Slogans are necessary, Jenson says, both for practical reasons (we need shortcuts in arguments) and rhetorical ones (we need vivid ways of summing up a position). But problems arise when slogans become "untethered from the complex of ideas and practices which they once evoked."
In the long struggle for freedom in South Africa, parts of the church played a major role, even as other parts colluded with the apartheid regime. Few actions in that struggle were more important than the Belhar Confession.
Paul Farmer has a keen sense of the tendency to portray
Haitians as helpless victims. This is well evident in his poignant
chronicle of the year that began with the January 2010 earthquake.
Nigel Warburton is a senior lecturer for Britain's Open University, a
service originated by the BBC to provide education via television to
adults who had not gone on to higher education. A Little History of Philosophy
is focused on that audience and on anyone else who knows little about
philosophy except that it is, as Warburton says, "impenetrable and