Book recommendations…for the pastor’s family |

Denny Burk - Manhattan church evicted for preaching the Bible |

Empire State Tribune - “Intellectually gregarious,” full of Kingsian swag: Q&A with President Thornbury |

If there were one class that every student had to take, what would it be?

I have a bias here because my primary discipline is philosophy. I really think that History of Philosophy is most important, because philosophers rule the fates of men. Every social movement, economic theory, anything in practice has at its origin story a hoary-headed philosopher sitting back there telling them what to do. So theory is the most important to me—pure theory.  I think any type of theory class.

If there were one book that every student had to read, what would it be?

Obviously all of the classics out there—if people have not read City of God cover-to-cover, then they are majorly losing out on life. I remember reading about Antonin Scalia talking about how reading Augustine’s Confessions changed the way he thought about human nature. I think the Pantheon for me are people like Augustine, like Kierkegaard, like Pascal. Maybe Pascal’s Pensées would be one that I was like “every single person ought to have that on their nightstand.”  In terms of contemporary books, the book by Randall Collins, Sociology of Philosophies, is a massive work of immense importance because it situates ideation in terms of its sociological and historical setting. I think that’s a really important book.

For fans of NBC's Revolution. Spoiler alert.

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