The Linguists’ Principle of Charity

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I’m still slowly reading my way through Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. Our city discussion group has held two monthly meetings, but yesterday I was reading Step Eight - How We Should Speak. There it was that I learned of something from the field of linguistics, called the principle of charity. The principle says that when someone says something to us which seems strange, we should pause, assume that they hold some piece of truth which might be useful to us, and … [Read more...]

On Common Ground is Powerful New Resource

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The Pluralism Project of Harvard University has released On Common Ground, a comprehensive online resource, this permutation replacing the former published book versions. Here you will find a world of information on religions, the religious landscape of America, essays on interfaith topics. I found the Essays section quite interesting, addressing some real-life issues that many of us have faced (or will, in time). “From Diversity to Pluralism” - about why diversity in our communities … [Read more...]


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