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The Power of Positive Mimesis

Editor's Note: This post was written by guest author Matthew Distefano. For those who do not know, I have a condition called “Refractory Celiac Disease”. In short, it is a form of Celiac Disease that does not respond to a gluten-free diet. As an auto-immune disease, it is inflamed by stress. If anyone is not aware, I was recently (within the past few months) blackballed from my long-time church—a stressful ...

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Nuclear Realism

There’s a category of political intellectuals who proudly proclaim themselves “realists,” then proceed to defend and advance a deeply faith-based agenda that centers on the ongoing necessity to prepare for war, including nuclear war. These intellectuals, as they defend the military-industrial status quo (which often supports them financially), have made themselves the spokespersons for a deep human cancer: ...

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Judas: Betrayal, Scandal and Friendship With God

Editor's Note: This post was submitted by guest author Jon Beadle. “But I can’t think for you. You’ll have to decide whether Judas Iscariot had God on his side.”-Bob Dylan Who do you call your friends? Recently, I was reading through the Gospel of Matthew and was surprised by what I found: “And Jesus said to him (Judas), ‘Friend, do what you have come for.’ Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized ...

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How the Warrior Mindset Has Damaged Policing, Children and Youth

One reason I love having Bob Koehler’s weekly political analysis on our site is that he is an intuitive mimetic thinker. Just as Girard claims for mimetic theory, Bob’s analysis consistently “contradicts the thesis of human autonomy.” Most politicians and law enforcement experts don’t even know that “human autonomy” is a speculative theory. They believe in it as an article of faith, and in his latest post, ...

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Memorial Day

Editor's Note: This post was written by guest author Andrew Robinson and reprinted by permission from his blog, Musings of a Peaceful Warrior. The greatest man I’ve ever known was a war hero. It was a part of who he was, but it could not come close to defining him. He was also a lawyer, (one of the best), a storyteller, an amazing husband and father as well as my grandfather. My granddad, in many ways, was ...

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Book Feature Friday: Undivided: How a Christian Mother and a Muslim Daughter Find Reconciliation

Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace is essential for anyone interested in interfaith dialogue. It is written by Alana Raybon and her mother Patricia Raybon. They write honestly about their faith, their passion, and their hope for reconciliation. This book is important because increasingly the world seems to be divided upon religious hostility. Many in the US are suspiciou ...

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Jihad For Peace

“What is ‘jihad?’” one of the Christian women asked. We were gathered in the basement of the masjid, a handful of Christian women among more than a dozen Muslimas of all ages and nationalities. The sisters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Glen Ellyn, IL were hosting a women’s interfaith fellowship event centered around the topic “Keeping the Faith In the Face of Hate.” The atmosphere was warm and joyful ...

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Zero Tolerance

As I walked down the hall, one of the police officers employed in the school noticed I did not have my identification badge with me.” The speaker is testifying before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He was a high school freshman at the time. Ah, school days! “Before I could explain why I did not have my badge,” he went on, “I was escorted to the office and suspended for an entire week. ...

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The Theology of a Biker Gang

  Five rival biker gangs descended upon a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas on Sunday. Hundreds of gang members began stabbing, beating, and shooting each other. Weapons included chains, knives, clubs, and guns. When the fight ended, 9 people were dead, 18 were sent to the hospital, and more than 170 people were arrested. Waco police Sargent W. Patrick Swanton stated, “In my nearly 35 years of law e ...

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Under The Sea

Because of Walt Disney's “The Little Mermaid”, my daughter has always wanted to be a mermaid herself. (Sorry Sweetie, I am not King Triton; I can’t change your legs into a fin.) The film follows the story of a free-spirited mermaid named Ariel. She is an autodidact of sorts—teaching herself about the human world above her. However, keeping her from the surface of the sea is her father, King Triton. The king ...

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