In an age when the phrase "fake news" is used constantly to describe what is delivered to the general public by some media, and facts and truth are at a premium, how we understand these words and the concepts behind them is important. From a faith perspective, is there a difference between "facts" and "truth," or are they the same thing? Does ...Read more
In a recent poll, around 50% of both Republicans and Democrats think that members of the other party are "ignorant." Just over 20% in both parties think people from the other party are "evil." In polls dating back to 2014, there has been a growing level of distrust between the two major political parties in the U.S. Since that time, 50% or more ...Read more
In a country and world seemingly more and more divided, are there better ways to deal with controversial issues? Because controversial issues have always been ... well ... controversial, we'll look at some of the key ideas from teachings in our faith traditions that can help us deal with controversial issues in relation to others.
Rabbi: I'm ...Read more
Sometimes the words just roll off our tongues: "I promise." "I swear." But sometimes we make those commitments with a bit more trepidation: "Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?" Or "I promise to love, honor and cherish you, until death do us part." What do our faith traditions have to say about ...Read more
U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced on July 25 that our federal government is bringing back capital punishment after more than 16 years without a federal execution. Is it a tragic regression into barbarity or a way to implement justice?
Imam: Within Islam, capital punishment is generally accepted as a means of administering justice in ...Read more