Issue: September 2012: Building Trust

Volume 12 Number 5

Editor’s Introduction – Building Trust

“We can’t go on together With suspicious minds, And we can’t build our dreams On suspicious minds” – Elvis Presley, “Suspicious Minds” [1] I must admit that despite my best efforts, this song was stuck in my head while reading the last chapters of Martin Marty’s 2010 book Building Cultures of Trust (Wm. B. Eerdmans, […]

Religionists versus Scientists: Why We Need to Build Cultures of Trust

[1] In Martin E. Marty’s Building Cultures of Trust, we, the readership, are initially introduced to a conversation between Marty, the historian, and several conversationalists who represent general exchanges that Marty has had with people about the focus of his book—building cultures of trust. These conversationalists inquire why Marty decides to write about trust. Although […]

Response to Building Cultures of Trust, by Martin E. Marty

[1] Do we trust this book? What an odd question! Books provide information, make arguments, tell stories. We evaluate them by verifying, assessing, and appraising — not trusting! We would be gullible to trust a book, right? [2] Not really. Books and media are constantly bombarding us – especially in an election year — with […]

Science and Religion as Conversation toward a Common Good: The Recent Work of Martin Marty

[1] Let me begin by explaining my part in commenting on Prof. Marty’s work, Building Cultures of Trust.1 Prof. Marty uses the intersection of contemporary Western science and religion as a primary “case study” to explore the ways in which attention to building trust can enhance the common good. Over the last 20 years, I […]

Deanna Thompson

Virtually There: Martin Marty, Cyberspace, and Cultures of Trust in the 21st Century

[1] At the university where I teach, opportunities exist for students to receive funding to collaborate with faculty on summer research projects. This summer, one student working with me is investigating social forms beyond religion that provide non-religiously affiliated people (the “nones”) with meaningful community-based social ties and opportunities for civic engagement. To set the […]

The Moral Weight of Trust

[1] Near the beginning of her 1992 article “Trusting People,” Annette Baier notes that trust “cannot be given except by those who have only limited knowledge, and usually even less control, over those to whom it is given.” Therefore, she reasons, “an omniscient and otherwise omnipotent God will of necessity lack one ability that his […]

Trust: A Selected Bibliography

Baier, Annette. “Demoralization, Trust, and the Virtues.” In Setting the Moral Compass: Essays by Women Philosophers, edited by Cheshire Calhoun. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. ———. “Sustaining Trust.” In Moral Prejudices: Essays on Ethics. Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press, 1994. ———. “Trust and Antitrust.” Ethics 96, 2 (January 1986 ): 231–60. ———. “Trust and […]

Review of James H. Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree

[1] In James Cone’s latest book The Cross and The Lynching Tree, the revered theologian and social critic explores the paradoxical relationship between Jesus’ death on the cross and the atrocious history of the lynchings of blacks by Southern whites, starting in the post-bellum South and leading up to the first decades of the twentieth […]