Mark Y. A. Davies

Declaring Independence From Religious Nationalism
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Declaring Independence From Religious Nationalism

BY MARK Y.A. DAVIES As I spend Independence Day weekend in New York City, I have been reminded of the tremendous diversity of our nation in what may well be the most diverse and international city in the world. I am reminded especially of our religious diversity as I walk down the streets of Manhattan…

These Three Things For Oklahoma
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These Three Things For Oklahoma

BY MARK Y.A. DAVIES In conversation with hundreds of Oklahomans over the past couple of years and after years of analysis concerning systemic change in the Oklahoma context, I am convinced that Oklahoma needs three things to happen before we will be able to begin digging ourselves out of our current crisis, and these things…

Comey, Trump, And Kohlberg’s Stages Of Moral Development
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Comey, Trump, And Kohlberg’s Stages Of Moral Development

BY MARK Y.A. DAVIES Looking at the discussions recently concerning former FBI Director James Comey’s actions and testimony, Lawrence Kohlberg’s stages of moral development are illuminating. I would argue that President Trump is trapped somewhere between pre-conventional and conventional levels of moral development, specifically between stages two and three in which his behavior and decisions…

Hope
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Hope

BY MARK Y.A. DAVIES “Hope” is not the first word that comes to mind when I think of the Trump presidency, but the word came up in James Comey’s testimony about his private interactions with the president. This may mark the only time when any substantive discussion about the word hope will occur during this…

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