Friday, November 17, 2006

From the Washington Post

Washington Post education writer, Jay Mathews, and his friend want to be brought into the 21st century and discover this "new opinion delivery system" called blogging. To help them along, they want to know who your top five education bloggers are. Joanne Jacobs would be the first on my list. She was the first edublogger I read and I still read her today.

The Washington Post, in partnership with Newsweek, is also doing an interesting series on religion and public life. They are asking a very diverse panel a series of questions. Here's the first,
If some religious people believe they have a monopoly on truth, then are conversation and common ground possible? If so, what would be the difficulties and benefits of such a conversation?
Not surprisingly, Al Mohler's answer, The Truth About Truth has generated quite a bit of feedback and commentary. Other panelists include, a rabbi, a Wiccan, an Episcopal Bishop. This series should be interesting to follow.

I live in a very diverse neighborhood with Muslims, Hindus, Jews, atheists, and Christians. Religion comes up occassionally in conversations. I see a lot of common ground in our values, but on absolute Truths there is little compromise on either side. Still, we understand that as neighbors we need to respect the beliefs of the other, even if we don't hold those beliefs ourselves. For some reason, I actually find those without any strong convictions or beliefs to be the most difficult conversations. How about you?

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