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God or gods, a Train of Thought That Ends Up Illuminating What We Need Illuminated

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion
Andy Schmookler

I found myself wondering today about something regarding the idea of God. It grew out of my noticing the strangeness of the contrast between two important cultures in the millennium before the birth of Jesus: the culture of the ancient Greeks and that of the ancient Hebrews.

Why the Bible Is Not the Word of God

Alexander J. Barron | Posted 07.06.2015 | Religion
Alexander J. Barron

I believe that God is all-loving and all-powerful, and that his son, Jesus of Nazareth, was the son of God, who has given us a way to live life fully and abundantly. Yet, I do not believe the Holy Bible is the infallible word of God.

You Can't Argue Love... Can You?

Tammy Letherer | Posted 07.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tammy Letherer

Driving away from a secluded summer camp deep in Michigan's Huron Forest, I am seized by fear. I just dropped my 10-year-old daughter off for two week...

God is Transgender

Christian Piatt | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Many of us have accepted such patriarchal theology because it feels familiar. But that doesn't make it right.

I'm a Christian, Therefore I Support Same-Sex Marriage

Stan Duncan | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Stan Duncan

When the chips are down and the going gets rough, and people are claiming that we need to protect ourselves from a dangerous wave of tolerance, and openness, and acceptance, I think I'm going with Jesus.

An Evangelical Minister Explains Marriage To Rick Santorum, Dr. Moore And Mike Huckabee

Adam Phillips | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Adam Phillips

When it comes to marriage equality in the United States, the church too often has been on the wrong side of history.

Can Love Be a Sin?

Amy Arndt | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Amy Arndt

Ask yourself if God would judge two people who want nothing more than to have legal recognition of their union, and ask yourself if you are in the position to judge that yourself.

Mike Huckabee's Blasphemy?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Lev Raphael

Isn't Mike Huckabee, someone who considers himself a man of faith, taking his Lord's name in vain?

Biblical Marriage, Brooms and Faux Rage

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

Funny enough, those who are often in positions of power that have directed this sail of "one man, one woman biblical standard" don't stay true to their own vows, making this Scripture that they hold in such high regard the laughing stock outside the microcosm of Christianity.

When SCOTUS Passed Same-Sex Marriage, People Googled 'What Does The Bible Say?'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.26.2015 | Technology

On the day the Supreme Court of the United States declared same-sex marriage legal nationwide, some took to Google to ask what the Bible had to say --...

Don't Blame the Bible

Cindy Abel | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Cindy Abel

It's the dishonesty that irks me. Those, who in the name of God, are propagating prejudice. And their parishioners, who claim to believe the Bible but haven't read more than an isolated verse without context and repeat what they're told if it supports their biases.

The GOP Needs A War On Christianity

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

It is a common and hyperbolic refrain that Democrats have been (and still are) the anti-religion party. Now, however, Republicans may be running into religion problems of their own as evangelical and Roman Catholics become more engaged with issues such as poverty and climate change.

Jerusalem Comes to Jamaica

Bob Schulman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Legends of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba live on, as do tales of the hoopoe bird.

8 Pages Of The Gutenberg Bible Could Sell For Half A Million Dollars At Auction

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion

There may only be eight pages of it, but it could be worth more than half a million dollars. A fragment of the Gutenberg Bible could fetch between ...

Why Do Three-Year-Old Babies Die Horrible Deaths? God's Surprising Role

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

Why did God allow my three-year-old baby to die a horrible death? a distraught mother recently asked, prompting Pat Robertson to suggest that God may have done so for a good reason, like to spare the child a more horrible fate later in life.

The Sacredness of Surfing

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 06.11.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

A friend who's an Episcopalian priest (and a surfing buddy) showed me a comic last week, which she keeps on her fridge. In it, the sea has split, Moses is holding up his staff, and a dude is standing next to Moses, carrying a surfboard.

Can Evangelicals and Christians Coexist in America?

Derek Penwell | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

I just read an article entitled, "Can Gays and Christians Coexist in America?" Once again, I find myself annoyed by the presumption--the enduring arrogance present in unself-critically asserting that the "Christian position" with respect to LGBTQ people is by definition condemnatory.

If You Love the Duggars But Not Caitlyn Jenner, What Credit Is That to You?

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

We're quick to love like Jesus when the people who need that love are already one of us, but when the people who need loving are people we don't like, people we're afraid of, or people whose lives we "don't agree with," we quickly and unapologetically exchange that love for wrath.

The Duggars Have a Lot to Teach the Church About Islam

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

If you're tired of defending Christianity every time another self-professed Christian makes the news for doing something evil, and yet you also find yourself denouncing Islam as an inherently evil religion based on what you see on TV and what little you've read of the Quran, I urge you to stop.

Political Population Poppycock, and the Ethics of Misinformation

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.04.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

In "Unrealized Horrors of the Population Explosion," Clyde Haberman beats an obsolete, dead horse, repeating observations made over past decades that Paul Ehrlich's predictions of horrors stemming from our exploding population have not come true. His misplaced focus masks real, constructive discourse on overpopulation and promotes overpopulation denial.

Secrets of a Career Climb: Make Shit Happen, Deal When It Does

Jim Treacy | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Jim Treacy

Embrace your scars. When you have something to offer you'll be sought. The person who wants something least holds the stronger position. Living the dream is never giving in to adversity -- hold ground, then bounce back.

Scandalous Leaders, Scandalous Power (1 Samuel 8)

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

There's an odd thing about political scandals, these falls from grace: They are so common that they shouldn't shock us anymore. And yet these scandals sell newspapers, draw eyes on television. We can always muster some outrage at these all too common crimes.

Biblical Soap Opera Takes Brazil By Storm

AP | Jenny Barchfield | Posted 05.29.2015 | Religion

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The actress agonizes on her deathbed, her hair and makeup impeccable, as the hunky male lead clutches her hand. Tears pour down ...

Our Children Are Being Harmed - Should We Stand Idly by?

Ari Hart | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Ari Hart

In an fascinating experiment, undercover investigators from the New York State Liquor Authority visited almost 1000 NYC stores in 2014 to test whether they would sell to underage buyers. Shockingly, not 10%, not a quarter, not half, but almost 60% of NYC stores sold to underage buyers.

The Impact of the Jewish People on Humanity, as Traced by Scholars Throughout Time

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 05.28.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

When Abraham first discovered the method of connection, he told about it to whomever would listen, and those who joined him became the first truly connected people.