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Why I object to putting America first
I object to Trump’s campaign slogan and post-election efforts to “put America first” for two reasons.Firstly, trying to “put America first” is ultimately self-defeating behavior similar to a...
Giving to panhandlers
Pope Francis recently offered advice regarding the perennial question of whether giving money to a panhandler is good. He said, Give and don’t worry about it. His advice is scripturally soun...
A new Lenten discipline
In view of my previous Ethical Musings post about Rethinking Ash Wednesday, traditional Lenten practices of giving something up to demonstrate one’s true feelings of regret and penance for o...
Rethinking Ash Wednesday
In this post, I suggest a more modern interpretation of why Christians continue to impose ashes. (My 2016 Ethical Musings post Ash Wednesdaysketched the traditional understandings of the ann...
The Episcopal Café asked for articles in February on holy places. This Ethical Musings post is my contribution to that great website.I, like a great many people, experience some places as ho...
Why we no longer engage in civil discourse
Civil discourse – meaningful conversation about issues important to democracy – rarely occurs in the US today. Unmet requirements for civil discourse among politicians, public figures, opini...
Choosing between fear and courage
In response to both cancer and terrorism, an individual has two basic choices: fear or courage.In the short run, fear advantageously heightens a person’s senses, thus increasing vigilance al...
The Old and New Testaments both reflect widespread, theologically rooted belief in the idea that the sin is the cause of illness. For example, when Jesus heals a man who was born blind, some...
Respite or reprieve?
The pace of executive orders and other changes issued by the Trump White House appears to have slowed.Is this a respite or reprieve?According to senior Trump administration officials, the ad...
Frustrated yet thankful
In the middle of September last year, I spent a week in the hospital, my body ravaged by the effects of multiple myeloma that had gone undiagnosed for months. Three months of chemotherapy fo...
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