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Book of Genesis

"Ethiopian Lives Matter--The Social Conscience of The Saint John's Bible III"

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 01.15.2016 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

Do people share a common humanity, and if so, what is its character? Whereas Genesis 1:1-2:4a calls for setting aside time for worship, renewal, and r...

A Note to Kim Davis About Adam and Steve

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

One of the primary Christian arguments against same sex marriage is the Genesis account of human creation. You've heard it a million times, and can probably even imagine the voice of jailed Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis sputtering it in a righteous spray of spittle:

After 17 Years of Devotion, Ella Baff Exits Jacob's Pillow

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.20.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

But while Baff's physical imprint on the property has been huge, it's her realized vision of Jacob's Pillow as a breeding ground for art that has made the largest impact on dance.

God Is Evil (or T. rex Ate Melons)

Robert J. Asher | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Robert J. Asher

How could an educated citizen of the 21st century ever reach the conclusion that a saber-toothed cat or Tyrannosaurus rex preferred eating fruit over flesh?

Is Reconciliation Between Brothers Possible, Then and Now?

Ron Kronish | Posted 01.29.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Is reconciliation possible between brothers or peoples who have been in conflict for a long time? The answer is yes, but it requires maturity, wisdom and courage.

Fuzzy Thinking and Woolly Mammoths

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Designating the wooly mammoth as South Carolina's state fossil proved to be a no brainer, but not in the usual sense. It was because two senators insisted that if the state were to have an official fossil, the state should at the same time affirm that creatures of the world were created on the sixth day.

In Partnership With Mother Earth

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green
Robert Koehler

If in one of the most defining religious-political texts of the human species we'd been charged with stewardship of the natural world, not some sort of adolescent, consequence-free control over it, what sort of spiritual understanding would have evolved over the millennia?

Is the Bible Literally True? No, of Course Not!

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

If you are a Biblical literalist, as some of you may be, what I've just said most likely bothers you greatly. You believe, not only that the Bible is Divinely-dictated and error-free, but you also believe that whatever it says must be taken as literally and factually true.

Snake Handling and the Gospel of Mark

Michael Gilmour | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

This strange early twentieth-century expression of religious faith is not widespread -- confined to a small number of churches in the southeastern United States -- but has its roots in a literal reading of a cluster of biblical metaphors.


William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

As we celebrate Christmas, may we remember the significance of the Incarnation and the second part of the Trinity -- what Christmas is really all about. And let our celebration of nearly two weeks truly glorifying God the Son.

Surrendering "Top Privilege" in a Life of Blessing: Jacob's Example

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

What does it mean then to prevail with God and be "blessed" by God? Though the root word of "bless" is "kneel," surely the human Jacob has not actually dominated or overpowered the Almighty Creator to become his conquest.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Coffin: Parshat VaYechi

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

The Book of Genesis ends on a seemingly sad note, recording the death of Joseph in the last passage. But is that a sad scene -- or a message of hope and faith?

Hanukkah and Thanksgiving as Seasons of Trusting in God's Miracles

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Both traditions use prayer, gathering of family, and special foods to celebrate the miraculous providence of God to sustain a struggling community in a context of colonial oppression. Reflecting on how they differ may also help us overcome the ugly connotations of Thanksgiving.

Arrogance or Love? The Biblical Story of Joseph

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Two years ago, my life-partner, co-author, and often co-teacher Rabbi Phyllis Berman and I wrote and Jewish Lights published a reinterpretation of the...

Joseph's Coat and Jacob's Gift Tax

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

His older brothers are jealous of Joseph because of Jacob's favoritism, and perhaps angry at Joseph because he is an arrogant, insensitive, tattle-tale (Gen 37: 2). But that is not sufficient to explain their willingness to murder him.

Time for Netanyahu to Get Honest about Hebron

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

This weekend, thousands of Jewish settlers and their allies will descend on the Palestinian city of Hebron in a show of force that will also be seen a...

A Rising Tide Floats One Boat: Noah's Response to Climate Change

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

As climate change comes crashing down upon us, we will face many hard choices between saving species and saving individual animals. Should we follow Noah's lead?

Telling the Story of Creation Today (Genesis 1:1-6:8)

Rabbi Arthur Green | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Green

Our task is to find new words, new vessels for that old wine of deep spiritual awareness, words that can awaken minds formed in our scientific age and help us to transform our ways of living while there is still time.

Adam, Eve and the Serpent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.21.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

The story of Adam, Eve, and the serpent in the garden of Eden is found in chapters 2 and 3 of Genesis, the first book in the Bible. Whether you inter...

The 5 Most Terrifying Words in the Bible

James Goodman | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion
James Goodman

'But where is the lamb?' I am not sure that there are five more terrifying, or pathetic, words in the Bible.

Rites of Awakening

Robert Hoch | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Robert Hoch

Awakened to a world brimming with ordinary miracles, you can turn back to the broken parts of life with a little more perspective, a sense of the world alive around you.

God's Gender Agenda

Pauline Muchina | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion
Pauline Muchina

When I was a little girl, I asked my Dad why he did not beat my Mom, or discriminate against his daughters in education like the other men in our community. He said that it was because of Jesus.

Evolution vs. Creationism: Creationist Challenges Science In Court

Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

One creationist plans to put his money where his Bible is for a "Literal Genesis Trial," a $20,000 contest of his creation. The winner must prove or d...

St. Valentine's Eden

Linda S. Schearing | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
Linda S. Schearing

Ever since the story of Adam, Eve and their Garden was crafted, readers have returned to the first couple time and again to figure out how all couples should act. On Valentine's Day, interpretations of their story serve both as cautionary tales and as inspiration for couples in the 21st century.

Adam And Eve And You And Me

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

When there is only Adam and Eve -- only you and me -- then there's a kind of awakened awareness that comes to you, is there not?