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Father's Day And God As Father

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 08.18.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

I can joyfully remember the best things about my dad on father's day, and know that every good thing in creation gives us a window into the mysterious and majestic heart of the Creator.

Living The Monk's Life In The Real World

John Backman | Posted 08.18.2011 | Religion
John Backman

In our post-religious, commitment-optional society, in which "do whatever works for you" is often cited as the cardinal virtue, why would anyone commit to a prescribed set of rules -- especially rules that date back to the Middle Ages?

"Truth" Vs "I.M.," or Inspiration Material

Jill Lynne | Posted 08.10.2011 | New York
Jill Lynne

(c) Jill Lynne June 10th, 2011 This morn I received an email from a long-term, well-intentioned pal -- who enjoys forwarding various missives. Sim...

Becoming Hindu And Finding The Essence Of All Spiritual Paths

Radhanath Swami | Posted 08.10.2011 | Religion
Radhanath Swami

Behind the veil of superficiality and hypocrisy, I always believed in the inherent beauty of God that lies at the essence of all true spiritual paths.

What Would Jesus' Commencement Speech Say?

Sheldon C. Good | Posted 08.09.2011 | Religion
Sheldon C. Good

So, what if Jesus were a commencement speaker today? Perhaps it would go something like this: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.

Is God's Justice Different Than Ours?

John Shore | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
John Shore

If it's true that by justice God means something diametrically opposed to our understanding of that word, what, then, are we to make of Jesus when he talks about love?

How In The World Did Colton Burpo Beat Me To Heaven?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Here was I, preparing to astonish the world with my tale of a visit to heaven, and I get beaten to the bestseller list by a tow-headed kid.

Poll: 9 In 10 Americans Still Believe In God

Posted 08.06.2011 | Religion

A poll released by Gallup on Friday found that 92 percent of Americans still say "yes" to the simple question, "Do you believe in God?" A breakdown...

The Consequences of Spiritual Transformation

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.02.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

My views about God, my feelings about myself and others, and my views regarding the universe shifted, or better, morphed into something infinitely more meaningful than I could have ever imagined.

God Is Not A Christian

Desmond Tutu | Posted 08.01.2011 | Religion
Desmond Tutu

Many of us perhaps need to have our notion of God deepened and expanded. We must be ready to learn from one another, not claiming that we alone possess all truth and that somehow we have a corner on God.

The Religious Meaning Of Malick's 'Tree of Life'

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 07.31.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Why does God not simply say to Job "This is why you suffer?" What is the larger point God is making? There are endless, powerful and provocative speculations about this question.

Florida Suing God for Hurricane Damage

Mark C. Miller | Posted 07.31.2011 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

"God ruined Florida," explains Arthur Pheswin, the attorney retained by the state of Florida to bring suit against the Almighty. "Thanks to Him, lives were lost, industries destroyed and the state nearly went bankrupt. It's time He be held accountable."

Did Religion Create Civilization?

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

In Gobekli Tepe, we have strong evidence that people's need/desire to gather for worship is what created civilization, not the reverse, as was previously assumed.

Is Hell Real?

John Shore | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion
John Shore

I think keeping the afterlife a complete mystery is God's way of telling us to pay maximum attention to the life we have on this side of the door.

Born This Way? Being, Becoming, Lady Gaga and the Divine

John Backman | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion
John Backman

Every major faith tradition calls its followers to more: to become better, more compassionate, closer to the Divine. The natural arc of life issues the same call.

What Francis Chan (And His Ilk) Get So Terribly Wrong About Hell (VIDEO)

John Shore | Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion
John Shore

While in every last way pretending to be about practicing love, it's really about instilling fear. What Chan is really saying here is, "Be afraid. Being wrong about hell has terrible, terrible consequences."

Explaining Our Relationship With God

Michelle Roya Rad | Posted 07.22.2011 | Healthy Living
Michelle Roya Rad

The process of knowing and connecting with a God or spirituality seems to be a type of schooling which has distinct stages.

God Reschedules Rapture

Laurenne Sala | Posted 07.20.2011 | Comedy
Laurenne Sala

Don't worry about preparing for tomorrow's Rapture. It seems God has a few parties to attend, so he's postponing.

Practice Active Gratitude

BJ Gallagher | Posted 07.19.2011 | Religion
BJ Gallagher

If you don't like what you're getting in your life, change your prayer. How you live your life is a form of prayer; what you pay attention to is a form of prayer; what you express gratitude for is a form of prayer.

What The Bible Really Says About Doubt

Rev. Jonathan Weyer | Posted 07.17.2011 | Religion
Rev. Jonathan Weyer

As I read through the biblical discussion of doubt, I realized how much the Bible really does describe reality, especially the reality of the human condition. It calls us to question and to doubt.

Is Living With Illness Choosing to Give In?

Lisa Copen | Posted 07.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Copen

If you live with a chronic illness, only you are capable of making the wisest choice possible based on many factors. If you love someone with an illness, be cautious in sharing your opinion about his or her decisions.

The Atheist's Mistake

Deepak Chopra | Posted 07.16.2011 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

Countless people have seen through the faults of organized religion and turned instead to their own spiritual journey. Hitchens and other atheists stand at the door to that journey and slam it shut.

A Jewish Perspective On The Dangerous Charisma Of Power

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 07.12.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

What is the Jewish attitude towards rulers? The person before you may seem a god. He is a person, with the same stubborn flaws that afflict us all, if anything, they may be magnified by power.

The Question Of Theodicy: If God Is All Powerful, Why Must Evil And Suffering Exist In The World?

Jeffrey Small | Posted 07.09.2011 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

Osama bin Laden's death and the southeastern tornadoes have brought to light one of the fundamental questions of humanity: Why do we have evil, suffering, pain and death in the world?

Can You Be Good Without God?

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 07.06.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

If atheists or secularists want to offer an alternative to religious morality, then it would appear that their first challenge is to agree on what the content of their morality will be (e.g. is abortion moral or not?)