Archive for April 19th, 2012

April 19th, 2012

Issues of Academic Freedom: David Coppedge v. JPL Trial Ends

by Max Andrews

Original article by David Klinghoffer.

Jet Propulsion Lab defense attorney Cameron Fox was observed to jump slightly with a nervous energy when she discussed an email memo potentially damaging to her client’s case. Judge Ernest Hiroshige was seen to put on his glasses and lean forward a bit when testimony from JPL manager Cab Burgess, apparently contradicting that email and calling Burgess’s candor into question, was projected on a screen in the court.

These were some of the more, hmm, dramatic highlights on Monday, the final day of the David Coppedge v. JPL trial that unfolded over the course of five weeks in Hiroshige’s Superior Court room in Los Angeles. Coppedge attorney William Becker gave his concluding arguments in the case, as did Ms. Fox for JPL.

April 19th, 2012

Theology Thursday: Reinhold Niebuhr

by Max Andrews

Theologian: Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

General summary of his theology: Like Emil Brunner and Karl Barth’s protestation of Christian liberalism Niebuhr following with his own emphatic theology.  Niebuhr was very interested in the practical implications of Christianity to the modern world.  He rejected that God is personal or that he has acted in history.  He emphasized “proximate justice” because he concluded that perfection was an impossible goal.  Mankind has the image of God with its possibilities, but is limited by being finite.  Faith is recognizing our dependence on God, sin is either denying our freedom or asserting our independence.