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The Constitution Project: Task Force Report on Detainee Treatment | 11/27/13
David Gushee, David R. Irvine
In many instances, U.S. forces used interrogation techniques which constitute torture; the nation's most senior officials bear ultimate responsibility; and there is no evidence that torture produced significant information of value. These are the unanimous conclusions of the task force on detainee treatment, as discussed here by two of its members.
Thought Leader: Chan Heng Chee | 11/19/13
Chan Heng Chee, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"Globally, have we reached a point where we accept that genocide is not acceptable? I think we have. But what to do about it is something different. I'm not sure that, while we know what we have to do, the wherewithal is there, the resources are there, the will is there to deal with some of the larger egregious behavior in the world."
Passionate Conviction and Inclusive Community | 11/19/13
"Convictions matter. At least our own convictions—the affirmations, commitments, and practices that are central to our personal and social identity—matter to us. Yet because we live in an era of unprecedented global interaction, the convictions of people everywhere also matter to all of us whether we know it or not."
Thought Leader: Rowan Williams | 07/30/13
Rowan Williams, Devin T. Stewart
"The heart of a global ethic for our time, or a convergent point of global ethical systems, is that twofold sense of recognizing one another's dignity and sharing our resources in justice. That is one of the areas where the religious traditions of the world have a very significant role to play, since they all in their different ways have a strong sense of how human dignity is to be understood and a strong commitment to justice."
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America | 06/17/13
Since the late 1970s, says George Packer, we've been living in a new era. The structures that supported ordinary Americans' ambitions, from government to business to schools, have stopped working on their behalf. Instead, people felt they were on their own. Some have thrived greatly and others have been left behind, with a rising sense of panic.
When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God | 05/20/13
T. M. Luhrmann
What does it mean to have frequent conversations with God, as so many evangelicals say they do? Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann spent over 10 years as an active member of evangelical churches in different parts of the U.S., and uses her personal experiences, interviews, and scientific training to report on the evangelical faith.
Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st Century | 05/16/13
In this in-depth, erudite talk, George Weigel discusses the historic shift taking place in the Catholic church; the character of the new mode of Catholicism that is coming into being; his personal impressions of the new pope; and the flourishing church in Africa.
Three Salient Cultural Disagreements | 05/14/13
"Huffington Post" featured China scholar Andrew Nathan's piece, "Three Salient Cultural Disagreements." This series is co-produced by Carnegie Council as part of our Centennial Thought Leaders Forum.
Global Ethics Corner: Should Childhood Vaccinations Be Mandatory? | 05/06/13
Childhood vaccination programs have been met with skepticism and hostility in the U.S. Some oppose them on religious grounds, while others worry about preservatives. Do governments have a right to make sure children are immunized against contagious diseases?
The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences | 05/01/13
"A divided past is only part of the human story. It may be the one that makes the headlines, but, arguably, it's not the only one and it's probably not the most important one either," says David Cannadine. "Human relations are extremely messy. They are not primarily Manichean at all, but they are about blending, borrowing, interacting, and interconnecting."
WSJ Ideas Calendar Features Sir David Cannadine's Talk | 04/19/13
Sir David Cannadine's Carnegie Council talk, "The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences," was featured in the "Wall Street Journal" Ideas Calendar.
Years Later, Secular Student Group Recognized On A Religious Campus: Here's How It Happened | 04/11/13
Chris Stedman, Andreas Rekdal
In order to be truly inclusive, interfaith dialogue and collaboration must also include those without faith.
Book Review: "The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences" | 04/11/13
"The Undivided Past" aims to show that "the most resonant forms of human solidarity," as author David Cannadine elegantly puts it, are unstable and often ultimately incoherent. In other words, many foundational concepts cannot withstand logical or historical scrutiny.
The String in the Maze: On What It Means to Be Human | 04/08/13
"The LA Review of Books" featured a review of Sir David Cannadine's "The Undivided Past," written by "Ethics & International Affairs" assistant editor Zach Dorfman.
Years Later, Secular Student Group Recognized On A Religious Campus: Here's How It Happened | 04/08/13
In order to be truly inclusive, interfaith dialogue and collaboration must also include those without faith, write communications assistant Andreas Rekdal and interfaith activist Chris Stedman in the "Huffington Post."
Thought Leader: Hans Kung | 03/19/13
Hans Küng, Devin T. Stewart
World peace may never be achieved, but the EU shows that peace is possible if everybody cooperates. I insist on the importance of religions: No peace among nations without peace between religions. No peace between religions without a dialogue between religions. No dialogue between religions without shared ethical values and standards.
Thought Leader: Jay Winter | 03/13/13
Jay Winter, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"One of the things I've seen over my lifetime is a move away from war and from the place of the military in political life. This to me is astonishing and unpredictable."
Thought Leader: Peter Morales | 03/06/13
Peter Morales, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"Stories touch us. In some ways, they're so powerful that your point, if you're a minister, often gets lost because people remember the story and completely forget the point you were trying to make based on that story."
Thought Leader: Richard Lugar | 01/14/13
Richard Lugar, David C. Speedie, Anna Kiefer
"I do approach it in a positive way, that we ought to be thinking about nutrition for every human being, keeping people alive so they have a chance to learn and to be productive."
Why Tolerate Religion? | 12/13/12
Why do Western democracies single out religion for preferential treatment? For example, why can a Sikh boy carry a dagger to school while other children cannot? Is this morally and legally justifiable?