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Moral Values

Defining Our Democracy, One Budget at a Time

Harvard Kennedy School Democrats | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvard Kennedy School Democrats

"Budgets are moral documents." These words from the Rev. Jim Wallis reflect a simple yet powerful fact about our democratic process: where we put our money reveals how we define our values.

Budgets Are Still Moral Documents

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

We all need to be reminded in the midst of what can become budget-frenzy that budgets are moral documents, and that the love of money can cause people to do all sorts of evil things.

Why Integrity Is Never Easy

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Have you ever wondered why mission, vision, or value statements are needed in the first place? After all, nobody wants to get involved with a company that lies, cheats, and tricks its customers.

Meeting The Extremist Challenge By Obeying The Unenforceable

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

When the boundaries between helpful and harmful speech are unenforceable, what can we do, in church or state, to reinforce and protect those recognized boundaries?

Stuart Whatley

Sam Harris: How Science Can Determine Human Values (Review)

HuffingtonPost.com | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Why not let a science of morality prove or disprove itself as science has done for medicine? Fortunately, in our free and open society, people like Sam Harris have every opportunity to do just that.

Should Liberals Give Up on Politics?

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

It seems that the main objective of liberals for the last three decades has been to defend the legal and political gains achieved during the last generation of progressives, in the 1960s and 1970s.

Quantum Consciousness and God With Stuart Hameroff, MD

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

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The Psychology of Morality and Raising Moral Children

Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD

Lawrence Kohlberg reported that there are stages individuals go through to grow a sense of moral value.

Rape Conviction: a Preposterous Verdict and a Dangerous Precedent

Omar Baddar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Omar Baddar

It's amazing, the absurdity some in Israel will reduce themselves to in order to defend the rape conviction of an Arab man in Jerusalem who allegedly pretended to be Jewish in order to have consensual sex with a Jewish woman.

How Vulnerability Leads to Courage

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

There is a secret in the air, one of those secrets that most people ignore but still feel: Each and every one of us is vulnerable, scared, and even more so when that part of our inner being goes denied.

Wall Street, Nuclear Weapons, MLK Jr., and the Road From Ruin

Steven G. Brant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven G. Brant

From the latest news, you'd think America has turned the corner and is on the road to recovery. Far from it. There are major, structural deficiencies in our system that point in very negative directions.

Most Americans Say Moral Values In Decline

Religion News Service | By Fernando Alfonso III | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Fernando Alfonso III Religion News Service (RNS) Three-quarters of Americans say the country's moral values are worsening, blaming a decline in et...

Elizabeth Warren and Goliath

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Wallis

As Elizabeth Warren, a good Methodist, warns: The banks are trying everything they can think of to kill financial reform. And we must not let them do that.

A Faith Declaration for Health Care Reform

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

There is no one "right" religious position on how health care should look; but I believe there are some fundamental moral and even biblical principles on which to evaluate any final legislative agreement.

Build, Don't Destroy in Afghanistan: An Open Letter to President Obama

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

Already, thousands of our readers have signed a letter and contacted the White House urging a new way forward in Afghanistan. I encourage you to read it and to endorse this message if you have not done so already.

Single Adults Have Sex -- Get Over It and Stop Covering It (and Peter Orzag)

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rev. Debra Haffner

I was astounded to see a news story this morning on the Today Show that President Obama's budget director Peter Orzag had a child out of wedlock -- was this considered news in 2010.?

Health Care: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We've recently seen the abortion rhetoric really heat up to ridiculous proportions. Those with opposing views are being stereotyped and demonized. And facts are taking a back seat to sound bytes.

Lay Off The Tiger

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
W. Hunter Roberts

I know we have a legal right to comment on the private loves of public figures, but must we always do so? Whatever happened to good taste?

Health Care, Immigrants, and the Character of Our Country

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

With an issue like health, the faith community has a unique and important role to play -- to define and raise the moral issues beneath the policy debate.

Reinvention is the New Black

Tevis Trower | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tevis Trower

If either your bank account or your emotional reserves are bleeding red, reinvention just might get you back to a positive balance.

Does Life Have Meaning or Are We Merely Bobbleheads in Bubbleland?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John W. Whitehead

The question of life's meaning is a spiritual one -- one that has been largely lost due to the devaluing of spiritual and religious institutions in the country.

Governor Sanford and the Failure of Moral Politics

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

It's satisfying to lambast a staunch social conservative for an extramarital affair on another continent. But the real failure in this sad story is a political platform based on a personal moral code.

Does Marrying For Money Make Sense?

Times Online | Kate Spicer, Deirdre Fernand, Kate Mulvey and Ruth Gilligan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

A woman with two daughters, a stepson, a large mortgage, a big job and no time was rifling in a tidying -- not a nosy -- way through some of her new h...

New GOP Meme: "Ends Justify The Means" When It Comes to Torture

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

In America, the ends never justify the means when it comes to violating the law and constitutional rights. Those are our values. Or so I thought.

Obama's Rick Warren Pick Makes Perfectly Good Sense

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The 60 to 80 million Christian evangelicals are still too big, too important, and too politically strategic to ignore. Obama knows that and that's a big reason why Warren will pray at his inauguration.