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The Debate Over Noah: Was He Righteous Or Regular?

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 10.17.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

I am often amazed that a rabbinical debate can cover the globe and last more than 2,000 years. The controversy over Noah's essence as a person is a paradigmatic example of this phenomenon.

If Only We Could Edit the Bible

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

The "science" in the Bible poses especially difficult problems that call out for editing, or at least supplementary reflection.

Sleeping For Peace

Lisa Hickman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

May we rest, sleep with the angels, and then wake up to a new day ready to reconcile and reorder this complicated world toward the common good.

Call Me, Maybe? 9 Images For Prayer Beyond A Phone Call

Lisa Hickman | Posted 09.29.2012 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

Prayer is listening as much as talking, stillness more than chattiness. A phone call is anything but silence. But those seasoned in the practice of prayer know that "listen" is "silent" rearranged.

Making a Squackett: Conversations With Chris Squire & Steve Hackett, Plus Documentarian John Edginton on Wish You Were Here

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.29.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


Is Young-Earth Creationism Biblical?

Craig S. Keener | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

Young-earth creationism, which argues that the world was created in six 24-hour days, is widely promoted on a popular level. Less publicized is that a large number of evangelical thinkers prefer a different range of options.

Cosmic Prayer

Ed Shurna | Posted 07.25.2012 | Chicago
Ed Shurna

A few months ago, I welcomed James into the world. My grandson joined our cosmic journey on January 25. Several weeks ago, my son and his wife presented baby James to family and friends for a spiritual baptism. Below is the prayer I offered as part of the welcome celebration.

Phil Collins Remembers the Alamo in Beautiful New Book

Holly Cara Price | Posted 07.10.2012 | Books
Holly Cara Price

Odds are, the word that pops into your mind when I mention Phil Collins is probably something like "Sussudio." It's highly unlikely that the first word you'd think of would be "Alamo," but that's about to change.

Life and Death, Mercy and Dominion, to Love a Dog

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

To be "at the mercy of" is a strange expression when applied to the animals who live with us. Yet that's what came to mind yesterday, when my dog of over a decade died. "

SXSW Hangover 1: A Conversation With Perez Hilton, Plus Chatting With Ian Anderson and Wilson Phillips

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.03.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"There's a great music scene in Austin, but if you really want to be seen by the right people and have the right opportunities, you need to be based in Los Angeles. Then again, because of the Internet, anything is possible from anywhere."

Opinion, Fact and Hubris: Our Response to a Changing Planet

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 03.21.2012 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

When the fact of climate change becomes as evident to doubters as the orbit of the earth, perhaps we will learn from this colossal mistake of elevating opinion to the status of fact. If we are lucky enough, we will have another chance.

The Comic Torah: Parshat Vayechi

Aaron Freeman | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion
Aaron Freeman

Jacob is 147 years old. His family has been reunited in Egypt and now he is about to die. His son, Joseph, presents his own sons to their grandfather for his blessing...

Henning Bernard Witter and How Science Helped Us Read The Bible

David Carr | Posted 11.19.2011 | Religion
David Carr

The distinction that he proposed between Gen 1:1-2:3 and 2:4-3:24 anticipated a broader scholarly distinction between priestly and non-priestly sources behind the Pentateuch.

Denying Evolution And Denying Global Warming: Is There A Biblical Link?

Michael Ruse | Posted 11.03.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

Do people find in Genesis independent evidence against evolution and against global warming, or is it a matter of finding evidence for the one that strongly suggests the truth of the other?

If God Had A Blog, What Would The Comments Be?

The New Yorker | Posted 10.04.2011 | Religion

UPDATE: Pretty pleased with what I’ve come up with in just six days. Going to take tomorrow off. Feel free to check out what I’ve done so far. Sug...

The Spiritual Dimensions Of Work And Unemployment

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 09.07.2011 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Our society's current unemployment epidemic is, in part, a spiritual crisis. Communities of faith must address it with diligence. The scars resulting from it will, for many, go far beyond prolonged frustration and lost economic vitality.

Return To Return To Forever: Chatting With Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke, Plus John Common and Author Dr. Tony Youn

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.09.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Chick Corea's new album, Forever, is a two-disc set, with the first disc being acoustic, and the second disc with a full band and guests. For the first disc, I asked him if it was a return to Return To Forever.

Meatless Monday: Meatless by the Book

Ellen Kanner | Posted 07.29.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

If you want to find justification in the Bible for any sort of behavior, it's in there. It's just a matter of interpretation, from when the earth wil...

Holding God Accountable: Faith And Disaster

Ari Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ari Hart

For we who believe in an active God who cares about what happens in this world, how do we make sense of wide-scale catastrophe? We hold God accountable.

The Beauty Of Following The Guidance Of God

William C. Chittick, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
William C. Chittick, Ph.D.

The Quran explains in many ways that people do not live up to their beauty. As in Genesis, the story begins with Adam, but there are important twists in the Quranic version.

Phil Collins Quits Music | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

His back hurts from a dislocated vertebra. He's lost some of his hearing. Nerve damage makes it hard for him to hold his drumsticks....

WATCH: At The 'Phil Collins Day' Parade

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Apparently, this actually happened. Tuesday was Phil Collins Day, didn't you know? Well 250 parade marchers in Greenpoint, Brooklyn sure took t...

Original Sin, Evolution and Human Origins

Michael Ruse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

What if Adam and Eve never existed? What happens to the whole doctrine of original sin?

"Tell It Like It Is": A Playlist For Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

No, you didn't actually ask, but let me tell you anyway, okay? Personally, I'm officially tired of the outdated double standard that is our military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Beginning Again With Adam & Eve

Sena Jeter Naslund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Sena Jeter Naslund

In my Eden, original sin is not curiosity or disobedience but violence. The story of Cain and Abel belongs inside the garden narrative and is the true cause of our fall.