Archive: November 30, 2008 - December 6, 2008
India is one of the most diverse countries in the world - a carnival of ethnic groups, religious communities, languages, tribes, castes, etc. In fact, the idea of India is the idea of pluralism.
By Eboo Patel | December 5, 2008; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (24)
The new Administration should work to strengthen those in every religious community -- beginning with those in American mosques and Muslim organizations -- who oppose religious violence. And treat terrorism as a crime to be policed and punished, not defeated by war that breeds more terrorists.
By Arthur Waskow | December 5, 2008; 8:20 AM ET | Comments (53)
There is no room for appeasement when it comes to terrorists and there is no substitute for real understanding in the prevention of future terror.
By Brad Hirschfield | December 5, 2008; 7:42 AM ET | Comments (13)
Terrorists count on their targets to overreact. Terrorism is designed to provoke outrage and calls for reprisals. Don't fall for it.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | December 5, 2008; 7:40 AM ET | Comments (8)
President Elect Obama is smart enough to recognize that the problem with terrorists' beliefs is not that they are religious, but that they are false and wicked. Terrorists must be opposed intellectually and morally, but Obama must pick the right arguments.
By John Mark Reynolds | December 5, 2008; 6:27 AM ET | Comments (22)
Today's guest blogger is Zeenat Rahman, a Senior Program Coordinator at the Interfaith Youth Core. She recently completed a tour of six countries in Western Europe, where she explored religious pluralism in the region. I have heard the phrase "this...
By Eboo Patel | December 3, 2008; 3:55 PM ET | Comments (1)
Barack Obama would do well not to attack terrorism as a religious problem or an extremist one. Fortunately, he already seems to have adopted the argument that "soft power" (meaning the use of influence, persuasion, and negotiation) will do far more good than the Bush administration's rigid adherence to hard power, meaning bombs. Whatever happens, this is yet another area where God should be left out of the equation.
By Deepak Chopra | December 3, 2008; 9:03 AM ET | Comments (339)
One thing that the Obama administration could and should stop doing is acting as if the only violence that counts is terrorism in which westerners die.
By Susan Jacoby | December 3, 2008; 8:20 AM ET | Comments (374)
Terrorism is a weapon, used by evil people. It is particularly evil when terrorists do so in the name of religion
By Charles "Chuck" Colson | December 3, 2008; 8:08 AM ET | Comments (2)
Pope Benedict XVI is at it again - making fine distinctions which create gross problems. The Pope uses language that may be helpful in a philosophy seminar, but actually causes real harm to human relations around the world.
By Brad Hirschfield | December 2, 2008; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (32)
The term "terrorism" is a broad generalization that risks conditioning the social psyche into an instant negative association with religion, which could lead to a lack of faith.
By Matt Maher | December 2, 2008; 9:42 AM ET | Comments (3)
Climate change is a moral and ethical issue as well as a scientific and political one
By Starhawk | December 2, 2008; 6:26 AM ET | Comments (1)
The White House should avoid emphasizing the religion factor. Religion-driven terrorists hope to achieve, in addition to chaos, an intensification of inter-religious conflict. The more their religion is mentioned, the more heroic and martyrial they feel, and the more energized to further their terrorism.
By Willis E. Elliott | December 2, 2008; 1:30 AM ET | Comments (0)
Wal-Mart worker's death by frenzy shows our corrupt relationship with consumerism.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | December 1, 2008; 7:30 PM ET | Comments (106)
Terrorism comes with a roar, also - an ugly, viscous snarl. But it is not the final sound we will hear. That privilege belongs to the nineteen million voices who make the carnival music known as Mumbai.
By Eboo Patel | December 1, 2008; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (105)
Plenty of people think they can go it alone--making up a faith and observing it privately. But even the great mystics and hermits of early Christianity knew they had to be linked to community or else the power of the solitary life could turn to plain weirdness.
By William Tully | December 1, 2008; 9:22 AM ET | Comments (20)
Mr. Obama will need a palpable God. He will need music that transcends the noise of a bothered and confused world. He will need the silence of a sacred space in order to connect with the God who will get him through his presidency, unrealistic expectations notwithstanding.
By Susan K. Smith | December 1, 2008; 8:12 AM ET | Comments (8)
Where should a president and his family worship, which means to many, which church should they join?
By Martin Marty | December 1, 2008; 6:38 AM ET | Comments (4)