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Jeffrey Small's latest novel THE JERICHO DECEPTION is being hailed by NYT #1 Bestseller Douglas Preston as "a ripping good novel, brimming with excitement and imagination" and by Gayle Lynds as "a thrilling roller-coaster ride into the beauty and darkness of the human mind." Jeffrey's debut novel THE BREATH OF GOD won the Nautilus Book Award Gold Medal for Best Fiction and was proclaimed "a thought-provoking masterpiece" by RT Book Reviews and "visionary fiction" by Library Journal. He is also a sought-after speaker on religious and spirituality topics.

Jeffrey graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. He earned a Masters in the Study of Religions from Oxford University in England where he was a member of Oriel College.

Jeffrey is active in the Episcopal church, but he has also studied Yoga in India and practiced Buddhist meditation in Bhutan.

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Why Do Evil and Suffering Exist?

(293) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 7:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Each time the media reports on a tragic tale of suffering -- a school shooting taking the lives of innocent children, a hurricane decimating the homes...

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5 Insights From the World's Religions

(176) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 6:47 AM

Too often we see media reports about the violence and intolerance that religious fundamentalism engenders. Religion is used to justify terrorism, to discriminate against those who are different and to resist scientific advancement inherent in our modern lives.

Religion can reinforce tribal mentalities. Some identify with their faiths as...

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Pope on Gay Marriage: 'A Threat to Humanity'

(69) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 1:52 PM

On Jan. 9, Pope Benedict XVI told a gathering of diplomats that family is only "based on the marriage of a man and a woman" and then went on to say that "policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself." (See report...

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The Origins of Christmas

(57) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 1:27 PM

This Christmas season Rhode Island joined a controversy that has brewed for years in local governments across the country: how appropriate is the installation of religious decorations on public property? Governor Chafee's solution to call the spruce in the State House a "Holiday Tree" has elicited howls of outrage from...

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The Purpose of Prayer in a Modern World

(836) Comments | Posted October 15, 2011 | 8:00 AM

Does God answer our prayers?

A popular conception of prayer is that if we have faith in God, pray diligently and if the cause we are praying for is a righteous one (like the health of another person), then God will intervene in a supernatural way to make our wish...

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Tough Lessons From a Debut Novelist, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 3:12 PM

In my last post ("Tough Lessons from a Debut Novelist, Part 1"), I shared eight lessons I learned along the difficult road to publishing my debut novel, The Breath of God, that I wished I'd known prior to starting my journey. Here, I conclude with eight...

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Tough Lessons From a Debut Novelist

(16) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 2:22 PM

After six years of writing, receiving rejections, rewriting, receiving more rejections, getting an agent, even more rejections, losing my agent, and rewriting again, my first novel, The Breath of God, finally hit bookstore shelves a few months ago. The Breath of God follows grad student Grant Matthews on...

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The Common Ground Between Science and Religion

(1678) Comments | Posted August 30, 2011 | 8:55 AM

Which is more truthful: science or art?

On its face, this question presents a false choice. Science and art belong to two separate realms. Both express deep truths about existence, but in very different ways. Science uses the symbolic form of mathematical equations to describe the mechanics of reality. Art...

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The Bible: History or Myth?

(4431) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 1:09 PM

When you hear the word "myth" associated with the Bible, what is the first thought that comes to your mind?

Many use the term myth in a pejorative sense to mean that the stories described are not factually true. Others define myth as non-historical tales that contain a moral...

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Who Are You?

(9) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 12:22 PM

In the musical Les Miserables, the main character Jean Valjean sings a gut-wrenching song (some might say melodramatic!) called "Who am I?" as he struggles with his self-identity. I pose that same question to you now: Who are you?

For many people -- especially those in successful careers --...

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The Mystery Behind the Missing Years of Jesus

(117) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 3:58 PM

A quick quiz:

Name this religious figure: A shimmering spirit appears to a young wife in a dream, tells her that she will give birth to a son who will change the world and then enters her womb. When the boy is born, wise men proclaim that the child will...

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The Question of Theodicy: If God is All Powerful, Why Must Evil and Suffering Exist in the World?

(2096) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 8:22 PM

Two recent events that have dominated the news -- the death of Osama bin Laden and the tornadoes that ravaged the southeast -- have brought to light one of the fundamental questions humanity has struggled with since the beginning of civilization: Why do we have evil, suffering, pain, illness and...

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What Was The Resurrection?

(507) Comments | Posted April 18, 2011 | 3:45 PM

Last Easter a poll by the Barna Group found that "fewer than half of Americans mentioned Jesus' death and resurrection when asked about the significance of Easter." Yet the key event that defines Christianity is neither the life nor teachings of Jesus, but rather it is this strange event that...

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Religion and the Question of Conformity

(56) Comments | Posted April 10, 2011 | 6:24 PM

A rock band, a priest and a psychologist.

No, this isn't the beginning to a joke that has these characters walking into a bar. Rather, each of these has an interesting statement about the importance of celebrating our uniqueness and the corresponding dangers of conformity.

A few months ago...

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Appreciating the Beauty of Religion

(255) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 8:21 PM

Since the beginning of the history of human civilization, religion has been used to justify war, intolerance, injustice, murder and torture. The Crusades, the Inquisition, the history of violence in Northern Ireland and the Middle East, the ethnic cleansing of Bosnia and 9/11 are just a few examples. This sordid...

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Begin a Christian-Muslim Dialogue, Not Congressional Hearings

(11) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 11:13 AM

The current uproar over Rep. Peter King's (NY) hearings on Islamic fundamentalism is yet another example of the tribal mentality that too often goes along with religion. Rep. King makes the underlying assumption that American society is a Christian one. In other words, because certain terrorist attacks were carried out...

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Seeing God As the Ultimate Center of Creativity

(339) Comments | Posted March 5, 2011 | 8:50 PM

Close your eyes and conjure up the image of a creative person. Who comes to mind?

Do you see a woman wearing coveralls splattered in paint, standing in front of a canvas, a paintbrush dangling from her fingertips? Maybe you picture a sinewy man whose long dark hair has...

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Re-imagining God in the 21st Century

(392) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 7:45 PM

Unlike the age of the Biblical writers, we live in a world ruled by science, technology and secular thought -- a world that is interconnected in ways that a few decades ago was unimagined. Today we understand that our world is governed by physical laws from the subatomic realm to...

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Moving Beyond A Human Image Of God

(1057) Comments | Posted January 30, 2011 | 4:38 PM

When you think of God, what images come to mind?

Do you think of a supernatural being who sits outside the four dimensional (space + time) universe who created us as a potter might? Do you picture God as a supreme designer who built the intricate laws of the universe...

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Faith is Trusting God, Not Belief in Doctrine

(857) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 8:30 PM

Are you a believer?

Have you ever been asked this question before? Did the question and your search for an answer make you uncomfortable? Did you wonder to yourself what does this question really mean? For me, the answer to all these questions is "yes."

When I was growing up,...

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