Lieber looked at the moral dimensions of debt -- he quoted N. Eldon Tanner of the Church -- by comparing debt to bondage.
But how do we forgive debt in a time of economic trial? He swept across a variety of moral traditions and even quoted the Holy Quran respectfully and what I perceived to be thoughtfully.
He rationally suggested that religion provides some useful thoughts on these topics.
In the 1990s, scholar Mark Silk -- in his seminal book Unsecular Media -- argued that news media cover religion only through superficial stereotypes (he calls them topoi), and that a challenge to media is to actually cover religion in ways that reflect how people actually live it.
Lieber's column is the best I have ever seen in major media, ever, in utilizing what religions actually say and attempts to be among the most respectful. I say this while asserting that I sense he doesn't fully agree with President Tanner.
Kudos to The New York Times for this excellent piece of work.