Jan 16, 2014

Assorted Links

Peter Leithart, President of Trinity House and always worth reading, has an excellent meditation on Isaiah 60. In the context of discussions of natural law, one might ask which accounts of natural light avoid rivalry with the divine light summoning the nations to Zion? "Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn." Christians in law want to be part of the light drawing the nations to Christ. When do efforts to justify the authority of law without reference to Christ do that?

Pastor Doug Wilson makes some effective remarks on behalf of natural law: here and here. He takes up the proper creational concept of nature and the problem of self-deception respectively.

Jordan Ballor and Brad Littlejohn have a nice exchange about Christian attitudes toward the minimum wage, with the spectre of Marx floating in the background.

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman reverses the 9th Circuit's expansion of general jurisdiction over multinational companies based on the forum activities of their agent/subsidiaries. The 9-0 decision hides a more complex issue about the appropriateness of allowing multi-national corporations broad discretion in determining their corporate homes, though the Sotomayor concurrence, which really wants to be a dissent, brings this out a little. If the 9th Circuit decision had stood and spread, it would have ended the way that multi-national corporations do business in the world. The localist in me, the lover of the little platoons, would prefer to see all local businesses compete on more equal footing with the bigs.

NDPR reviews Wolterstorff's The Mighty and the Almighty. The book is important for Christians thinking about legal authority and wrongheaded in large part. For some, the review may fail to capture its importance and its most important errors.

Beautifully crafted essay on the problem of structure in nonfiction writing, particularly the conflict between chronology and theme. It nicely exemplifies the approaches to reconciling the two in the course of explaining the problem.

Lord Kames classic on equity is back in print thanks to Liberty Fund.

1 comment:

  1. Gosh darn it, Wolterstorff. Next time please pick a non-academic publisher or write a for-dummies version later so that rabble like me can actually afford to buy a copy and read it. Some of us in this world don't have academic library memberships.