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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
What does it mean to have frequent conversations with God, as so many evangelicals say they do? Anthropologist Tania 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.
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
Sir David Cannadine
"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."
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.
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
"I think the word 'leadership' is one that we should use only in conjunction with the word 'humility,' and to see the effect of leadership as lessening the damage of history, rather than creating a vast set of opportunities. It's a mixed view of leadership, but it doesn't ignore it completely."
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
Brian Leiter, Joanne J. Myers
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?
How Religious Leaders Can Come Together to Work on Global Problems | 09/30/12
Religious leaders must come together as never before and take an active role in making an interfaith dialogue with global peace and security as its goal, says Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina Mustafa Ceric. He cites three important initiatives from his own experiences.
America in the 21st Century: A View from the Arab World | 09/17/12
The key is still the Arab-Israeli conflict, says Muasher. "The U.S. is not going to be able to regain its credibility in the region if it tells the Arab public that 'If you are Egyptians or Tunisians or Syrians or Libyans yearning for freedom, we are with you, but if you are Palestinians yearning for freedom, it's complicated.'"
Thought Leader: Syd Mead | 09/05/12
Syd Mead, Devin T. Stewart
"Morality is character. It's the ability to analyze and see how you fit into the overall social hierarchy. So the morality to me is just a sort of sensitivity to what is essentially fair."
Thought Leader: Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric of Bosnia-Herzegovina | 09/05/12
Mustafa Ceric, Devin T. Stewart
"I would advise my dear intellectuals of this age and time and place to give us some good imagination, especially to the young people."
The Last Protestant? | 08/24/12
Joel H. Rosenthal
There is only one Protestant in the highest offices of U.S. politics today: Barack Hussein Obama. This new religious diversity is unpalatable to some, who would like "faith-based" values to play a larger role in politics. Yet the separation of church and state--a Protestant creation--is clearly here to stay.
Pax Ethnica: Where and How Diversity Succeeds | 05/18/12
Karl E. Meyer, Shareen Blair Brysac, Joanne J. Myers
The headlines are full of stories of deep-simmering hatreds and ethnic strife. How about some good news for a change? Historians Meyer and Brysac explore places where diversity is actually working, from Kerala to Queens. What can we learn from these "oases of civility"?
Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari'a Law from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World | 04/20/12
Sadakat Kadri, Joanne J. Myers
In the wake of the terrorist attacks and wars of the last decade, for many non-Muslims "shari'a" has become both a loaded word and an all-encompassing explanation. But the history and practice of shari'a is actually complex and varied, as Sadakat Kadri discovers.
North Korea: The World's Principal Violator of Responsibility to Protect | 02/15/12
The 2005 UN World Summit made a landmark commitment to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity. Has North Korea violated this norm to the degree that intervention is warranted? The answer is an unequivocal yes.