The Common Good

Valerie Elverton Dixon

Dr. Valerie Elverton Dixon is an independent scholar who publishes lectures and essays at She received her Ph.D. in religion and society from Temple University and taught Christian ethics at United Theological Seminary and Andover Newton Theological School.

Blog Posts by Valerie Elverton Dixon

Posted by Valerie Elverton Dixon 1 year 37 weeks ago
Editor's note: Sojourners is taking part in Pope Francis' Saturday call to pray for peace. Will you join us?We learned the story in Sunday School.Jesus and his inner circle — Peter, the...
Posted by Valerie Elverton Dixon 1 year 50 weeks ago
In his remarks at the National Defense University two weeks ago, President Obama stopped just one sentence short of declaring an end to the so-called “war on terror.” This is and always was...
Posted by Valerie Elverton Dixon 2 years 5 weeks ago
Meaning happens when the purposes of the writer come together with what the reader thinks is important. Since all aspects of any one thing cannot be perceived all at once, we focus our attention on...
Posted by Valerie Elverton Dixon 2 years 15 weeks ago
We know we are addicted to something when that behavior damages our relationships with people. When alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, or work is more important than mother, father, husband, wife, child...
Posted by Valerie Elverton Dixon 2 years 16 weeks ago
When I was a little girl, my mother and I prayed together every night:Now I lay me down to sleep.I pray the Lord my soul to keep.If I should die before I wake,I pray the Lord my soul to take.And then...

Articles by Valerie Elverton Dixon

The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision Is Key to the World's Future. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

What does holy scripture have to do with weapons of war? Not much.

Torture leaves wounds that are slow to heal.