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New Book by Marcia Pally: “Mimesis and Sacrifice”

My new book, Mimesis and Sacrifice, is now out (Bloomsbury Academic)! Click here. This edited volume looks at the ethics of how notions of sacrifice are used in contemporary life, from the military and business to gender relations and politics.

It’s the Genes! It’s the Hair! It’s “Cooperativity”: An Evolutionary Account of Populism

Have a look at my new post for Counterpoint Navigating Knowledge on populism from an evolutionary perspective. Click here

Relational Views of Humanness: The Reciprocity of Ontos and Telos

  Have a look at my May 3, 2019 article on relationality as our human ontology (human nature)  and our human telos (our aim in life) Studies in Christian Ethics or read in the Articles tab of this site under Theologies of Relationality

Aquinas & Politics: Getting Into and Out of the Common Good

Have a look at a new piece of mine: Aquinas explains what’s awry in politics.  Click here

Circling the Elephant: Why Religious Difference Matters

Check out this wonderful piece by John Thatamanil on sharing different religious traditions yet keeping them different. Click here

Populism & Religion Outside the US

I organized a panel on populism and religion around the world at the 2018 conference of the American Academy of Religion–great group of scholars with important insights and information. You can watch the video here Panelists were: Luke Bretherton (Duke), Torsten Meireis (Humboldt University), Dion Forster (Stellenbosch University), and Michael Minkenberg (European University).  

The Invention of the Anti-Christ: Karl Barth and Erich Przywara

The nature of humanity: how fallen are we? New essay on the fascinating debate between Karl Barth and Erich Przywara in the shadow of WWII fascism.  Click here

Fighting our Enemies Well

Changing the mindset of polarization and fighting–this blog is worth reading. Click here

The economy’s up: Why many Americans are down

Check out this informative piece on rising income and wealth inequality even as the economy is supposedly booming. Click here

What Climate Change Denial Means for Those Who Deny It

Great reportage–talking to Americans who suffer from the effects of climate change but believe it isn’t happening. Click here

Perception and the Platypus–you ain’t “seen” nothing yet

check this out, on learning to see the world that’s in front of us: click here

Social media as religion – unexamined desire and (mis-in)formation

“Social media is the most prevalent religion of our time. Like other faiths, it forms us.” Check out this blog.   Click here

A Crisis for democracy and a boon for populism

 One danger to democracy: disconnecting democratic procedures from their purposes. We think democracy remains because the surface trappings do, but the essentials may be lost.  Click here

Counterpoint: Conducting Edward Said’s “And Also”

Something smart and new: bringing Ed Said and Daniel Barenboim’s ideas about entwined lines of music to solving pressing economic and political problems. Click here

The Time of Loneliness

Check out this thoughtful blog on our sped-up living and it’s not so “side” effects. Click here        

Marcia Pally

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