Let Faith Rather Than Blame Name the Tune

Let Faith Rather Than Blame Name the Tune

It was in Ms. Beverly Postell’s psychology class at Ringgold High School in northwest Georgia that I first learned the concept of “projection.” This psychological defense mechanism was easy to understand. The most common example was that of someone coming home from...
Why Does Anti-Semitism Exist? Hatred Needs a Scapegoat

Why Does Anti-Semitism Exist? Hatred Needs a Scapegoat

The term “scapegoat” is famously misunderstood in its colloquial usage. It is employed to describe a person or people falsely accused of responsibility for something that is not at all the fault of the accused. In fact, as any reader of the Bible knows, the scapegoat...

When Communities Form by Demonizing Outsiders

The challenge of Jesus’ resurrection was the focus on a recent article in America magazine. “Unlike previous communities in which the bond among members forges itself through those it excludes and scapegoats, the gratuity of the resurrection allows for a...