To mark Human Rights Day on December 10 and the awarding of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize in absentia to jailed Chinese pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo, read an essay about a new book on human rights in history and religion’s role in the human rights movement. More
Revisit our November 2007 Web-only essay on dealing with the spiritual and moral pain of war. “My sense is that this is a fundamentally religious issue,” says clinical psychiatrist Jonathan Shay, an expert on combat trauma. “It’s possible to package it as a mental health issue, but I think we lose out.” More
"In a democracy that espouses certain moral values, we need to have accountability," says ethicist Shaun Casey. "It prepares us morally to face the future when we're facing a crisis and pressure to abandon legal and moral precedents that we've observed."
In a recession economy, will money trump moral arguments as state legislatures continue considering repeal of the death penalty?