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).

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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Spong: Reading the Bible With Jewish Eyes

November 15, 2015 This summer, Ellen, Robbie and I heard John Shelby Spong preach at All Saints-By-The-Sea, a chapel on Southport Island in Maine. It was a riveting message in which Spong sketched the changing views on when Jesus is … Continue reading

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Why It Matters How We Read the Bible

November 9, 2015 “We want to clarify for everybody that this is not a homosexuality issue for us, this is an authority of scripture/interpretation of scripture/orthodoxy issue for us.” That’s what Anthem Friends Church said last week as they withdrew … Continue reading

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Sources of Authority in the Present

November 2, 2015 “Welcome to the battlefield,” writes Ross Douthat in the New York Times yesterday. That sentence concludes a piece in which he responds to a letter sent to the Times by a sizable group of Catholic scholars, and … Continue reading

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The Insufficiency of Good Intentions

October 23, 2015 [Message I gave at a meeting for worship at a meeting of the Quaker United Nations Committee (New York), of which I am a member.] ‘Good intentions’ are on my mind today for several reasons. One is … Continue reading

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