The Nature of Providence

In his book Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks makes the case that, in the Old Testament, tragedy is not possible. Sacks emphasizes this point by making numerous distinctions between the stories in Genesis and Oedipus Rex, a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles. He especially contrasts the terms “fate” and “providence.” …

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The Purpose of Man and the Citizen of the State

A defining aspect of humanity is whom one chooses to serve, whether it is religion, country, oneself, or any combination of things. Robert Bolt’s play A Man For All Seasons, presents its readers with different ideas of loyalty. For example, Chapuys, a diplomat and lay ecclesiastic, believes “No man can serve two masters.”[1] Chapuys makes …

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