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Atonement

Atonement: Dunkirk Will Be Evacuated, But Some Memories Won't Retreat

Joseph Cooper | Posted 05.27.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Halfway through Ian McEwan's novel Atonement the reader joins up with the British Expeditionary Force as it slogs through the battered northern France countryside, hoping to reach the English Channel at Dunkirk before being overtaken by the pursuing Germans.

Is Theology of Atonement a Ponzi Scheme That Enslaves Us to God?

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

There were several reasons I parted ways with my early conservative evangelical roots (among them was that I was thrown out), and trying in vain to accept the idea that Jesus died for my sins was a big one.

Jesus Died for Our Sins... What Does That Even Mean?

John Backman | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
John Backman

We humans are a mixed bag. There is a lot of goodness in us. There is a lot of brokenness in us. It would be marvelous if we could have the goodness without the brokenness. Much of humanity has dreamed of this for many, many years.

Fifty Shades of God: Does Easter Week Affirm Our Violent Desires?

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Have we made God into a monster? And as a result, have we taken the holiest of weeks in the Christian year and dressed it up as a celebration of bloody, violent sacrifice?

Jesus: A Death Like Ours

Greg Carey | Posted 05.25.2015 | Religion
Greg Carey

Many Christians tend to glorify Jesus' death, as if somehow Jesus suffered in ways no one else does. Jesus' death does not distinguish him from the rest of humanity so much as it unites us with him. If we begin to argue that Jesus' death was somehow unique, we embarrass ourselves.

Revisiting Ian McEwan's Masterpiece

Off The Shelf | Posted 05.02.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Courtney Brach for Off the Shelf "Writing stories not only involved secrecy, it gave [Briony] all the pleasures of miniaturization," Ian McEwan wr...

A Farewell to Arms (1929): Giving Thanks...

Joseph Cooper | Posted 01.24.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

One wonders how Frederic Henry would handle the job of evacuating wounded from Syria, Iraq, or Afghanistan, 85 years after he was deployed to the World War One Italian front as an ambulance driver, by Ernest Hemingway, in A Farewell to Arms.

Divine Wife-Beating and Three Things God's Wrath Cannot Be

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

God's wrath, properly understood, makes the good news about King Jesus truly moving. That is, we must understand that the wrath of God is most definitely not divine wife-beating, however poetic Piper thinks such a sentiment to be (yikes).

Film Review: Inherent Vice. Not Groovy, Man. A Total Bummer.

Brandon Judell | Posted 12.06.2014 | Entertainment
Brandon Judell

There are films that make you want to run to the bookstore or, in reality, Amazon.com. Any Jane Austen or Dickens adaptation. Atonement. Requiem for a Dream perhaps. Then there is Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week included the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur -- The Day of Atonement. This ritual of self-examination and seeking forgiveness is one we could all benefit from. And as this week's headlines demonstrate, there is certainly no shortage of opportunities for public figures to do so. The day after the head of the Secret Service resigned, it was revealed that, just last week, a man impersonating a Congressman had gotten backstage at an event attended by President Obama. In Texas, health officials disclosed that the doctors who saw the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. initially sent him home, thinking he had a low-level infection. And while Friday's jobs numbers delivered the lowest unemployment rate since 2008, participation in the labor force is at its lowest level in 36 years. No matter which religious traditions you embrace, there's never a bad time for sober reflection on how we, as individuals and as a country, could be doing better.

The Perfect Break-The-Fast Dishes For Your Yom Kippur Buffet

Laura Zinn Fromm | Posted 12.02.2014 | Fifty
Laura Zinn Fromm

Yom Kippur is one of those holidays that makes me think about food. It's not supposed to do that, of course. Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement and it's a holiday that should get you thinking about confessing, forgiving and making things right.

Yom Kippur's Surprising Lessons About Joy

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

For most of my life, I thought of Yom Kippur as a time for fear and trembling, a time for deep, powerful, intense work, and of course fasting and other forms of self-affliction. But somewhere along the way, I got to see another face of the day -- one of dancing, singing and celebration as we ask for our lives to be rendered anew.

I Got Nothin' to Be Sorry About, By Lewis the Beagle

Lauren Cahn | Posted 11.24.2014 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

Nothing interesting is happening on the dinner table, although it's hard to say just how many days, since as a dog, I have no sense of time whatsoever. But apparently, those are the days on which most of the atoning gets done.

Jesus Is Dying to Be Inclusive, So Why Aren't We?

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

Jesus died to be inclusive. So why is the church so bent on being exclusive?

Valentine's Day Gifts - Living Wills, Advance Directives, DNRs

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Two of the most notable books published in the U.S. in 2013 "trouble" readers with medical, ethical, moral, emotional, psychological and legal struggles that arise when a loved one is succumbing to insidious pain and irreversible incapacity.

On Yom Kippur, Pride Is a Mitzvah

Jonathan D. Lovitz | Posted 11.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Jonathan D. Lovitz

A few years back, during my Logo TV days, I was asked to be Grand Marshal of Orlando Pride. This was a huge honor for me. However, that year torrential rain forced Pride to be moved a month later -- smack dab on Yom Kippur. Oy vey!

Why We Read Sarah and Hagar at Rosh Hashana: On the Abuse of Power

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

Every year on Rosh Hashana, Jews worldwide read about Abraham and Sarah's casting out of Hagar and Ishmael into the wilderness. And every year, I have felt profoundly uncomfortable with it.

A Prayer of Atonement

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

From the point of view of the Jewish American community, we take responsibility for ourselves and each other and know we are all in this together. Looking back at the past year, we pray.

Is God Angry? Depends On How You Sing It

USA Today | Bob Smietana | Posted 08.18.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The dispute over dropping a beloved Christian song from a new Presbyterian hymnal has widened into a multi-denominational tussle, with Baptists ...

Soul Poison

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Acknowledging the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion seems at once crucial and meaningless. The Iraq war is "over" but in fact it has just moved elsewhere. How do we get the poison out of our system? As long as it's present, we'll go to war again.

First Nighter: Rowan Atkinson, Helen Mirren, Terrific Others Occupy London-Theater Hot Seats

David Finkle | Posted 05.05.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Due to one of those odd coincidences, theater at the moment seems to be about chairs. Rowan Atkinson sits in a relatively comfy one throughout the flawless revival of Simon Gray's Quartermaine's Terms, at Wyndham's.

The Wright/Knightley Trilogy

Nikola Stepić | Posted 04.24.2013 | Entertainment
Nikola Stepić

Anna Karenina, one of last year's most talked-about productions, is a product of a longstanding friendship between a director and his muse. The relationship between Knightley and Wright harks back to that 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Then came 2007's Atonement.

5 Books Every Sophisticated College Man Should Read

Shawn Binder | Posted 12.31.2012 | Teen
Shawn Binder

If you're reading this, there is a damn good chance you're in college. If so, I hope you're extending your intellectual pursuits beyond keg stands.

Atonement Blues: Breaking the Yom Kippur Fast With 'Breaking Bad'

Loren-Paul Caplin | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Loren-Paul Caplin

In "Breaking Bad," every episode is a day of atonement, if not for each character as it often is, it is for me. I rarely walk away from watching an episode feeling ebullient.

Atonement for Atonement's Sake

Lauren Cahn | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

While I have never participated consistently in any form of organized Judaism, and while I cannot bring myself to believe in the magic of a "Book of Life" exactly, I am intrigued by Judaism's prescribed process for atonement.