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Don't Back Off When People Quote the Bible Against Marriage Equality

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Lev Raphael

I don't see why proponents of marriage equality should cede ground when it comes to persuading people who quote the Bible as if that trumps every argument. Why not meet them on their own turf?

Still Art Conveys A Stilling Remembrance Of Holy Week

Win Bassett | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Win Bassett

Contemporary, multi-sensory feats of technology have caused observers to overlook another medium of remembrance. From Michelangelo's Pietà to the Crucifixion by Salvador Dalí, analog sculptures illustrating Jesus' final moments also provide a way for people to experience this story of life and death that has influenced the development of both the ancient and modern worlds.

Did Jesus Christ Really Rise From The Dead?

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Steve Siebold

This Easter Sunday, when more people pack churches around the country than any other Sunday morning to hear the story of Easter, we should all take the time to examine both the story of Jesus and evolution through the eyes of objective reality.

Crucifixion And Sexual Violence

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

On this Good Friday, as on many before, I consider anew the full range of torture and humiliation to which Jesus of Nazareth was subjected, physical and sexual. The latter is so traumatizing for the Church that we have covered it up -- literally.

Nicodemus, The Mystery Man Of Holy Week

Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) He came to Jesus at night, sneaking off to see the man behind the miracles. He was a powerful Phari...

The Muslim Jesus

Alayna Ahmad-Benson | Posted 05.26.2013 | Religion
Alayna Ahmad-Benson

Islam rejects that Jesus is the son of God and views Jesus, also known as Isa, as a Prophet and the Messiah of the Israelites. So who was this Muslim Jesus?

The Four Questions Of Miriam

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 05.26.2013 | Religion
Isabel Kaplan

Miriam played an integral role in the story of Exodus, yet she's all but ignored during Passover, the holiday that commemorates the Exodus. It's not surprising.

Cleaning Out The Leaven On Passover -- In Body And Spirit

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

The cleaning out of our homes should also be a cleansing of our spirits, a renewal to the meaning of our Exodus experience and the new Creation that is spring.

Interview: Hal Taussig and A New New Testament

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 05.22.2013 | Books
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Here is my interview with Dr. Hal Taussig on his newest book project, A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts.

God's Earth is Crying Out; God's People, Responding, Must Prepare for Jail

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Today, religious folk face modern plagues imposed upon our countries and our planet by a new kind of Pharaoh. All of God's creation -- both humankind and the web of life upon our planet -- are endangered by the overburning of fossil fuels.

Mark Burnett: 'The Bible Is The Foundation Of Western Civilization'

Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion

'The Bible' producer Mark Burnett talks to HuffPost Live host Alicia Menendez about the importance of the Bible in Western Civilization and why the se...

Bravo for Brennan!

John Ragosta | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
John Ragosta

What better way to make that point than swearing on George Washington's own copy of the Constitution? Why Washington? Few American leaders have been more emphatic about not abusing the power of office.

What The History Channel Is Getting Wrong About The Bible

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

Not quite everything. Just geography, anthropology, archaeology, biblical studies, theology, race and ethnicity. Not all of them all of the time, but most of them, most of the time.

What the Hell Has Happened to Texas?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Cavnar

My state has always been a larger than life, much caricatured place, and most Texans take it all in good humor. Texas' problem, though, is that over the last decade, the state and its leaders have taken a dark turn. Texas has been pulled so far to the right that reasonable voices are seldom heard.

The Ego in Christianity

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 05.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

When a Christian goes out of their way to say Jesus condemns you for your love, they are taking Jesus' name in vain. They are lifting up their own personal views above the Christian message.

Evolution Time for the Creation Museum

Lester & Charlie | Posted 05.07.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Sounds to us like the Creation Museum is the perfect mecca for both Bible thumpers and potheads! That's why we were shocked to learn that this major, multimillion-dollar facility has suddenly found itself taking a crash course in survival of the fittest.

Finding Your Way On The Spiritual Path

Caroline Oakes | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Caroline Oakes

I was struck by the directness of his message: "To have a meaningful spiritual life, you must read Scripture."

The Reformation Project: Training Christians To Eradicate Homophobia From The Church (VIDEO)

Matthew Vines | Posted 05.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Matthew Vines

Careful, persistent arguments about the Bible's allegedly anti-gay passages have the power to change every Christian church, no matter how conservative its theology. The mission of The Reformation Project is to train a new generation of Christians to streamline that process.

Response To WSJ Op-Ed Calling For Bible Education In Public Schools

Rajiv Malhotra | Posted 05.02.2013 | Religion
Rajiv Malhotra

India is the reason for the existence of what later became the United States of America. Certainly, this bit of history should be taught in every American school.

6 Things Christians Should Just Stop Saying

Steve McSwain | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

There is one thing I think all Christians should remember, and that is the one simple thing Jesus once said would be the one-and-only thing the world would know us by: "They will know you are my disciples by your love" (John 13:35). When we love, what more needs to be said?

Was Jefferson For Jesus?­­­ Our Founding Father's Religious Resume

Robert Orlando | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Jefferson, much the deist, held to the idea of a "designer" to explain the scientific origin of the universe. Enlightenment thinkers called this designer the "great clockmaker," but he was not the same God that interceded in the cosmos.

Jesus of Nazareth, Bill O'Reilly and the Brutal Romans

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.27.2013 | Books
Bernard Starr

The question of who killed Jesus or who was primarily responsible for the crucifixion has been debated by scholars, biblical experts and ordinary people for 2000 years.

Throw A Purim Party For Lent!

Jack Levison | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Jack Levison

I make sure my students end just about every week of term by celebrating a Jewish holiday. We're mostly Protestants, so we're not so good at it; but we have fun, and we learn about Jewish history -- our shared history -- by laughing, eating, dancing and praying, sometimes in botched Hebrew.

Giving Up Literalism For Lent

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Just as Jesus refused to let the devil tempt him with Scriptural Literalism in the first century wilderness, we must resist the same temptation in the 21st -- because it makes no more sense now than it did then to take the Living Word of God and misuse it as the Literal Words of God.

Thoughts for Ash Wednesday: The Dirt on David

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

The beginning of our Lenten journey is a unique one that marches us toward the cross and ultimately resurrection. Let us believe through faith that just as the dirt on David was removed, thanks to the love and mercy of God that a fallen humanity can also be scrubbed clean in the very same way.