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Saint Demetrios the Myrrh-Streamer: A True Martyr

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

The term martyr is often misused in modern discourse. A martyr is not one who chooses to die; rather, it is when one involuntarily - but without hesitation - suffers torment at the hands of others because of a public declaration or confession of faith, that they genuinely receive the crown of martyrdom.

God Is Optional In Air Force Honor Oath

AP | DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 10.25.2013 | Religion

DENVER -- DENVER (AP) — Air Force Academy cadets are no longer required to say "so help me God" at the end of the Honor Oath, school officials said ...

For People Like Me Who Struggle With Prayer

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 12.25.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

How does little ol' me relate to a higher and deeper power like You? I can't even truly relate to a river, a tree, the force of electricity, magnetism, or gravity. How much more so can I connect with You who transcends it all?

Unclogging the Path to True Happiness

Caryn Chow | Posted 12.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Caryn Chow

Awareness can come at any time, at any price, but for an expedited path to true happiness, my money's on meditation.

Four Reasons Why You Are Probably Not Going to Hell

Brett Gallaher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

This may come as a shock, but despite what your ex says about you, you're probably not going to Hell. Relieved? Good! But I hate to break it to you that your ex isn't going to Hell either.

Dr. Eben Alexander Says It's Time for Brain Science to Graduate From Kindergarten

Ingrid Peschke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ingrid Peschke

I read Proof of Heaven when it was first released, and I met Dr. Alexander briefly at a talk he gave in New Bedford, Mass. in the spring, but I relished having an hour of his time recently to discuss the questions I'd considered since I first followed his story in the headlines.

Grief Without Belief: How Do Atheists Deal With Death?

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ali A. Rizvi

For all the talk of rationality, intellectual honesty, and objectivity we engage in as atheists, this is one of the most uncomfortable questions we have to wrestle with.

The Atheist That Taught Oprah About Belief

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 10.21.2013 | Religion

(RNS) What was supposed to be a touchy-feely, one-on-one interview by Oprah Winfrey with long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad has morphed into a broader, ...

The Land That I Will Show You

Rabbi Eitan Webb | Posted 12.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eitan Webb

This conflict is core to the Jewish belief system. In the book of Bereishis (Genesis), Abraham, the forefather of the Jewish people, is called by G-d and told to "go for yourself, from your land, and from your birthplace, and from your father's house, to the land that I will show you." Why would G-d do this?

Gay Marriage Pride At New Jersey's Largest Synagogue

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

We are so fortunate to now be able to bless all those who stand under the wedding canopy without question of their sexual orientation.

Was Jesus Nothing More Than a Fabrication? Biblical Scholar Says Yes!

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Steve Siebold

Was Jesus Christ really the son of God? It's probably one of the most heated debates in all of history. On one side, the devout Christians believe s...

I've Got Spirit, And So Do You

Glennon Doyle Melton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Glennon Doyle Melton

You are not only good enough, you are GOD enough. Forgive us for taking so long to unlearn what we've learned down here.

Big Churches Getting Bigger

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

While megachurches continue to experience mega-growth, the question emerges: Just how are they growing? While there may be no one "formula" for growing a megachurch, there are some clear and observable patterns and trends to their growth.

Expectations, Despair, and Amazement

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 12.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

I met a sweet soul for the first time this morning. In the end, I have no idea how our conversation might help him, but it prompted this reflection, for his sake, and for the sake of many, many others.

Chalk Drawing Says It All

Posted 10.16.2013 | Religion

Sophie has a simple prayer of gratitude that pretty much says it all. The seven-year-old shared her feeling with chalk on the sidewalk near her ...

Is it Unethical to Hide Your Nonbelief?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Considering the shared aim among nonbelievers to doggedly pursue the truth regarding humanity, the nature of the universe, and everything in it, there is understandably a high ethical standard for humanists and other nontheists to which they hold themselves.

Jews Without God

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 12.15.2013 | Religion
Isabel Kaplan

My Jewish identity is complex, to be sure, and it defies easy categorization. But I don't think it's contradictory, or problematic.

Malaysia Says Only Muslims Can Use This Word

Religion News Service | Richard S. Ehrlich | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion

(RNS) A court in Muslim-majority Malaysia ruled Monday (Oct. 14) that only Muslims are permitted to use the Arabic word “Allah” to describe God, o...

A Jain Scholar's Perspective on God

JAINA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
JAINA

An avatar is the being of Ishwar himself when he comes back and takes birth in a human body. In Jainism, everyone has the potential to become a bhagwan. Furthermore, the position is not reserved for any one person.

An Afternoon With the Dalai Lama: Can a Secular Ethic Unite Us?

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 12.11.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

In using the phrase "secular ethics" as a goal, the Dalai Lama makes clear that his definition of "secular" is not our typical Western understanding as nonreligious, rather it intends to be inclusive of all approaches, nonreligious and religious; it transcends our concepts of religion.

Five Cool Things Fundies Should Know About Christianity

Brett Gallaher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

I've often wondered what would happen if average people actually knew about Church history and theology. For your benefit and/or your entertainment, I thought a list of some of the more awesome-er contemplative issues I've come across would make for a smashing good time.

Religiosity More About Reproduction Than Cooperation

Rob Brooks | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Rob Brooks

Why do religious beliefs vary so broadly? I'm not talking here about the near-cosmic diversity in the content of religious belief. Rather, I'd like to consider why some individuals seem fervently devout while others seem devoid of any superstition.

The God of No Compromise and the Government Shutdown

Morgan Guyton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

For many of us who grew up evangelical, the word "compromise" has always been a bad word. It means to allow non-Christian values and influences to corrupt your devotion to Biblical truth.

America - The Gateway to Humanity's Future?

Lorna Byrne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

I am told America will play a huge role in the evolution of mankind. That from America will come many of the ideas and initiatives that will create a better world and will help unify countries. The angels tell me America is supposed to be a beacon of hope for the world.

ReNaming God, ReNaming the Climate Crisis

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

For millennia, many readers of the Bible (including me) have experienced the moments when the Voice pronounces a new Name to Moses as among the moment...