Lessons from Valladolid: On Being Decent in an Indecent Age

When a Christian is caught between a political economy hostile to human flourishing and a Church all too often comfortable with the status quo, it is demoralizing to have recourse to an ugly, embattled public square. Who wants to have life-or-death debates in a cold professional setting? In what universe is pitting hostile voices againstContinue reading “Lessons from Valladolid: On Being Decent in an Indecent Age”

Cartas de América #15: if you want slavery abolished, you gotta do it yourself

Earlier this year, I told you about a project I’m working on for which the working title is Repent! (And Have It Notarized.) C’mon, that’s a way better dissertation title than “‘Ni un sólo maravedí que suyo sea’: the theology of restitution in New Spain,” right? Anyway, here’s a quick refresher: in 1552, Bartolomé deContinue reading “Cartas de América #15: if you want slavery abolished, you gotta do it yourself”

Cartas de América #9: REPENT! (and have it notarized)

In 1552, Bartolomé de las Casas proposed material restitution for involvement in colonization and indigenous enslavement as a condition for absolution. Let’s talk about that. Cartas de América #9: REPENT! (and have it notarized)