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Virtue

Trump: The Virtue of Vice

Glyn Vincent | Posted 01.30.2017 | Politics
Glyn Vincent

I feel something so right Doing the wrong thing I feel something so wrong Doing the right thing I could lie, could lie, could lie Everything that kill...

A Sermon On Hating A President

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Pastors of America, take the following for your Sunday sermon: "Dearly beloved: Hatred shares some heredity with anger, and anger is one of the seve...

My Sorrow Infused Me With Mercy

Catherine Nagle | Posted 08.30.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

"You are not a true adult until both of your parents have passed on, you are then an orphan." John F. Kennedy, Jr. At the age of 26, I buri...

A Catechism Of Ruism (Confucianism): A Chart Of Ruist Virtues

Bin Song (宋斌) | Posted 08.22.2016 | Religion
Bin Song (宋斌)

In several recent essays on dynamic harmony, the five cardinal human relationships and ten riciprocal duties, and the three guides and five constant virtues, I discussed many Ruist virtues.

How to foster kindness and gratitude? Positive attitudes, faith and humility all play a role

David Briggs | Posted 07.28.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

"Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks...

What Moves Us Deeply?

Tom Morris | Posted 06.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Tom Morris

I'm a fairly emotional person, but I've never teared up over a great business deal. I've smiled. I've laughed with pleasure. I may have gotten all tin...

Religious Hypocrites and Their Timeless Tactics: McCrory, Tartuffe, and House Bill 2

Harold Lloyd | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

With HB 2, Pat McCrory fleeces every worker of employment protections including the right to sue in state court for discrimination based on "race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap."

The Importance of Staying Limber

Shayne Looper | Posted 05.02.2016 | Religion
Shayne Looper

How does one stay spiritually limber? Start with stretches, including hearing those with whom one disagrees and thinking through their arguments. But that's just a warm-up. There is nothing that will stretch a person like actually doing what Jesus instructs his disciples to do.

4 Reasons to Cultivate Patience

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

Religions and philosophers have long praised the virtue of patience; now researchers are starting to do so as well.

Patience Is a Virtue Worth Developing

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 03.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Hyder Zahed

As I have grown older and gained more experience in life I have realized patience is one of the best virtues to have. Here are some ways how patience can become one of our greatest assets.

Democracy and Its Demands

Terry Newell | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Terry Newell

At the Federal Convention in 1787, delegates had no intention of creating a democracy. Steeped in Greek and Roman history, they understood that democracy was a breeding ground for demagogues, whose rhetoric could stir the passions and override reason.

The Beauty of Resilience

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach | Posted 03.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach

And then resilience enters the room, the most elegant of emotional beings; glowing; refined; a reminder that even a flicker of light glows amid the darkness. And we can save our tiny ship of troubles from life's stormy seas once again.

Three Legends: Portraits of Islamic Heroes

Tanvir Akhtar Ahmed | Posted 02.09.2017 | Religion
Tanvir Akhtar Ahmed

One of the hallmarks of any society are the legends that it tells, and often, these legends take the form of biographies. Perhaps some of the best kno...

Should Christians Drink?

Michael W. Austin | Posted 01.22.2017 | Religion
Michael W. Austin

Like many other goods, we may choose to abstain from alcohol for the sake of our relationship with God or our love for others and their welfare. But we may also choose to enjoy it, if we are able to do so in ways that are honoring to God.

The Best Answer to Bad Guys With Qur'ans Is Good Guys With Qur'ans

John Barton | Posted 01.19.2017 | Religion
John Barton

The geopolitical and theological stakes are too high to be distracted by caricatures and reductionism. To move forward, we must embrace our shared and complex humanity, and honor one another's virtues.

2 Reasons to Pursue Virtue

Michael W. Austin | Posted 12.01.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Michael W. Austin

Can being a person of character really lead to happiness? Many people do not associate virtue and good character with joy and better relationships wi...

Living With Integrity Is Living With Virtue

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 09.03.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Hyder Zahed

Integrity, a facet of moral character, connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as, honesty, truthfulness, straightforwardness, and forth rightf...

Presidential Character Counts

Christopher Phillips | Posted 08.13.2016 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Would you consider voting for someone for President with whom you often disagree on specific stances, but whom you feel in your heart of hearts is practicing the virtues that you most prize? Is it time to resuscitate the tradition of old of voting for candidates on virtue-based criteria?

NY Times Columnist David Brooks Explores Sin, Virtue In New Book

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) New York Times columnist David Brooks is the most unconventional of conservatives — the kind of traditionalist who has crossover appe...

Programming Our Computer-like Brains With Greek Philosophy and Mathematics Leads to Virtue

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 05.24.2015 | Education
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Philosophy and science together give birth to environmental ethics. The sciences discover the laws of nature, and philosophy provides the reasoning for our respect for the natural world and, therefore, our respect for the integrity of life on Earth.

Ayn Rand Haters Will Hate

Madelynne Wager | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
Madelynne Wager

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.

Are Black Americans the Most Religious -- and Virtuous -- of All?

David Briggs | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

In a nation where rising numbers of people are dropping out of organized religion, one dynamic religious movement continues to display remarkable strength. The black church.

Why Sport Matters

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. | Posted 04.26.2015 | Sports
Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.

There is far more to Dean Smith's legacy than 879 basketball victories, an Olympic gold medal victory in 1976, two Division I National Championships and an astonishing 11 Final Four appearances. There is the far-from-simple virtue of a life well lived.

I'll Vote for That

Katharine Rose | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Katharine Rose

The mere idea that members of Congress should be required to take annual ethics training speaks volumes about how far we have strayed from our founders' values, but may be necessary as a first step toward restoring decency and respectability in our nation's capital.

The Upsides Of Self-Pity

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 11.24.2014 | World

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon; you were nine years old. Your parents wouldn’t let you have any ice cream if you didn’t do your maths homework. I...