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Mandy Patinkin and the Princess Bride: Justice, Revenge, and Jewish Spirituality

If you were on Facebook or Twitter last week, you probably saw the CBS interview with Mandy Patinkin. He’s probably best known for this line from the classic movie The Princess Bride: Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. The Princess Bride was released when I was 16. My friends and I would throw that line back and forth whenever we competed against one another. Monopoly. Ba ...

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Dreams of Justice: Syria, Barack Obama, and Martin Luther King Jr.

What’s happening in Syria is awful. You see the pictures and your heart breaks. It’s horrific. Lakhdar Brahimi, UN special envoy to Syria, said today that, “With what has happened on the 21st of August last week, it does seem that some kind of substance was used that killed a lot of people: hundreds, definitely more than a hundred, some people say 300, some people say 600, maybe 1,000, maybe more than 1,000 ...

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Boston Marathon: Deliver Us from Evil

What do you say in the face of evil? The stories from yesterday’s attacks at the Boston Marathon are heartbreaking, gut-wrenching. One in particular stands out to me. A woman was waiting for her husband to cross the finish line when the bombs exploded. For three hours she searched frantically for him, not knowing if he was alive or dead, not knowing if he was frantic and looking for her. Her voice cracked a ...

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Evil and Justice in a Broken World: The NCAA and Penn State

Good people want justice. Good people know that the world is broken and most of that brokenness is due to people committing acts of evil. When good people desire justice, they desire to set the world right from the consequences of evil. Justice is a good thing. But it is also a complicated thing. There is truth you might not suspect in the cliché that “Justice is blind,” because our desire for justice can b ...

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Peace Activist Kathy Kelly on Voices of Peace Talk Radio

As she was ending her visit to advocate for nonviolence during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago, Kathy Kelly joined Adam and Bob to explore how peaceful communities can be created. A peace activist, three time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Kathy spoke so eloquently with Bob and Adam about how to live simply and disconnect from our national religion -- shopping! ...

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Dr. Seuss and the Gospel Part 2: The Lorax, the Prophets, and the iPad

Adam discusses Dr. Seuss's book The Lorax. Do you think the Lorax and the biblical prophets have the same structure to their message? Adam agrees with the Apple executive who stated to the New York Times that unless costumers care more about working conditions in China than about a new iPhone, conditions in the factories will not change. Adam goes on to claim that we consumers should demand better working c ...

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I am Trayvon and I am George

Good people across our nation are trying to find answers to the following questions: Was Trayvon Martin’s death a racially motivated murder or something else, an act of self-defense or a tragic accident? Is George Zimmerman a racist or something else, a decent man or emotionally ill? Is President Obama’s response measured and appropriate or something else, too timid a challenge to racism or too dismissive o ...

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The Spiritual Warfare of Lent: Jesus, Satan, and Rick Santorum

This is a spiritual war. - Rick Santorum It’s Lent. For Christians, Lent is a time for spiritual warfare. Yup. I’m in a war. How do you wage spiritual warfare? Christians have two models for spiritual warfare: Jesus and Satan. Presidential candidate Rick Santorum warned us about one of those models in 2008 at a speech he made at Ave Maria University. The speech resurfaced this week on the Internet. Here are ...

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Voices of Peace Talk Radio with Professor Julia M. Robinson

Julia M. Robinson, PhD, an Associate Professor of African American Religions in the Religious Studies Department of University of North Carolina at Charlotte, was the first guest. A teacher of courses in African American History, African American Religion and the Religions of the African Diaspora, Professor Robinson investigates the intersection of race, religion and gender within African and African Americ ...

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Spiderman, Proverbs, and Jesus: Great Power and Great Responsibility

Adam discusses a scene from Spiderman, where Uncle Ben says a proverb: "With great power comes great responsibility." This proverb guides Peter Parker as he fights crime in his role as Spiderman. The Bible has a book called Proverbs, in which parents are instructed to provide wisdom to their children. There are two paths, one of justice, compassion, and love, and another path of wickedness and violence. Whi ...

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