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How Do We Figure Out How Much to Share?

Joel Tauber | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact
Joel Tauber

There are plenty of reasons to embrace the value of sharing, even if it's difficult to lump all of those reasons together into one philosophical framework.

Getting Started With the Bible

Greg Carey | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion
Greg Carey

Every once in a while someone asks for advice: "How do I learn more about the Bible?" In church we act like the Bible is important, but few among us feel confident we understand it -- or even that we know what's in it.

Your Next Bible Will Be A Hologram

Christianity Today | Stephen Smith | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

Microsoft this week unveiled HoloLens, an augmented-reality headset that overlays text and images on the real world and, in particular, anchors them t...

The Real Learning Channel: A Straight Spouse Of A Gay Husband Speaks Out

Emily F. Reese | Posted 01.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Emily F. Reese

As the hype around the TLC show My Husband's Not Gay begins to wane, I find it a shame that there has been little attention paid to the perspectives of straight women who have experienced being in a mixed-orientation marriage, where one spouse is gay and the other is straight.

Here Are The Least Bible-Minded Cities In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

Bible lovers out there might want to steer clear of Providence, Rhode Island and New Bedford, Massachusetts -- two cities that have tied for "least Bi...

Salt and Light

Christine Hoh | Posted 01.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Christine Hoh

My mom always used to say, "Be salt and light of this world." Lately, those words have stuck with me. Everything I do, her words are whispering in m...

Daily Meditations for Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 01.22.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Did you ever wish you had a book of spiritual readings about Alzheimer's caregiving you could read every day to help inspire, comfort and encourage yo...

Rethinking the Exodus

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Filmmaker Tim Mahoney has spent the last twelve years exploring the state of our collective understanding of the evidence (or lack thereof) of the Biblical Exodus. He has traveled the globe and spoken to the world's leading experts on the topic.

Two Shades of Grey

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.20.2015 | Comedy
Elaine Ambrose

There is a subtle connection with Fifty Shades of Grey and A Tale of Two Cities, the all-time bestselling novel ever written. Biographers of the author Charles Dickens wrote that he believed that prolific sexual activity was necessary for a healthy man.

Free Speech, Big Fish, and Calls From God (Jonah 3: 1-5, 10)

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

I am not Charlie Hebdo. I know that I am not Charlie. I do not think that I would ever intentionally make fun of a faith tradition or belief system, except maybe my own. But, dangit, I will defend their right to do so.

Exodus the Movie, God, and the Power of Stories

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 01.16.2015 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Let me say right off the top that this post isn't so much about the movie Exodus as it is about God... and story. Still, I should probably warn, "spoiler alert."

Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public High School -– Part 12

Frank Breslin | Posted 01.16.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Students also received aphorisms for extra credit and homework. In the assignment below, students reacted to any 10 aphorisms from each of the three featured authors by giving two reasons why they agreed or disagreed with each aphorism.

Religious Freedom and Values

Robert Slayton | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Robert Slayton

What happens when religion violates fundamental American values? Is it possible to use deeply held beliefs in an organized religion to supersede custom or law?

On Dealing with Drunk Guys

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 01.13.2015 | Women
Kathleen Buckstaff

I shouldn't be surprised, but I am. I recently read a story that confirmed that women have been dealing with drunk men for thousands of years.

Mississippi Lawmakers Want To Make The Bible The State Book

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is the birthplace of William Faulkner, Richard Wright and recent U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey. However, so...

Maybe God's Trying to Tell You Something (1 Samuel 3:1-20)

Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.

In trying times, it is important to listen for the lesson and hear the voice of God within it. The task for those of us who are attracted to such thoughts is not to see God in our stories but to imagine our story in God's, learning somehow to see our humanity in divinity.

How Terrorism Won

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 01.11.2015 | Media
Ali A. Rizvi

Religion isn't a person. It is a set of ideas in a book. It doesn't have rights. It doesn't have emotions. It doesn't have a family or children. Those cartoonists were living, breathing human beings. They had rights, emotions, and families. Which of these deserves your respect?

Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public High School -- Part 11

Frank Breslin | Posted 01.08.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

In choosing aphorisms, I always made a point of exposing students to different viewpoints and cautioned them not to accept any aphorism as true until they have critically evaluated its claim. I suggested that they think of at least three strong arguments both for and against each aphorism's truth

The Imitation of Jesus

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.08.2015 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

In The Constant Choice, I talked with a couple of celebrated Biblical scholars about my view of Jesus, and whether or not my simple views were consistent with Christianity itself. I believe that the life of Jesus and his actual sayings matter far more than the churches founded in his name.

Why Cartoonists Get Killed

James Heffernan | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
James Heffernan

What happened in Paris surely reminds us of one thing: Pictures move us in ways that language cannot, and no matter how sophisticated we think we are, we will never fully control their impact.

All the Success You Need Is Available Today

Robert J. Morgan | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion
Robert J. Morgan

Success is a slippery subject, because most people don't pause to think about how God defines the term. Biblical success isn't measured in net worth, self-fulfillment, fame, fortune, or even happiness. Instead it has three critical aspects.

In the Beginning and in the End: Christians and Climate Change (Genesis 1:1-5)

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

The threat of climate change and the pollution of our natural resources is a theological problem. In our efforts to enhance our comfort and ease our work, we have mistaken what is good with what is merely advantageous for a narrowly circumscribed us.

Questioning Genocide and Slavery in the Bible

Derek Flood | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

There are a number of things in the Bible that should trouble any reader. We find in its pages things like genocide, gang rape, and slavery -- not only being sanctioned, but at times even being commanded.

When Sacred Texts Say Terrible Things

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The morally problematic passages in the Constitution have been overturned by various amendments and laws; similarly, one should not criticize contemporary religions on the basis of problematic passages within their sacred texts, if those passages have been rejected or nullified.

Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public High School (Part 10) – The Noble Lie

Frank Breslin | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

These are questions that go to the heart of what it means to be human in this or in any century. The Bible keeps these questions alive, not so much by the answers it gives as by the many questions it provokes in the reader, questions which are rarely if ever raised in our modern world.