Archive: March 8, 2009 - March 14, 2009
Today's guest blogger is Becca Hartman, a Research Associate at the Interfaith Youth Core. Becca originally joined the IFYC as a Public Interest Program Fellow from Northwestern University, where she studied Philosophy and Religion and was active in organizing interfaith...
By Eboo Patel | March 11, 2009; 1:42 PM ET | Comments (0)
New religion survey shows Americans are rejecting labels, not faith. The personalized, even idiosyncratic nature of faith in our culture has been a growing trend for a very long time.
By Brad Hirschfield | March 11, 2009; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (93)
It's peculiar that President Obama sees himself as a "person of faith" when it comes to lifting restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, but he is an agnostic when it comes to abortion. Apparently, Obama's faith serves his politics and not the reverse.
By Cal Thomas | March 10, 2009; 9:29 AM ET | Comments (55)
Jewish tradition requires that we use all available knowledge to heal the ill, and "when one delays in doing so, it is as if he has shed blood" (Shulchan Aruch, Yorei De`ah 336:1--the authoritative 16th century code of Jewish Law).
By David Saperstein | March 10, 2009; 8:36 AM ET | Comments (4)
The same human reason that propels science can also erect ethical barriers to certain medical practices; the "slippery slope" is inevitable only if we are too stupid or too cowardly to make important moral distinctions.
By Susan Jacoby | March 10, 2009; 7:59 AM ET | Comments (102)
The vast majority of arguments, both religion-based and otherwise, against embryonic stem cell research are rooted in fear about the future abuse of capacities we already possess or soon will. So this is really about our faith in each other more than our faith in God.
By Brad Hirschfield | March 10, 2009; 6:44 AM ET | Comments (0)
If, as medical science has now established, life begins at conception, how can he as a person of faith countenance the taking of life, even in its earliest stages?
By Charles "Chuck" Colson | March 10, 2009; 6:16 AM ET | Comments (8)
Without study and by proclamation, the President has created a monstrous policy that has no precedent in American history.
By John Mark Reynolds | March 10, 2009; 4:17 AM ET | Comments (3)
Jesus' answer to a world crying out for healing was to heal each and every disease, no matter how frightening.
By Phil Davis | March 10, 2009; 1:59 AM ET | Comments (11)
The President made the moral choice, in my view. As someone who is in remission, and whose diagnosis makes it clear that I will one day face treating my cancer again, medical advances are personally poignant to me. But even were that not the case, I would support the research.
By David Wolpe | March 10, 2009; 1:59 AM ET | Comments (23)
Giving power to scientists and politicians means that the real rational response is a great deal of prayer.
By Adin Steinsaltz | March 10, 2009; 12:53 AM ET | Comments (18)
President Obama's action could swiftly lead to the potential destruction of several hundred thousand unborn human beings who currently exist as frozen embryos in storage facilities across the country.
By Richard Land | March 10, 2009; 12:42 AM ET | Comments (0)
Public policies in our government are to reflect not a particular religious or ideological perspective but what is best for the health and welfare of our nation's citizens based on the guidance, in this instance, of sound science.
By Welton Gaddy | March 10, 2009; 12:29 AM ET | Comments (3)
Shame on the churches generally, and particularly on those who have influenced people to think that science and faith in God are incompatible.
By William Tully | March 10, 2009; 12:28 AM ET | Comments (2)
Conscience will never allow us to use and destroy humans beings -- small as they may be -- for the sake of research, no matter how promising. To do so would be to lose our own humanity.
By Thomas G. Bohlin | March 10, 2009; 12:17 AM ET | Comments (3)
I am glad President Obama, as a person of faith, lifted the ban on stem cell research. I believe that God wants people to have the best quality of life they possibly can.
By Susan K. Smith | March 10, 2009; 12:12 AM ET | Comments (7)
Human life begins at conception: each conceptus and embryo is a human being. But the pre-fetal stages of human life should be open to scientific study and medical use.
By Willis E. Elliott | March 10, 2009; 12:09 AM ET | Comments (19)
God gave us minds and hearts and heads, and that it is for us to use that God given intelligence to conduct research that could improve human wellbeing and human life expectancy.
By Julia Neuberger | March 10, 2009; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (17)
I agree with President Obama. The whole Judeo-Christian emphasis is upon life.
By Gardner Calvin Taylor | March 10, 2009; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)
If stem cell research submits to the profit motive, then the sacrifice of the nation's conscience to bring about relief for those who are really suffering will be a heavy price to pay.
By Arun Gandhi | March 10, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)
Now, as the Christian world continues to refine its identity, another label is gaining currency: "follower of Jesus." It is gaining among the young.
By David Waters | March 9, 2009; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (4)
The Indian who won two Academy Awards for music shows that Muslim pluralism is flourishing.
By Eboo Patel | March 9, 2009; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (46)
Forced charity is bad for us because in removing our liberty to choose between goods it makes us perpetual dependents. By cutting everyone a check or putting everyone in "one size fits all" programs it is radically inefficient and often harms the giver and the recipient.
By John Mark Reynolds | March 9, 2009; 7:13 AM ET | Comments (5)
Yes, in tough times, those with resources ought to share them with those who are in need, not because Caesar orders us to, but because, as people of faith, God's compassion and love for the downtrodden compels us.
By Charles "Chuck" Colson | March 9, 2009; 5:56 AM ET | Comments (3)
The reason we are in this economic mess is the exact opposite -- self above everyone else. The only way truly out of this is through a generation of selflessness.
By Matt Maher | March 9, 2009; 5:45 AM ET | Comments (2)
Bottom line? It is quintessentially Christian to help others in need.
By Leith Anderson | March 9, 2009; 4:46 AM ET | Comments (1)
There is a time for justice, letting the financially irresponsible suffer. But there is a time for mercy
By Willis E. Elliott | March 9, 2009; 2:57 AM ET | Comments (12)
The attempt to aid the poor has been labeled "socialism." The result is that the greed of a few has come close to destroying the capitalist system that gives hope to so many.
By John Shelby Spong | March 9, 2009; 12:28 AM ET | Comments (1)