This book study begins October 4, 2020 only on Zoom.
On September 11, 2012, Pastor Lee Neish invited folks to the parsonage for a discussion of Jonathan Haidt’s book “The Righteous Mind”. Half a dozen of us participated in a lively and interesting discussion that just touched the surface of the ideas in this fascinating book about why it is so hard for liberal and conservative people to talk seriously with each other. One reason for choosing this book is that I’ve come across references to it in many other books I’ve been reading recently.
As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossible - challenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns. In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts. If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read The Righteous Mind.