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Why Social Conditions Matter to the Pope

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

In his statements and actions, Pope Francis reveals a commitment to emulate the earthly ministry of Jesus. This is particularly clear in the Pope's focus not only on the condition of humanity's inner selves, but even more so on the conditions in which so much of humanity lives.

Thoughts From an Evangelical Woman Pastor

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

Christ didn't call us to find groups of people who agree with us on everything, and then hang out with them so we feel good about ourselves. He also didn't call us to be disagreeable people, belittling those who disagree with us, with a self righteous attitude.

The Significant of 3

Brittney Grimes | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion
Brittney Grimes

There is a saying that big things come in small packages. This couldn't be more true than when you take a look at some little 3 letter words that hold significant meaning.

Today I Yelled at God and This is What Happened Next

Michelle Martin | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
Michelle Martin

Today I had a fight with God when I was driving in my car. Well, I don't really call God God anymore, now that I no longer follow a traditional religious path, so in reality, I yelled at God-Universe-Higher-Power-Guardian-Angel (and yes, I'm still trying out different names).

Bigotry in Numbers: Why Academics Look Down on Evangelicals

David Briggs | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The one finding I would most like to share after more than a quarter-century of traveling throughout this country reporting on issues of faith is how similar people are in their basic desires and ambitions.

How is Your Own Meeting of Families?

Catherine Nagle | Posted 08.22.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

With all the excitement about Pope Francis's upcoming visit to Philadelphia, I've been thinking about my own family, hoping that I'm on the right path. And this is what I realized: that most of us have two types of personalities inside us and the only way to balance them is through God.

How Goldie Hawn Explained God To 4-Year-Old Kate Hudson

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 08.19.2015 | OWN

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We Asked Our Readers To Define God In One Word. Here's What They Told Us.

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.17.2015 | Religion

Earlier this year, HuffPost Religion decided to conduct a little experiment. We asked our readers to do something humans have been trying to do for ce...

5 Things You Only Think You Need

Scott Dannemiller | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Scott Dannemiller

Not long ago, my wife and I felt like our family was on The Great Hamster Wheel to nowhere. So we decided to try a little experiment.

What Do You Love? Politics Is Spirituality Demonstrated

Robin Koerner | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Robin Koerner

I have had the honor of speaking to many extraordinary guests on my radio show. Perhaps none has touched as many lives as Neale Donald Walsch.

How God Lost the Republican Primary Debate

Rabbi Jack Moline | Posted 08.12.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jack Moline

By suggesting that by prayer, revelation or text message God had presumed to offer campaign advice to the candidates, the moderators trivialized the role of religious faith in the life of every American and put God into a cohort that includes Karl Rove, James Carville and Dick Morris.

What This 94-Year-Old Can Teach The World About Bucket Lists

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.12.2015 | Religion

Shirley Bachelder's five seconds of television ad space earned her praise and recognition from around the globe. But the simple message -- "Love...

I Feel God When I Run

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 08.12.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Running is where I feel God because running is where I find myself. It is also where I break down and can't go any farther and need help most desperately. It's where I focus on my own body and the reality of mortality, that I'm going to live in this world for a little while, and if I want to really live, I'm going to take risks and sometimes fail.

Idle Invocation: God Has a Biker Church and You're Invited

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion
Shane Paul Neil

I'm not what you'd consider a "motorcycle guy," but I've been known to ride a Vespa or two. But none of that really matters in the eyes of God.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXI

Alan Black | Posted 08.07.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Here comes, Steve. He hates himself so he drinks 10 cranberry juices. His pee is clear but as for his conscience... He picks up a small orchard of limes from the tray and squeezes them in his fist. Rumor has it, he's angry at his brother.

How Embracing My Inner Nerd Led Me to Find My Divine Self

Maimah Karmo | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Maimah Karmo

Most of my friends don't believe this, but my childhood friends know. Growing up, I was a nerd. I was shy, teacher's pet, valedictorian in elementary school, terrified of boys; and I was most comfortable when I had my nose in a book.

Arian Foster Breaks Ground By Admitting He Doesn’t Believe In God

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.06.2015 | Sports

  Arian Foster went to college in Tennessee and now plays for the Houston Texans. He's surrounded by the bible belt. And yet, the runni...

Officer Shot On Duty Says God Told Him To Put On Life-Saving Vest

USA Today Network | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – He was shot in the line of duty. The St. Louis police chief called it an ambush. Sunday, the officer shot in the Ce...

Perils of Self-Illumination

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Liaquat Ali Khan

In dark waters of the oceans, certain created beings generate their own illumination. This illumination is not borrowed from an external source but created from within the body of the being.

When God Changed With Me

Cindy Brandt | Posted 07.31.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Now that I have had a few tastes of different God-moments, even when they are few and far between, they are authentic, profound, and unprompted. I am waiting in delicious anticipation for where and when it might come upon me next.

You Have Something to Say That We Need to Know

Macky Alston | Posted 07.31.2015 | Religion
Macky Alston

You were not born for nothing. In you, in the terrific, singular way life has shaped you, there is a truth that is yours to tell. You may say: Not me. You may think: What I have done in this lifetime is to follow orders well. Not true. There is an undercurrent. You dream. You have something to say that we need to hear.

God Doesn't Need a Backseat Driver

Allison Hudson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion
Allison Hudson

I really wish God and I could get back on the same page where He is in the driver's seat and I am sitting beside Him letting Him navigate. I say this...

Wrestling With The Notion Of A Good God

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

As a child, I was taught that God was and is love. When I watched white police officers and firefighters spraying black people with fire hoses and setting vicious dogs on them, I can remember my mother saying, without batting an eye, "We are to forgive them, Susan."

The Color of Hatred

Tyree A. Boyd-Pates | Posted 07.30.2015 | Black Voices
Tyree A. Boyd-Pates

America has always relied on black forgiveness to absolve itself of white guilt. The Charleston massacre was no different. By choosing to highlight the forgiveness of the black faith community, they shifted the burden of responsibility onto the oppressed in a classic display of deflection.

LGBT Suicide: A Risk Reduction Strategy

Stephanie Mott | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Stephanie Mott

I was highly honored to have the opportunity to participate in the Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference last week in Kansas City. There were many intimate discussions about what can be done to lessen the likelihood that people will choose to attempt to bring an end to their own lives.