Why Bill Nye Will Have A Little Trouble Saving The World

“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. “

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The Death of the Contract

“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.”

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America’s Drug Problem Isn’t An Opioid Epidemic, It’s A Misery Epidemic

“What is the person getting from the addiction? What are they getting that otherwise they don’t have? What addicts get is relief from pain, what they get is a sense of peace, a sense of control, a sense of calmness, very, very temporarily. And the question is, why are these qualities missing from their lives? What happened to them? If you look at drugs like heroin, like morphine, like codeine, if you look at cocaine, if you look at alcohol, these are all painkillers.”

Dr. Gabor Maté, TEDxRio 2015

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The Parable of the Healthy Splagchnon

“We come to understand that the story is not an illustration of moral “ought-to” but rather a depiction of the power of, to borrow a phrase that NT Wright uses extensively in his work, genuine humanness. The Samaritan, most likely to be viewed by first century Jews as sub-human, illustrates genuine humanness in allowing himself to be moved by splagchnizomai, and in offering his help affirms the genuine humanness of the beaten man. It is their piety, ironically, that prevents the priest and Levite from realizing this truth.”

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