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Belief in God

A Trans Believer

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

Dear God, Dad says I have to go to church to warship. I don't know what that means. But I like the man in the dress who tells us to pray and bosses ev...

A Pharaoh Kept a Diary?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

'My passion might be crimson. My blood has leaked onto our cut stones and sarcophagi, I hope indelibly, like the sticky pimples of gum this gnawing populace drop from their mouths onto my city streets.'

God Is Our Planet

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion
Mary Ellen Harte

The description of God changes through the prism of every human culture, but one profound universal similarity can be discerned among most cultures: God (one or many), holds dominion over the universe, including a tiny subset, Earth.

10 Things I Want for My Sons This Holiday That Aren't Wrapped Up in a Bow

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 12.29.2015 | Parents
Abby Rodman, LICSW

I want for my sons and stepsons this holiday what I want for all of us: peace on earth, goodwill toward others, respectful tolerance of each other's differences. That said. In addition to those humble and noble things, I want some other things for them and from them.

O.M.G.

Liza Dora | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Liza Dora

I used to pray every night. Starting in the 4th grade, every night before bed I slipped my rosary over my head and slept with it on. The dreams I had were terrible. I've always had a ton of nervous energy, and at night it led to dreams of running, and falling, and fighting for my life. I prayed not to dream. I asked God to take them all away.

20 Ways To Think About God

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Humanity as a whole has never ever agreed about Who or What or Whether God is.

Shameful U.S. History Repeating Itself

Mark Baer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.

Why Prayer Won't Help

Kara Post-Kennedy | Posted 12.10.2015 | Religion
Kara Post-Kennedy

I believe in God. There, I said it! A lot of people, especially really smart people, inwardly cringe when they hear this sort of thing. They start thinking about the kind of person who took "go forth and be fruitful" very literally and is now raising an unimaginable brood of home-schooled tots.

When Life Knocks You Down...

Sonia Gul Baluch | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Sonia Gul Baluch

In my life... I've learned to make new friends, which creates a strong bond. I learned to be there for them, when something goes wrong. I gave them m...

Room: Hope, Fairytales, and Faith

Kutter Callaway | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Kutter Callaway

Room presents viewers with an important question--one that, at least in my mind, is profoundly religious in nature, even theological. That is, why do we tell fairytales? I don't mean the Disney-fied kind. I mean the ones that are found in the pages of the Grimm brother's collection.

God Over Everything: Black Spirituality and the Paradox of Religion

Julian Mitchell | Posted 10.23.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

Spirituality should be about embracing who you are, developing your own sense of belief, and walking boldly in the fullness of your potential. Instead of succumbing to the pressure of treading against or thriving for an idea of perfection that's forever out of reach, be empowered by the process of your spiritual evolution.

Oprah: 'What do you believe?'

Tony Lobl | Posted 10.16.2015 | Religion
Tony Lobl

Such communion with the Divine has resolved issues for me as diverse as chronic career concerns, health problems, loneliness, and lack. It has also rescued me from self-destructive habits, masked as the false promise of finding happiness in self-centered indulgence.

What Must I Believe to Be a Christian?

Christian Chiakulas | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Christian Chiakulas

I am a Christian, and I don't believe that Jesus was God. I don't believe Mary was a virgin, or that God exists as a "trinity." I certainly do not believe Jesus died for my sins or those of anybody else, and perhaps most shocking, I do not believe Jesus rose from the dead.

Why God Is Funny

Kara Post-Kennedy | Posted 09.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kara Post-Kennedy

Recently there have been a lot of people in the news blaming their bad behavior on God. A contemporary version of "the devil made me do it," it got m...

Unfriending God on Facebook

Erris Langer Klapper | Posted 09.24.2015 | 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 ke...

How to Live By Faith and Not By Fear

Lyn Mac | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Lyn Mac

Let go of trying to control the outcome and the need to know how things will work out because you don't need anything. You are everything.

Carson's Far Right Christian Attack on the Constitution

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

There is no ambiguity in Carson's statements during his Meet the Press interview on September 20. He's clearly stated his belief that Islam is fundamentally incompatible with the Constitution.

God Helped This Agnostic End a Toxic Relationship

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 07.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

I was raised Mormon, which didn't suit me. The "One True Church" aspect smacked of hubris and the focus on "Sin" made me rebellious toward a judgmenta...

Universal Notice

Nathan Timmel | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion
Nathan Timmel

It is New Years Eve, with 1998 breathing it's dying gasp and 1999 crowning like a baby's head. I am in a small, sparsely attended dive bar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with my friend Troy. We are here because Troy is a good person.

Still Standing - It's Not Over Until God Says It's Over

Eldonie Mason | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Eldonie Mason

One again she thanked God that she escaped another brush with death, physically intact.

Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder - But What If There Is No Beholder?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Something big and white and cloudy was lurking in the steep canyon below our house. I stood up from my computer and peered out the window for a better look. It was flowering tree, growing wild.

When We See the Power of God at Work

Amy Crumpton | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Amy Crumpton

stocksnap.io by Zack Minor I am on a much anticipated and long awaited trip to the gulf coast. I came to relax and push my reset button after nine i...

Actually, He Will Give You More Than You Can Handle. That's the Point.

Mary E. Graham | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Mary E. Graham

God never gives us more than we can handle. Gag. You know that's completely untrue, right?

Prayer and Miracles: Cokeville Bombing Lessons Told to a Columbine Survivor

Liz Carlston | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
Liz Carlston

As a society we tend to talk around or mock prayer and having faith in God. What is sacred to some, is smeared by others - even after we hear eye-witness accounts of miracles.

Where Is God in Nepal?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

God is not a cosmic magician. God is the ground of being. God is the power that fuels the world. And the existence of the world depends on freedom.