What is Civility?

By Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse at 3Quarks Daily: We now are able identify civility in argument with tendencies that enable the exchange of reasons among disputants. Chief among these concerns the need for those who disagree to actually engage with each other’s reasons.  This requires arguers to earnestly attempt to correctly understand and [Read More...]

Obama on Sundays

From HuffPo: WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has attended a worship service at a historic church steps away from the White House. Accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and daughters Sasha and Malia on the mild, overcast morning, Obama walked through Lafayette Square to St. John’s Episcopal Church. The Rev. Michael Angell delivered a sermon from [Read More...]

Romney on Sundays

From NYTimes, Romney’s participation in the Mormon service: A campaign aide points out that Gov. Romney uses his iPad to read scriptures, which could explain why he glanced down at his lap a couple time during the service. (It’s true that there are a number of apps that contain a complete compilation of Mormon scripture, [Read More...]

…Or Eruptions of Conflict (RJS)

I occasionally receive e-mail after posts when readers agree, disagree, or just have questions. The e-mail address I include at the bottom of each post is there to allow this kind of communication. An e-mail message after the post last Tuesday, The Wellsprings of Conflict, raised an issue that I think deserves some serious consideration [Read More...]

Our Age of Spiritual Discontent

Perhaps the most notable issue many observers of American religion see is that religion is about choice. If there are thousands and thousands options in a coffee shop, there are even more when it comes to religious beliefs. “Adulthood,” Diana Butler Bass says in her book, Christianity after Religion, “means picking – education, career, partner, [Read More...]


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