Religion/Science/Law

The law evokes a sense of immovability and stasis. In the United States, as in many other countries, legal proceedings are infused with pomp, tradition, and precedence. We expect that legality has permanence: we use the term “natural law” to describe the unchanging working of the universe, we campaign to…

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Zoe Weinberg: The Blonde, Blue-Eyed Slave

Alexina did not bother to contest the authenticity of the thick paper trail that documented her sale to James White. If the court agreed that she was white, those contracts would automatically be rendered invalid and she would be free.

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Ruth Melkonian-Hoover: Welcoming the Stranger

The religious politics of the immigration issue are clear: if comprehensive immigration reform is ever to pass, increasing the level of support (or at least decreasing opposition) among evangelicals, Catholics, and Mormons will be essential.

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