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A Jew and His Guru

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 10.12.2016 | Religion
Dimitri Ehrlich

The word guru gets thrown around a lot these days. There are tech gurus and tax gurus and gurus for restoring old barns. In Sanskrit, the word guru me...

12 Contemporary British Novels We Can't Live Without

Off The Shelf | Posted 05.19.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Caitlin Kleinschmidt | Off the Shelf As a lifelong Anglophile, I have worshipped at the altar of Austen, Brontë, and Dickens ever since I receive...

We Aren't Perfect -- And Maybe God Isn't Either

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 04.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara Falconer Newhall

According to that thinking, we are, every one of us, intrinsically depraved sinners, responsible not just for our mistakes and missteps, but responsible as well for the fact that we are capable of making mistakes.

Am I a Sinner? Are You? Is God?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I've never been able to get my mind around the concept of original sin and its corollary, Jesus's atoning death on the cross.

Books I Wish Someone Would Write

Shayne Looper | Posted 04.18.2016 | Religion
Shayne Looper

I recently saw an article about books that someone should write. Christian leaders had been interviewed about the kind of books they would like to rea...

God Stages an Ecological Intervention

Robert 'Robin' Gottfried | Posted 03.23.2016 | Religion
Robert 'Robin' Gottfried

Photo credit: Pixabay A male polar bear kills a cub despite the best efforts of its mother to protect it. A landslide wipes out another village in Gu...

'The Good Liar,' A Conversation with Nicholas Searle

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.08.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Nicholas Searle grew up in Cornwall and studied languages at the Universities of Bath and Göttingen. After teaching for four years, he moved to London to join the Civil Service, holding a variety of positions dealing with security matters before going to work in a similar capacity for the New Zealand government.

America, ISIL and the Power of the Atonement

Marianne Williamson | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

Spiritual seekers should not be infantile, fuzzy-brained, naive observers merely standing on the sidelines with nothing to contribute but loving hashtags while the world community faces an unprecedented crisis. Quite the opposite, we should be major factors in healing the crisis.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 7: The Nazi Legacy, Current Cinema and Questions of Judgment

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

In the recent period I've seen a number of films about the history and legacy of Nazism, most of them German and current, and I read about a new book on two legends of German cinema. The juxtaposition of these events in time seemed coincidental. Or was it?

We're Never Gonna Survive Unless... We Get a Lot More Jesus-Centered

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 10.19.2016 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I am increasingly convinced that the church will not be able to survive the challenges of the coming century unless we get a lot more Jesus-centered.

Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 09.23.2016 | Religion
Phyllis Sudman

Today I am sitting at my son's graveside. It is where I have spent the last ten Yom Kippur holidays. This is called the Day of Atonement. Most Jews spend this holiest of days in synagogue praying and fasting. We are tasked with evaluating our behavior and asking for forgiveness. I used to do it this way.

Unfriending God on Facebook

Erris Langer Klapper | Posted 09.24.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Erris Langer Klapper

It wasn't the first time I woke up to something like this on my Facebook newsfeed: "Grandma is sick and we're not sure how long she has... Please keep...

What's it all About? The Essence of Yom Kippur

Marc Erlbaum | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion
Marc Erlbaum

It is not a day to be afraid or guilty, but it is the most serious day of the year because it is the opportunity to concentrate on what is truly important in our lives. Therefore we don't eat, we don't work, we don't allow ourselves to be distracted by mundane pursuits.

A Yom Kippur Search for Forgiveness About My Stillborn Son

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion
Alana Rosenstein

This year, still grieving my stillborn son, I struggle with questions of guilt and forgiveness that my schoolgirl self could not have fathomed. How do you say "I'm sorry" to the baby whose eyes will never see the world outside his mother's womb?

The Days of Awe

Patty Kogutek | Posted 09.20.2016 | Religion
Patty Kogutek

These special days are designated as days of repentance and atonement, promoting serious introspection and reconciliation. It is customary to consider people who we may have hurt, injured, or mistreated in some way and seek their forgiveness bringing harmony into both lives.

Yom Kippur 2015: An Introduction To The Jewish Day Of Atonement

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.20.2015 | Religion

Yom Kippur is observed on Sept. 22-23 in 2015. Known as the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur falls on 10 Tishrei 5776 on the Hebrew calendar, which...

Atonement and Apology: Making Things As Right As Possible

Laurel Kaufer | Posted 09.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Laurel Kaufer

When we behave in ways that allow others to feel seen, heard, valued and safe, we are doing what we can to make things "as right as possible" and can move on toward making tomorrow better than yesterday. That is Atonement.

His Soul Wrapped in the Confederate Flag

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The U.S. is enslaved by its past. That's what no one has said yet. An undead racism still stalks the American consciousness, and it will, once again, regroup, Confederate flag or no Confederate flag. What this moment of awareness calls for is true atonement for our history.

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

Joseph Cooper | Posted 05.26.2016 | 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 06.28.2015 | 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.