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Atonement

Fasting From Rotten Tomatoes: The High Holy Days And The Emancipation Proclamation

Rabbi Wendi Geffen | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Wendi Geffen

Our tradition envisions that the gates of Divine Judgment close at Yom Kippur's end, necessitating reflection and atonement for our sins in the past. This year, I'll be adding to the list: for the sin we have committed against You by mindlessly reaping the benefits of slavery.

God's Good Name

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

When those of us who have dedicated our lives to promoting a Godly vision of the world even appear to subvert others, we slowly (or immediately, depending on the gravity of the action) destroy that which we purport to elevate: God.

Toxic Faith: Did Jesus Die To Save Us From God?

Derek Flood | Posted 11.17.2012 | Religion
Derek Flood

Why did Jesus have to die? Was it to appease a wrathful God's demand for punishment? Does that mean Jesus died to save us from God? How could someone ever truly love or trust a God like that?

10 Cliches Christians Should Avoid

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.06.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

We Christians have a remarkable talent for sticking our feet in our mouths. When searching the words most commonly associated with "Christian," the list ain't pretty.

Is God Angry At You? A Good Friday Reflection

David Lose | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion
David Lose

This argument assumes God can't transcend our own moral limitations. Just because we may cry for justice and vengeance when we are wronged doesn't mean God will.

Jesus' Death As Sacrifice?

Greg Carey | Posted 05.13.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

There's a problem with penal substitution. Biblical sacrifices do not represent human attempts to purchase forgiveness; instead, they offer a ritual means of acknowledging the costliness of sin and alienation from God.

Asking Forgiveness: A Difficult Conversation

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 12.03.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

Our tradition tells us: "For transgressions between one person and another, Yom Kippur does not serve as atonement, until the one offended has been appeased."

Real Teshuvah

Gabe Crane | Posted 11.28.2011 | Religion
Gabe Crane

The blast of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah calls out to all of us: "Wake up! You have been sleeping!" The slumber is clear. The choice is ours. But to what is it that we awaken?

In The Shadows Of The Sacred: Indecent Exposure For Our Children

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.23.2011 | Religion
Carol Smaldino

Even before the most recent economic crisis, we have allowed our children to see the devastation of our earth, of our country, of our Native Americans, of our poor people and of our sick people.

Mohler To Weiner: Atone Through Jesus

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 08.12.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

This isn't the first time that Mohler has spoken strongly of his belief that Jews need Christ to be saved. He once compared Judaism to a tumor that needed to be removed.

Timeless Taboos: Why 19th-Century Novels Appeal To Film-Makers

The Guardian | Mark Lawson | Posted 07.31.2011 | Books

At press previews, to which movie critics are lured on weekday mornings by platters of complimentary croissants and fruit segments, a special mood of ...

Best Film Adaptations Of Books

The Daily Beast | Posted 07.25.2011 | Books

One of the hot properties at Cannes was the film version of Lionel Shriver's bestselling We Need to Talk About Kevin, but it's the rare book that make...

Required Reading: Devastatingly Sad Books

flavorwire.com | Posted 07.12.2011 | Books

We’re the first to admit that, sometimes, the best cure for a hard week, a long day or just a rainy weekend is a really sad book....

'Beyond Forgiveness': Atoning For The Past To Repair The World

Michael N. Nagler | Posted 05.31.2011 | Religion
Michael N. Nagler

As Archbishop Desmond Tutu famously said, there is no future without forgiveness; we might add there is no livable present without the possibility of repairing the past.

WATCH: Keira Knightley Becomes A 'Chanel Superwoman' In A Sexy Catsuit

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

The new preview for Keira Knightley's upcoming Chanel ad gives a nice behind-the-scenes look at the Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) direct...

Lent: Hungering For Spirit

Donna Henes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

Over time and through tribulation, people have learned to eat their hunger -- to exploit a period of foodlessness for the invaluable experience it can offer.

Seeking The Other Jesus

Greg Garrett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Greg Garrett

Instead of piety, salvation, and politicized morality, many of us have embraced love and radical hospitality, and the two-fold commandment (love of God and love of neighbor) articulated by Jesus.

Into The Looming Dark Of Lent

Scott Cairns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Scott Cairns

The Greeks have a word for the strange mixture of dispositions that characterizes the spirit of Great Lent; the notion is spoken of as "bright sadness" or "sorrowful joy."

Novelist Ian McEwan Criticizes Israel During Acceptance Of Israeli Literary Prize

AP | DANIEL ESTRIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

JERUSALEM — Renowned British novelist Ian McEwan accepted an Israeli literary prize in Jerusalem Sunday with harsh criticism of Jewish settlemen...

Your Favorite Star-Crossed Lovers In Literature: Expect The Unexpected, Not Romeo And Juliet (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Though Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet are the classic star-crossed lovers in books, and the play from which the phrase originates, we decided to add s...

Dirty Girl

Hellin Kay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Hellin Kay

No doubt there will be minor comparisons made to the sweet and funny Easy A which just came out but this is a whole different teenage angst animal with even more subtext and soul.

Anis Shivani: Why American Reviewers Disliked Ian McEwan's 'Solar'

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

What American reviewers have missed is that satire and history are coming together for the first time in McEwan's career.

A Time of Forgiveness

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Each year during this time, many cultures around the world celebrate an occasion of forgiveness.

Keeping Our Brothers, Keeping Ourselves: The Importance Of Personal And Communal Repentance

Ari Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ari Hart

We may not fix all the wrongs done by our fellow Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, or Hindus, but we have the power, and the responsibility, to be constantly improving ourselves and our communities.

Yom Kippur, 2010 -- I Plead Guilty

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bradley Burston

May our children see each other for what they are, sisters and brothers. And after all that they've gone through, for their sake if not for ours, inscribe them for a year of peace.