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Ethical Musings · 1w ago

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...
Ethical Musings · 1W ago

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...
Ethical Musings · 2W ago

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...
Ethical Musings · 3W ago

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...
Ethical Musings · 3W ago

Holy places

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...
Ethical Musings · 1M ago

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...
Ethical Musings · 1M ago

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...
Ethical Musings · 1M ago

Guilty?

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...
Ethical Musings · 1M ago

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...
Ethical Musings · 1M ago

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...