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Belief in God

God Is 'Simply Incredible'

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.07.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Sociologists, psychologists, and religious scholars have pondered, pondered, pondered the reasons why tens of millions of modern Americans and Europea...

Spiritual Titans Take On Donald Trump In The New Doc 'God vs Trump'

Greg Archer | Posted 11.01.2016 | Entertainment
Greg Archer

What does God think of Donald Trump? It's the question filmmaker Martin Dunkerton asked himself one morning, not that long ago, and the one he hoped t...

Aging Faithfully At 24

Rob Lee | Posted 09.13.2016 | Religion
Rob Lee

Though it may not seem like much, this week I turn 24 years old. I don't claim to be old in any sense of the word, but I do mourn the passage of time. There is something dangerously real about the revolution around the sun, something that should be remembered and returned to every time we reach a milestone: time is the fire in which we all burn (to borrow from the poet Delmore Schwartz).

The Loyal Opposition

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 09.02.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Dallin H. Oaks spoke in the April General Conference this year about Mormons who publicly disagree with the policies and doctrines of the church leade...

Coming Out Of The Closet With The G Word

Lyn Mac | Posted 08.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Lyn Mac

The word God is one I openly affirm and refer to often in my conversations but it's often received as a curse word! "I don't like that word," is wha...

What Is An Atheist ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

"So shall I do to the freshest things now reigning, and make stale the glistering of this present" (TIME, as the Chorus in The Winter's Tale by Shakes...

Is Agnosticism Just Timid Atheism? A Dialogue

Ted Cadsby | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion
Ted Cadsby

The agnostic wants more evidence and is therefore unsure; the atheist insists there is ample evidence and is therefore certain.

Black, Gay Christians Do Exist, And It's Time You Hear Us

Brent Thomas Whiteside | Posted 06.01.2016 | Religion
Brent Thomas Whiteside

I was lucky enough to find a relationship with God at an early age. My family owned a church, so the majority of my adolescence was spent being hauled back and forth to every church service you can imagine.

How to Restore Your Broken Heart

Z Zoccolante | Posted 05.24.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Z Zoccolante

And remember God loves you, and is for your highest good. Keep joy, love, and hope in your heart. God can make all things new and beautiful, and better than they were before, inlaid with gold that shimmers in the sun.

God Is An Outlaw Path

Woo Du-An (AKA Rob Whitesides-Woo) | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion
Woo Du-An (AKA Rob Whitesides-Woo)

Sometimes I'm bemused by how the individuals whose lives became the genesis of religious institutions were themselves outlaws: Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad...

Did God Give Me Cancer?

Zack Hunt | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Sadly, there are many self-professed Christians who are convinced in their utmost being that the God does indeed give people cancer (while also intentionally inflicting every other imaginable form of evil on creation).

Thoughts on Racism and God from my Trip to the Cadaver Lab

Jeff Wald | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion
Jeff Wald

Many years ago a friend who was at Stony Brook University invited me to his cadaver lab. As any sane person would, I readily accepted. I mean, who wou...

Can You Meet God Outside the Bible?

Paul Perkins | Posted 05.17.2016 | Religion
Paul Perkins

Although I didn't know it at the time, my faith was all brain and no heart. Like learning algebraic formulas, I treated God as just an intellectual belief.

What is it to Build a Better Idea of God?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Might theists welcome atheist critiques of God and make a better idea of God?

The Faces of Compassion

Carrie Doubts | Posted 05.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Carrie Doubts

When I was younger and exploring spiritually, I needed to put a human face on the concept of compassion to make it real for me. My little statue of Guan Yin did that for me. I could look at her face and the feeling of compassion would wash over me.

Facing Mental Illness With Faith

Rob Lee | Posted 04.22.2017 | Religion
Rob Lee

I just spent six days in the hospital dealing with my illness. One of the doctors knew I am a divinity student and Christian minister and asked me as he was treating me, "Have you lost your faith?"

I Walked Away

Karena Virginia | Posted 04.06.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Karena Virginia

I walked away from fame and stepped into my heart yesterday. Today was the first day in over two weeks that I did not wake up with a pit in my stomac...

Stumbling Into Easter: The Of-Courseness of God

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 03.28.2017 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

For most of my adult life I haven't been so sure about God. That such a mighty and glorious thing could exist seems far-fetched. And the Easter news -- of the Resurrection -- has seemed way too good to be true.

A Guaranteed Way to Get a Raise

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 03.10.2017 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

One of the fundamental tenets of belief is that God runs the world. God is truly the Boss of Bosses. Since we never know just when God is going to challenge us, it pays to always be ready for a performance review.

When Your Friends Don't Believe in God

Kevin Wright | Posted 03.05.2017 | Religion
Kevin Wright

I don't mean "acquaintances" or Facebook friends, but my actual -- call you up on a bad day/let's have brunch on Saturday/help me, I'm nervous about this date -- friends. Perhaps this wouldn't sound so weird except that I'm a minister who works for a church.

The Othering of Tragedy

Ciarra | Posted 02.23.2017 | Religion
Ciarra

When we "other" tragedy, we claim that tragedy has no place in our daily lives, so when tragedy predictably appears along our journey, we become misaligned with ourselves.

Show Me the Way

Dawn Burnett | Posted 02.19.2017 | Healthy Living
Dawn Burnett

I am standing at the crossroads not knowing which way to turn. Every direction I look in seems to be under construction without the warning sign displayed to switch lanes, lanes of life that is.

A Trans Believer

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 01.22.2017 | 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 01.07.2017 | 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 01.03.2017 | 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.