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Author Andy Watts

Andy Watts is professor of religion at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Society of Christian Ethics and The Society of Jewish Ethics held their annual meetings concurrently in Phoenix earlier this January. Both societies are academic in nature and in membership, comprised of professors and scholars from North America and other countries. As an ethics professor, I attended the meeting with eagerness, looking forward to engaging […] Read More

Rescripting Wal-Mart

Theologian Walter Brueggemann uses the term “scripted” to describe the composite nature of our convictions, beliefs and social attitudes. It is a simple concept, but it is crucial for Christians to understand if we are faithfully to speak out against injustice, as many are doing in the case of Wal-Mart. At the present, “Wal-Mart: the […] Read More

According to an internal company memo leaked to the New York Times, Wal-Mart is considering hiring fitter and healthier employees in order to combat its own version of a national problem: higher health benefit costs. The Houston Chronicle reported that executive vice president of benefits for Wal-Mart, Susan Chambers, recommended the retail conglomerate makes sure […] Read More

When Racism Applies

Tennessee lawmaker Stacey Campfield, one of Knoxville’s white state representatives, has shown, once again, that whites do not understand racism. Campfield, who last month compared the Black Legislative Caucus to the KKK, recently clarified his statement to apply only to the similarity of the bylaws of each group. In his view, the fundamental character of […] Read More

A Master of Moral Arbitrage

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is guilty of “insider trading” by requesting the sale of his remaining stock in the Hospital Corporation of America. Legal interest in the matter gravitates around the timing of the sale and the parallel activity of other HCA executives. Frist requested that […] Read More

With Hurricane Katrina, the thin veneer called American equality peeled away from the water-logged homes of black Americans in New Orleans. Left exposed was something American Christians are ill-equipped to deal with: structural racism. Many white Americans will dismiss this as a baseless claim. No one intended any harm or discriminatory treatment of New Orleans’ […] Read More