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John L. Allen |
John L. Allen Jr. is the prize-winning Vatican writer for the "National Catholic Reporter," a U.S. Catholic weekly.
Richard Cizik |
The Reverend Richard Cizik is vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals.
John J. Davenport |
John Davenport is associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University in New York City.
Global Ethics Corner: Who Does Everest Belong To? | 05/20/13
A fight on Mt. Everest between Nepalese Sherpas and European climbers has again raised questions about tourism and the world's tallest mountain. Should the Sherpas, who live and work on the mountain, control access to the peak? Should the tourists have any say?
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.
Thought Leader: Sir David Cannadine | 05/07/13
Sir David Cannadine, Zach Dorfman
"Actually, for most of human history, most people have lived at peace with each other. We constantly need to remind ourselves of that and ask how and why that has been possible. From that perspective, the aberrant mode of human behavior is war."
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."
Global Ethics Corner: What’s Going on in Guantanamo Bay? | 04/22/13
With over half of the detainees on a hunger strike, tensions are worse than ever at Guantanamo Bay. Is it finally time for the United States to close this detention camp? Or does it still serve a purpose in the country's ongoing wars?
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.
Ethics Matter: Zainab Salbi on Women, War, and Self-Empowerment | 04/09/13
Zainab Salbi, Marlene Spoerri
In this fascinating conversation, Zainab Salbi discusses her personal journey from growing up in Saddam Hussein's Iraq to becoming a global champion of women's rights. She also focuses on the realities of women's lives across the Middle East and proposes constructive ways to change negatives to positives.
Global Ethics Corner: Are We Good Because of God? | 04/01/13
A new book claiming that bonobos can feel empathy suggests that morality may be biological. If this is the case, what purpose does religion serve? Is it still a useful tool for moral guidance or can we get all our answers from science?
Thought Leader: Mary Robinson | 03/22/13
Mary Robinson, Devin T. Stewart
"What strikes me about the world today is that it's a world of 7 billion people who are more connected than ever before, and yet the divides are huge. We see growing inequality both within countries and between countries. I'm not sure that we can continue like this and be socially cohesive."
Thought Leader: Bineta Diop | 03/21/13
Bineta Diop, Devin T. Stewart
"For me, leadership is also feminine. I always say that the men who have feminine values are part of the criteria for me to look for in leadership. It is that touch, that caring, giving, solidarity. Those are things that for me are very fundamental in leadership."
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: Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks | 03/15/13
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Devin T. Stewart
"The whole moral equation has become incredibly difficult, whether in terms of space or in terms of time. The moral community is now spread out across the world. Consequences are now long-term and not short-term. All in all, we have not yet evolved moralities that can really solve these problems."
Public Affairs: Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice | 03/15/13
In this inspiring talk about her extraordinary life so far, Mary Robinson tells us of her early years and how she became president of Ireland, even though the odds were 100-1; her work as a champion of human rights, especially those of women; and about her current work as president of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice.
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."