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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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Video: The Wisdom of Washington Governor's Suspension of the Death Penalty

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record series: It’s not just that Governor Jay Inslee of Washington suspended executions in his state this week that is important, it is his reason for doing so and the lessons we can learn from it. 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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In addition to their frequent articles in The Wisdom Daily, the words of Brad Hirschfield and Irwin Kula are often featured in other notable and respected publications and websites.? Below are the most recent articles that have appeared around the web:   God at the Grammys by Irwin Kula In 2012, after much pre-show debate about the wisdom of mixing God with the Grammys, LL Cool J opened the Grammys with a prayer… ? READ MORE     What search for “Adam’s genes” tells us about ourselves by Brad Hirschfield FoxNews.com’s Jeremy......

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The Olympic Spirit

I am no kill-joy! I love watching the Olympics. I root and feel pride for my tribe (USA! USA!) all dressed in their Ralph Lauren designed outfits. I get goose bumps (with appropriate 1960’s self-consciousness) when our national anthem is played at the gold medal ceremony of one of our winners. But there is a truth about the Olympics that challenges those of us who believe in a universalism that can both include the best and transcend the worst of our particular cultural contexts and tribal loyalties. If we are honest, the......

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Video: CVS and Tobacco - Good for Our Bodies and Spirits?

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record series: This week national retailer CVS Pharmacy announced that beginning in October it will no longer sell cigarettes or any tobacco products. Is this a faith story? I think it is. 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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Our Soldier Heroes and Us

The most emotionally powerful moment in President Obama’s State of the Union address was also its most morally complicated.? As is often the case in these addresses, the Commander in Chief evoked a sense of pride and patriotism by recognizing a hero from the armed forces. The President introduced Cory Remsburg, a seriously wounded soldier who was sitting with the First Lady on one side and his father who has dedicated his life to helping his son recover on the other. The President described Cory as “a proud Army Ranger,” who “on......

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