Category Archives: Morality

1 in 4 Americans Think a “One Night Stand” is OK

 

“John is a sales executive who travels frequently on business,” writes blogger and family therapist, Abe Kass, “On one recent trip, he met an attractive woman in the hotel bar where he was staying. One thing led to another, and the two wound up having a one-night stand.”

“When John returned home and spoke about the incident with his therapist, John denied that the fling amounted to infidelity. ‘One night stands don’t count,’ John maintained. And he genuinely believed it.”

“Does this scenario sound absurd?” asks Abe. Continue reading

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Great Verses of the Bible: Matthew 19:4

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What happened to the Boy Scout oath?

“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

Duty to God? Morally Straight? These words are but a dim memory of what the Boy Scouts of America used to be. Continue reading

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Ignorance in Action

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I opened my Franklin planner is this morning to this quote of the day by the 18th century German novelist and philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “There is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action.”

I don’t know the context in which Goethe made this statement. I’m guessing from the social, political or philosophical viewpoint. Whatever the case, many of our problems exist when we blindly move forward without the proper facts or knowledge about what we are doing. Continue reading

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Traditional Beliefs Under Attack (Again)

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Chip and Joanna Gaines, from Waco, Texas, are the stars of “Fixer Upper”, HGTV’s #1 hit show. But according to a Cosmopolitan article the magazine has “uncovered something many fans will likely want an explanation for–a startling revelation that has left many wondering where Chip and Jo stand.”

And what is this “startling revelation”? One that various media outlets are calling a possible “scandal.” “Serious” another labeled it. And “concerning” wrote Buzzfeed. Continue reading

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“Extreme Moral Individualism”

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While researching the material for yesterday’s post, I stumbled across an Op-Ed piece from the NY Times by David Brooks entitled “If It Feels Right…”

Brooks discusses the attitudes of today’s young adults regarding morality and their basis for making moral decisions. In the article he cites a study by Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith who led a research team that conducted in-depth interviews regarding morality with 230 young adults from across America. Continue reading

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Can We Vote For Our Own Morality?

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There is breaking news from the Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. This week they voted “to give full and equal membership to everyone in the pews, regardless of sexual orientation.” Continue reading

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The Paradox of Every Generation

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” so begins Charles Dickens historical novel A Tale of Two Cities. In fact, on this day in 1859 the final chapter was published in Dickens’ circular, “All the Year Round.”

The opening line has been often quoted to apply to our generation. It has been many years since I’ve read this classic, and had forgotten the next lines in the opening paragraph. Continue reading

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