ethics

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Midlife happiness through the (narrow) lens of science

How can we live well after 40? asks Barbara Bradley Hagerty. She could have consulted the wisdom traditions.

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The Boys in the Bunkhouse, by Dan Barry

This harrowing story chronicles the decades-long indentured servitude of a group of intellectually disabled men that persisted until 2013. Journalist Dan Barry explains how the residents of a small town in Iowa interacted with the men who lived in their old schoolhouse, offering a mix of paternalism and kindness while failing to see the conditions under which the men were being kept.

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Decent folks next door

Does democracy create good neighbors? Or is it the other way around?

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Morality transformed

A review of Adam Johnson

The delight I felt while reading this book needs further interrogation, because its stories deal with troublesome subjects.

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Redemption revisited

A review of B. A. Gerrish

Faith is formed in us by the Spirit and the life of the church. It renews our elemental confidence and creates our disposition toward the world.

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Cultivating character

A review of David Brooks

Cultivating character is the lifelong work of evaluating and choosing between various virtues. It's difficult, and it’s our calling.