Scott Masson is Associate Professor of English Literature and a public intellectual.
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I was surprised when my historian friend informed me that, unlike our American counterparts, Canada doesn't legally have separation of church and government because of its connection to the British monarchy. As "Defender of the Faith," the reigning monarch is the head of both institutions--church and state. Canada's Church is symbolically protected as a member of the Commonwealth.
One of the greatest challenges of the spiritual life, the study of theology, and the work of philosophy is when the expected is absent or silent. Some have talked about the problems of evil as problems of absence – of the lack of health, or protection from harm, or even apparent meaning in the cascade of pain that we experience and witness. Another expectation is seen in the problem of divine hiddenness.
There is an imminent groundwater crisis and the Indian government must take immediate steps to save the country from a disaster. Given its severity, changes in legislation must be made to allow everyone, not merely landowners access to groundwater resources.
Is there a human nature? This question has been answered in various ways over the course of history. Some individuals believe that what makes us human is our DNA or our biological characteristics. Other individuals believe that humanity is a social construct – we are human because we engage in human activities in society.
In pursuit of equality in all measurable outcomes, the modern equivalent of spells, sacrifices, and rituals to manipulate the gods are diversity quotas, equity programs, redistribution of resources, reparations, and affirmative action.