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Pope Francis' Silent Response to the Filipino Girl: What He Might Have Been Thinking

Stafford Betty | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion
Stafford Betty

God doesn't intervene, not because he fails to recognize an atrocity for what it is, and not because he doesn't love us enough to intervene, but because he knows that nonintervention is the lesser of two evils.

The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, Or Not?

Ritoban Mukherjee | Posted 01.20.2015 | Weird News
Ritoban Mukherjee

Needless to say, this will shroud the realm of near-death experiencers with a blanket of disbelief. And perhaps that is justified, to an extent. But as I said, you cannot of just one opinion in matters like these.

My Pursuit of Happiness

Anthony D'Ambrosio | Posted 01.18.2015 | Divorce
Anthony D'Ambrosio

I had a difficult time imagining spending my life with another woman. It's not that I couldn't love someone else, I just didn't want to. Even coming home didn't feel quite the same. It was lifeless, for lack of a better term. It no longer served it's purpose, and that too would be something I'd eventually walk away from.

Exodus the Movie, God, and the Power of Stories

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 01.16.2015 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Let me say right off the top that this post isn't so much about the movie Exodus as it is about God... and story. Still, I should probably warn, "spoiler alert."

I'm With Stupid: Bow Wow Wow Yippie Yo Yippie Yay, Amen

Todd Hartley | Posted 01.16.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Every other sheriff in America has rugs reading "In God We Trust," and people evidently care so little about that statement that they'll walk on it for months before noticing it's misprinted. But if you tell folks to trust in dog, then you're doing something noteworthy.

The Other Rev. King: A Word from Mississippi

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Make no mistake, there truly are ghosts in Mississippi. Most often, they inhabit long forgotten places and toil with hopes that their mortal lives have not been lived in vain. A few years ago, I first traveled to a forgotten place to meet a forgotten man.

A Million People in Paris Teach Us What Religion Is Really All About

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

A million people marched in Paris this week. A million men, women and children, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Atheists, and those with no religious label at all, marching simply to demonstrate their ultimate humanity that crosses religious distinctions.

Freedom of Speech Is Divine: Westboro Baptist, the Gay Christian Network and Paris

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

God placed humans in the Garden of Eden and gave them the right to agree or disagree. One of the primary ways that we express agreement or disagreement is through speech. The most divine thing that we do on any given day is express who we are and what we believe.

Is God More Insulted by Cartoons or Those Who Kill in God's Name?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Bosnia's Muslim leadership answers without ambiguity. We have to worry more about those who would appoint themselves to defend God against presumed insult than those purportedly committing the offense.

The Queerness of Disability: The Julian Way

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Regardless of the normative circumstances of death and destruction going on all around her in the 14th Century, Julian of Norwich believed in the power of God to partner with us in liberating the self through love.

Je Suis Satire

Steve Young | Posted 01.10.2015 | Comedy
Steve Young

Satire was our politics. What needed to be mocked -- Democrat, Republican or Independent -- demanded to be mocked. Not that everyone got it.

Are You Catholic Curious? If so, What One Question Would You Ask the Pope?

Kerrie Houston Reightley | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion
Kerrie Houston Reightley

I confess: I'm Catholic curious. Sort of. I've always been fascinated--and, admittedly, frightened--by this notion that Catholics can slip behind a closet door, confess any kind of sin, from the monumental to the mundane; and, theoretically, emerge with a clean slate.

On Being Unbowed

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 01.08.2015 | Black Voices
Safiya Jafari Simmons

With the new year, what I feel in addition to excitement is a renewed confidence in my community, a belief that no matter what comes or what the future holds, we can make it, because we made it through last year.

When Will Cooler Heads Prevail?

Allen Vaysberg | Posted 01.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Allen Vaysberg

Man just kills another man Saying God had told him so Is he following God's plan Or those really in the know? Those who orchestrate events And use...

That Pastor Who's Now an Atheist Kind of Has a Point

Paul Wallace | Posted 01.07.2015 | Religion
Paul Wallace

I think Bell's onto something. Three somethings, really. First, he is right: It does take intellectual and emotional energy to believe in God. It's not at all easy to understand how God "fits into everything."

All the Success You Need Is Available Today

Robert J. Morgan | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion
Robert J. Morgan

Success is a slippery subject, because most people don't pause to think about how God defines the term. Biblical success isn't measured in net worth, self-fulfillment, fame, fortune, or even happiness. Instead it has three critical aspects.

Feel Like Giving Up? 10 Things I Remembered in 2014 to Keep Going

Laura Aiisha | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Laura Aiisha

As the final weeks and days of this year have come and gone, I'm reminded of the ways that 2014 has pushed me backwards, pulled me forwards, lifte...

What God's Role in Tragedy Really Is

Stan Duncan | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion
Stan Duncan

God's fundamental act in the universe is salvation, making the creation one, more whole, more ''good,'' and when the creation invariably fails or falls, God is in the midst of the hurt, working for some sort of reconciliation even in the brokenness.

Unsettling Signs

Broderick Greer | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
Broderick Greer

To make the Sign of the Cross is to say that in Christ, God knows what it means to be oppressed to the point of death and that oppression of any form obscures the image of God within us.

10 Resolutions for 2015

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.01.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

All three meanings of "resolution" are wonderfully attractive to me -- and timely for this brand new year.

My Wish for Us, This New Year

Lisa Page Rosenberg | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Page Rosenberg

It's a call to faith. It's the call to action that is about inaction. It's the knowledge that I can stop carrying the weight of the world, it's okay -- God and the universe have got this one. Its about trust.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love (and Maybe Faith, Too)

Ravishly | Posted 12.29.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Ravishly

Lately I've been think a lot about faith and belief -- 'tis the season, and all that. I've been wondering if there's a difference between the two -- f...

God's Top 10 New Year's Resolutions

James Napoli | Posted 12.29.2014 | Comedy
James Napoli

All of us are prone to self-examination as the promise of a new year looms, and I am no different from any of you. Except for the fact that I never die, but let's not split hairs.

Two Robins Wish You a Very Happy Christmas

Robin Koerner | Posted 12.27.2014 | Religion
Robin Koerner

I arrived in England yesterday from my home in the States and the jet-lag had the better of me this Christmas morning by 4.45 am. Dad, whom I have t...

Chris Gentilviso

Michele Bachmann Knows How To Have A Good Conversation With God

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 12.26.2014 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) doesn't want a lot for Christmas. A few weeks after revealing her Iran bombing wish to President Barack Obama, it l...