Author Archives: Doug Bennett

About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).

Who, Me?

January 18, 2016 It is Martin Luther King Day and I am thinking about how difficult it is to know our own worst capabilities. I’ve been thinking about an experience in the 1980s. I was living near a Quaker day … Continue reading

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War Has Been Given a Bad Name

December 27, 2015 War Has Been Given A Bad Name By Bertold Brecht I am told that the best people have begun saying How, from a moral point of view, the Second World War Fell below the standard of the … Continue reading

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Jesus Meets Shadow

December 8, 2015 Imagined by Neil Gaiman: “Have you ever thought about what it means to be a god?” asked the man.  He had a beard and a baseball cap. “It means you give up your mortal existence to become … Continue reading

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Yes, We Are Exceptional

December 5, 2015 From Tewksbury Lab. That is, among highly developed countries on a per capita basis, more guns are associated with more gun deaths.  And (notice we are above the regression line) we even manage to ‘outperform’ that relationship: … Continue reading

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Dover Beach, by Matthew Arnold

December 1, 2015 Dover Beach By Matthew Arnold The sea is calm tonight. The tide is full, the moon lies fair Upon the straits; on the French coast the light Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand, Glimmering … Continue reading

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Why Was the Bible Written — And Why So Late?

November 19, 2015 Why was the Bible written? The Bible itself tells us very little. I don’t recollect any verse in which Jesus says to a disciple, “Simon, will you take notes today, you know, for the record?” When I … Continue reading

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Labyrinth in the Woods, Brunswick, Maine

November 17, 2015 Recently completed is a Labyrinth in the Woods, a joint project of First Parish Church (UCC) and the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust. Ellen is a member of First Parish, and I’m a Board member for BTLT.  We … Continue reading

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