Martin Buber | politics

Martin Buber’s Hope in Polarized Times

The important lesson a midcentury speech by the Jewish philosopher holds for “this hour”

February 3, 2020

Iran | religious ethics

How War Bypasses Morality

Examining how wartime decisions often end up violating our ethical beliefs about war

January 6, 2020

Christmas | Max Weber | Civil Religion

Christmas Movies and the Religious Dimensions of Story Structure

Can religion help settle the debate about whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie?

December 2, 2019
Peace Prize


How to Win a Nobel Peace Prize

Who wins the Nobel Peace Prize? And what does it teach us about the last century?

November 4, 2019

Mahatma Gandhi

Remembering Gandhi in a Critical Age

Gandhi insisted on the power of each individual to contribute something to the realization of truth and freedom.

September 30, 2019

freedom of information | Google | Internet | ISIS | Jigsaw | net neutrality | search engines

Google vs. ISIS and Freedom of Information

“Don’t be evil” has since 2004 been Google’s unofficial corporate motto. Like other mottos, it’s vague but difficult to disagree with, and like other companies, it’s arguable to what extent Google lives up to its own self-declared moral standard. (I’...

October 13, 2016