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Friend or Neighbor?

Friend or Neighbor?

  My apologies for not responding directly to the prompt for RP #3, but in the discussion during the Friendship class (Religion 274) of March 13th, the two concepts of Friendship and Neighbor intrigued me. These two ideas describe a certain tension between the Aristotelian or Hellenist idea of Friendship (philia) between pairs of people(…)

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The Necessity of Friendship in a Functional Democracy

The Necessity of Friendship in a Functional Democracy

Aristotle opens Book VIII of his treatise, Nicomachean Ethics, with the statement, “After that, the next topic is friendship; for it is a virtue, or involves virtue.  Further, it is most necessary for our life, for no one would choose to live without friends even if he had all the other goods. Indeed rich people(…)

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RP5 – Every Oberlin College Student a Potential Peacemaker

RP5 – Every Oberlin College Student a Potential Peacemaker

Here is my long-term dream about a good way to spend $1 Million-Plus at Oberlin College.   There are two primary threats to the continue existence of human life on Planet Earth. One is climate change, which could render the climate of Earth so harsh and unstable that there is insufficient food, and insufficient habitable(…)

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Alan Carroll: This is My Song

Alan Carroll: This is My Song

In 1899 , the great Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius, wrote a symphonic tone poem, “Finlandia.” The second half of this tone poem was a choral hymn, which was a celebration of Finnish patriotism, because Finland had just nearly freed herself from oppressive rule by their large neighbor, Russia. A YouTube video that includes beautiful images(…)

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Response Paper 2:  Are “Just Wars” Still Justifiable and is Nonviolence an Alternative?

Response Paper 2: Are “Just Wars” Still Justifiable and is Nonviolence an Alternative?

  “You who play with my world like it’s your little toy”                                                                         “Masters of War” – Bob Dylan[i]                                                                                                On June 28, 1914, a crazed Bosnian Serb terrorist assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria along with his wife Duchess Sophia. Since Archduke Ferdinand(…)

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Religion and Political Forgiveness: Moving Beyond Justice

The use of forgiveness in the case of political conflict is particularly important for healing the wounds of intra-state wars where the previously warring parties must learn to live with one another again after bitter conflict. A formal manner for achieving this is the use of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRC) in which there is(…)

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Are “Just Wars” Still Justifiable and is Nonviolence an Alternative?

Are “Just Wars” Still Justifiable and is Nonviolence an Alternative?

           “You who play with my world like it’s your little toy”                                                                               (…)

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Al Carroll: Where is Friendship in Peacemaking?

Al Carroll: Where is Friendship in Peacemaking?

In my view, the friendship in peacemaking is most clearly connected with the Greek word philia.[i] Although the other two forms of love, agape and eros, also have a role to play in peacemaking, philia is the dominant mode. A major characteristic of friendship as exemplified by philia is its mutuality of the relationship. For(…)

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