What follows is the text of comments I gave at a recent symposium at the University of South Carolina on the topic of "Christianity and State-Sponsored Violence." I was one of four panelists, each of whom was invited to speak for about 10 minutes on the topic, or some aspect of the topic, after which there was about an hour and a half of free-wheeling conversation between the panelists and the audience. It seemed to go well so far as I could tell; but this was my first experience as a "panelist," so what do I know?
I started teaching full time in the fall of 2017, and not much blogging has happened since then. This is predictable.
Wisdom cries aloud in the street,
in the markets she raises her voice;
When we learn from others, do we learn from their beliefs, or from their words?
Jennifer Lackey insists that we learn from words rather than beliefs, as the title of her book indicates: