Writings

I have written a lot of things in my life; of some I am proud, and of others, less so. Some of my favorites are available here. Because many of these are papers originally written for college or other courses and one or two were lost in their final versions, not all are as polished (or complete) as I might like. If you notice any errors or would like to comment on anything you read, please e-mail me.

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Keeping the Barbarians Outside the Gate: Toward a Comprehensive Agreement Protecting Cultural Property Internationally
My student comment for the Chicago Journal of International Law (9 Chi. J. Int’l L. 627 (2009)). Manuscript available upon request.
Tapping the Aquarium: Legal Implications of Advertising for Online Gambling Sites in the United States
A paper written my 2L year at the University of Chicago Law School, for Lecturer Marsha Nagorsky’s Electronic Commerce Law seminar.
The Case of Experience v. Efficiency: An Examination of the Influence of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., on Judge Richard Posner
A paper written my 1L year at the University of Chicago Law School, for Professor Albert Alschuler’s American Legal Theory seminar.
An Afternoon in Paradise
This is a prose account of my personal testimony, in short story form.
The Penny Problem (with solution)
A great “napkin problem” for puzzling your friends. The solution provided is a little technical, but should be clear.
The Tooth of Time
A poem about the landmark of the same name.
Programs Versus Reflections
A short paper for an introductory Cognitive Science class, critiquing John Searle’s “Chinese Room” thought experiment in artificial intelligence and exploring arguments against it. Written when I was a freshman in college.
MOB Mentality
A sociological analysis of the Rice University MOB (Marching Owl Band), of which I was a part. A little whimsical… Written when I was a sophomore in college.
Implications for the Turing Test in Modern Times
A discussion of Alan Turing’s test for artificial intelligence as it could be used today. Written when I was a freshman in college.
Waves in Music: Applications of Partial Differential Equations
A mathematical analysis of the radiation of sound waves from a surface into the surrounding medium. Deals with several unsolved problems and special cases thereof. Written when I was a freshman in college.
Prison Ministries in Public Policy
Deals with public policies regarding religious prison ministries and the issues raised by taxpayer support of these organizations. Written when I was a sophomore in college.
“Thou Shalt Love the LORD thy God”: An Analysis of the Sifre on Deuteronomy, Piska 32
An analysis of a section of the Sifre on Deuteronomy, a rabbinical commentary. Written when I was a sophomore in college.
The Horn of Salvation: Psalm 18 as a Davidic Hymn of Praise
An analysis of Psalm 18 and its partner text, 2 Samuel 22, dealing especially with the questions of authorship and compositional context. This one nearly turned into a small book… I can’t find the Hebrew font I originally used, so the Hebrew in the notes doesn’t display correctly. Written when I was a sophomore in college.
Return O Israel: The Value of Repentance: Analysis of Piska 24 of the Pesikta de-Rab Kahana
An analysis of a section of the Pesikta de-Rab Kahana, a rabbinical commentary. Written when I was a sophomore in college.
Faith and the Academy: Religious Communities and the Academic Study of Religion
A paper on the interactions between communities of faith and the scholars who study them, especially when the groups overlap. Deals also with the questions of a priori knowledge (first principles) and hermeneutics. Written when I was a senior in college.
Christian-Muslim Relations Before the Crusades
A brief introduction to the history of interactions between Christian and Muslim communities from Muhammad to the Crusades. Written when I was a junior in college.
Salvation Histories in Ancient Israel
A discussion of concepts of salvation, salvation history, and salvation narratives in pre-Christian and early Christian-era Israel. Written when I was a junior in college.
The Righteous Sinner
A close look at David and the Davidic narratives in the Old Testament, especially his favored role with God in light of his sins. Written when I was a junior in college.
Rice University Evangelicals on Evangelism
A sociological study of evangelicals in the modern university, as represented by Rice University, and their attitudes towards campus evangelism. Written when I was a senior in college.
Growth and Development of Protestantism in Latin America
A brief examination of the recent expansion of Protestant groups in Latin America, traditionally Catholic territory. Looks also at the changing roles played by Catholic and Protestant clergy in political affairs. Written when I was a junior in college.

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