First Topic - Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty
From furious reactions to the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad to the suppression of women, news from the Muslim world begs the question: is Islam incompatible with freedom? With an eye sympathetic to Western liberalism and Islamic theology, Mustafa Akyol traces the ideological and historical roots of political Islam. The years following Muhammad's passing in 632 AD saw an intellectual "war of ideas" rage between rationalist, flexible schools of Islam and the more dogmatic, rigid ones. Akyol offers an intellectual basis for the reconcilability of Islam and religious, political, economic, and social freedoms.
Second Topic - Envy and the Search for Fairness in Our Economic Relationships
In a free-market system, participants are free to pursue exchanges that lead to their mutual benefit. Yet market economies do not lead to equal outcomes, even though the same rules apply to all participants. Using St. Thomas Aquinas's definition of envy as a starting point, Victor Claar is here to critically examine the potentially corrosive role that envy may play in our relationships in a market economy.
Third Topic - The Federalist Debate: Balancing Liberty and Order
A free society needs both liberty and order. One cannot be free without order, but a commitment to order can subtly undermine freedom. Dr. John Pinheiro examines the treatment of these issues through the lens of the Federalist Debate that did not so much shape the American experiment of ordered liberty.