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Who Said It: Fox News or Jesus?

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.22.2015 | Media
Jim Wallis

I thought it might be spiritually helpful to compare Fox's language about the poor to the language of Christ, both in substance and tone, and the deep feelings that these completely contrary languages, and their comparison, reveals.

Does God Exist?

Shahram Shiva | Posted 05.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Shahram Shiva

The English term God is too vague, vastly overused and no longer represents a unified idea. If I ask a hundred people about God in Los Angeles, I mi...

Why I Don't Riot, But Stand With Those Who Do

Jonathan Walton | Posted 05.15.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

With the sermon on the mount and the Beatitudes in mind, we have to ask ourselves. What would Jesus do if He lived today and His community was being oppressed and killed by those in power?

Journalism Tackles 'The Problem With Good Friday,' and an Episcopal Priest Responds

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

We know that journalism can impact attitudes and action. But it's rare to get concrete proof of that, as I did recently after publishing a blog post about the anti-Semitic content of traditional Good Friday performances of Passion plays and Passion musical compositions, many dating back to the Middle Ages.

Five Problems With Christian Evangelism (and What to Do Instead)

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Part of that comes from the scandals the media love to feed on like a carcass any time one emerges. But another is because we leave so many with a bitter taste in their mouths with our recruitment (read: evangelism) techniques.

The Theology of Black Unrest

Tyree A. Boyd-Pates | Posted 05.07.2015 | Black Voices
Tyree A. Boyd-Pates

In the wake of the budding unrest in Baltimore, Ferguson, and other cities across America, Black Christians are trying to comprehend how Christianity informs their forms of resistance.

Religious Oppression and Religious Freedom: The Bully Who Cried Wolf

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

In the story of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," the shepherd boy kept claiming that there was a wolf that didn't exist. It is the same when people claim that equality is a threat to religious freedom.

The Future of Yoga: The Big Reboot

Shahram Shiva | Posted 05.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Shahram Shiva

Yoga gone mainstream is the best scenario that could have happened to our stagnate spirituality movement. Why stagnate? Because modern spirituality ...

Let's Take Action Instead of Praying About It

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

If your own critical thinking tells you to pray to Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha or even the Spaghetti Monster, by all means say your prayers in the privacy of your own home or silently if in a public setting.

Misleading the People, Abuse of Power and the Bible

Jason P. Stadtlander | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Jason P. Stadtlander

Far too many self-proclaimed "Christians" take the Bible face value, with no room for interpretation with regards modern culture and society.

My Cousin Is the Pope -- and It's Everything

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Lauren Cahn

My trip up my family tree taught me that none of us is separate from one another - neither as individuals nor as groups. As such, hate that is rooted in the illusion of that non-existent separation is nothing if not absurd.

Jesus Wants an Ethical Minimum Wage and a Serious Campaign Against Poverty.

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 05.13.2015 | Books
Nancy Graham Holm

Although his narrative never slides into an ardent polemic, it is arguable that Reza Aslan's Jesus is a bold and tireless advocate for the poor. A clo...

Baltimore Is About More Than a City in Maryland

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

There are reports on police officers' indifference about Freddie Gray, neglecting to buckle his seatbelt while he was in custody, and refusing to get him medical attention in a timely manner.

Is Theology of Atonement a Ponzi Scheme That Enslaves Us to God?

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

There were several reasons I parted ways with my early conservative evangelical roots (among them was that I was thrown out), and trying in vain to accept the idea that Jesus died for my sins was a big one.

Why Proof-Texting Is Not Like Other Sins

Zack Hunt | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Proof-texting is an intentionally deceptive practice that offers out of context proof while ignoring the greater witness of scripture and any other evidence that might rufute the desired (and predetermined) theological conclusion.

Photographer Olivier Duong Takes Us On A Visually Stunning Journey Through Haiti

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 04.30.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

All Photographs Copyright Olivier Duong Olivier Duong always braced himself for "that phone call" he says, "the one where I find out that my mother...

Saving a Murderer's Life: Who Would Jesus Execute?

Chris Boeskool | Posted 04.24.2015 | Religion
Chris Boeskool

The question I'm asking is this: What possible good comes out of taking another life because of this tragedy? What sense does it make to kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong. The answer is this: It doesn't make any sense.

This Response To An Islamophobic Demonstrator Is Totally Perfect

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion

When an anti-Muslim demonstrator stationed herself outside the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor IN Michigan last week, a member of the congregation decided...

The Churches in America Present a 'God' Who Is Un-Christlike

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Brad Jersak has an important book out--A More Christlike God--that challenges the received lazy "wisdom" of both conservatives and liberals, atheists and believers about Christ. Here's my interview with Brad on this important and beautifully written book.

Passion Plays and Oratorios, 'Christ Killers,' and the Magic Trick of 'Deus Ex Machina'

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.20.2015 | Arts
Bernard Starr

Given this horrible history, it's no surprise that for centuries Easter posed great danger for Jews. Good Friday church services have traditionally included passion plays that reenact the trial and crucifixion of Jesus.

What Really Hurts The Church's Witness

Zack Hunt | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

What really hurts the Church's witness is proclaiming that all are one in Christ Jesus our Lord while working hard to pass laws that exist for the sole purpose of discrimination.

Procession Through Nafplio

Rick Steves | Posted 04.17.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Celebrating Easter in Greece is an unforgettable experience. On Good Friday evening in Nafplio, it seems the entire town turns out for what is essen...

The Sermon on the Mount (CCV -- Condensed CINO Version)

Neal Wooten | Posted 04.16.2015 | Comedy
Neal Wooten

Some people find it hard to separate faith from patriotism, the Bible from the Constitution, and especially scripture from their own personal prejudices, so here is the updated condensed sermon for today's CINO (Christian In Name Only).

Participating in a Somber Greek Orthodox Good Friday

Rick Steves | Posted 04.15.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

In the Greek Orthodox tradition, the events of Good Friday begin late Thursday night, and proceed step by step with elaborate rituals and incense-fill...

5 Things Christianity Can Learn From Buddhism

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.15.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Could Christianity's future lie in Buddhism's past? This is a possibility that's been haunting me lately, but in a good way, I think. When we regain a healthier sense of our own places within a much larger, very delicate ecosystem, we not only treat our surroundings with more care; we treat ourselves with greater care as well.