Great post from John Fea’s blog “The Way of Improvement Leaves Home”!
The blog “Age of Revolutions” has published a very informative forum on the eighteenth-century meaning of the Second Amendment. Check out essays by Bryan Banks, Robert Churchill, Andrew Fagal, and Eliga Gould.
Here is a taste of Gould’s wrap-up piece: “Bordering on the Frivolous?: The Right to Bear Arms Yesterday and Today.”
As I read the stimulating essays in this forum by Robert Churchill, Andrew Fagal, and Noah Shusterman, my thoughts kept turning to the late Antonin Scalia’s opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the landmark case in which five of the Supreme Court’s nine justices affirmed an individual right to bear arms. In particular, one phrase stood out: “bordering on the frivolous.” For anyone who hasn’t read the opinion, this is how the famously combative justice dealt with the proposition “that only those arms in existence…
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“Despite being written out of large parts of history, atheists thrived in the polytheistic societies of the ancient world – raising considerable doubts about whether humans really are ‘wired’ for religion – a new study suggests.”
“Whitmarsh stresses that his study is not designed to prove, or disprove, the truth of atheism itself. On the book’s first page, however, he adds: ‘I do, however, have a strong conviction – that has hardened in the course of researching and writing this book – that cultural and religious pluralism, and free debate, are indispensable to the good life.’”