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Welcome

Greetings, and welcome to those who have found their way to this site.

I have no experience at blogging, so I’m not quite sure how to begin. But a bit of autobiography seems in order. Like David, I’m a law professor – I teach criminal law and criminal procedure at Harvard – and also an evangelical Christian. That puts us in a pretty small, and maybe pretty weird, demographic. I’m also a political junkie and a registered Republican, though I’ve cast as many Democratic votes as Republican ones. I’m interested in all those things – law and legal theory, crime and criminal justice, everything about American politics and political culture, the culture of evangelical Protestantism, and the intersections of various items on that list. David has a similarly broad set of interests – plus, he’s an uncommonly smart and interesting guy. Which is why blogging together seemed like a good idea.

I have one more pair of interests worth noting in this initial post. For the past eight years, I’ve lived with chronic pain in my back and right leg. The pain is constant now, and severe. Recently, another medical condition has joined that one: I have colon cancer – a piece of unpleasant news I learned about ten days ago. I’ll have surgery this week, probably followed by chemotherapy. These days, back and leg pain is joined by a lot of pain in my abdomen: sometimes, I think everything hurts. And I’m very, very tired.

I want to write about those things, partly because the writing is therapeutic but mostly because the nasty worlds of cancer and chronic pain are mysterious to most people. The latter is no mystery to me, and the former is becoming less so with every passing day. One thing I’ve learned about suffering over the past several years is that it’s all subjective – pains are like snowflakes; no two are alike. My experiences aren’t representative and they aren’t important, save to me and those close to me. But I think, maybe, they offer a window into a world that a lot of people never see. It’s an ugly world. But seeing it is important, if only because so many of us call that ugly world home.

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Let me add my welcome to Bill’s welcome above.

Like Bill, I’m an evangelical Christian and a law professor. I teach courses in corporate law and bankruptcy at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as occasional classes in related (and not so related) areas like Christianity and law, debt relief, gambling, and law-and-literature. Like Bill, I’m also a bit of a political junkie.

Our blog’s title– Less than the Least– is taken both from Ephesians 3, where the Apostle Paul calls himself “less than the least of all God’s people,” and from Genesis 32:10. We use the phrase to signal that we claim no great insight or wisdom on the topics about which we write. Like everyone else, we are stumbling about in the dark, trying to find bits of truth where we can, hoping to participate in a conversation that leads to understanding. And trying to have some fun along the way.

We do not expect to be posting multiple entries a day as some blogs do. More likely, we will post several times a week, sometimes more, sometimes less. We may occasionally invite guest bloggers to take a spin, but mostly it will just be Bill and I. No doubt we will sometimes disagree, but we’ve found over the years that, on the matters of faith, law, politics and the arts that we’ll be writing about, we agree far more often than we disagree. This is another reason that starting this blog together seemed like a good idea.

I’ll be handling many of the logistical details of the blog, such as posting comments and linking to other writings. So feel free to direct any logistical questions to me.


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Comments ( 9 )

Prof. Stuntz (and Skeel):

Glad to see you are blogging, but deeply sorry to read about your cancer. Your fans are more numerous than you realize.

I'll be praying for your health and for your collective endeavor.

Randy
Chicago

Professor Stuntz, Thank you for sharing - so sorry about your health. And, I am an evangelical lawyer - not currently practicing, but so love the "weird" demographic comment. I've never been and probably never will be a professor, but I'm glad to know there are at least two law profs out there who love Jesus.

Debbie

Glad to learn of your blog. Sorry to learn of your pain and cancer. I pray the treatments work. Of course, selfish me, I hope you'll be cured so that I can continue to read your work. But either way, based upon what you've written, I believe you'll live thru it. Either way.

Glad to learn of your blog too. I'm a lawyer and a Reformed Christian here in Arizona, member of a PCA church. Prof. Stuntz, we will be praying for you--please let us know your progress.

Welcome to the blogosphere! I look forward to reading your posts and I just asked our heavenly father to grant you strength and healing.

Welcome to the wild and woolly blogosphere; and God be with you in this dark time, Bill. My sincere sympathies.

Two good books regarding these topics: Christ the Healer by F.F. Bosworth and Bible Healing Study Course by Kenneth E. Hagin. Lance.

In the August 15, 2008 edition of the Wall Street Journal I found you. What a great article on CS Lewis. Even more interesting is the fact that you folks are attorneys and Christian Evangelicals. So now I have found your blogsite and will follow much of what you are writing. This is my first attempt at blogging, although I am a frequent emailer to the WSJ. Thanks for being there for us. My sympathy for the brother with cancer. I have just retired from Hospice Nursing. My life has changed since taking care of these folks. I will pray as our Father brings you to my mind.

Eugene Meehan's newsletter pointed me in your direction. Enjoyed your writings. Sympathize particularly with Prof. Stuntz's chemo brain issues. (my chemo brain make me occasionaly crankier than I like and often dumber but I can still laugh (whether appropriately or not is often in question) regularly and am enjoying the company of our 2 1/2 year old grandson. Am 1/2 through my 48 weeks of interferon for malignant melanomo after surgery to remove a lump of "dead fat" from my shoulder that turned out to be neither dead nor fat. Am so far beyond blessed (if that is possible) with the support of family, friends, clients and other lawyers; don't they understand that I am not all that good a person who deserves far less good will than what has come my way? While it is certainly not all about me I did want to say more than "I feel your pain" without establishing some small amount of background. Good luck & God bless.