Category Archives: Spiritualty and Politics

What difference does it make if torture works?…and a few other questions…

 What difference does it make if torture works? Is that all we need to know about it? Is it possible that we shouldn’t torture people even if it does work? By analogy: We could probably eliminate a good deal … Continue reading

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What is worth Saving?

What is As we cut the budgets and let the social programs wither, as global warming and invasive species threaten the integrity of ecosystems and human health, as endless and endlessly faster technological change leads everything that is solid to … Continue reading

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There’s nothing like a little moral superiority to start your day

Forget Ben and Jerry’s ice cream or Godiva chocolate, there’s no sinful pleasure like that delightful sense that “we” are so much “better” (more developed, more moral, more spiritually advanced) than “them.” At least two recent items in the news … Continue reading

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After Japan…Scared yet?

 [Note: this is the current piece from my column at Patheos.com. http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/After-Japan-Scared-Yet-Roger-Gottlieb-03-29-2011.html%5D Do the horrific images from Japan—not to mention reports that safety records at the nuclear plant have been faked for years—make you a little frightened when you drive … Continue reading

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Why not bomb Libya?

How could any right minded person be against the use of force to stop the Libyan government’s repression of dissent. Incredibly brave demonstrators take to the streets, demanding freedom, democracy, and a more equitable share of Libya’s enormous oil/natural gas … Continue reading

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NPR, Tea parties, and getting real: Appreciating the Good and Finding the Truth

NPR, Tea parties, and getting real: Appreciating the Good and Finding the Truth   Dear reader—as you look this over keep in mind that politically I’m so far to the left I fall off the planet every once in a while. … Continue reading

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Spiritualiy and the Revoluition in the Middle East: Finding Faith in the Long View

Spirituality and the Revolutions in the Middle East: Finding Faith in the Long View [Note: Every other week I do a column at Patheos.com. http://www.patheos.com/About-Patheos/Roger-Gottlieb.html I particularly liked this one, hope you do too] How do we respond spiritually to … Continue reading

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