Battling Ebola is about more than just beating back a deadly virus that attacks the body. It’s about persuading people that traditional religion and contemporary medicine aren’t at odds.
I didn’t overflow with love for our new puppy at first. I just wanted to keep her alive. And that was enough.
One prominent pediatrician has said withholding vaccines is tantamount to child abuse, and that there shouldn’t be a religious exemption. He’s right.
What is lost when we turn funerals into parties that actively deny the finality of death? In seeking to alleviate pain by posing dead people in ‘lifelike’ poses, do we not save up a different kind of pain for later?
I do believe that how we seek to do justice matters as much as the justice we seek, but believe it is messy world, and the Perfect is too often held up as the enemy of the Good Enough or even the Less Bad.
What would happen if we could unhitch ourselves from such identity games and celebrate the freedom of thought that is supposed to be a cornerstone of American identity? What if facts were not perceived as grave threats but as invitations to ongoing inquiry?
Noah’s ark is a favorite theme for nursery décor, and makes for fun coloring pages full of animals going two by two, but it’s a story of God nearly wiping humankind off the face of the earth.
Speaking briefly about his son, Mark Barden also, in a moving demonstration of grace, expressed compassion for Adam Lanza and told the audience the simple thing he hoped we’d do.