“Ethics-related economics in the sense supported by Sen instead follows Aristotle (thus placing the discussion back in the Persian period!) in the concern for subordinating economics to the pursuit of the good of humankind. The difference lies in the purpose and aims of the discipline, especially in terms of what is defined as ‘good’: the increase of the ‘good of humanity’ or the increase of ‘overall wealth’. Both of these perspectives can have some bearing on my project. Ethics-related economics provides help in opening up the perspectives in the biblical texts, which are unquestionably concerned with ethics, especially when ethics is defined along the lines of ‘moral imagination’ or narrative ethics. When broadened to consider economics as an attempt to increase the ‘good of humanity’ along the lines of Aristotle, then the general purpose of economics is under debate. This is also the question that I submit is central for the focus on theological-communal economics in the book(s) of Ezra-Nehemiah, as well as in other Persian period biblical texts. They place the emphasis of their use of economic thinking and terminology in the framework of what is ‘good’ for the community. In terms of theology proper, the biblical texts consider specific economic roles for God. In terms of human economic practice and economic structures, Nehemiah describes various roles for economics that have negative of positive effects on the community, thus the question of what is ‘good’ for Judean society. What orthodox economics seem to assume is that ‘everything has its price’ and can, therefore, be commoditized in one way or another. It remains a question, however, to what extent such a view is reductionist of human society.” (19-20, italics original, bold added)
Peter Altmann, Economics in Persian-Period Biblical Texts: Their Interactions with Economic Developments in the Persian Period and Earlier Biblical Traditions (FAT 109; Tübigen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016).
This is the audio (31:10, 28.5 MB) of a sermon delivered at First Presbyterian Church of Norristown, PA, entitled, “A Newer, Truer Hope.” Continue reading
It’s been a few weeks, so a few of these are old news–but hopefully interesting nonetheless. Continue reading
Election aftermath–thoughts on race, class, and what Trump’s election really means: Continue reading
Over the last year, many people have asked us whether we would be returning to Europe in the near future. The door now appears to be open for us to return to LCC International University in Klaipėda, Lithuania. After many months of prayer, careful consideration, and consultation with friends and family, Corrie and I have decided to return to LCC for the Fall 2017 semester. Continue reading
A few scattered reactions to the election… Continue reading
Are book collectors real readers, or just cultural snobs? | Aeon Essays. “Digital reading, like the perusing of ancient scrolls, constitutes an important statement about who we are. Like the public readers of Martial’s Rome, the avid readers of text messages and other forms of social media appear to be everywhere. Though in both cases the performers of reading are tirelessly constructing their self-image, the identity they aspire to establish is very different. Young people sitting in a bar checking their phones for texts are not making a statement about their refined literary status. They are signalling that they are connected and – most importantly – that their attention is in constant demand.”
Recycling: Can It Be Wrong, When It Feels So Right? | Cato Unbound
Nicholas Wolterstorff’s Cheap Shots | Wesley Hill | First Things.
Queen Offers to Restore British Rule Over United States – The New Yorker. “This two-hundred-and-forty-year experiment in self-rule began with the best of intentions, but I think we can all agree that it didn’t end well.”
“The NHL’s “loser point” is the stupidest rule in sports.” Preach it!
George Will: Donald Trump is the GOP’s chemotherapy. “Trump is a marvelously efficient acid bath, stripping away his supporters’ surfaces, exposing their skeletal essences.” Which is he–chemo, or acid bath?
N. T. Wright: The Church Continues the Revolution Jesus Started… | Christianity Today.
Evangelicals, Heresy, and Scripture Alone | Mathew Block | First Things. “Two years after a study found most Evangelicals hold views condemned as heretical—especially on the Holy Spirit—an update has been released. And the numbers are in some ways even worse. So who—or what—is to blame?”
How Curt Flood Changed Baseball and Killed His Career in the Process – The Atlantic.
A very interesting trend: Baseball managers finally making sabermetrically-sensible use of their bullpens. Dave Roberts pulled the right strings using Kenley Jansen in 7th, Clayton Kershaw in 9th – HardballTalk.
Why Baseball Revived A 60-Year-Old Strategy Designed To Stop Ted Williams | FiveThirtyEight.
We are well into the Fall, which has been quite busy for our family thus far.