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Christopher Beem

Christopher Beem is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Christopher Beem

Why virtue signaling isn’t the same as virtue – it actually furthers the partisan divide

By Christopher Beem — September 23, 2022
(The Conversation) — Virtue signaling is designed to communicate specifically to one partisan tribe and to affirm its moral superiority. A scholar of ethics and politics explains why that is unwelcome in a divided US.

What 13th-century Christian theologian Thomas Aquinas can teach us about hope in times of despair

By Christopher Beem — January 20, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of democratic virtues explains why Dominican monk Thomas Aquinas’ thoughts on hope are relevant today.

Why refusing the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t just immoral – it’s ‘un-American’

By Christopher Beem — August 9, 2021
(The Conversation) — America’s founders accepted the reality of human selfishness. But, they also said people were capable of thinking for the good of the whole, which is necessary for a free society.
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