Ma’at: Connective Justice

In his book The Mind of Egypt, Egyptologist Jan Assmann identifies ma’at as the central philosophical principle of that ancient civilization on the Nile. He defines ma’at, illuminatingly, as “connective justice.” Instruction in ma’at was a critical part of Egyptian civic education, he asserts, one that served to sustain their society for thousands of years. … Continue reading Ma’at: Connective Justice

Austin Farrer and Where Knowledge of God Begins

One of Anglican theologian Austin Farrer’s interests was the nature of religious truth, that is, the form knowledge of God takes in the human mind. Many of his writings try to work out a theory of religious epistemology. This question is of some importance for teachers, especially of those of religious persuasion. After all, teachers … Continue reading Austin Farrer and Where Knowledge of God Begins

Reading Against Mammon: Ruskin’s “Sesame”

John Ruskin was the greatest art critic of his age, and possibly its greatest social critic as well. He had a penetrating intellect and a genius for expression. He has found admirers in every subsequent generation, despite his psychological unsteadiness, personal flaws, and moralizing tendencies. Some commentators have made Ruskin out to be a banner-carrier … Continue reading Reading Against Mammon: Ruskin’s “Sesame”