10 posts

Internet Ethics

It starts, as it often does on my blog, with a Bizarro comic: It makes me think and wonder. On the one hand, it does seem that the last twenty years and the overwhelming success of the internet has brought about a change in our behavior, a move towards the unethical. Perhaps we need ‘internet ethics.” On the other hand, I don’t think things are that different and all that has happened is that the […]

Oscar Wilde, Philip Davies, morals, ethics and how we read the Bible

On this date in history I was born. And in 1882 Oscar Wilde was ridiculed in Harper’s Weekly. One of the quotes in the NYTimes’ summary of Wilde’s trip to the US caught my attention. “It is not increased moral sense your literature needs. Indeed we should never talk of a moral or an immoral poem. Poems are either well written or badly written. That is all. A good work aims at the purely artistic […]

Conference: Stewardship or Sacrifice? Religion & the Ethics of Climate Change

Things are coming together for our conference at PSU regarding religious and ethical dimensions of climate change. I will be a panelist and I am looking forward to it! From the conference website: Conference: October 7–8, 2009 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center The Pennsylvania State University All events are free and open to the public. Held at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, this conference will examine the role that religion can play in solving the climate change crisis. […]

Palin’s Email hacked: ethical question of the day

Wired and others are reporting that Gov. Sarah Palin’s email was hacked by the group known as “Anonymous.” Wikileaks has posted much of the material here, where you can see screenshots of her email accounts, etc. I have lots of questions such as why they (Wikileaks? Anonymous?) chose to post an email from a Palin supporter where she tells Palin that she is praying that “God’s will be done.” Clearly this is illegal and unethical, […]

MLK 2008

I was again asked to speak at the Peace Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Below is the text of my speech. The Collegian ran an article today about the event as well. It is an honor and a privilege to speak to you today. Over the last week or so we have had an incredible number of excellent events commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. King. This morning I was […]

One Laptop Per Child

I have been looking into this program for a while and now that they will do a “buy one give one” program this November ($399 will get you an XO laptop and give one to a child in a developing country) my interest is piqued again. Coincidentally, as I was looking at their site a colleague with a joint appointment in the Colleges of Education and Information, Science, and Technology came for a meeting. He […]

Ruth Bell Graham – Let Light Perpetual Shine Upon Her

One of the most amazing women in recent history died. My concern is that she will not be remembered for her strength (she told Billy that if he ran for president she would leave him and then no one would vote for a divorced man) but for her decisions that don’t fit into today’s accepted expectations. From the NYTimes, for example: By RICHARD SEVERO Published: June 15, 2007 But like many women of her generation, […]

Ethics – Cheating Across Cultures

I am starting a new category today, “ethics.” At the SHC we are focusing more on developing leaders who will be ethical in their outlook. One of the challenges is how to define “ethics” (and is it any different than “morals”?) and how to integrate that into the curriculum and (more importantly) into the ethos of the College. So through this blog and using the tags/categories I am going to periodically post stories, with and […]