Maggie is not a laugh riot, but funny more in a dark comedy kind of way, not because its filled with overt jokes, but as an early representative of dark humor and satire that reflects civil religion's substitution of false superficial virtues for real moral energies.
Healthcare organizations speak and write of compassion in their mission statements, marketing materials, and code of behaviors. The larger question, however, is whether the system itself allows for decisions based on an authentic desire and commitment to alleviate the suffering of others.
Is there ever truly an ethical way of presenting someone's suffering? The ethics of speaking for others, of sharing and benefitting from someone's own words, is not a definitive set of rules.
Just last year, there were over 200 million cases of malaria, killing over 400,000 people, around 300,000 of whom were under 5 years old. One simple solution is long-lasting insecticidal bednets.
It was poor advice from the famous economist Milton Friedman that the only duty of a corporation is to maximize its return on investment. Instead, E...
What Good is Union Seminary? Who is Asking? by Tom F. Driver The Paul J. Tillich Professor of Theology and Culture Emeritus Union Theological Semina...
I happen to believe government budgets are a moral issue because they reflect priorities. My moral barometer for measuring societies includes how it treats its young, elderly and those on its margin -- economically and socially.
Embattled North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory recently missed his chair and got paddled by the floor. He blamed it on the chair. By now, it almost seems standard procedure. McCrory makes a mistake and then he directs the blame elsewhere. Pat blames a patsy.
As many in the liberal theological world have heard by now, Union Theological Seminary is currently in the final stages of a plan to ensure its future by selling off its air rights.
I was listening to Hillary's acceptance speech this morning on my iPhone, minding my own business and drinking my coffee, when my partner heard her voice and said, "God, I can't stand her."
"If you don't like gay marriage, you don't have to have one." So goes a standard admonition in our culture wars. This quip can be applied not only to same sex marriage but also to a host of other controversial issues.
The future of treating genetic diseases may lie within the emerging field of molecular surgery. It may seem impossible to imagine doing surgery on such a micro level, but the development of a molecular technique called genome editing can be used to correct genetic defects within cells.
I wonder if I am more Asian, specifically Chinese, than I realize. I was reading the new book about applying Chinese philosophy to your own life, and it was more touching than I had expected. As a Chinese American whose parents emigrated from Taiwan more than fifty years ago, I grew up in Detroit.
Admittedly, the new liberal government has made strides that we would likely not have witnessed under a Conservative version of this law. But as to whether or not the legislation really holds true to the spirit of the Supreme Court's decision, there exists no compelling argument against the assertion that the Trudeau Liberals have fallen short.
"The Voyeur's Motel" is gripping and salacious. But since its publication, some readers have expressed uneasiness with both the content and the measures taken to report on -- and protect -- the man at the center of the story.
What would happen if children early on were taught the consequences of their actions on others, rather than to behave well in order to avoid punishment?