Where they read the headline “Jefferson: Hero or Villain?” these commenters ought to be reading “Jefferson: Great Mind and Racist Slave-Owner” or “Jefferson: Influential Leader and Rapist” or perhaps for brevity simply, “Jefferson: It’s Complicated.”
Yale scholar and Christian theologian Miroslav Volf argues for an alternative take in his unparalleled book Exclusion and Embrace. Instead of attempting to view reality from “nowhere,” he says, we just need to view it from “there.” That is, the truth about the way things really are does not lie in one or another person’s particular perspective, but in all of them united together.Read more "The View From Everywhere"
“The danger of radioactive fallout from nuclear testing was to the Presidential election of 1956 what climate change was to the election of 2016. Vice President Adlai Stevenson was running against incumbent Dwight Eisenhower and in a last ditch effort to clinch the election he revealed the Atomic Energy Commission’s (AEC) secret withholding of data regarding the risks to human health posed by radionuclides in the environment as a result of nuclear testing. His statement was backed by 13 Yale scientists. He still lost. “Read more "Why Bill Nye Will Have A Little Trouble Saving The World"
“When God makes the covenant with Abraham in Genesis 15, Abraham cleaves in half the sacrificial animals before God puts him to sleep and passes through the animals alone, a unique ritual in which God pledges that he will bear the burden of the covenant and that he alone would rather die than break the covenant. At the foot of the cross we find that again God has done something profound: though he has upheld his side of the covenant, he has still submitted himself to death on behalf of his human partner in the broken covenant.”Read more "The Death of the Contract"
“Whatever you do, don’t try and escape from your pain, but be with it. Because the attempt to escape from pain creates more pain.”
Tibetan Book of Living and DyingRead more "5 Lessons From A Decade Of Working With Tibetan Immigrants"
“It’s not too late to recapture that sense of progress and innovation, but we must understand that it is intricately linked with the production and distribution of wealth and goods in our country. To make this plain think about George Jetson.”Read more "The World of Yesterday, Today"
“This is the consequence of partisan agenda politics: America was given a bitter pill and a poison pill, and by a wide margin chose the poison pill.”Read more "The Temperate and the Temperamental"