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The Diminished Retributive God

Eldon Taylor | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Eldon Taylor

If we are all a part of god, then god's retribution is somewhat analogous to the idea of cutting off our nose to spite our face. So does that mean that bad goes unpunished by this god?

By Pointed Fingers

Ron Nikkel | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

During this Lenten season as I reflect on all of the pious and self-righteous fingers of accusation that were pointing at Jesus, I realize how frequently I point my finger at the faults of other people even though Jesus points not at them or at me but to the dust of our common humanity.

Better Times?

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

We've now gone through a few years of economic hardships, and we are making it through. Yes, times are hard for most of us; harder than we've ever known or experienced. It's true it is not over, but there is hope and we're going to be all right. Trust me. Trust God.

Starting Over

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Starting over ain't easy. The trick, the Zen masters say, is hanging on to beginner's mind, no matter one's circumstances, experience or expertise. For in that state everything is possible.

The Sequestrations Of God

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

While our government squabbles over the "sequestration" of some $85 billion and over who is to blame, it may help if we would raise our view just a bit higher. Perhaps the deadlock in Washington has become so severe that nothing short of divine intervention will help at this point.

What Kind Of Relationship Do You Have With God?

Judith Johnson | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Judith Johnson

The questions of God's existence or nature and the spiritual dimension of life are the most profound inquiries we can explore. It is an adventure of the heart, body, mind and soul in a maze filled with shortcuts and dead ends.

Paging God In Health Care

Wendy Cadge | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Wendy Cadge

The realities of health care in America make many of us wish we could make this call/page/text and that God would swoop in and makes things right. An all-powerful God might find lost paperwork, speed up slow health care systems and heal the conditions that led us to the hospita in the first place.

What We Mean When We Say 'God'

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

We need religion that encourages personal questioning and critical thinking. We need less doctrine and more humble acknowledgement of mystery. We need more of what the early Hasidic rabbis of Eastern Europe called mochin d'gadlut -- an open, expansive mind.

What Kind of Thinker Believes in God?

Matthew Hutson | Posted 04.27.2013 | Science
Matthew Hutson

A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1.00 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost? Your answer to this question will help me guess whether you believe in God.

Ten Commandments For Starting Your Own Religion

Dan_Weiss | Posted 04.27.2013 | Comedy
Dan_Weiss

The current pope's decision to turn in his satin slippers has stunned many parishioners. If ever there was a window to start your own religion, this may be it.

Where Is God In The Book Of Esther?

Brandon Ambrosino | Posted 04.25.2013 | Religion
Brandon Ambrosino

One of the most beautiful books of the Bible, Esther is the only one that doesn't specifically refer to God. Esther's story defies moralizing, but perhaps one of its lessons is that God's hiddenness is not God's absence. Even in the face of death.

Peace Dividend: A Model Of Morality

Robert Fuller | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Robert Fuller

By pinning a name on the rank-based abuse that causes indignity, this model of morality addresses one of my take-away questions from Sunday School: How could we make the golden rule not only self-evident, but self-enforcing?

Purim: How To Get Drunk On God

Eitan Press | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Eitan Press

Purim is a radical embrace of the uncontrollable nature of life, celebrating the concealment of God through wearing masks, and the confusion of life through intoxication. With faith in the Divine, we go through chaos and transcend into something higher, into a place of Oneness.

Making Worship Live

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

Our ancestors worked hard to endow ritual moments in the sanctuary with such power, majesty and holiness that God's presence became palpable. This should be our objective also. We too should work hard at it.

Mumford & Sons, God And The New Sincerity

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald | Posted 05.16.2013 | Religion
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

Say what you will, but after the spectacle died down and the top honor of the night went to Mumford & Sons' album Babel, at least one thing is clear: We are in the midst of the New Sincerity. Being really into something is cool now, even if that something is, well, God.

God Killed Jesus: That's What The Gospels Say

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.20.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

The Gospels -- and several other passages of the New Testament -- state explicitly that God killed Jesus. God sacrificed his only son for the redemption of man according to Scripture:

God Loves Vaginas

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 04.19.2013 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

I can't help but think that part of the Good News I'm called to share is this: the Church does not hate vaginas. Even better, God certainly doesn't. Of that I'm certain.

Lover Of The Light

Glennon Doyle Melton | Posted 04.17.2013 | Religion
Glennon Doyle Melton

I assume that there are thousands of women like me out there. Women who woke up one day and found themselves in the middle of their worst nightmare. And who decided not to sit inside that nightmare. Women who are moving wearily but boldly back toward the light.

Loving Saint Valentine

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 04.17.2013 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

So, dear beloved reader - love, love, love! Not just on St. Valentine's day, but every day!

Even St. Valentine Was For Marriage Equality

Rev. David Felten | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. David Felten

Today, imperially minded politicians, egged on by religious conservatives, are denying American citizens their basic right to marriage. Although claiming to be informed by God, they are simply using God as a patsy to support their own agenda of discrimination and prejudice.

True Love Begins With Self-Love

Lorna Byrne | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

If only we could learn to see ourselves in the way our guardian angel sees us, our lives would be so much easier. We would love ourselves more and would look on others with more compassion, seeing their strengths rather than their weaknesses.

A Heart-Shaped Sign Of A Champion

Guideposts | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

Shortly after Jim's funeral, I told Lauren about a grieving widow who found a heart-shaped rock on the beach where she and her husband had vacationed. Jim and I loved that story of God's comfort. For a while, I hoped I'd get my own sign from above. But nothing came.

Asteroids, Randomness And The Absolute Truth About God

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

When I contemplate a 45-meter-wide boulder hurtling to earth at 17,500 miles-per-hour, I am terrified and humbled. When I hear it will come right in line with the orbits of some GPS satellites and then miss us -- yes, I'm relieved. But I'm also further humbled and awe-struck that life as we know it is so precious and tenuous.

Is God Dying?

William J. Furney | Posted 04.15.2013 | World
William J. Furney

The pope news proved that religion matters, even though increasing numbers of us claim it doesn't.

Where Can We Find God?

Rabbi Joshua Ratner | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Ratner

A fundamental question undercuts the elaborate description in this week's Torah portion, Exodus 25-27: Why does God need a home?