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The First Shall Be Last: Tribalism And Christian Faith

Michael Jinkins | Posted 09.27.2016 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

There is nothing more "common" than the spirit that claims that our tribe is unique, that our little group is special, especially blessed by God, exceptional, Number One. There is nothing more "common," more vulgar, more primitive, few things more dangerous, and nothing less true.

Tribalism and the Vote

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Deborah J. Levine

As messy as tribalism may be, the tribes can also passionate, enthusiastic, creative and compelling. They produce leaders who are willing to take risks, to challenge what has gone before, to inspire others to do the same.

We Are All One

Mila Atmos | Posted 07.19.2016 | Good News
Mila Atmos

Not all is well with the world. We have been bombarded with calamitous events around the globe that have made me question how our humanity is going to...

Tribal Customary Law in Jordan: Sign of a weak state or opportunity for legal pluralism?

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 06.15.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Strict Bedouin legal codes often overpower civil law in Jordan, drawing the state's most basic sovereignty into question.

Atheist vs. Agnostic: Why The Difference Matters. A 2nd Dialogue

Ted Cadsby | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Ted Cadsby

The agnostic (AG), while sympathetic to the atheist's arguments, still wants to accommodate other belief systems and confronts the atheist (Ath) for attacking religion. The atheist attempts to respond to the challenge.

Do Science and Religion Conflict? Yes - And It Matters

Connor Wood | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion
Connor Wood

Is there a conflict between religion and science? Some say yes. Others say no. Regardless of their answer, nearly everyone thinks that the relationshi...

Why Donald Trump Scares Me As an African

Diana Achieng | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Diana Achieng

Image source Let me tell you a little something about myself so you can understand why this is difficult for me to even write. I have spent the last...

How to Grow a Virtual Religious Society

Connor Wood | Posted 04.11.2016 | Religion
Connor Wood

Think religion is all about individual beliefs? Think again. The great sociologist Émile Durkheim argued that religion is "eminently social."

Why We Love Trump

Jalaja Bonheim | Posted 03.10.2016 | Arts
Jalaja Bonheim

If you're one of my readers, you're probably protesting: "Not me! I don't love Trump." Like many people I know, you may find the Trump phenomenon tota...

Outrage Culture Kills Important Conversation

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Productive discourse is dying, trampled over by closed minds who value comfortable opinion-holding over uncomfortable soul-searching. As dialogue lies flailing and gasping, outrage culture's pulse is stronger than ever.

President Obama's Trip to Kenya: 12 Things Revealed, A Reprise

Washington Osiro | Posted 08.05.2016 | World
Washington Osiro

President Obama's trip to Kenya revealed many things that further underscore the Rorschach Test-like impact the man engenders. The trip also revealed the cognitive dissonance that Kenyans have with corruption, tolerance and their relationship with America.

Prejudice: A Dangerous Defense Mechanism

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

"Prejudice is a great time saver: You can form opinions without having to get the facts." -- E. B. White Prejudice is described as an unfavorable opi...

Tribal Leadership: Culture Governs Your Brand

Janet Odgis | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
Janet Odgis

It's no secret that the majority of employees are disengaged from their jobs, which presents a problem for managers and executives who want to effectively execute on their strategies. At the root of that disengagement is an absence of corporate culture.

And You Thought All Kenyans Were Alike: Misconceptions Kenyans Have of One Another.

Washington Osiro | Posted 07.18.2016 | World
Washington Osiro

As evidenced by this partial listing of misconceptions Kenyans have of one another, the country is a diverse and rich collection of people who know they are as different as foreigners think they are homogenous!

Accepting and Moving On in Post-racial and Post-tribal Societies

Washington Osiro | Posted 06.02.2016 | World
Washington Osiro

Without absolving or equivocating on America's hypocrisy on matters of race, racism and abuse of civil rights, it is ironic and equally hypocritical that Africans, who have little compunction about hacking one another to death because of differences, physical or perceived, are some of the loudest decriers of racism and bigotry in America.

Hello, Congress!

Peter Samuelson | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Peter Samuelson

You need to do much better than knee-jerk decision making based on those sitting next to you. The two party system has been palatable and constructive only when its members retained the power of individual human thought. Where did this go wrong, and are you responsible?

Our Next Step Should Be Together

David Vognar | Posted 02.14.2015 | Good News
David Vognar

Now that the country has collectively pieced together more of what happened under the Bush administration in the past few weeks, it is imperative that we work on addressing a much-neglected form of bias that is responsible for many political and social ills: tribalism.

Misconceptions of Political Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

As soon as the Tunisian elections results were announced with Nidaa Tounes overtaking Ennahdha party, celebrations of the "Islamists'" defeat at the hands of the "secularists" got underway across the media in France and many other western capitals.

The World Isn't Flat, It's Hollow

Spencer Critchley | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

For some, nationalism can feel like all they have. Others turn to a gang, revenge, or a twisted form of Islam. None of this, of course, remotely excuses invasions, gang violence, massacres or terrorism. But it may be a warning that we can't just flatten the world. We also have to find ways to fill it up.

The New Tribalism and the Decline of the Nation State

Robert Reich | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

We are witnessing a reversion to tribalism around the world, away from nation states. The same pattern can be seen even in America -- especially in American politics.

Overcoming Tribalism

Michael Jinkins | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
Michael Jinkins

The concept, indeed, of friendship, in the sense of "people we like" and with whom we "share interests," is foreign.

Is Tribalism Inevitable?

Rosabeth Moss Kanter | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Human nature allows us to think our way out of blindspots. Tribalism is muted by other human creations, such as diverse communities with complex structures and more universalistic values. We call that civilization.

Walls and Bridges

Steven and Michael Meloan | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Steven and Michael Meloan

In a globally interconnected world, what better vehicle for redefining tribal associations than a worldwide communications network?

The War on Terror -- Through a Tribal Prism

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 06.23.2013 | World
Akbar Ahmed

The tribal roots of terrorism are a reality which has been overlooked by many since the declaration of the war on terror over a decade ago.

Kenyans need to make peace

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 05.02.2013 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

By Peter Kimeu Before the 2007 Kenyan elections we joked about politics amongst colleagues and neighbors in this most famous of East African nations....