Forgive Us Our Trespasses? What Does That Mean?

Forgive Us Our Trespasses? By Marcia Pally The Living Church Magazine, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” What is it that we’re forgiving? As our various English translations have it, do we mean sins, trespasses, or debts? Debt covers both financial and non-financial owing, as in “mortgage debt” and “debt […]

Sacrifice: Biological and theological investigations for economic & political praxis

Sacrifice: Biological and theological investigations for economic and military/political praxis  Humboldt University-Berlin Theology Faculty 16-17 June, 2016 Marcia Pally The type, meaning, and assessment (value) of sacrifice is known to be contingent upon time and culture. I would like to look at the meaning and value of sacrifice as contingent on the nature of the relationship […]

Hardwired for Generosity

Hardwired for Generosity: Sacrifice & the Common Good By Marcia Pally Commonweal Magazine,  March 2017 The Good Samaritan, Pelegrín Clavé y Roqué In today’s America, “sacrifice” sounds like a bad thing—like having to give up what you deserve, like an unjust hardship. In what Christopher Lasch called our culture of self-absorption and narcissism, the idea […]

It’s the Genes! It’s “Cooperativity”: Evolution and Populism

It’s the Genes! It’s the Hair! It’s “Cooperativity”: An Evolutionary Account of Populism By Marcia Pally   It’s a virus, a friend of mine said about the far-right wins in the May elections for the European Parliament. A 31 percent vote for Nigel Farage’s anti-EU party! The anti-EU rightist Marine Le Pen won over French President […]

Matthew 6: 19-24

Bible Study: Matthew 6: 19-24 Biennial Church Day [Kirchentag], Dresden, Germany, June 4, 2011 By Marcia Pally              First, we’d like to thank you for coming all the way out here to consider a few thoughts about this passage in Matthew. And we’d like to thank the organizers of the Kirchentag for giving us the opportunity […]

Religion as practical scapegoat: A response from relational theology

Religion as practical scapegoat: A response from relational theology By Marcia Pally Presented at the German Federal Cultural Foundation Conference:  “Trial of Faith – On Religion and Growth,” Cologne June 12-14, 2015. Looking at European debates about religion, one would have to conclude that it is mighty indeed. What ills befall us, religion is […]

Asymmetric Warfare: The First Three Thousand Years

 Asymmetric Warfare: The First Three Thousand Years By Marcia Pally  ·  Thursday, April 27, 2017 The thoughts below were first presented at the 2017 Telos Paul Piccone Institute conference, “Asymmetrical Warfare: The Centrality of the Political to the Strategic.”   On the perhaps naïve presumption that politics are grounded in ideals, norms, and values that guide (if not govern) […]