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The Myth of Religious Violence

It’s widely thought that religion is the major cause of war. However, William T. Cavanaugh, in his book, The Myth of Religious Violence, points out how superficial this perception is. Indeed, the authoritative Encyclopedia of War reports that of all … Continue reading

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It’s easy to see the big sins of others

The world’s worst ever ecological disaster happened in nineteen eighty nine when the oil tanker Exxon Valdez dumped most of its crude oil into Prince William Sound in Alaska. The whole world watched in anger at such criminal negligence. However, … Continue reading

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Passed preaching but failed Christianity

Using Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan, a professor of theology arranged for ten of his students, for their final assessment before becoming ordained ministers, to record a short talk on radio. Each was released from class at ten minute … Continue reading

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Acedia, an aversion to spiritual things

William Bennet, speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, said: ‘There is a coarseness and a cynicism to our era…The ancients called it acedia, an aversion to spiritual things and an undue concern for the external and the worldly… I … Continue reading

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Nursing a grudge won’t make it get better

There’s an old story about two monks who came to a river crossing and found an old woman sitting there afraid to venture into the water. Much to the annoyance of his companion, one of the monks volunteered them to … Continue reading

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It’s not enough just to observe

Some years ago Photojournalist Kevin Carter won a Pulitzer Prize with a picture of a starving Sudanese child crawling toward a feeding center while a vulture stared at him. That image drew international attention to both Sudan’s suffering and to … Continue reading

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Losing one’s perspective

One stifling summer day in San Antonio, Texas, a baby was accidentally locked in a parked car. The mother and the aunt ran around the car in near hysteria, while a neighbour tried to unlock the door with a clothes … Continue reading

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