Monthly Archives: March 2012

When the Private is Political

Sightings   March 29, 2012 — Caryn D. Riswold Who imagined that the hot political topic in Spring 2012 would be contraception? That Rush Limbaugh would flame back into relevance for demanding that a Georgetown law student provide him and … Continue reading

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Why We Can’t Listen – Good People Divided by Politics and Religion

Review of Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by William Saletan – March 25, 2012 (c) The New York Times You’re smart. You’re liberal. You’re well informed. You think conservatives are narrow-minded. … Continue reading

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Thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak.

Praying – Mary Oliver It doesn’t have to be/ the blue iris, it could be/ weeds in a vacant lot, or a few/ small stones; just pay attention, then patch/ a few words together and don’t try/ to make them … Continue reading

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Every day I want to speak with you but something more important calls for my attention…

Prayer – A Poem by Marie Howe Every day I want to speak with you. And every day something more important/ calls for my attention—the drugstore, the beauty products, the luggage/ I need to buy for the trip./ Even now … Continue reading

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Body and Soul: Down with Dualism!

Philosophical dualism has been with us for a long time. It’s one of the key components of Western thought: good and evil, masculine and feminine, subject and object, and the big one: mind and body. Nancey Murphy is a Christian … Continue reading

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New Hope for Reformist Muslims in Europe via Irshad Manji

From live web chat with Irshad Manji, one of the world’s leading Muslim reformers–called by some “the Martin Luther of Islam”–Friday, March 16th. Prof. Manji was drawing on her briefing of the House of Lords, UK, earlier in the month in … Continue reading

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Timeless and Selfless? Where Am “I”?

See review of novel “Gods without Men,” (2011, Knopf) Hari Kunzru, a must-read I’m discovering – by Douglas Copeland 3/11/12 – [blogger notes in brackets.] (Excerpt from review) …only in the past decade that we appear to have entered an aura-free universe … Continue reading

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In the Face of Adversity: Prophetic Endurance

  In the Face of Adversity Endurance shines as the hallmark of  the prophets, the lodestone of the prophetic. Those who are willing to endure when endurance looks insane, has no hope of prevailing, consumes everything else in its path, … Continue reading

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Religion and Politics Revisited

Excerpt from Sightings  3/12/2012  — Martin E. Marty …All readers have access to and are probably overwhelmed by too many often ephemeral (news cycle by news cycle) events and comments. Why add to them. I say this not without respect … Continue reading

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Culture or Neurons?

By Susan Okie — physician, former medical reporter and national science editor for The Washington Post, and a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at Georgetown University. ©2012, Washington Post Book World Service/Washington Post Writers Group Posted on Mar 8, … Continue reading

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