The arc of the moral universe is bending toward justice for gays and lesbians faster than any moral rights revolution in history, as evidenced this week in Indiana.
As a university professor of pre-service teacher education students, I raise the distinction between moral convictions and professional ethics when we discuss issues of controversy within the field of education.
The question ultimately is why America's moral standards seem to have fallen so far. Drug and alcohol abuse remains widespread. The two-parent nuclear family seems to be quickly disappearing.
My church is moving our 2017 General Assembly out of my hometown Indianapolis in response to Indiana's RFRA, recently signed by Gov. Mike Pence. This is painful for our church and for my family. I'm a Bible scholar and minister -- not a lawyer or judge -- but I've studied the history of RFRA and think I understand what's at stake.
That this was a democratic result does nothing to hide the shame of it. That Israel's electorate was cowed, after decades of fear-mongering by political opportunists, to bet on nationalism is a disgrace both to that nation and to the principles that underpin reasonable peoples' support for liberal democracy.
In looking for more images that tell a story we may find ourselves forced to dig deeper and our writing may get better, too. It may also make news and opinion writing more fulfilling and representative. After all, what haven't we said already?
For those who know C.S. Lewis as the author of the Chronicles of Narnia books, it may be a surprise that the he became famous for his wartime radio addresses to the British people during WWII.
Ethics laws can stop some illegal behavior but they cannot produce ethical individuals. Ethics laws can assure greater transparency but they cannot, by themselves, produce greater trust.
Traditionally, the "gold standard" of informed consent for participation in medical research entails that participants need to consent to every new research study, which means that they need to be contacted and re-consented each time.
The rise of big data can help build a framework, shifting away from macro-analysis and demographics to individualized targeting.
When we consider how to ensure that our well-intentioned actions have meaningful impact, ethical reflections take on a central and critical importance. They force us to reconsider our priorities, and to question some of the assumptions our society has inherited from past generations.
After reading Rand's most famous work, Atlas Shrugged, I find my thoughts on politics and life profoundly inspired. Her characters and philosophical convictions are unapologetically pragmatic and simply refreshing. Rand's work reminds me of an important lesson: haters will hate.
The real issue is about ethics and character, both much more essential in a secretary of state -- and president -- than how they handle emails.
I'm sure we can agree that no person wants to be devalued, unappreciated, mistrusted, disrespected, misunderstood or taken advantage of by others. It makes the exchange of gold or silver for furniture even more unresolved in my thinking.
If we have dreams it is now that we have to reach for them. If we love someone it is now that we have to tell them. If we want to make changes, now is the time. And I understood that the fear of losing security is never a reason not to reach for your dreams.
Michael Shermer thinks so. Shermer is the editor of Skeptic magazine, and has long been a strong advocate for science and rational thinking, since they are the best ways we have for understanding the way the world works.