“My dad just wanted to say thanks and that it means a lot. This isn’t about theology, it’s about humanity and how we treat each other.” — Andy Hayes, who’s pastor father was beaten up by a self-described “militant atheist,” after atheists contributed more than $5,000 for a recovery fund for the Rev. Norman Hayes.
ROME (RNS) The news magazine Panorama said the NSA eavesdropping program also listened in on calls to and from the Vatican, including the phones in the Santa Marta guesthouse that housed Pope Francis and the rest of the College of Cardinals.
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information. Show #1709 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on November 1 (check local listings). Predicting Violence – Adrian Raine, Chair of the Criminology Department at the University of Pennsylvania, has studied the brain scans of violent killers for the last 35 years. In his controversial book, The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime, Raine proposes that brain scans can be used not only to predict violence but prevent it. But, as Lucky Severson reports, Raine’s research raises ethical issues. Paul Wolpe, the Director of Emory University’s Center for Ethics, says he “cannot think of anything more dangerous” than Raine’s policy recommendations. Reza Aslan’s Zealot – Last week, there were three books about Jesus in the top 15 New York Times’ bestsellers, including Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, which has been on the list for 14 consecutive weeks. In Zealot, author Reza Aslan describes Jesus as an illiterate, zealous revolutionary who ultimately failed in his mission to liberate the Jews from Roman occupation. The book has generated debate among scholars and believers alike. Kim Lawton talks with Aslan about the assertions in his book and the controversy surrounding them.
Did the NSA snoop on the Vatican, too? “Please, call me Frank.” Did Pope Francis really say that? And was Sen. Mike Lee signaling conservative priorities for the future — that don’t include culture war rhetoric? So maybe the pontiff does have something in common with the Right. … Check it out.
“In your lifetime, much of your potential — or lack thereof — can be known simply by swabbing the inside of your cheek. Are we prepared to select out the imperfect among us?”
— Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaking at Liberty University on Monday (Oct. 28) about how advances in science could lead to eugenics. He was quoted by The Associated Press.