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Is That the Best You've Got? Alvin Plantinga's Feeble Attack on Atheism

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 04.14.2014 | Media
Clay Farris Naff

When you consider that he has been at the top of his profession, has had a lifetime to prepare, and has recently published a book on these themes, it is quite surprising to see how weak his case is. Don't take my word for it. Let's plunge in.

Does Jesus Heal Drug Addicts? I Almost Gave Up on My Drug-addict Mother, But Then I Discovered That God Never Gives Up

Romal Tune | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
Romal Tune

I never thought the Bible had anything to say about addiction. It's not something that I ever heard preached or read in the Bible.

Frankenstein Meets the Bible

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

Although the Talmud may have spoke about Golems, Isaiah spoke about 'wearying' the people with 'frankincense.' The full verse reads as follows: 'You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings, nor honored me with your sacrifices.'

Dead Sea Scrolls Are Now Just A Click Away

Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion

The Dead Sea scrolls will now be accessible for public viewing, and you don't even need to leave your home to see them. Orchestrated under the Isr...

A New Way of Being 'Pro-Choice'

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

Ella Baker had a 'pro-choice' moment. In that moment, she seized the opportunity and made a decision that would turn the tide of history. She chose to do what far exceeded herself. Her name, her work and her spirit thrive.

Creationism Versus the Bible

Joel S. Baden | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Joel S. Baden

If you tuned in to the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye creationism vs. science debate, you may well have found yourself thinking, 'This guy just doesn't get it.' And, regardless of which side you're on or which guy you were referring to, you were probably right.

Archaeologists Find Major Bible Discrepancy

Posted 02.06.2014 | Religion

Researchers Lidar Sapir-Hen and Erez Ben-Yosef from Tel Aviv University have discovered what may be a discrepancy in the history laid out in the Bible...

Science Versus Bible: To Debate or Not to Debate?

Herb Silverman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Herb Silverman

Many atheists, myself included, have been overly optimistic that a rational argument will be sufficient to change minds. I now think the best we can do is make good points in a reasonable and pleasant manner.

Bill Nye, My Dad's Tie, and the Creation-Evolution Debate

Jack Levison | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

No matter what side of the creation-evolution debate you are on, your partisanship costs you dearly. Why? Because it costs you the ability to read the Bible on its own terms. What do we lose by straightjacketing the Bible with the creation-evolution debate?

On Being Radical

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Safiya Jafari Simmons

Timidity doesn't honor God. There, I said it. I've given a lot of thought to how often followers of Christ find themselves - or more accurately, place themselves - in the role of victim.

What the Bible Can Teach Our Leaders About Humility

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

Just maybe our own leaders can take a clue from the leaders of the ancient world, and open their hearts and minds to embrace the power of humility and collaboration for the betterment of us all.

The Sabbath Commandment and the Minimum Wage

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 03.30.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

Contemporary folks take the Sabbath commandment to liberate us from the stresses and timetables of modern life so that we can seek inner peace, spirituality, harmony with nature, etc. But the Bible offers different rationales.

Atheists Seeking Followers

Dr. L. Randolph Lowry | Posted 03.30.2014 | Religion
Dr. L. Randolph Lowry

It's my hope that the movement of atheist organizations into communities throughout our nation will motivate the honest discussion of religious beliefs. Those who believe and those who don't should be able to share perspectives, and ultimately, decide what narrative is real.

And America's Most 'Bible-Minded' City Is..

Posted 01.27.2014 | Religion

The American Bible Society released a ranking of the nation's cities, from most to least "Bible-mindedness." They classified respondents who reported ...

Out With the Old

Neal Wooten | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
Neal Wooten

We are all flesh and blood, which means we are weak and will always fall short of the glory of God. But we have to at least make an effort and seek atonement for when we fail.

Can Faith Help You Make Better Decisions?

Yaacov Cohen | Posted 03.26.2014 | Religion
Yaacov Cohen

Faith can help us make better decisions. Faith empowers us with the humility of our human condition, empowers us to deal with reality and to do our part of the deal, and opens us up to the hope that God will do his part as well.

The Non-Christians' Favorite Bible Verse

Rick McDaniel | Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion
Rick McDaniel

The recent Phil Robertson Duck Dynasty controversy brought it up again. Bill O'Reilly quoted it on Fox News; Don Lemon quoted it on CNN. The favorite...

Judge Not -- Except Gays

Neal Wooten | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Neal Wooten

Why not start with any of the sins Jesus mentioned in the Sermon on the Mount, like divorce? Over one million people in this country get divorced for non-Biblical reasons and that affects a lot more people than homosexual behavior.

The Bible Lesson You Might Have Missed

John Backman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
John Backman

Nicodemus's night visit to Jesus is not exactly empathic, but there is an intimacy to the setting. It is a tête-à-tête: Not a Sermon on the Mount, not a raising of Lazarus, but a private conversation between people who have studied God.

Five Unbiblical Doctrines Christians Teach Children

Cynthia Jeub | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Cynthia Jeub

The number of parents and young non-parents who defended the list as truthful and worth teaching to children was shocking to me.

Does God Care About the Bible As Much As We Do?

Zack Hunt | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

But what if God had other intentions for the Bible? What if God didn't intend for it to be the unquestioned final authority on everything that we've turned it into? What if, dare I say it, God doesn't care about the Bible as much as we do?

Jesus Hated Women -- Right?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The Jesus story is still out of sync with the way we treat females. Rather, we're still out of sync with Jesus. Women are still abused, raped, killed, marginalized, belittled and insulted.

On This Feast Day of the Ass

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.16.2014 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Happy Feast Day of the Ass! No kidding. Animals get short shrift in religious beliefs and practice (apart from the Hindu cow, and sacrifice, of course), so I found it quite wonderful to stumble on an old tradition celebrating the biblical donkey.

Betsey Johnson in Tucson

Daniel Asia | Posted 03.09.2014 | Style
Daniel Asia

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The First Thing My Mom Did When She Learned I Was Gay... and the 'Miracle' That Occurred After

Lance Bass | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lance Bass

For my family, they still live in ground zero of intolerance for the LGBT community and have the unique pressure of having a well known gay relative. When I came out, they came out.