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Obama at AIPAC: U.S., Israel share ‘human values’

“The United States and Israel share interests, but we also share those human values that Shimon [Peres] spoke about: A … Continued

Truth and freedom: a just peace paradigm shift

In light of the continuing political uprising throughout the Middle East, American leaders are reported to be recalculating their approach … Continued

Is the Dalai Lama retiring?

This is the fourth in a series of five columns written by Matteo Pistono for the visit of Chinese President … Continued

Having faith in Haiti

By Uma Viswanathan Today, on the first anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, I am reminded of a popular Haitian spiritual: … Continued

Universal sympathy makes us truly human

A deal President Obama struck with Republican leaders last week will extend tax cuts across the board including, controversially, to … Continued

The next most important election ever

Pope Benedict XVI and Catholic Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke both recently characterized voting as a moral act with spiritual consequences. The … Continued

Cyberviciousness and a student’s suicide: the fault is always in ourselves

If there is any doubt about the pervasiveness of moral confusion and illogic in our society, one need only sample … Continued

20 questions for atheists and believers

I have just finished reading Christopher Hitchens’s memoir Hitch-22, in which he adapts a monthly feature from Vanity Fair magazine … Continued

America already is an Islamic society

By John Kiser Yes, we need the Cordoba House complex to set an example for the rest of America and … Continued

Depends….. on the lens you are wearing

The Dalai Lama, who just celebrated his 75th birthday, often refers to the ‘oneness’ of all religions, the idea that … Continued

A Just Peace approach to Gaza

Q: In a statement Monday, Vice President Biden said the U.S. is consulting with other nations “on new ways to … Continued

Godless humanism? Please, not again

What do you think of the American Humanist Association’s new “Godless Holiday” campaign? The ads, displayed on transit systems in … Continued

Notre Dame Commencement Could Get Ugly

By Jacqueline L. Salmon As the days tick down to President Obama’s commencement appearance at the University of Notre Dame … Continued

Condemn Torture, Then Define It

The UN Convention Against Torture states that torture should be abolished because it violates “human dignity.” From your perspective, what … Continued

Measuring Happiness in Bhutan

Out of the small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan came a concept that has enthralled the international development community: Gross National … Continued

Religious Mobiliity and the Reverse Madrassa

That “more than 4 in 10 Americans have switched their religious affiliation since childhood or dropped out of any formal … Continued

A Path Religion and Science Can Follow

Today, with the ongoing controversy about the teaching of intelligent design as a counter balance to Darwinian evolutionary theory, and … Continued

How Much Pain is “Severe”?

Let’s start with you. If you twist your arm slowly, soon it will begin to hurt, and the pain will … Continued

Faith + Doubt = Progress

Faith and doubt are the legs on which the collective human mind walks. While faith and doubt are not in … Continued

Hail to Chief Executive, Not Chief Theologian

The frequent references to their personal faith as a rationale for public policy by all of the Democratic candidates this … Continued