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After Boston: Can You Have Faith Without God?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Should we have to adopt a belief we don't really hold in order to feel part of the larger American family who were collectively targeted on Monday, and who are grieving and searching for answers as part of one people?

What's Wrong With Having a Little Faith?

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 06.18.2013 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

In a world where so many people search desperately for something to believe in, how can I or anyone judge someone harshly for simply having faith?

5 Faith Lessons From Indiana Jones

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Every Israeli secretly wants to be Indiana Jones. Archaelogy is the country's national pastime. Yet, archaeologists and their discoveries often find themselves at odd with traditional Jews. Their findings put into question foundational parts of the Jewish faith.

It's Cancer: God, Why Didn't You Heal Them?

Rick Hendrix | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Rick Hendrix

The Bible says God gives good things to those who ask. God cannot give me a bad gift. He loves me too much. So what was the gift in losing my best friend and mother to cancer?

The War on the Innocents

T. Sher Singh | Posted 06.17.2013 | Crime
T. Sher Singh

There are no ifs and buts about it: the outrage in Boston this week is a crime against humanity.

Boston Marathon Tragedy Can Test Our Faith

Ana Garcia-Ashley | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Ana Garcia-Ashley

The loss of life and the sheer violence of this premeditated act are unfathomable but the best tool we have to process and deal with this is our faith and the power of prayer.

Love and Hope in the Wake of Boston

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

We should have stopped trying by now. We should have thrown up our hands in despair and cried, "Enough." We should have relented by now, given up any hope that our lives would cease being punctuated by random violence. We should have stopped hoping for something different. But we haven't.

'Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness, Only Light Can Do That'

Natasha Clark | Posted 06.16.2013 | Good News
Natasha Clark

For everyone who lost a little faith in humanity yesterday, here are a few examples of strength among the darkness.

God Weeps Over Boston Through Us

Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis

I encourage you each to not spend these moments judging or attempting to discern who is guilty but rather to pray and to give. Pray asking for the abounding mercy and peace of God to be with the responders, medics, grief counselors and clergy.

The Source of Indignity

Robert Fuller | Posted 06.12.2013 | Religion
Robert Fuller

What people really want in relationships is dignity, not domination. While it's not hard to understand why people who have suffered oppression might fantasize taking a turn at domination, to actually do so is to over-reach.

Getting Through Your Gethsemanes

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

The final week in Jesus' life included especially great depths and heights: He faced a dark night of the soul in Gethsemane, a torturous cross and, ultimately, a glorious resurrection. Identifying with Jesus in His journey keeps us focused and faithful in ours.

Broken People Apply Here

D.J. Wilson | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
D.J. Wilson

Jesus came to rescue the broken ones, the downcast and the hurting ones. He came to rescue you and me. With many of us battling for the title of chief, we are all in desperate need of forgiveness and healing.

Finding Moosewood, Finding God

Jack Perkins | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Jack Perkins

In moments of prayerful reflection, I have come to understand that my whole life has been leading to this: From reporting other people's biographies for A&E, to confessing my own in a new book. From broadcasting the news to broadcasting the The Good News.

'All The People I Respect Are Non-Christians'

Victor Udoewa | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

My friend was having trouble reconciling the fact that I am both a scientist whom she respects and someone who calls himself a Christian. How do I tell my friend that being a Christian has not always been foundationally defined on belief, but a transformative way of newly living, a faith?

Rick Warren's Grief: The Comfort And Cruelty Of Speculating On Suicide

Kristen Howerton | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Kristen Howerton

Unfortunately, over the past 24 hours I've seen both individuals and news outlets posting speculations about Rick Warren, his son and their relationship, with what I perceive to be an attempt at figuring out what went wrong. This is an awful but real human impulse.

I Believe: Words To Honor The Martyrs Of The Holocaust

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

There are simply no words to describe the atrocities of the Shoah. There are no explanations. It is so challenging to even know what to feel. That is why my second visit to Babi Yar was so much more powerful than my first. It was the singing.

What Growing Up 'None' Taught Me About Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I was raised outside of organized religion, in a spiritual-but-not-religious home. I obviously did not stay a "none." I'm a pastor in the United Church of Christ and I try, for better or worse, to live my life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

The Story of the Common Good (Video)

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

We would take the time to sound out each syllable, word, and sentence until they got it right, "With malice toward none, with charity for all ..." While they were learning to read, I wanted them to absorb the words of Lincoln.

April 4, 1968: Honoring the Death of Martin Luther King, Jr., 45 Years Later

Binta Niambi Brown | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Binta Niambi Brown

To ensure the vitality of our nation, it's continued progress, to more fundamentally remember who we are and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, and all those who died fighting for us, we must remember....we all have a role to play.

Who Is Winning The Competition Between Sports And Religion?

David Briggs | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

Survive and advance is one mantra of teams in the NCAA basketball tournament culminating in the Final Four. One strategy for churches struggling in a sports-obsessed culture may be a similar strategy: Adapt and advance.

Steeple Chase

Guy Cimbalo | Posted 06.03.2013 | Small Business
Guy Cimbalo

BROOKLYN'S FAITHSTREET BRINGS TECH TO CHURCH One sector has been largely immune to the enthusiasms of tech - religion. It's understandable: spiritual...

Teaching My Son To Appreciate The Glory Of Spring

Sheila Quirke | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

Long story short, if I am doing my mothering job properly, my boy will some day come to recognize and appreciate the glory of Spring himself. He will know that life is universal and that its cyclical nature is confirmation of something to be celebrated.

Ever Seen A Real Miracle?

Christine Wicker | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Christine Wicker

They asked about the preacher's affairs. About the money he made. They asked if Donna Johnson, the woman who considered the preacher her stepdad, had forgiven him. But what they really wanted to know was had she ever seen a miracle that she believed was real?

The Three Nails In Christ's Cross

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

There is so much to consider and experience at the Cross. So much we cannot afford to miss. Unless we look long enough at the Cross, the Resurrection will never mean nearly as much to us as it did to Christ.

My Easter Question: Is Yoga Making Me Christian Again?

James Brown | Posted 05.31.2013 | Healthy Living
James Brown

I have found that one of the most challenging parts of my job is to get people to look for similarities at least as zealously as they look for differences. The more we identify as different, the less happy we are because we are denying the nature of the world. We are not separate.