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Raising Children Un-Fundamentalist: Part 2

Cindy Brandt | Posted 09.02.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Once you begin a relationship with God based on fear, it takes years to unlearn the image of the punitive God. It was true for me. If we are really honest with ourselves, we plant fear into our children's hearts because we have not yet uprooted fear from our own.

You Have First World Problems, Now Experience First World Hell

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 07.21.2015 | Comedy

  First world problems ... in the next world. We all imagine hell as a fiery landscape, filled with people being tortured for all etern...

I Will Never Repent For Being Homosexual

Michael Rohrer | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

I was put on this Earth to live the often fabulous -- though frequently maligned -- life of a homosexual. Sling your accusatory rhetoric at me all you want. But to use Bible verses to taint someone's existence, his very life, as a sin because he is attracted to someone of the same-sex is deplorable.

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.

There's A Kickstarter To Buy 5 Acres Of Hell

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.26.2015 | Weird News

For the group that puts on an art show called “DAMNED: An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness,” an abandoned church seems like an appropriate venue...

Confessions of a Truthoholic: An Excerpt of the Truth

Joanne Dagonese | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion
Joanne Dagonese

All my life I've been driven by an insatiable urge to know things -- things that have always been simply dismissed as "mysteries". I displayed early symptoms of this sociological defect when, even as a small child, the plain facts were never quite enough to thrill me.

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.

Destination Wedding Disaster - Bad Love Stories

Susie Sampson | Posted 04.04.2015 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

In an effort to search for love, I listen to all sorts of stories. Good ones, bad ones, hilarious ones, scary ones... there's no shortage of stories out there.

What Christianity Without Hell Looks Like

John Shore | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
John Shore

A Christianity without hell would have nothing to recommend it but the constant and unending love of God. It would allow Christians to point upward to God's love -- but never downward to His/Her wrath.

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 ...

What Happened When Tony Campolo's Son 'Came Out' As Humanist

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Bart Campolo decided he was no longer a Christian after being injured in a bike accident in 2011. But he waited until last Thanksgiving to break...

Don't Quote Jesus' Words About Hell -- He Doesn't Believe in It

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

What gospel do we believe in? A gospel of works, or a gospel of grace? Do we get into heaven because of what we do, or because of what Christ did on our behalf?

Hearses Will Parade Through HELL

AP | Posted 09.19.2014 | Weird News

Dozens of Michigan hearse enthusiasts will show off their casket-carrying cars during a parade through Hell. The procession Saturday is part of the...

Thieves Trade Air Conditioning For Eternal Hell Fire

Reuters | Tim Ghianni | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion

NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Thieves have been stealing central air conditioning units from rural Tennessee churches during a scorching summer heat wav...

New Comic Book Has Exorcists Converging To Stop Hell From Breaking Loose

USA Today | Brian Truitt | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion

(RNS) There’s never a better time for a bunch of holy avengers than when all hell actually breaks loose. The Dynamite Entertainment series The De...

A Divine Comedy

Francis Levy | Posted 08.10.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

Dante's journey comprises hell, purgatory and paradise and is filled with illustrious saints and sinners. But what is the modern equivalent? What is our hell, our purgatory?

Scrupulosity, A Religious Form Of OCD, Means Living In Constant Fear Of Hell

CNN | Elizabeth Landau | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion

When she was 12, Jennifer Traig's hands were red and raw from washing them so much. She'd start scrubbing a half an hour before dinner; when she was d...

Hell Is a Myth -- Actually, a Bunch of Myths

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

So why do we continue to have such a fascination with the hell of Dante's imagination? The sad truth is that Dante's hellish vision has been useful in promoting colonizing, crusades and "conversions" for the last 700 years

We Found The Gates Of Hell So You Don't Accidentally Stumble Into Them

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 05.08.2014 | Travel

Death can be a scary thing to talk about, but finding the actual door to the underworld might be an even scarier feat! Just to make sure you never hav...

The Often Untold Story of Easter

Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J.

Holy Saturday is a day when hell is emptied out, and maybe that can give us the hope that our own present personal hells can be harrowed as well.

God's Way or the Highway

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.29.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Last week we worked our way through the main body of the Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14). But then we came to the surprising finish. ...

How I Die: No One Gets Anywhere With Words

Erik Hinton | Posted 05.13.2014 | Arts
Erik Hinton

Most one-act plays want for subtlety. Starved for time, they dial up the stakes immediately, cramming pathos and emotional urgency into every stage direction and line of dialogue.

Belief In Hell Comes With Big Downside, New Survey Shows

LiveScience | Wynne Perry | Posted 03.04.2014 | Science

Fire, brimstone, eternal suffering — hell is not a pleasant concept. But research has pointed to the societal benefits of a belief in supernatural ...

Why You Really, Really Don't Want to Live Forever

Brett Gallaher | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

I honestly think humans gets so hung up on living forever because we feel like we don't have enough time. We think that one lifetime just isn't enough. We cling to the idea of eternity because it feels secure.

Tweet, Tweet: Mark Driscoll's Simple World

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

Unless Driscoll has an ulterior motive to build or defend his own kingdom in some way, why choose a forum like Twitter, with its limited ability to express subtlety and nuance, to make such a polarizing statement?