Circling the wagons or opening the circle

Circling the Wagons or Opening the Circle For Dialog https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/dial.12614 By Marcia Pally, New York University, mp28@nyu.edu Abstract: “To approach eudaimonia or human flourishing,” Darcia Narvaez writes, “one must have a concept of human nature, a realization of what constitutes a normal baseline.” Beginning with the notion of “baseline” or ontology, this article asks: what […]

Our post-pandemic future: What basics should be its basis?

Our post-pandemic future: What basics should be its basis? By Marcia Pally Religion & Ethics, May 24, 2020   What is needed to effect a change in our socio-economic and environmental practices? By what principles should we proceed after the pandemic, and toward which ends?  When the telephone was first introduced into general use, there […]

More than a Resource: Covenant as a Basis for Societal Organization

More than a Resource: Covenant as a Basis for Societal Organization By Prof. Dr. Marcia Pally in: Religion and Democracy: Challenges and Resources in a Public Theological Perspective Torsten Meireis and Rolf Schieder (Eds., 2017), pp. 71-87 Introduction Of human thriving, the neurobiologist Darcia Narvaez writes, “To approach eudaimonia or human flourishing, one must have a […]

Theologies of Relationality: A Response to Economic and Political Binary Choices

Theologies of Relationality: A Response to Economic and Political Binary Choices by Marcia Pally   Presented at The Seventh Annual Telos Conference, New York, February 15–17, 2013; published on TELOSscope, March 1, 2013. I’d like to begin with the idea that religion is not only useful for social service provision and various charities but that it has ideas that […]

Our artificial individualism needs to be re-embedded in communities

Our artificial individualism needs to be re-embedded in communities By Marcia Pally ABC RELIGION AND ETHICS 10 OCT 2012 BEING FORCED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN SEPARABILITY OR SITUATEDNESS, BETWEEN INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM OR COMMUNITY AND TRADITION, LEADS THE WEST TO THE WORST OF ITSELF. Has the West lost its pizzazz – its gravitas, ability to guide, its […]

Hardwired for Generosity

Hardwired for Generosity: Sacrifice & the Common Good By Marcia Pally Commonweal Magazine,  March 2017 The Good Samaritan, Pelegrín Clavé y Roqué In today’s America, “sacrifice” sounds like a bad thing—like having to give up what you deserve, like an unjust hardship. In what Christopher Lasch called our culture of self-absorption and narcissism, the idea […]

Religion as practical scapegoat: A response from relational theology

Religion as practical scapegoat: A response from relational theology By Marcia Pally Presented at the German Federal Cultural Foundation Conference:  “Trial of Faith – On Religion and Growth,” Cologne June 12-14, 2015. https://www.kulturstiftung-des-bundes.de/en/magazine/magazine_24/the_practical_scapegoat.html Looking at European debates about religion, one would have to conclude that it is mighty indeed. What ills befall us, religion is […]