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Friday, January 23, 2009 - 10:55

The first entry I wrote for SOF Observed (which was never published as it was part of a blogging trial) was about the fallen Evangelical pastor Ted Haggard. More than two years ago, news had broken about his then-alleged homosexual entanglement and solicitation of crystal meth. The e-mails were making rounds among the SOF staff.

Not only were all of us shocked like so many others, we were also discussing the news coverage. If I recall, most of us thought it was surprisingly restrained. Many critics of Ted Haggard who might have reveled in his demise, didn’t. And those who might have demonized his accuser were beseeched to pray for him instead. Boy, just thinking back, the Evangelical Right still held quite a bit of political sway. The NAE — of which he was president at the time — was rocked to its core.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 00:10

Hear Russell talk about the meaning and influence of music in her writing.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 08:39
Friday, January 16, 2009 - 23:44

Mishra continues his critique of the ideologies of progress and globalization, refreamed for the current global economic situation.

Friday, January 16, 2009 - 12:29

I’m personally thrilled to be doing this week’s show — which took a few of us up to one of my favorite places in the world, St. John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota. St. John’s is one of the largest Benedictine communities in the world and has always been a remarkable place. Its wide orbit has touched many lives and many leading institutions, globally.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 14:17

This six-minute video introduces you to the genesis and process of creating the illuminated, handwritten Bible.

Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 12:00

"Yet these kinds of abuses — along with more banal injustices, like slapping a girlfriend or paying women less for their work — arise out of a social context in which women are, often, second-class citizens. That's a context that religions have helped shape, and not pushed hard to change."

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Friday, January 9, 2009 - 09:40

A former guest's animated Harvard speech on how children handle situations of conflict.

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