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Positive and Negative Liberty

The Big Idea for Thursday, August 29, 2013

"Prison is a place where you really need to know who you are." And so in this sense many religious prisoners claim that they are more free than non-prisoners, because they know their purpose.

This is one of the many counter-intuitive insights that Joshua Dubler, author of Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison, offers in today's lesson, which is an examination of the zeal and breadth with which religion is pursued in American prisons.

So what does the experiences of religious prisoners - if we chose to trust them - say about the nature of positive and negative liberty, and how one is to realize one's fundamental purposes?

 

Perspectives

  1. 1 Exploring the Religious Prisoner's Dilemma
    Nicholas Clairmont Specific Gravity
  2. 2 Our Prison System Is Our De Facto Mental Health Care System
    David Eagleman In Their Own Words
  3. 3 Neurotheology: How God Changes Your Brain
    Andrew Newberg
  4. 4 The Brain Creates Religion
    Lionel Tiger
 

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