Posts tagged "charity"
The Patient Body: Hospitals and the Pretense of Charity

The Patient Body: Hospitals and the Pretense of Charity

“The Patient Body” is a monthly column by Ann Neumann about issues at the intersection of religion and medicine.
Daily Links: Great Divides Edition

Daily Links: Great Divides Edition

Back from the Great Divide! Welcome to the fall, and a host of stuff you should be reading right now.

Moral Ambivalence in Modern China

From The Lancet, an article by Charles Stafford on Deep China: the Moral Life of the Person, a new book by Arthur Kleinman, Yunxiang Yan, Jing Jun, Sing Lee, Everett Zhang, Pan tianshu, Wu Fei, and Guo Jinhau (University of California Press, 2012): Of course, mixed feelings are at the heart of ethical discourse and...

Charity’s Faith Problem

Amy Levin:  What’s wrong with charity? Well, nothing, if you’re Mitt Romney and your definition of charity is giving to anti-gay referendums. Ok, that was harsh, but none of us can deny that whatever we mean by “charity” comes with a loaded moral gun and a wad of political undertones, not to mention an extra...

Virtues of Engagement

An excerpt from Moral Ambition: Mobilization and Social Outreach in Evangelical Megachurches, a new book by Omri Elisha. There are many ways to be ambitious, and many different objectives that ambitious people aspire to aside from wealth and power. For those we call "people of faith," the life of religious commitment is a relentless, often...

Fans of Action: How Harry Potter Inspired a New Generation of Activists

by Abby Ohlheiser Weeks after the earthquake in January, 2010, five planes, filled with medical supplies, flew to Haiti. One plane was named DFTBA, which stands for Don’t Forget To Be Awesome, an acronym popularized by the nerdfighters. The other four were named Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Dumbledore, after the most familiar and beloved characters...

Wealth Redistribution, Making Charity Work

Mark Greif writes at n+1 that the best system of eradicating extreme poverty and extreme wealth -- not to mention make us live up to our aspired individualism -- would be to give all citizens one salary for whatever work they do, $100,000 a year.  "Our system is predicted on the erroneous idea that...