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Leaving A-Holiness Behind

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.24.2016 | Religion
Christian Piatt

The following is from Christian Piatt's new book, "Leaving A-Holiness Behind: From Pious Jerk to Not-SoPious Jerk," available in print and ebook forma...

Healing the Evil of Religious Dogma and Returning to Love

Steve Robertson | Posted 05.24.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Steve Robertson

I was born in California and began to question the reality of religion at the early of about seven. My father, a Physicist and Aerospace engineer, wou...

Why Jesus Wants Everyone to Part the Waters of Evangelical Christianity

Angie Mendoza | Posted 11.19.2016 | Religion
Angie Mendoza

It has been about a year now since I stepped away from the leadership team on Intervarsity. It was a long, hard year. I lost my sense of purpose. I lost my community. I felt lost in every sense of the word. I had lots of questions, and very few answers. Who was God?

Pope Francis's Hollow Rhetoric On Place of LGBTQ People in the Church

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.08.2016 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Rather than requiring women to ask it for forgiveness, the Vatican needs, instead, to ask those of us whom it has repressed and oppressed for forgiveness of its sins throughout its existence.

A Culture of Dogma

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In a healthy democracy, differing points of view contend to shape the destiny of the society. What does it mean, however, when a major subculture of that society is perennially of but one mind?

Cindy Jackson's Stalled Rapture

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 11.08.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

By turns deftly framing the problem through satire and alleviating the pressure through humor and craftsmanship, Jackson's work speaks to our yearning for salvation partly through irony and partly through love.

Debunking Breakfast

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Personally, I have long thought that whatever the particular merits of breakfast, hieratic zeal as the main course was in fact a rather dubious way to start the day. So it is that I welcomed a new study that purportedly was about debunking breakfast, but was really about debunking dogma for breakfast.

Please Don't Feed the Morons

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.05.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

So here we are -- at the start of a year, reflecting on the long-overdue end of the junk food era. But there's no need to hope or whine or wring our hands. We are in charge. Any time we like we could refuse to eat like morons by deciding not to swallow any more baloney. This could be that year.

Our Full Spiritual Potential

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

This understanding of evil enabled me to strengthen my faith in God. I see Jesus, and other great spiritual teachers, as models for what we can become, by evolving beyond this kind of obsolete survival behavior.

Time For Vatican III?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion
Chris Weigant

Perhaps it is time for the Third Vatican Council. Because Vatican III is going to be the only way sweeping change will ever take place within the Catholic Church.

Massive Ideological Republican Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While the entire political punditry world is caught up in yet another horserace, major tenets of the Republican party's faith seem to be crumbling. Their bedrock ideology is revealing itself, in multiple ways, of having been built on sand all along.

Congress Needs to Do the Time Warp

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's a way out of this mess. It's an easy one, really, although it does require some suspension of disbelief on everyone's part. Just change the date on the floor of Congress. No, not the date on the bill, the actual date.

Kevin Smith's Exclusive Stalker-azzi Story and Reddit AMA Questions

Shira Lazar | Posted 11.26.2012 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

What began as an innocent attempt by Kevin to enjoy the outdoors with his mini dachshund and get some exercise ended up turning into a crazy encounter with a fan who just happened to be camping in his car with "the longest telephoto lens in the world."

To Use Beliefs Or Be Used By Them: THAT Is The Question

Robert Fuller | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

While there's no denying that we need working beliefs, we can get along quite nicely without absolutes. We need only resist elevating beliefs into eternal verities. To know who we are does not mean we know who we'll become.

Havoc and Meatbats: Conversations With Alanis Morissette and Chad Smith

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.19.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


To Bridge the Gap Between Dogma and Progress, We're Going to Have to Talk About Values

Jane Devin | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Jane Devin

How many people do you know who are extremists on either side? My guess is not many. Yet these are the types of conversations that dominate politics and the media today. They take away from the truth and heart of human matters while fanning flames of antagonism and disunity.

Review: Red State

Scott Mendelson | Posted 11.22.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

If Kevin Smith is serious about leaving behind the world of Jay and Silent Bob, then Red State is a troubling sign that the man behind View Askew may have no place else to go.

Is Religion 'Religulous'?

Kabir Helminski | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

Is religion an immature wish-fulfillment, a denial of our mortality, an abrogation of our human responsibilities, a sentimental lullaby for those unwilling to face harsh realities?

Have a Good Look, America, That's Democracy in the Making

Kyle G. Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kyle G. Brown

As America, the world's loudest democracy disgraces itself with gridlock and obstructionism, it's ironic we must look to the Middle East to recall the...

The Catholic Celibacy Crisis

Maureen Fiedler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Maureen Fiedler

Priestly celibacy is not dogma. It is simply a disciplinary practice, and could be changed literally with a flick of the papal pen. So, why wait?

That Old Time Religion

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mike Lux

This time of year my thoughts naturally turn to God and religion. Not because I'm conventionally religious: I'm not. Not because I have any certainty ...

Alleged Abuses in Scientology Are Far From Unique

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Scientology. The name is a travesty of science. The reality is a burlesque of religion.

How It Was: Psychiatry, Madness, and Infections in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Dan Agin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dan Agin

Although professionalism often means a striving for excellence, American professionalism has too frequently meant an association with a stubborn failu...

When the French Spiced Up Film: Rohmer, Truffaut, Godard and Cahiers Du Cinema

John Farr | Posted 06.27.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Whether or not you personally love their work, it is difficult to dismiss the impact of the French New Wave. To reinforce this strongly held position, here is a pungent mix of Truffaut, Godard and Rohmer.

Religion As A State Of Mind

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

When a dogma or belief system is fixed as the explanation for this unknown, there is a closing off, a blocking off of experimentation to discover or relate to it.