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Belief in God

Better Times?

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

We've now gone through a few years of economic hardships, and we are making it through. Yes, times are hard for most of us; harder than we've ever known or experienced. It's true it is not over, but there is hope and we're going to be all right. Trust me. Trust God.

Faith Isn't Irrational, But Beliefs May Be

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

Religion has become improverished and identified with an irrational belief in far-fetched stories -- if taken as literal fact -- which were intended as parables symbolic of larger truths in human life.

The Sequestrations Of God

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

While our government squabbles over the "sequestration" of some $85 billion and over who is to blame, it may help if we would raise our view just a bit higher. Perhaps the deadlock in Washington has become so severe that nothing short of divine intervention will help at this point.

What Kind Of Relationship Do You Have With God?

Judith Johnson | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Judith Johnson

The questions of God's existence or nature and the spiritual dimension of life are the most profound inquiries we can explore. It is an adventure of the heart, body, mind and soul in a maze filled with shortcuts and dead ends.

What We Mean When We Say 'God'

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

We need religion that encourages personal questioning and critical thinking. We need less doctrine and more humble acknowledgement of mystery. We need more of what the early Hasidic rabbis of Eastern Europe called mochin d'gadlut -- an open, expansive mind.

The Problem With Unbelief Is That It Allows Us To Believe Too Much

Peter Rollins | Posted 04.25.2013 | Religion
Peter Rollins

I, along with a few friends, began to break free of religious belief precisely because we were naïve ones who took the teaching of the church more seriously than those in the church.

Peace Dividend: A Model Of Morality

Robert Fuller | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Robert Fuller

By pinning a name on the rank-based abuse that causes indignity, this model of morality addresses one of my take-away questions from Sunday School: How could we make the golden rule not only self-evident, but self-enforcing?

Faith, Doubt And Other Lines I've Crossed

Jay Bakker | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Jay Bakker

Years ago, I believed in a lot of things like heaven and God. And I was told that to really believe in them, I had to eliminate any kind of doubt. The problem was I'd study the Bible and doubts would creep in.

Asteroids, Randomness And The Absolute Truth About God

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

When I contemplate a 45-meter-wide boulder hurtling to earth at 17,500 miles-per-hour, I am terrified and humbled. When I hear it will come right in line with the orbits of some GPS satellites and then miss us -- yes, I'm relieved. But I'm also further humbled and awe-struck that life as we know it is so precious and tenuous.

Getting To Know G-d

Rabbi Manis Friedman | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Manis Friedman

G-d chooses to conceal Himself is because G-d wants to be known rather than seen. The act of seeing satisfies our innate curiosity about the object or person at hand.

What I Don't Know For Sure

Donna Jean Freberg | Posted 04.09.2013 | Religion
Donna Jean Freberg

I thought I knew everything. Or at least pretty close. It took a long time to become wise, and by wise I mean to realize how much I don't actually know. And for a while it's left me feeling pretty faithless and lost.

An Iron-Clad Proof Of God

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

It seems to me that an open-minded thinker, free of biases and misconceptions, would have no choice but to acknowledge the veracity of this argument. When properly understood, it is simple, direct -- and tough to refute. Why then does it seem to have so few backers?

Picking Jesus' Super Bowl Team

Carrie Gerlach Cecil | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
Carrie Gerlach Cecil

I'm not trying to be flippant about faith, but if the total viewership for the Super Bowl in 2012 was an estimated 113 million, and we all know that the Super Bowl will dominate television sets this coming weekend, don't you think God might want to see what the hubbub is all about?

Religion Comes To Davos

AP | DAN PERRY and RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion

DAVOS, Switzerland -- Who created Davos, and why does it exist? Questions about God and religion were rife at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss r...

When Our Children Ask About God

Common Ground News Service | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Common Ground News Service

As a Muslim American parent, I have unique struggles in the post 9/11 landscape. But like parents of any faith, I want my daughter to find in her faith a place of comfort and security, a refuge from harshness.

We Could Use God's Help. Where Is He?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

When God fails to intervene in human suffering, the acceptance of a loving deity who cares for his children arouses fresh doubts.

What Happens When Only One Spouse Is Religious

www.npr.org | Posted 01.17.2013 | Weddings

Maria Peyer and Mike Bixby are one of those couples who just seem made for each other. They hold hands when they sit and talk. They're happy to spend ...

No, You Are Not Actually The Power Source

Lillian Daniel | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

From the prosperity gospel that tells you that wealth is yours to create to new age promises that you can create your own perfect health, the implication is that we human beings are the power source. We must look like morons to God.

The Fruits Of Doubt

Katherine Towler | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Katherine Towler

Theologians through the ages remind us that doubt is integral to belief and even to prayer. Paul Tillich argued that "doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith." God is present in our doubt as much as our certainty.

Is God Dead?

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

Pew's report puts out enormous challenges to people of faith. Scientific and scholarly findings unambiguously suggest that world religions are far from fulfilling their promise to humanity.

The Self-Delusions Of Secular Jews

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

These are good, serious and thoughtful people, usually deeply committed to Judaism, who struggle with big religious questions in a way that makes no sense. They may think that they can wring the holiness out of their Jewish identity and practice, but they cannot.

Religion’s Most Repellent Idea

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Any attempts to infuse suffering with rich meaning shows callous indifference to the heartache of fellow humans. Suffering does not leave us ennobled but broken, morose and bitter.

Questions Without Answers

KidSpirit | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

f I don't have answers, all I have to do is ask questions which don't have answers! In my humble opinion, those happen to be the most interesting ones of all.

Is Your Belief System The Result Of Choice -- Or Epiphany?

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Margaret Placentra Johnston

If everyone were coming from the same place, then being born-again thanks to an epiphany would be a valid prescription to cure all spiritual ills. But it is just not that simple.

Atheism's Bronze-Age Goat Herder Conceit

Paul Wallace | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Paul Wallace

The conceit probably originated with Kant: Way back a long time ago we weren't so hot at science. We were babies then, so in the face of an unpredictable world we clung to our religion like mama's skirt. Now we're growing up and must put away childish things: all religion must go.