Archive: October 12, 2008 - October 18, 2008
The lifeblood of a democratic society is its continuing capacity to engage in thoughtful, open, candid, substantive, debate and discussion. Neither public life, nor church life, nor the media encourage and support the forms of discourse a democracy needs.
By James Anderson | October 17, 2008; 3:26 PM ET | Comments (8)
I watched the third Presidential Debate and I saw two lonely human beings. Who, if anyone, is pastoring -- truly caring for -- the spirits of these two men through this stressful time?
By William Tully | October 17, 2008; 2:14 PM ET | Comments (3)
One reason so many are angry with politicians not of their persuasion is that they tend to put too much faith in them.
By Cal Thomas | October 17, 2008; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (10)
Telling us the truth, even when it hurts! Every mess we are in right now, from the war in Iraq to the meltdown in the markets was driven by leaders on both sides of the aisle who told us what they wanted to be true, instead of what was. Both candidates are doing the exact same thing.
By Brad Hirschfield | October 16, 2008; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (9)
Nobody wants to say that THE ISSUE underneath the rage is racism. What happens is Obama wins? What happens if he doesn't?
By Susan K. Smith | October 16, 2008; 12:33 AM ET | Comments (14)
Lisa Miller | Millions watch them on television and read their books, but the theology driving all of their success is thin.
» Sally Quinn Interview: Victoria Osteen
By Lisa Miller | October 15, 2008; 3:47 PM ET | Comments (22)
As a young voter and interfaith activist, this is what I like to hear. For my peers, focusing on these urgent issues creates common ground for walking across the lines of faith. Without having to agree on the meaning of marriage, we can lobby together for health care and renewable energy.
By Eboo Patel | October 15, 2008; 2:22 PM ET | Comments (15)
Ultimately, the restoration of calm will send fear and anger back into their hiding places. Assuming that we have legitimate elections and market stability in the near future, most people will stop being triggered by stress.
By Deepak Chopra | October 15, 2008; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (1)
We should have a funeral for two dead false gods, the market and the American empire. (They died at the same time; in fact, they killed each other.) Then we should have a party to celebrate their deaths.
By Willis E. Elliott | October 14, 2008; 2:59 PM ET | Comments (14)
Any politician who provides fuel for the worst sort of American fire, or remains silent in the face of bigotry and threats of violence, is a disgrace to this country.
By Susan Jacoby | October 14, 2008; 2:04 PM ET | Comments (271)
Don't be complicit in helping create the perfect storm of a politics of fear and anger. Do what you can to still the waters of hatred and strife.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | October 14, 2008; 1:23 PM ET | Comments (4)
The most important lesson Buffet has to teach Americans is that only human smarts can make good judgments about what to do and what not to do in a crisis. And if he can teach that not only to the candidates, but to the American people, that is truly wizardry.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | October 14, 2008; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (11)
It's blindingly obvious to me at least that if there was ever a time to stay on the issues and try to deal with the awful mess we're in, it's now. Judgment works both ways, and I think a lot of us are going to judge candidates who lean heavily on guilt by association, a discredited American political idea if there ever was one.
By William Tully | October 14, 2008; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (4)