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Video: The Supreme Court, Money and Democracy

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record video series: Money in politics is nothing new but healthy societies are about balancing equal access and laws that are equally applied. What do you think? Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wise range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice and the environment.? Visit Odyssey Networks at www.odysseynetworks.org.   To view more of Brad’s Faith on the Record discussions, please click here....

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Video: Finding New Solutions - Why the Hobby Lobby Case is Bigger than Freedom of Religion

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record series: This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Sebelius v Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. This is a moment to examine not just what “freedom of religion” means, but how to find new solutions as well. When it concerns the toughest questions, the new answers we seek rarely come from grilling the other person about what they believe… Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wise range of issues including peace, tolerance,......

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The Spirit of March Madness

Have you even wondered why March Madness – seemingly just a series of college basketball games played by athletes, the vast majority of whom we will never hear about again – captures our imagination in a way unparalleled by any other major American sports tournament? Here is my Elite Eight list of reasons: Passion – Players are not playing for money (even if schools are) and you can feel the intensity, sacrifice, hard work, energy, and love that capture the meaning of amateur – “lover of”. Community – Between university bands, insane......

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Video: Putin's Annexation of Crimea and the "Humiliation Excuse"

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record series: Last week Vladimir Putin led Russia in the annexation of Crimea, the latest move in the international crisis unfolding between Russia and Ukraine. According to Brad Hirschfield, humiliation “is used time and again around the globe to justify some of the most horrific things”, but “faith should help us appreciate the eternal, unbendable, unshakeable human dignity that each of us possesses regardless of what those around us do or have done to us in the past.” Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in......

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Creating Conversation: A Visit with Conservatives

How often do you spend time listening to people with whom you believe you have serious differences in worldview and policy? Earlier this week I had the opportunity to be at a breakfast sponsored by AEI – The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank whose stated mission is “to defend the principles and improve the institutions of American freedom and democratic capitalism – limited government private enterprise, individual liberty and responsibility, vigilant and effective defense and foreign policies, political accountability, and open debate.” Glenn Hubbard, chairman of......

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Video: Faiths Unite to Prevent Gun Violence

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record series: March 13 kicked off the 2014 Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend. The event brought a coalition of over 50 denominations and faith-based organizations together in Washington, D.C. to address the ongoing issue of gun violence in America. Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wise range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice and the environment.? Visit Odyssey Networks at www.odysseynetworks.org. To view more of Brad’s Faith on the Record discussions, please......

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Is the New Alzheimer's Blood Test Too Much Information?

A new blood test can predict with 90% accuracy whether or not a person will develop Alzheimer’s disease in the next three years. Details can be found in the just published edition of Nature Medicine, where this test is being hailed as “a real step forward”. But is it? Do we really want to know that we will suffer from this terrible illness years before we actually become noticeably symptomatic, or is this a terrible case of TMI – too much information? My guess is that this is one of those things......

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Is This Really a Miracle?

Walter Williams was not only dead, he was already in a body bag awaiting embalming at the local mortuary…and then he started moving! The county coroner, Dexter Howard had two reactions: “The only reasonable explanation he could think of, Howard said, is that Williams’ defibrillator, implanted beneath the skin on his chest, jump-started his heart after he was placed in the body bag. “It could’ve kicked in, started his heart back,” Howard said. “The bottom line is it’s a miracle.” But is it really a miracle? Can something have a “reasonable explanation”......

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The Winners and Losers

In the last Week in Wisdom I invited readers to compare two reactions to the unprecedented tie for the gold medal in the women’s downhill between Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland. When Maze completed her run, Gisin came out of the leader’s box and into the finish area to give her a hug and was quoted as saying, “I’m sure glad I’m going to share this gold with Tina, she’s such a great woman and one of the greatest athletes of our sport.” Maze responded, “We will be......

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Video: Is the Affluenza Defense Moral?

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record series: Brad Hirschfield shares his thoughts on the Affluenza defense, the defense used by a teenager in Texas after killing four people in a drunk-driving crash. The defense worked but was it moral? Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wise range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice and the environment.? Visit Odyssey Networks at www.odysseynetworks.org....

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