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Diane Weber Bederman

Diane Weber Bederman was born and raised in Toronto but moved four years ago to a place she calls The Garden of Eden. Diane graduated from university with degrees in science and the humanities. Her love of religion led her into a residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Toronto Hospital. Living with mental illness prompted Diane to write, produce and narrate The Many Voices of Mental Illness, a six part radio series which can now be found on her website, The Middle Ground, The Agora of the 21st Century at which also includes topics about religion in the public square. Diane wrote for Huffington Post Canada, and now writes for Times of Israel and CanadaFreePress.

Articles by Diane Weber Bederman
  • The Ordeal of Civility

    Diane Weber Bederman

    Last week a late night radio show host in Quebec informed a caller that it was fortunate she could remain anonymous, else she wouldn't have been able to call the Holocaust "the most beautiful thing that could happen in history." The host, Jacques Fabi, lamented that it was a pain not being able to say what one really believes, except of course in media that allow for anonymity. The caller's anonymity on the telephone seems to have taken a lesson from social media. There is no accountability when one can espouse beliefs behind screen names and telephone lines. It is now de rigueur to speak rudely, disrespectfully, thoughtlessly throughout the public square.

  • Malthus, Darwin, Rand, and Social Conservatives

    Diane Weber Bederman

    I fear that social conservatives are falling into an ideological abyss that has somehow attached itself to an 18th century evolutionary idea: the doctrine of the survival of the fittest, which began with Malthus. According to Jacques Barzun, who wrote Darwin, Marx, Wagner: Critique of a Heritage in 1940, Malthus taught that one need not worry about overpopulation.

  • The Religious Imagined It

    Diane Weber Bederman

    You say you want a revolution Well you know We do want to change the world You tell me that it's evolution . . . We have evolved. Approximately 3,500 years ago a people crossed the Red Sea and, though filled with fear and trepidation, they wandered in the wilderness and were reborn. It was in this vast unknown that the greatest revolution in human history took place: the revelation of the Word of God at Mount Sinai. We can discuss whether or not this revelation took place as written, but there is no doubt that the document has been bequeathed to us. A people enslaved for centuries were freed by this document of ethical monotheism. It was the greatest gift ever given to humanity, at any time, because it freed all of us from the constraints of capricious and malevolent gods, from tribalism, and from delusions of entitlement.


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