Saturday, December 17, 2016

Save the Shoes

As my semester was coming to a close this past week, I had a chance to remind my students that every act of kindness and generosity matters. This four-minute TED talk reinforces this point in a memorable way.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Radical Experiment in Empathy

Another installment in cultivating empathy for "the other" in our lives. Take a few minutes to watch this powerful video while the turkey is cooking.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Can a Divided America Heal?

Two days before the presidential election, I posted a video of Stephen Colbert interviewing New York University psychology professor Jonathan Haidt. They were discussing Haidt's book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion.

As a university professor and author, I read a lot of excellent books. But I can honestly say that The Righteous Mind is the most important book that I've read during the past decade. This is the book for our current polarized times. Everyone should read it. Go to amazon and order it now. I'm not kidding.

While you are waiting for The Righteous Mind to arrive in the mail, watch the following three videos. I'm not kidding.

The first is a TED talk in which Haidt discusses his primary contribution to moral psychology, Moral Foundations Theory. In this video, Haidt explains why conservatives and liberals tend to see the world differently.

The second video is a TED conversation in which Haidt offers some very timely advice for healing our polarized country.

The third video is Haidt's keynote address to the 2016 American Psychological Association Convention. While this video is almost an hour in length, for me it was the best hour spent during the entire election cycle.

After watching these three videos and reading The Righteous Mind, you will probably be tempted to post a homemade sign in your yard that reads "Haidt for President in 2020." But not so fast. We need Haidt's wisdom right now in 2016. Whether you are a conservative, progressive or somewhere in between, I hope you will take the time to listen to Haidt's plan for reducing the toxicity that is poisoning our country. You won't regret it.


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Jonathan Haidt and Stephen Colbert

With the presidential election just two days away, it seems appropriate to turn to the wisdom of social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, who teaches at New York University. Haidt appeared on the Colbert Report in 2012 shortly after his book The Righteous Mind was published. In this entertaining interview, Haidt explains why liberals and conservatives have a hard time understanding each other. He also offers some tips on how to better see the other side's perspective—something we desperately need these days.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Attention State University and High School Students: Satisfy Your College Philosophy Requirement in a Christ-Centered Online Environment!

This post discusses an online philosophy course that I will be teaching in a few months. Please consider passing this along to any students that might be interested in this opportunity.

State universities typically require students to take a philosophy course as part of their general education curriculum. This can often be a faith-threatening experience for Christian students in a secular environment. But now you can study philosophy without putting your faith at risk.

For the first time, Indiana Wesleyan University is offering an introductory-level History of Philosophy course specifically designed for students who are either at a state university or still in high school.

This 14-week online course (January 9-April 27, 2017) will expose you to the leading issues, figures, and eras in the history of western philosophy from a Christian perspective. And it will do so in an environment that teaches you how to think critically and defend your views with rigor and respect.

After successfully completing this course, you will transfer the earned credit back to your current university. Or, if you are a high school student, you will enter college with this requirement already satisfied.

Seats are limited, so apply today! 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Focus on the Family President and Gay Rights Activist Discuss Their Friendship and Common Foe

This video appeared at the end of my most recent lesson that evangelicals can learn from Brian McLaren ("Bridges not Walls"). If you didn't read that particular blog entry, you probably didn't see this video— which is why I am reposting separately today.

Do yourself a favor and watch this amazing conversation between Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family, and Ted Trimpa, a leading gay rights activist. If this level of kindness, generosity and civility can emerge between these two men, imagine what other kinds of bridges can be built in our deeply divided world.