How does mass communication ignite a reformation? Luther 500 Edition

How Does Mass Communication Ignite a Reformation? The Luther 500 Edition

This year marks the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  How did the ideas of a simple German monk, Martin Luther (1483-1546), ignite a successful revolution in 1517 that forever changed Christianity, publishing, mass-communication, and education?

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What is the toll of mass incarceration on humanity?

In the United States, over two million people are in prison.  Many people in our prisons are incarcerated for non-violent crimes.  What is the impact of mass incarceration on prisoners, their families, and our communities?  Is mass incarceration in conflict with a humane and decent society?  Or, is it required to preserve peace and justice?

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Are Psychopaths Morally Responsible?

     Are psychopaths morally responsible for their actions?  Many philosophers think that in order to be held morally responsible, one must possess an understanding of the moral impact of one's actions and have the capacity to engage in moral reasoning.  Psychopaths lack the capacity to feel emotions such as empathy, guilt, and remorse.  Do these defects prevent them from understanding morality?  Do these defects make them incapable of engaging in moral reasoning?  Are they off the moral hook?

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Are Great Leaders Good?

What makes a great leader?  Who are some great leaders?  Is it possible to be a great leader without being a good person?  What makes a person a good person?   

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How can yoga help us to be more mindful, authentic, and purposeful?

Are you stressed about final exams and papers? Are you stressed about the upcoming holidays? Are you a faculty member who is worried that you won't be able to figure out Digital Measures in time for your end of the year report? Are you stressed out about the state of the world? Join the club! THE QUESTION sat down with Jared Callahan, Valerie Slone, and Suhil Zia, three inspirational yogis from Power Yoga Morgantown, to learn more about the power of yoga to help us live more mindfully, authentically, and purposefully.  

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Is mindfulness just a fad?

What is mindfulness? Dr. Alex Snow, WVU Teaching Assistant Professor in Religious Studies, provides us with an understanding of mindfulness and its ancient roots in Buddhism.  

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What should be the point of criminal punishment?

This issue continues our collaboration with WVU's Campus Read, discussing issues raised in Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (2014, Random House). Professor Amy Cyphert, Director of WVU ASPIRE, and adjunct professor of law and philosophy, poses questions about the purpose of criminal punishment and who is supposed to benefit from such punishment. Please share your own ideas and questions in the blog below.  If you do not have a Disqus account, you can just post as "guest."  Please follow us on Facebook to stay up to date: https://www.facebook.com/wvuthequestion/

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What are the moral costs of the death penalty?

In several upcoming issues, we will focus on Bryan Stevenson's important book, Just Mercy.  (Stevenson will be speaking in the Mountainlair Ballrooms at 7:30pm on Monday, November 7th.)  We begin this series with Dr. Jessica Wolfendale, a professor in WVU's Philosophy Department.  She asks us to think carefully about some big questions connected to Just Mercy. Are modern methods of execution painless and humane, as purported, or are they cruel and violent?  What is the moral cost of creating institutions and training executioners to kill other human beings? Please respond to Dr. Wolfendale's ideas or pose your own ideas and questions in the blog.  (If you don't have a Disqus account, you can post as "Guest.")  You can follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wvuthequestion/

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