A few weeks ago, Jesse Lava sent me one of the most thoughtful and generous emails I’ve ever received. (It’s below.) The ensuing conversation dealt with our contrasting notions about what we’re doing when we engage in politics. In particular, we circled round and around the question: is it possible to debate our deepest values?
Matt Bieber: I’m not alone – our entire culture has been fooled for a long time. The notion that humans have ‘agency’ is at the core of our religiosity, culture, and politics. It governs how we understand ourselves and shapes our thinking about what it means to live well. Our belief in free will runs […]
A week or so ago, Eric Miller and I began a debate on the role of religious discourse in the public square. In particular, we focused one John Rawls’ notion of “public reason” – the idea that when we speak to each other about public matters, we should do so in terms that everybody can […]
Charley Johnson and I met as classmates at Harvard Kennedy School in 2009. At that time, we both believed that we were obligated to live lives of ‘public service.’ Like many of our classmates, though, we had very little idea what that meant; the feeling of obligation came first, and the details would come later. […]
Barry Magid is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing in New York City, and the founding teacher of the Ordinary Mind Zendo, also in New York. He is the author of Ordinary Mind and Ending the Pursuit of Happiness. His newest book is entitled Nothing is Hidden: The Psychology of Zen Koans. Matt Bieber: Buddhism is […]
My buddy Eric Miller and I have been debating religion and politics since middle school. Today, he’s a writer and professor at Bloomsburg University, while I’m still shooting NERF arrows at his head. Obviously, it was time to take our show on the road. Eric Miller: In your view, does religious belief have a significant […]
I'm a writer focused on sharing my experiences with OCD and meditation. I also write on a freelance basis. (@PMatty_Bieber)
My work has appeared in Arts & Letters Daily, The Believer, Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish, Aeon, 3QuarksDaily, The Huffington Post, and The Dallas Morning News, among other places.