Business and Legal Ethics
James Pilant is a college professor, a husband and a father. He has been involved in politics but almost always on the losing side. He is a devoted patriot of the United States. He is, however, well read in history, philosophy and geography. So there is a certain ‘citizen of the world’ in his make-up, and quite willing to accept criticism of his country and himself. His religious beliefs are a result of his training. Raised from childhood in the Free Will Baptist Church, in his teens, in the early 1970s, he attended a hard right-wing fundamentalist church. They believed that the creation of the State of Israel was a fulfilment of biblical prophecy, that rock music was evil and were fanatical in their anti-Communism. During his college years he was introduced by friends to the Charismatic Movement; a group he still remembers with affection. Following college he spent two years in an Episcopalian Church, yet decided to ‘move on’ after two pastors of whom he was fond were fired. He still crosses himself when he hears of a death, thinks of God and when his wife drives. At twenty-fives years of age he joined the Methodist Church. Whilst still a Christian and registered member, he gave up church attendance when his local church decided to remain neutral on the Second Gulf War. Most of his broad and extensive education has been at graduate level and above, achieving two degrees; a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Speech, and a law degree with a focus on corporate law. Most of his beliefs may be described as progressive or liberal, however they are influenced heavily by study and a devotion to facts. Presently he is the founder and author of the Pilant’s Business Ethics weblog and a very competent authority on the question of ethics in the modern world.