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Flirting with Money

What is money for? The question may sound odd as it suggests that money might have a “nature,” a given essence that defines its proper use and goal. Even realists, who still think of things as having natures, would be hard-pressed to think of money this way, because money, especially paper money, only exists as part of a humanly constructed symbolic system of value and exchange. And yet both Aristotle and Aquinas imagined that money had something akin to a nature; that... Read More

Why Every Christian Should ‘Quite Rightly Pass for an Atheist’

“Only an Atheist can be a good Christian.” -Ernst Bloch “Only a Christian can be a good Atheist.” -Jürgen Moltmann “I quite rightly pass for an Atheist” -Jacques Derrida On Passing for an Atheist Along With Derrida When the late French post-structuralist philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) confessed, “I quite rightly pass for an atheist,”[1] it raised quite a stir—to say the least. This was not the first of Derrida’s devilishly pithy comments, but it remains... Read More