Author Archives: John C. Snider

A Colony and a Nation by Chris Hayes

I’ve been reading a lot of books lately that touch on African-American history as well as current issues like the Black Lives Matter movement: older works like W.E.B. du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk and the essays of Lillian Smith, but … Continue reading

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The Varieties of Religious Experience – Lecture 2

Chapter-by-chapter thoughts on William James’ The Varieties of Religious Experience (hardcover, Kindle). Lecture II – Circumscription of the Topic James has set himself a daunting task. But first things first: definitions. Religion can mean many things to many people, but he defines it … Continue reading

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The Varieties of Religious Experience – Lecture 1

Why am I blogging my chapter-by-chapter thoughts on William James’ The Varieties of Religious Experience (hardcover, Kindle)? First, I’m correcting the slightly embarrassing fact that I have never read it, despite it’s being a classic of non-fiction and one of the most famous secular … Continue reading

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A Week of Firsts

A week of firsts: My first protest march. My first political planning meeting. My first cash contribution to a political campaign. Due to previous social and personal obligations, neither Allison nor I was able to participate in the Women’s March (Atlanta version) … Continue reading

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In Praise of Ka’ahumanu

My wife and I plan to vacation in Hawaii later this year, and in preparation we decided to read a few books about Hawaiian history and culture. Among the books I recommend are Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell and Captive … Continue reading

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Letters to a Young Muslim

Hardly anyone would disagree that Islam is at war. But who defines what it is to be a Muslim? And who exactly are the combatants? These two questions are almost impossible to answer, and without answers it is nearly impossible to solve the … Continue reading

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Podcast #265 – Final Episode

Our final episode! We reminisce about the best (and worst) of the podcast, read listener feedback on our demise, and thank the many, many people who helped make the show a success. To listen to this episode click here.

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Podcast #264 – Transgender Activist Vandy Beth Glenn

We interview transgender activist Vandy Beth Glenn. She was the plaintiff and victor in the groundbreaking (and precedent setting) federal lawsuit Glenn v Brumby. She is also the first transgender person to testify before a Congressional committee. For more about Vandy … Continue reading

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Podcast #263 – Too Faithful to Be Faithless

A Texas member of the Electoral College has resigned rather than cast a vote for Donald Trump, stating that the president-elect is not “biblically qualified” to hold office. Also in Texas, the Republican-controlled government is implementing a new regulation requiring … Continue reading

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Podcast #262 – Democracy Good and Hard

H. L. Mencken said, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” They (and we) are about to get Donald Trump, a crooked businessman with no governmental experience who … Continue reading

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