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The 5 Teachers You Meet in Heaven: What It Really Takes to Save Our Schools

Yohuru Williams | Posted 07.15.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Teachers, of course, can lead the way, not toward some false utopia embodied in the privatizing, anti-union, agenda of the testing moguls but in education's humanistic roots -- providing young people with multiple pathways to success.

Why I Do Not Believe in Hell

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.10.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

There are many reasons why the storyline about hell does not work for me. Not anymore, anyway. There was a time I tried to believe in it, afraid I might just end up there if I did not.

This is Where God Lives (Do You Recognize This Place?)

Mick Mooney | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Life can only be truly experienced up close. Sure, we can observe it from a distance, but to experience it, to participate in it's true beauty, we have to embrace it, we have to allow the imperfections to touch us, and we have to embrace the cracks and stains of life.

What I Should Have Asked My Father Before He Died

Mary Novaria | Posted 06.21.2015 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

This is my fifteenth Father's Day without my dad. He died of heart failure, a couple of months shy of his 79th birthday. He took his last breath quite peacefully while I sat by his bedside. He was gone. And so was a family history I'd neglected to plumb.

Paradise Polled: Americans and the Afterlife

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Kathleen Weldon

Since the genesis of modern polling, the American public has been asked about not only their opinions on the political and social issues of the day, but their beliefs about the biggest questions humanity faces.

8 Takeaways About Near Death Experiences And Heaven

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion

What actually happens to those people who "die" and come back, and what can they tell us about the life that might awaits us after death? On this wee...

Is Heaven Real? People With Near Death Experiences Explain

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.16.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

What actually happens to those people who "die" and come back? And what can they tell us about the life that might awaits us after death, and the importance of life in the hear and now?

Girl Fell From Tree, Visited Jesus In Heaven And Awoke Cured, Mom Claims In New Book

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion

A little girl claims she went to heaven after she fell from a tree and was cured of chronic sickness when she returned, according to a book released t...

Is Mister Rogers in Heaven? Fred Rogers and the Faithfulness of God

Michael G. Long | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Michael G. Long

In the deepest recesses of his heart, Fred Rogers was an unabashed universalist who believed that God never gives up on any of us exactly because we are all essentially good, valuable, and lovable: God is the Great Appreciator, and we are the greatly appreciated.

Where the Hell Is Heaven or Hell?

Tami Shaikh | Posted 05.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tami Shaikh

The concept of heaven and hell is such a big part of our world religions. Growing up we are taught that we have to do certain things and it will allow...

Facing death: How religion matters

David Briggs | Posted 04.19.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

A young woman held captive for months by ISIS wanted to make one point clear in a brief, handwritten letter to her family. "I remember mom always t...

Entertaining Judgment: Why We Need Stories About the Afterlife

Greg Garrett | Posted 04.15.2015 | Religion
Greg Garrett

Reactions varied widely to the recent news that Alex Malarkey, the young co-author of the bestselling book The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, had in fact been trying to tell people for a long time that the best selling book about him was a fraud.

This Mother Says She Knew About Her Son's Death Years Before It Happened

OWN | Posted 02.09.2015 | OWN

Many have dreamed of what the afterlife looks like -- a tunnel of light, a set of pearly white gates -- but Dr. Mary Neal, an orthopedic spine surgeon...

The Positivity of Givers and Takers

Catherine Nagle | Posted 04.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

It seems that we are both the givers and the takers; it's only until we tip the scales of justice that we truly see who is the true giver of us all...

Creativity and the Ordinary

Miriam Ava | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts
Miriam Ava

Consider housekeeping your launchpad to happiness. Clearing away what no longer sparks joy (thanks, Marie Kondo), creating space for what you envision, and anticipating beauty -- that's what opens you up to the heavens. Let the good rush in and through you, and then ship your art.

Why Tyndale Should Keep Malarkey In Print

Eric Simpson | Posted 03.22.2015 | Books
Eric Simpson

But worse than a six-year-old making the stuff up is Tyndale House self-righteously taking the book off the market because it isn't literally true, as if that should be a big surprise! It's not real? No kidding. Keep selling the book. People enjoy it.

The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, Or Not?

Ritoban Mukherjee | Posted 03.22.2015 | Weird News
Ritoban Mukherjee

Needless to say, this will shroud the realm of near-death experiencers with a blanket of disbelief. And perhaps that is justified, to an extent. But as I said, you cannot of just one opinion in matters like these.

Calling Out My Angel

Sue Shanahan | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

I may add magical elements to the piece, but they are always based on photos. I need to do that to get the realism that my muse demands. I was a little leery about drawing an image that lived only in my mind, but I decided to give it a shot.

A Higher Calling

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 02.18.2015 | Good News
Maggie Van Ostrand

Once upon a time just a few years ago, a little pine tree stood in the deep forest, isolated and naked. He wondered aloud why he was so small and skinny while a big pine tree standing just several feet away had so many full and lusty branches.

Soul Search: Why Pope Francis Is Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

We have this conundrum of who has a soul and who goes to heaven because the basic premise on the question is rather absurd. The concept of a soul is fatally flawed, just as is the idea of dualism.

JT Burke's Paradise Circus Pops Up at the LA Art Show

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

For Burke, the allegory of Paradise Circus is not really about satirizing any individual faith per se, his own or anyone's -- it's more about shining a light on the absurdity of killing one another over competing theories of the unknowable.

Do Bacteria Go to Heaven?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Pet owners are rejoicing, and indeed even a nonbeliever like me finds it charming. Still, I worry: does His Holiness include bacteria? He had better, because bacteria are part of who we are -- a big part.

Are We Ready to Map the Other Side? Are We Ready to Map Heaven?

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

For many the debate whether there is an other side, if Heaven is real, is over. There are now studies, Near Death Experiences shared in best-selling b...

If Heaven Is Real, What Are We Doing Here?

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

We don't have to wait for a life review. We can review our lives now including forgiving ourselves and others. We can understand the connectedness to everyone and everything. Everything done to others we are doing to ourselves.

Halloween, Scorpio, Reincarnation and the Birth of Astrology

Gahl Eden Sasson | Posted 12.30.2014 | Religion
Gahl Eden Sasson

The goal of life is death --Sigmund Freud If you live in the Northern hemisphere, and if you are lucky enough to reside ...