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Belief in God

Why I'm Not An Atheist: The Case For Agnosticism

Omar Baddar | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Omar Baddar

A convincing argument against religion is not necessarily an equally compelling one for atheism. Between religious certitude and atheism lies a more suitable ground for truly open and skeptical minds: agnosticism.

A High-Wire Walk With Faith Not To Fall

Guideposts | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

The two-inch-wide steel cable felt cold and wet beneath the elk-skin-soled moccasins my mother had made me. I slid one foot forward, then the other. Below was the lip of Niagara Falls, where 600,000 gallons of water per second plunged 170 feet straight down to jagged rocks.

Dear Pope, Atheists Don't Need Redemption

Staks Rosch | Posted 07.24.2013 | Religion
Staks Rosch

Pope Francis went farther than just acknowledging that atheists aren't going to be tortured for all eternity. He also said that if we live virtuous lives, we will be "redeemed" by Jesus just like Christians. That last part goes a little too far for me.

Miracles

Rev. Ian Punnett | Posted 07.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ian Punnett

Nothing can mitigate the profound sadness of the deaths of dozens of people. But the families of all the victims would be right in wishing that there had been a few more miracles to go around.

The Loudness Of God

KidSpirit | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

I have to let the loudness of God take me away to wherever I need to be. I'll still go to seven different churches and read through the piles of religious of books I've hoarded in my room, but they can't tell me anything compared to what God can tell me.

The Eyes Of Faith

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Many choose to view God as distant. Observable. Manageable. Close enough to consider. Distant enough to never impose nor interfere. From a distance, no wonder is ever too wonderful, no power too powerful, no master ever too masterful.

Wounded Faith

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.10.2013 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

We all have secret pain. We all have brokenness. We all have wounds that do not fully heal despite all the salve we put on them. The truth is that no matter our circumstances in life, there is still heartache and pain.

Is God REALLY Speaking To You?

Brian Moll | Posted 07.10.2013 | Religion
Brian Moll

With a myriad of voices competing for the decisions we make each day, how do we distinguish God's voice from all the others? Throughout my life I've asked four questions that have helped me to discern. I believe they must be asked in tandem, though, never one without the others.

WATCH: Stanley Hauerwas: What Is A Christian?

Travis Reed | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Travis Reed

Stanley Hauerwas reluctantly defines Christianity and talks about the signs of a baptized life and identity.

Dynamic Connections: The Theology Of 'The Runaway Bunny'

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

The children's classic "The Runaway Bunny" might seem an odd place to begin a theological reflection. But for a child who has ever tested the strength of a parent's love, this story offers both reassurance and challenge.

Letting God Set The Pace

Guideposts | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

Olympic Stadium, London, August 4, 2012. Minutes before the race of my life, the finals of the men's 10,000 meters. I wasn't running. I was a spectator. Below, taking their places, were two runners I'd spent years coaching. I couldn't help but marvel at the peace I felt inside.

Give The News Back To God

Rick Hamlin | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

The world is full of heartache, sorrow, disasters, anxiety, tragedies in-the-making, bad news both big and small. I'm just as happy as anyone to log on to one news site after another, but if it starts pulling me down, if it makes me angry, I do just what Dad did: give it back to God.

A Good Life Without God

Richard Abrons | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Richard Abrons

Big topic. All encompassing. From Ra to Zeus to Moses to Jesus to Muhammad to Buddah. From Cotton Mather to Rush Limbaugh. From the Crusades to Shiites and Sunnis. Well, leave me out.

You Say, 'Jesus is the Only Way!' I Say, 'Mystery of Mysteries'

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Sure, you can "know" God, as the inner, inexplicable and transformative personal experience. But do not ever, my friend, do not ever be so arrogant as to assume you actually "know" God, in terms of explaining God or understanding God.

Is That God Talking?

NYTimes.com | T. M. LUHRMANN | Posted 05.03.2013 | Religion

I still remember how startled I was when a young woman I was interviewing told me God had spoken to her, audibly. I was doing ethnographic field wo...

Believers, Atheists, Why Can't We All Get Along?

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Sandra Charron

The energy and ardor we see flung with feverish force at the sight of certain key words would be far more beneficial if harnessed and used to rid the world of its eternal anger and insults.

Is God Guilty?

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

If God is so Great, why can't He just create a world without any pain whatsoever? I don't want people to stop talking to God. I'm not even angry at God for something terrible like cancer. I just want people to think.

Religious Beliefs, Emotional Problems Linked In Provocative New Study

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 08.15.2014 | Science

Many people find comfort in religious faith, but a provocative new study links certain beliefs with emotional problems. The study, published April 10 ...

Richard Dawkins And The Unbearable Smugness Of Tweeting

Scott Stephens | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Scott Stephens

Dawkins' views on religion are by now extremely well-known, to the point of cultural saturation thanks to the media's fixation with him. But the dogmatic assertions and withering dismissals that made Dawkins a media-darling lend themselves particularly well to the anarchic medium of Twitter, where his unjustifiable claims can shrug off any residual requirement for justification.

But Where Is God?

Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D. | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D.

We seek to make meaning even in the most senseless tragedies. Sometimes this raises deep spiritual questions as we confront the paradox of God's goodness and omnipotence.

Faith And Economic Growth: Drive To Succeed In Business Crosses Religious Traditions

David Briggs | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

The idea of a Protestant or Puritan work ethic has worked its way into national lore. But in looking at the religious engines of economic growth, new research indicates it may be just as helpful to talk about an Islamic ethic or a Jewish ethic or a Buddhist ethic.

Does Experience Shape Our Understanding Of God?

KidSpirit | Posted 06.21.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

Some people do not believe in God at all, while others believe in many gods. Others believe that God infinitely shapes their lives and their afterlives. Others look to themselves to be shaped. There are a variety of different religions, and as many as 22 major religions in the world today.

It's Cancer: God, Why Didn't You Heal Them?

Rick Hendrix | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Rick Hendrix

The Bible says God gives good things to those who ask. God cannot give me a bad gift. He loves me too much. So what was the gift in losing my best friend and mother to cancer?

What to Pray in a Crisis? Just say "No!"

Rick Hamlin | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

If you're angry at God, say something. Say anything. Don't hold it in. It's not going to do any favors for your prayer life.

Trauma And Trust: The Path Toward Sanctification

Bethany St. James | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Bethany St. James

When we make the decision as adults to be baptized in water, it is then we fully commit to let go of our old life. It is then we allow ourselves to begin healing. We are proclaiming that we trust in God to wash away those things that bind us to our past.