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Idolatry

Are You a Member of Alpha Epsilon Pi? (And Why Am I Asking?)

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

I joined AEPi in my freshman year of college. In my chapter at Johns Hopkins were mostly what we'd now call "nerds." Including me: In those days, I c...

The Danger of Values

Michael Jinkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Jinkins

The political danger of values has to do with a pretty pedestrian fact: Every thing or idea we value exists in relationship to other things and ideas we value. Sometimes these values will be in conflict with one another.

ReNaming God, ReNaming the Climate Crisis

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

For millennia, many readers of the Bible (including me) have experienced the moments when the Voice pronounces a new Name to Moses as among the moment...

No, This Is NOT A Photo

Posted 07.15.2013 | Arts

Australian artist Robin Eley is a master of deception. Using oil paint, a series of tiny brushes and hours upon hours of intense concentration, he cre...

Why Can't We Worship Idols?

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 08.02.2013 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

The Hebrew Bible contains no prohibition on atheism, but is filled with prohibitions against idolatry. The Torah teaches that it is safer to worship no God than to worship the wrong one.

Idolatry Of The Written Word

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

Christianity is shipwrecked on the rock of "biblical authority." Twelve hundred people a day leave the church. The Bible, once an asset, has become a liability.

The Triumph Of Orthodoxy: Why We Kiss Pictures

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Like the cloak of Jesus, we do not think the object as divine. Rather, we call them "windows" to heaven, because we encounter Jesus through material objects.

Must Be A Lack Of Faith

Richard Brand | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

Those who want to have the automatic weapons, the excessive number of rounds in a clip, the AK-47s, the desire to get any kind of military hardware that might be available seem to be the most frightened people. They lack faith in anything but their own possession of a weapon.

The Idolatry Of Guns

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf | Posted 03.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

All the guns in the world will never "fix" the problem of fear. They will not rescue gun-supporters from a need to live in constant hyper-vigilance against our fellow human beings. In fact, they will result in the opposite: They will only increase violence, threats, fears and cynicism. Idols have a way of doing that.

Strength vs. Integrity: A Biblical Response To The Presidential Debate

Morgan Guyton | Posted 12.23.2012 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

I realize we live in a secular nation-state, but I am really bothered by how thoroughly un-biblical that way of thinking is. Whether or not it's effective foreign policy from a realpolitik perspective, the Bible calls us to integrity, not strength.

Removing The Anesthesia: A Reflection On Step 6

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

We can't and shouldn't demand perfection of ourselves, but we must always keep moving ahead, challenging ourselves to move past our personal zones of comfort.

The Idolatry of Politics and the Promise of the Common Good

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

How we live and what we do for the common good is much more important than how we vote. Political affiliation with candidates, parties, and structures is waning -- especially among young people -- and that's good news.

Royal Weddings and Human Idols

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 07.01.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Institutions that make humans into objects of veneration end up consuming the poor souls who have to live up to these impossibly lofty standards.

A Good START: Reducing the Idolatry of Nuclear Weapons

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Earlier this week, the United States declared for the first time will not use nuclear weapons against countries that are in compliance with the Nonproliferation Treaty.

The Icon & the Idol

Andrei Bogolubov | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Andrei Bogolubov

The glossy image of Tiger Woods on the cover of Vanity Fair clashes with grainy photos of a disheveled figure said to be Woods at a Mississippi rehab ...