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What Folding Chairs Taught Me About Skepticism

Ben Thomas | Posted 04.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Thomas

What is it that separates everyday trust -- everyday leaps of faith, even -- from the kinds of ironclad beliefs that inspire jihads; crusades; leper-kissing; cathedral-building? How does one become so utterly sure of an idea that rests on so many unproven assumptions?

A Dead Child and Childish Things

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Jeanne Bishop

The death of this latest child killed by gun violence happened one day after pro-gun activists heckled Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Jesse Heslin, one of the 6-year-olds massacred in Newtown, CT.

Pastors, Parents and People of Faith: Game Changers on Gun Violence

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Pastors are meant to do funerals for old people who have passed. But when pastors have to bury so many children from the deaths of gun violence, the moral sequence of the world has been turned around.

A Conspiracy We Can Aspire To

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 04.01.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

The word conspire means "to breathe with." My hope and belief is that everyone can experience the beauty and healing power of Community. By embodying love actively and engaging the Beloved within ourselves, we can conspire to transform the entire world into a love-based Community.

No Longer Chained: My Journey From Abuse To Wholeness

Sarah Jackson | Posted 04.01.2013 | Religion
Sarah Jackson

On Jan. 28, 2010, I was tired, cold and hopeless. I was dirty, hungry and broken. It was impossible for me to help myself. Thankfully, the God of the Bible -- the God of love, grace and forgiveness -- knew that and He saved me from myself.

Is There Absolute Truth?

John Backman | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
John Backman

This attitude can have profound effects on our world and our deepest selves. By definition, if our orientation is toward pursuing truth rather than possessing it, we are admitting that we don't know, that there is a great deal left to learn and discover.

'I Struggled With Faith After Witnessing Death'

| Posted 02.04.2013 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Youth Communication, a nonprofit organization that helps marginalized youth develop their full pote...

When Our Children Ask About God

Common Ground News Service | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Common Ground News Service

As a Muslim American parent, I have unique struggles in the post 9/11 landscape. But like parents of any faith, I want my daughter to find in her faith a place of comfort and security, a refuge from harshness.

If Not Religion, Then What?

Patty Kogutek | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Patty Kogutek

Why is it that we can be "friends" with thousands on Facebook and literally find the answers to unfathomable questions, and still be searching? People today are exploring every avenue looking to add meaning and resolution to their lives.

Why I'm Glad I Lost And Then Reconnected To My Religion

Linda K. Wertheimer | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Linda K. Wertheimer

I once belonged more to the "Nones" than anything else. I checked Jewish on the box, but that mark was more about a cultural than religious identity. In my teens, I felt disconnected from Judaism. I was a religious school dropout at 12. But at age 41, I was in a much different place.

A Change Would Do You Good

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

We have a responsibility to ourselves, to our families and to the world to embrace that which is life-giving for our unique, differentiated selves. This invariably means that each of us is on an adventurous, sometimes nerve-wracking transformational journey.

The Power of Love: How A Texan Town Of 600 People Took In 76 Foster Care Children

Guideposts | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

Everybody knows everybody and we look out for each other, especially one segment of our little community: 76 foster kids Possum Trot families have taken in. Not bad for a town of 600, right? Some people say it's a miracle.

Why Am I So Scared To Admit I'm A Christian?

Sandra Charron | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Sandra Charron

For fear of upsetting those on my friend list who aren't Christians, I avoid writing, liking or sharing any cartoons, updates or Memes related to Christ. This purposeful neglect not only takes me far off the walkway, but it has me digging in the dirt, searching for redemption.

Saying Goodbye to Our Parents: Their Trip Home

Gary Nelson | Posted 03.24.2013 | Fifty
Gary Nelson

Maybe where this place called home is located is not what's so important. Instead, it's what we believe home to be, which is someplace very familiar to us, the place where we all came from.

We Could Use God's Help. Where Is He?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

When God fails to intervene in human suffering, the acceptance of a loving deity who cares for his children arouses fresh doubts.

7 Tips For Keeping Your Faith

Posted 01.22.2013 | GPS for the Soul

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

They Know Not What They Do: The Bombing Of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

Guideposts | Posted 03.22.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

Boom! The floor swayed. Glass fell at my feet. Someone shouted, "Hit the floor!" I dropped, flat on the ground. Silence. Then a stampede of feet. Police sirens. I looked up. There was a hole in the stained-glass window where Jesus' face had been.

The (Spiritual) Truth About Weight Loss

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

There are so many diets and weight loss products, books, films and blogs it's so hard to know what to do with overweight and obesity.

A Worthy Conversation

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

The only hope for us is to stop in our tracks and turn our intention to finding the path leading to the healing of our national addiction to violence and its glorification.

Common 'Cents': Money Tips for the Working Poor

Ryan Mack | Posted 03.19.2013 | Business
Ryan Mack

Today, if you are "working poor" the first thing I want you to learn is "contentment." I know what many of you are thinking. Many of you are thinking that contentment means, "I am happy to be poor." But this couldn't be further from the truth.

The Fruits Of Doubt

Katherine Towler | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Katherine Towler

Theologians through the ages remind us that doubt is integral to belief and even to prayer. Paul Tillich argued that "doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith." God is present in our doubt as much as our certainty.

Is God Dead?

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

Pew's report puts out enormous challenges to people of faith. Scientific and scholarly findings unambiguously suggest that world religions are far from fulfilling their promise to humanity.

The Self-Delusions Of Secular Jews

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

These are good, serious and thoughtful people, usually deeply committed to Judaism, who struggle with big religious questions in a way that makes no sense. They may think that they can wring the holiness out of their Jewish identity and practice, but they cannot.

Take 4 Steps Toward Love

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

When we react from a fearful instead of loving place, we make poor decisions. What can we do to combat our tendency to view others and the world with fear?

Will the Real Francis Schaeffer Please Stand Up? A Tribute

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The most wonderful tribute to Dad and to my book came many years later, last Sunday, when I got this email (used by permission of the writer) that really speaks to who Dad was and to the man I knew and loved. I've reproduce it here unedited.