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Belief in God

Finding Moosewood, Finding God

Jack Perkins | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Jack Perkins

In moments of prayerful reflection, I have come to understand that my whole life has been leading to this: From reporting other people's biographies for A&E, to confessing my own in a new book. From broadcasting the news to broadcasting the The Good News.

'All The People I Respect Are Non-Christians'

Victor Udoewa | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

My friend was having trouble reconciling the fact that I am both a scientist whom she respects and someone who calls himself a Christian. How do I tell my friend that being a Christian has not always been foundationally defined on belief, but a transformative way of newly living, a faith?

God: Personification ≠ Person

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

God is a personification, not a person -- an undeniable interpretation, not an otherworldly tyrant. If we fail to grasp this, we cannot possibly understand religion or religious differences.

God and Morality: Asking the Wrong Question

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.09.2013 | Books
Jeff Schweitzer

Frans de Waal's new book The Bonobo and the Atheist asks a question that vexed Greek sages thousands of years ago and every philosopher since: are we moral because we believe in god, or do we believe in god because we are moral?

Crisis And Faith: How Losing Almost Everything Can Help You See What Matters

Martin Spinelli | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Martin Spinelli

The crisis of the crash -- six years ago now -- changed me in ways that I'm still coming to grips with. Perhaps most importantly, faith is now something that I don't shy away from, that I don't seek to avoid either as a sensation or a topic of conversation.

A Little Slice Of Heaven: The Essence of Religions And Near-Death Experiences

Christophor Coppes | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Christophor Coppes

People who have had a near-death experience are convinced that they had a glimpse of heaven. Although each near-death experience is unique, we find recurring messages in them. But these messages come right under the domain of religions that say they have the answers.

Is The Bible The Word Of God?

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

When reading the Bible we don't need to choose between a literal reading and a rejection. Both are small-minded and spiritually deadening positions. The Bible is far too rich to be reduced to such a flat formula, and we are far too magnificent to allow ourselves to be so small.

The Resurrection: Hocus Pocus?

J. Randall O'Brien | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
J. Randall O'Brien

While breaking the bread for communion, Medieval priests chanted in Latin, "Hoc est corpus" ("this is the body.") Confused churchgoers referred to the phrase as "hocus pocus." Ever since then, though perhaps much sooner, clergy talk has had an image problem.

Pray For Strength To Choose

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

I've always believed that when you pray for God's will, you are praying simply for the strength and wisdom to choose what God would want you to choose. In other words, you aren't praying for God to intervene in this world. You're praying to enable yourself to do what God would have you do.

Materialism: A Failure Of Imagination?

Roger Housden | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Roger Housden

For a materialist, there can be no mystery that will not eventually be made clear in the light of reason and critical intelligence. It chases away not only the old gods and spirits and half heard whispers in the night; it chases away the mystery of life and being itself.

Alleluia, The Doctor Returns

Julie Clawson | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Julie Clawson

I'll admit it: I was more excited about the return of "Doctor Who" than about Easter. Some may say this makes me a poor Christian, but in the past few years it has been in this story of a self-proclaimed madman with a box that I have encountered the most meaningful depictions of the divine.

Our Stubborn Reluctance To Believe

Saul Segan | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Saul Segan

Ever notice when someone encounters an unhappy circumstance, they deem themselves being punished? Yet, when an incredible chain of remedial events take place, and they are rescued or delivered from a dilemma or catastrophe, they merely "lucked out?"

Colors In The Sand

Cara Dixon | Posted 04.01.2013 | Religion
Cara Dixon

The essence of one's being exists in the colors on the shore that sparkle and shine through the joining of God's radiant sun with the history of the waters of time. It is not the length or the shape of the shore that make it beautiful, but the way it invites the rays and water to uncover the colors in the sand.

Yanking Us Bald Headed Into Life

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

Eastern Orthodox icons of the resurrection do not show risen Jesus alone. Instead, they show Jesus reaching down to grasp Adam and Eve and pull them also from their tombs. Jesus is yanking them bald headed.

America And The Poor

James Robison | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
James Robison

Satisfaction with the success and wealth of personal prosperity has led far too many Americans to trust the blessings freedom made possible while forsaking the truth and the living God who is necessary to set us free and keep us free.

The Season Of Renewal

Sue Shanahan | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

Spring is a sign of renewal and rebirth. It's the counterpart to the reawakening of humanity. I am comforted that the darkness in the church is being rooted out. I still have hope that one day it will again feel like home to me.

Why I'm Still A Seventh-day Adventist

Eliel Cruz | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

Even now, as my blog posts create waves in the Adventist church and I'm faced with losing relationships, my personal life completely torn apart by the general public, and even legal threats, I remain Adventist. We may disagree on what the Bible says about sexuality, but I still love them.

When Secularists/Evangelicals Took Over America: Stereotyping And Denigrating Other' Beliefs

Craig S. Keener | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

If all of us who have experienced others' insensitivity to our beliefs could sympathize with those marginalized for beliefs different from our own, we could make the world a more tolerant place.

Beer, Conversation And God

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

When we gather, the point is not for me to have them drink enough beer so that they're all ready to pray and receive Jesus at the end of the night. The point, as far as I'm concerned, is that we create a space together in which we all learn from each other.

What We Talk About When We Talk About 'God'

Rob Bell | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Rob Bell

I realize that when I use the word God, there's a good chance I'm stepping on all kinds of land mines. Is there a more volatile word loaded down with more history, assumptions and expectations than that tired, old, relevant, electrically charged, provocative, fresh, antiquated yet ubiquitous as ever word God?

What Is The Relationship Between God, Angelic Beings And Humans?

Lorna Byrne | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

Everyone has only one guardian angel and this angel is with them from before their birth until after they die. This angel never ever leaves them, not even for one moment.

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.