James Rowell

Dr. James L. Rowell received his PhD in religion at the University of Pittsburgh and has been a full-time teacher of world religions at Flagler College since 2006. He is the author of Making Sense of the Sacred, a book about comparative world religion, and also Gandhi and Bin Laden: Religion at the Extremes. His interests in comparative religious ethics focus on such figures as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Reinhold Niebuhr, and Abdul Ghaffar Khan. His website can be found at https://www.meaningofreligion.com. He also has a YouTube Channel titled Meaning of Religion.

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Starship Troopers: Heinlein’s Classic Realism

The novel Starship Troopers (1959) remains a classic of realist political philosophy in the democratic tradition

Niebuhr and Gandhi: Comparative Religious Realism

Ghandi and Niebuhr both believed in the power of religion to shape societies and history

Living in a Nuclear World

We cannot uninvent nuclear weapons, so what is the next best option?

Nuclear Weapons and the Imperative to Preserve Humanity

The ultimate responsibility anyone could have, from a pauper to the President, is the preservation and protection of humankind; something…

The Elusive Hunt for Economic Justice

Economic power must not be too concentrated in the government or among a few private citizens

Four Endings to the War in Ukraine

What terms will Ukraine, Russia, and the West ultimately come to?

National Security is Not an Abstraction

“National security” may sound like an abstraction, but in reality it’s anything but

Just War in One Principle: The Reality of Sin

There are many arguments in favor of Just War Theory, but none so potent as the reality of human sinfulness

Does Civilization Need Religion?

Reinhold Niebuhr asked the question “Does civilization need religion?” in 1929 and his answer is relevant as ever

The Burmese Military and the Separation of Military and State

Aung San Suu Kyi won a Nobel Peace Prize before, shockingly, declining to condemn genocide in her own nation. What happened?

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