TED.com: Dr. Jonathan Haidt on the Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives
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The divide between conservatives and liberals in America today is as great on issues of morality as in any other area, with each "side" seeing the other as being immoral at times - even evil. How is faith a part of that picture? Can you be moral without a faith commitment?
Some of the most intriguing academic work in the area of morality has been done by Dr. Jonathan Haidt at the University of Virginia. You can watch a talk delivered by him to TED HERE (please keep in mind that he's talking to a room full of liberals and keep watching through the whole video; he's essentially explaining conservative moral reasoning to liberals who do not tend to understand it). Here's a short description of what he has found across numerous cultures on the difference in moral reasoning between liberals and conservatives:
"People who call themselves strongly liberal endorse statements related to the 'harm/care' and 'fairness/reciprocity' foundations, and they largely reject statements related to 'in-group/loyalty,' 'authority/respect,' and 'purity/sanctity.' People who call themselves strongly conservative, in contrast, endorse statements related to all five foundations more or less equally. We think of the moral mind as being like an audio equalizer, with five slider switches for different parts of the moral spectrum. Democrats generally use a much smaller part of the spectrum than do Republicans."
Interested in learning more about this? Join us on April 20th for "Morality and Faith."
Meet the "God Squad" - the brains behind "Faith, Food, Friday." They're running with the contrarian notion that maybe we should be talking about the challenging issues that surround faith in America after all? With faith (or lack thereof) used too often as a political tool, the public square could probably stand a change of pace. Whoever you are, whatever your beliefs, bring an open mind, an open heart (and an appetite) for what we hope will be a continuing conversation that defies the biases we seem to have against each other. Every program will include a changing cast of characters to spark the discussion, from leaders in the faith community to scientists, to secularists, to - who knows - maybe you. We hope you'll join us as we explore what happens when we cross each others' thresholds and break a little bread together.
Programs will resume again fall of 2012
Morality & Faith
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Friday, April 20
Food service begins at 11:30 am
Program begins promptly at noon
We're no longer taking reservations online. Just come to the church and we'll fit you in (and might be able to also offer you lunch if you'd like to eat). Questions? Call 264-8785.
First Baptist Church downtown, 108 W. College Avenue (enter from either the Adams Street or Duval Street Welcome Center entrance)
This event is free and open to the public; there is no charge to attend. A hot lunch is available (menu below) for $8 if you RSVP by the Tuesday prior to the event, $10 after Tuesday and at the door. All meals are paid for at the door, cash or check.
Macaroni and cheese
Directions: Enter First Baptist Church (108 W. College Avenue) from either main Adams Street or main Duval Street entrance. Go downstairs and you will see the check-in table in front of the Fellowship Hall. If you're early, you might need to ask to be buzzed in.
Parking Directions: Parking available on-site off of Duval Street (opposite Ron Sachs Communications). You may also park in metered spaces on Park Avenue or Adams or at Kleman Plaza.
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