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Privilege as Blindness: Why North American Christians Need Haiti

Ever since the devastating earthquake of January 12, we have been talking nonstop about Haiti. To hear us speak, it sounds as though we have just discovered that Haiti exists. However, given that Haiti and the United States have been deeply interconnected since their revolutionary inceptions more than two centuries ago, this ignorance is not just regrettable, it is downright strange. Moreover, given that the United States’ relationship to Haiti has been ruthlessly hostile and... Read More

Gird Up Your Loins, Haiti: A Lesson in Theodicy from Job

One cannot evade the question of God, especially in matters such as the earthquake in Haiti or Chile and the devastation that has followed. Disasters, both natural and unnatural, have a way of opening the human to epistemological crises, and if Alasdair MacIntyre is right, such crises are the essential element of any viable system of thought.1 Pat Robertson, on the other hand, the media’s poster-boy (and whipping-boy) for American evangelicalism, has revealed most recently the... Read More

Reclaiming Metaphysics and Truth: How D. Stephen Long Speaks of God

D. Stephen Long. Speaking of God: Theology, Language, and Truth. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2009. 352 pages.$21.12 paperback. Click on the image to purchase Speaking of God from Amazon.com and help support The Other Journal. Modern philosophers and historians were convinced of the death of metaphysics; they buried questions of existence and being deep in the grave. But according to D. Stephen Long, author of Speaking of God, even their proofs for this death... Read More