Religion in a Modern World
Jim Wallis is an evangelical Christian reverend known as a writer and activist. He founded Sojourners Magazine in 1971 and currently serves as its Editor-in-Chief. His most recent book is The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post-Religious Right America (2008). He teaches a course on religion and politics at Harvard University. In 2000, he received the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience award. Born in 1948, Wallis attended Michigan State University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Jim Wallis: Well first of all when I’m out speaking, I always really enjoy when somebody raises their hand and says, “I’m a secularist. I’m not a religious person. I’m an atheist, but I didn’t feel kicked to the curb tonight. I felt welcomed into a conversation – a moral discourse on politics.” This isn’t a religious litmus test, but we have to have a moral discourse on politics. We find common ground by moving to higher ground. That’s the way you always do it. I think Washington, D.C. where I live takes an issue and does two things. Firstly they blame it on the other side and make you afraid of it – politics of blame, politics of fear. They never get back to solving the problem. I think America is hungry for a politics of solutions and a politics of hope. There are liberal ideas. There are conservative ideas. And there are ideas that we haven’t thought of yet that are going to be necessary to find solutions. So I want to really find the cross-cutting issues. I love to work with people on the other side of political spectrum on something like Darfur, or comprehensive immigration reform, or climate change, or global poverty. That’s when you really feel like you’re transcending left and right and going to a whole different place. The country doesn’t want to go left or right. They want to go deeper, you know? Is there a moral center? Not a mushy political middle just cutting the difference in half; but what are the moral choices and challenges that lie right beneath our political debate? Whoever can articulate those questions I think will get a great resonance among the American people.
The importance of balancing reflection and activism.
These modern-day hermits can sometimes spend decades without ever leaving their apartments.
- A hikikomori is a type of person in Japan who locks themselves away in their bedrooms, sometimes for years.
- This is a relatively new phenomenon in Japan, likely due to rigid social customs and high expectations for academic and business success.
- Many believe hikikomori to be a result of how Japan interprets and handles mental health issues.
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
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