Archive: November 9, 2008 - November 15, 2008
On Sunday, November 23, The Shalom Center and the Workmen's Circle will hold an action gathering in New York City: Jews Uniting to End the War and Heal America.
By Arthur Waskow | November 15, 2008; 10:54 PM ET | Comments (0)
Maybe King Abdullah, by articulating the central Muslim value of religious pluralism on the world stage, will find the citizens of his Kingdom demanding that he implement it at home.
By Eboo Patel | November 14, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (77)
California's first lady, Maria Shriver, considers herself "a Catholic in good standing," but in an interview with On Faith, said that she disagrees with the church's teachings on divorce, homosexuality and abortion rights. On abortion, she said "I often talk...
By Elizabeth Tenety | November 14, 2008; 9:05 AM ET | Comments (8)
Opposing a call to compassion feels like kicking a puppy with a broken paw, but it isn't. A call to compassion is not actually compassion.
By John Mark Reynolds | November 14, 2008; 7:32 AM ET | Comments (29)
The golden rule is achingly important because it hurts to think how often our neighbors brush us aside, violence in their words if not their fists. It hurts us to be merely a pink and brown object in their way, rather than a human being who will feel the same way about their behavior as they would if they had to endure it.
By Greg M. Epstein | November 14, 2008; 6:39 AM ET | Comments (19)
Compassion includes compassion for the earth, for all the interrelated and interacting life forms, for the plants, animals, birds, trees, even the microorganisms that sustain life. For if we don't include that broader community in the scope of our compassion, if we continue to destroy the very systems that support our lives, we cannot survive.
By Starhawk | November 13, 2008; 7:53 AM ET | Comments (250)
By Lisa Miller | November 12, 2008; 4:16 PM ET | Comments (48)
Today's guest blogger is Amber Hacker, a graduate of University of North Carolina Wilmington and a Leadership Associate at the Interfaith Youth Core. Amber manages the bridge-builders network, an online community for leaders of the interfaith youth movement. I believe...
By Eboo Patel | November 12, 2008; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (0)
In my part of the evangelical world, folks have been celebrating the election of Barack Obama. This is true even for those who voted for his opponent--there are many Republican evangelicals who see his leadership as a symbol that America is taking great steps forward from our too-often racist past.
By Richard Mouw | November 12, 2008; 4:03 PM ET | Comments (66)
In a world filled with faith-driven hate and violence, simply appealing to something as amorphous as compassion will not do the job. What we need is an agreement about how to practice the kind of modesty which assures that we not seek the destruction of those with whom we have genuine difference.
By Brad Hirschfield | November 12, 2008; 8:46 AM ET | Comments (32)
Let me say first that I am unequivocally in favor of compassion. But Karen Armstrong's proposal that the world should write a "Charter for Compassion" is typical of the mushy thinking displayed by those who promote the dubious notion that all religions have a similar core.
By Susan Jacoby | November 12, 2008; 7:50 AM ET | Comments (63)
In her great scholarship on the history of fundamentalism, Armstrong has made the case for thoughtful, honest, steady, non-reactive and, yes, thoughtful religion. I believe in a God who calls me to live compassionately and to think compassionately.
By William Tully | November 12, 2008; 7:09 AM ET | Comments (0)
Compassion is universally revered and universally ignored.
By Deepak Chopra | November 12, 2008; 6:43 AM ET | Comments (1)
We shouldn't minimize the differences between religions. But when it comes to ethics, there's a lot of truth to Karen Armstrong's premise about compassion. The golden rule or something like it is inherent to the ethical vision of all major faiths.
By Brian D. McLaren | November 12, 2008; 5:19 AM ET | Comments (5)
Love, respect, understanding and compassion must be universal and unconditional. God loves everyone and makes no distinction between Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus or non-believers.
By Arun Gandhi | November 11, 2008; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (1)
In light of the mixed ethical legacy of all faiths and worldviews I thank Karen Armstrong for appealing to one of the noblest of human virtues embraced by all people of good will, compassion.
By Gabriel Salguero | November 11, 2008; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (1)
Even as I write this, I am weeping, because this was a victory of Biblical proportions. Barack Obama was and is tired of divisiveness; God was and is tired of divisiveness. God brought this nation to this day, "for such a time as this." This is a new America which honors the God who created us all, the God who loves all of us, no matter who we are.
By Susan K. Smith | November 11, 2008; 9:04 AM ET | Comments (33)
There is not much compassion, in my opinion, in any religion that I have studied. There is the potential for compassion, but the actual practice is almost absent, at least on a large scale.
By Susan K. Smith | November 11, 2008; 8:59 AM ET | Comments (6)
Obama's reading of Niebuhr and his experience and observation of life as it is lived in complex times will show up in his "realistic" activity. Or am I too hopefully naive even to hope that this will be the case? Realistically: no.
By Martin Marty | November 11, 2008; 7:38 AM ET | Comments (8)
God be praised, Barack Obama. Let all see the hand of the God of history at his work in this matter.
By Gardner Calvin Taylor | November 11, 2008; 6:45 AM ET | Comments (1)
The global celebrations of Obama's victory were an opening of the letter. That is why, in responding to the "On Faith" questions, I did not distinguish between "about America" and "to the world." What Obama's election says about us it says to the world.
By Willis E. Elliott | November 11, 2008; 6:31 AM ET | Comments (0)
The Torah brings me into being as a Jew; the Constitution brings me into being as an American. What an incredible gift Obama has for weaving such metaphors for us as we embark on the hard work of repairing our great nation.
By Andy Bachman | November 11, 2008; 6:20 AM ET | Comments (0)
Obama's spontaneous, clear, concise, incisive response to Brooks' query regarding Niebuhr gave me hope and assurance that Obama understood well and carried in both his heart and mind Niebuhr's brand of pragmatic, Christian realism.
By James Anderson | November 11, 2008; 5:05 AM ET | Comments (2)
One place where the change in weather will be most welcome is on the U.S. relationship with the Muslim world.
By Eboo Patel | November 10, 2008; 9:52 AM ET | Comments (16)
Republican or Democrat, black or white, Jew or Christian, adherent of other religions or no religion at all, the sense of turning a corner, taking a chance on hope, embracing an unknown future, moving toward unity, was unmistakable.
By Arnold M. Eisen | November 10, 2008; 8:47 AM ET | Comments (2)
Obama's election allows us to believe, not in him, but in the capacity of ourselves and our compatriots to move beyond racism and prejudice and choose a path of hope.
By Starhawk | November 10, 2008; 7:43 AM ET | Comments (37)
Obama's election makes the case that faith trumps fear while hope and change are not just simple sound bites or campaign slogans but the heartbeat of a nation looking for more.
By Samuel Rodriguez | November 10, 2008; 6:40 AM ET | Comments (2)