Posts tagged "Good Samaritan"

Hopelessly Devoted: Luke Chapter Ten Verses Twenty Five through Thirty Seven

Hopelessly Devoted: Luke Chapter Ten Verses Twenty Five through Thirty Seven

Our devotion for July 29th comes from the Rev. Andrew Pearson.

…“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him he had compassion. He went to him…

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Are You Better Than Joe Paterno? David Brooks Thinks You’re (Probably) Not

Are You Better Than Joe Paterno? David Brooks Thinks You’re (Probably) Not

What would you do if you were Joe Paterno? If it was reported to you that your assistant coach was sexually abusing a minor, would you act differently? In his recent op-ed for the NY times, David Brooks suggests that the answers to these questions are not as straightforward as we might believe. While we wish to think that we would speak up, the data says otherwise. When pressed to act by a moral dilemma, the vast majority of people do nothing at all (humorously illustrated below). Brooks details numerous explanations psychologists give to this inexplicable human failure: Normalcy Bias,…

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Hieronymus Bosch, Animal Altruism and Bottom-Up Morality

Hieronymus Bosch, Animal Altruism and Bottom-Up Morality

A thorough, at times exasperating, at times inspiring, and at times challenging look at science, morality and religion over on The NY Times’ Opinionator by Dutch primatologist Frans de Waal entitled “Morals Without God?”. De Waal uses Hieronymus Bosch’s painterly obsession with the pre-Fall human nature as a touchstone for his objections with what he sees as the reductionism of the Veneer Theory of human motivation (“morality is just a thin veneer over a cauldron of nasty tendencies”). Among other things, he views altruistic behavior in animals as supportive of a “bottom-up” approach to morality. But for our purposes, I…

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