Tag: Religion


Why We Freeze Up and Forget How to Communicate

We’ve lost the art of civil discourse. According to an annual “Civility in America” survey, more than 90% of us now consider lack of civility a real problem. More than a third of us admit to being uncivil to others. When we take into account social desirability bias, we know that there are a lot more of us out there who are not engaging in civil discourse. Our inability to enter into genuine conversation is undermining our communities and denying ourselves the opportunity to learn about each other. It’s time for a......

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When Religion Disrupts the Secular Workday

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: After all the headlines about the county clerk jailed for refusing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky, a flight attendant named Charee Stanley has now made news for refusing to serve alcohol to airplane passengers. Her claim is that as a devout Muslim, her religion forbids her to perform that task. But where is the religious freedom movement to support her? “If you intuitively stand with one, why don’t you stand with the other just as much since each is looking for accommodation......

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A Generation Removed from God

Our old gods are dying, and our new ones are yet to be born, so we best be careful asking people about what they believe about God. It isn’t simply that the familiar, conventional (theistic, old-man-in-the-sky, all-powerful, all-knowing god who created the universe, who loves us, judges us, responds to our prayer and guarantees an afterlife) is irrelevant to increasing numbers of people. It’s that this God is actually far more disquieting. I need to come clean and say clearly: There are indeed some days when I do call out and surrender......

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Oliver Sacks Gets Personal

When world famous neurologist Oliver Sacks, explainer of things human, writes – as he did recently about family, faith and his own impending death – it pays to pay attention. Okay, I admit, I’m biased by virtue of the fact that this amazing doctor and author was the friend and colleague of another doctor and author I respect: my late father-in-law, Dr. Harold Klawans (equally as esteemed around the world by colleagues and fans of his murder mysteries, albeit not quite as well known, as Sacks). They blurbed each other’s books, spoke......

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Pluto, Spa Trends and Nathan Hale: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (July 13-17), we took time to explore the balance between humor and political correctness, the evolutionary role of religious thinking, the spa offerings that meet spiritual needs and NASA’s exciting mission to Pluto. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   The Politically Incorrect Bobblehead – Brad Hirschfield Nathan Hale had only one life to give for his country, but almost 250 years after his death, there’s still plenty of him to go around. And that upsets a Yale-educated......

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Judaism in America: It's (Probably) the End of the World as We Know It

This post originally appeared on Patheos.com: We Jews, however we understand ourselves and our Jewishness, are more integrally linked to the larger American culture in which we live than perhaps any previous generation of diaspora Jews, including past generations of American Jews. We are, like it or not, fully at home here. This is not some 21st-century version of Germany in the early 20th century, or a variation on Spain in the 12th. It’s not even that I don’t believe in Israel. I do, and am proud to call myself a Zionist,......

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An American Struggle: Rebuilding Trust

Our money may bear the words “In God We Trust,” and almost 90% of Americans may claim belief in God (or a higher power). But when it comes to government, organized religions or most other large institutions, a very different picture emerges. According to new polling by Gallup, trust in our big institutions is, well, in the toilet. As a panel guest on The Daily Wrap recently, I addressed the issue: “I think what we’ve gotten really good at is appreciating what people can and must do for themselves, but we’re going......

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No Ordinary Book About Faith

I recently read a book that I’m delighted to share with The Wisdom Daily community, called Femmevangelical: The Modern Girl’s Guide to the Good News, by Jennifer D. Crumpton. Let’s take a closer look at what the good reverend has written. Yes, I said reverend, but that shouldn’t scare anyone off; this is no ordinary book about religion. In fact, the book isn’t about religion, at least not as religion is often (mis)understood. And it’s certainly not limited to young women, or to those who consider themselves Christian, or Christian-curious. So who......

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A Family Values Fumble for Reverend Franklin Graham

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Sounding off about Wells-Fargo’s TV ad depicting two women learning sign language in order to adopt a hearing-impaired child, Rev. Franklin Graham declared his plan to cut ties with the bank by withdrawing his ministry’s funds. He also encouraged his flock to follow suit. But the evangelical leader soon softened his stance (saying he isn’t opposed to the company’s ad being “gay-friendly”), and now, what I find fascinating is watching him wrestle with this issue. “What if all of us were willing to open......

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A Marriage Equality First in Ireland

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: For the first time in the world, a nation has voted as a people to recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry in their country. While the majority in Ireland identify as Catholic, a majority of voters there are clearly comfortable disagreeing with the church on who should have access to marriage rights under the law. “What’s happening now is not a breaking with faith, but a profound engagement with faith, that has the capacity to allow people to use the traditions......

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