Tuesday Nov 16, 2021

How to Hack the Law (But Also Why You Shouldn‘t)

Of course we could have covered the two (or three) Uses of the Law, but what fun would that be? Instead, in this episode, we explore the patterned consistency of all law-based systems—scientific, psychological, jurisprudential, and religious—and why we not only need them, but can't even function without them; yet also, how that exact patterned consistency makes all laws hackable, gameable, and manipulable. How then to have an honorable relationship to the law, especially if the law—and others who ought to be obeying it—don't always deal honorably with you? Hint: Jesus has something to do with it.


1. Check out Dad's article, “Antinomianism—The Lutheran 'Heresy',” in On Secular Governance

2. For some case law in action, as well as how to cope with attempts to hack the gospel as offered in the sacraments, see my new book To Baptize or Not to Baptize

3. Bonhoeffer's critique of Kant on lying can be found in Ethics, pp. 279–80.

4. Plato's dialogue Euthyphro

5. Related episodes: Law and Gospel 1, Law and Gospel 2, Learning to Love Leviticus, An Unlikely Marriage

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