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The Soft Overcomes the Hard: Walking the Spiritual Path with Excruciating Humility

Mariana Caplan, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2012 | New York
Mariana Caplan, Ph.D.

We convince ourselves that we are practicing heroically by setting up routines and disciplines that are ultimately unsustainable -- emoting and meditating so intensely that we are actually distracted from a subtler and softer level of feeling.

Ghost Encounters of the Uncle Jerry Kind

Mark C. Miller | Posted 06.28.2012 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

I've never been one to believe in ghosts. But I swear to you that Uncle Jerry was as real as the three late payments on my TRW credit report. He even still had his life-long lower back pain.

Why Does G-d Allow Children To Be Born With Disabilities?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 06.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

We Jews protest and remonstrate against suffering. We don't excuse it. We don't justify it. We don't find beauty in it. We don't find spiritual purpose it in. We fight it and, to the best of our ability, cure it.

Is Faith The Rejection Of Reality?

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 06.29.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

There seems to be a belief that "faith" is the rejection of the world as it is; a retreat in to fantasy and wishful thinking. As Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, "Faith means not wanting to know what is true."

Can A Person 'Suffer From Life'?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 06.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Do you think that there is such a thing as "suffering from life"? Do you think that people should be able to make their own decision as to whether or not to end their life?

In Islam, Heaven Is Not Exclusive

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 06.27.2012 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

I don't know how, but people say this all the time: "He cannot go to heaven because he does not believe in [insert your Prophet or God's name here]." Frankly, I would have checked out of my faith if it took such a position. Thank God (or Allah) that it doesn't.

Walking The (Catholic) Plank

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Why doesn't my Catholic Church get its own house in order first? Get the plank/log/boulder/semi truck/elephant out of its own eye before it tries to remove a speck from another's eye?

What The Titanic And A Ship That Sailed 300 Years Before Her Can Teach Us

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 06.18.2012 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

It is the tale of two ships. One should easily have completed its maiden voyage, the other would have raised few questions had she sunk. The one carried the wealth of an age, the other a people harried from their nation for their faith.

Each And Every Suicide Diminishes Us

Lorna Byrne | Posted 06.17.2012 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

Each and every suicide in the world diminishes you and me. No matter if you don't know the person, their family, or even if they live on the other side of the world from you

The Evidential Reformation: Humanity Comes Of Age

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 06.17.2012 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

The 21st century will be seen as humanity's rite of passage. We're growing up as a species, going through the very same process we've all gone through individually. Our biggest challenge? Idolatry of the written word.

You're Never too Old for Love

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 06.15.2012 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

We met online. He was from West Virginia; I'm from New Jersey. He was looking for Happily Ever After. I was looking for something to do Saturday nights.

Can Rich Folks Go To Heaven?

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 06.13.2012 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

If I'm going to take Jesus seriously, then I have to conclude that it's very difficult for rich people to get to heaven. And as an American who lives a fairly comfortable lifestyle, I know he's talking about me!

The Moral Argument For The Existence Of God

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 06.13.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

The best explanation for the existence of objective morality is that it is consciously built in to the process of creation itself.

Money: A Reflection of Our Relationship with God

John Morton | Posted 06.12.2012 | Healthy Living
John Morton

Through my faith and trust in God, I know God is the source of my wealth. "In God We Trust" is printed on American primary monetary system. When we have that trust in God, the infinite power of good, there is great peace, calm and a sense of blessing in our life.

Passover and Revolution: Why Are We So Afraid of Change?

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

The story of Exodus tells us over and over again that all human beings fear change even when all the evidence is pointing towards how much better the unknown will be.

Don't Leave God To Religion

Wendi L. Adamek | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Wendi L. Adamek

If we really want to understand our world and ourselves we need to move on. Science, spirituality, common sense and philosophy need to work together and not against one another.

Do We Really Need Beliefs?

John Backman | Posted 06.09.2012 | Religion
John Backman

Is it time to imagine a Christian faith without specific beliefs? I don't think so, but it may be time to approach these beliefs differently.

I Am Standing My Ground

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

When will all of us be outraged enough to take whatever steps we can to make sure that violence is brought to a halt in our land?

School Reverses Decision To Cut 'God' From Song

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 04.05.2012 | Religion

Parents at Stall Brook Elementary in suburban Massachusetts became upset after administrators planned to remove the word "God" from the Lee Greenwood ...

Dolores Hart And The Mystery Of Love

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 06.05.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Great loves do lead to an altar: the altar of sacrifice that is celebrated especially every Holy Week. It is a solemn love, intangible, yet real.

Higher Power

Darina Kagan | Posted 06.04.2012 | Religion
Darina Kagan

Why is it that every other day out of the year we ignore a HP's existence? I'll tell you why, because it's convenient. We don't want to be bothered with showing any sorts of appreciation.

With God And Church On Their Side: Which God Is That?

Kevin Bermeister | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Kevin Bermeister

Political leaders will continue to milk audiences, manufacturing untruths that, while inaccurate, serve as the driving force toward political victories. Setting the desire for political victories aside, this dazzling Godly rhetoric is ultimately diverting.

The Ambition For Eden

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.29.2012 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

In the Bible God exiles Adam and Eve and declares that they will never be permitted to return to the Garden. If God's intention was to assure that humanity would be forever exiled, why did God not destroy Eden?

My God-of-Love Life

Mirabai Starr | Posted 05.28.2012 | Religion
Mirabai Starr

I have always been spiritually promiscuous, lying down with any God who will have me. This passionate attraction to religion makes no sense.

When God Talks Back

Tanya Luhrmann | Posted 05.27.2012 | Religion
Tanya Luhrmann

Millions and millions of Americans experience themselves as having a personal relationship with God that is as vivid and intimate as a child's imaginary friend. Why has this way of imagining God become so popular?