Quaker Universalist Voice

Speaking truth in the global public square…

Reviews

Our Universal Origin Stories

The Genesis Quest: The Geniuses and Eccentrics on a Journey to Uncover the Origin of Life on Earth , Michael Marshall (U. of Chicago Press, 2020) … …


Reparations for Black Americans

From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century , by William A. Darity, Jr., and A. Kirsten Mullen (University of North Carolina Press, 2020) …


Consequences of a crime

What Comes After: A Novel , JoAnne Tompkins (Penguin, 2021) … In JoAnne Tompkins' What Comes After: A Novel,


Whistleblowing: A Universal Challenge

This is a serious book addressing the motives and the emotional burdens on whistleblowers. Kohn conveys an enthusiastic, can-do theme and attitude. He is clearly supportive of whistleblowing as a benefit to private and public good governance.


Help for Moral Injury: Strategies and Interventions, by Cecelia Yocum – A Review

The phenomenon of moral injury is currently being explored seriously in the areas of military service and torture experience, and it has been recognized as a genuine challenge by leaders of the U.S. Armed Forces branches and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

It is also becoming the object of broader serious discussion in areas of human experience relating to sexuality, abortion, child abuse and poverty.


Tolerance & Intolerance: Two Timely Reviews

Our world is escalating toward the sort of brutal intolerance of “the Other” that led to World War II. This time, though, the government and people of the United States are perilously close to embracing that brutality themselves.

In this post we review two books that add to our depth perception regarding tolerance and intolerance, though without offering solutions. Denis Lacorne’s The Limits of Tolerance traces the history and vulnerability of the Enlightenment value of tolerance. Robert Bartholomew and Anja Reumschussel’s American Intolerance indicts the United States for its terrible history of official and populist intolerance toward each new influx of immigrants.


Public Apology and Reparations

Edwin L. Battistella’s book Sorry About That is a compilation and analysis of stories of pubic apologies in the primarily U.S. experience. Leaders everywhere make apologies, yet apology-phobia is a global disability. Apology is complex in human relationships. Effective public apologies are even more complex. Public apologies differ with cultural context, just as personal apologies differ in language and timing.


Existence After Death

John S. Garrison’s Shakespeare and the Afterlife is, on the surface, a study of the views and devices used by William Shakespeare in his plays and poetry in treating the nature and activities of existence after death. More deeply, though, this book is a meditation on the variety of contemporary views about existence after death….



The Universalist Core of Christianity

Jesus and After: The First Eighty Years, by E. Bruce Brooks – A review. Is the Christian scripture a moving text which changes with time? The author witnesses to such changes through an episodic philological analysis of Christian scriptures.