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The Dark Knight's Delusion

Kevin Miller | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Kevin Miller

We think we really can win this precarious game of one-upmanship against our enemies. At what point do the violent acts done in the name of "civilization" cause us to ask whether a civilization whose existence demands such bloodshed is worth protecting?

Faith, Freedom And Guns

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

We continue to defend the absurdity of assault rifles and thousands of bullets on hand because we've given up a sense of faith. It's become a sort of idolatry of power.

A Fertile Summer For Violence

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 10.08.2012 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

If we want to stop shootings in theaters and houses of worship, we'd better start paying attention to the seeds of hostility we're sowing in our theaters, houses of worship and even around our dinner tables.

Batman, Neo-Nazis And The Good News Of Jesus

Lee C. Camp | Posted 10.08.2012 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

Neo-Nazi violence divides the world into the good guys and the bad guys, and then employs violence against turban-wearing people of color who threaten "our way of life." The nonviolent, suffering love of Jesus was a direct challenge to this myth.

Buddhists Monks Against Humanitarian Aid?

Krystina Friedlander | Posted 10.02.2012 | Religion
Krystina Friedlander

The same monks who campaigned against a brutal former regime are advocating against a stateless people, for what appears to be no other reason than their race and religion. How can we make sense of this, and where do we go from here?

A Sacred Duty: Ending The Injustice Of Gun Violence

Rev. Peter Laarman | Posted 10.01.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter Laarman

We religious leaders frequently and publicly lament the ongoing bloodshed in Afghanistan, Syria and other parts of the world. Yet, during the course of the past 30 years there have been more than 1 million gun deaths in this country, most of them preventable.

WATCH: Shane Claiborne: Violence Is Evil

Travis Reed | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Travis Reed

Every day it seems like we're bombarded with news stories of violence. Shane Claiborne reminds us of Christ's third option to violence and a new narrative for a fractured world.

Climbing The Fence Between Fear And Possibility

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 09.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Together let us climb that fence. Together let us claim the future. Together let us make the impossible possible as we work to reconcile division, to transform injustice and to urge the lost onto the road home.

A Buddhist Yogi's Response To Mass Murder

Darren Littlejohn | Posted 09.23.2012 | Religion
Darren Littlejohn

I should practice Ahimsa, non-harming. But in the situation of a madman with four guns and gas canisters, it might not be so simple.

The Myth Of Redemptive Violence

Shane Claiborne | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

It's obvious that killing folks in a movie theater is sick and deranged, but the question arises: Is violence ever OK?

The Bodhisattva As Compassion Warrior

Lewis Richmond | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

Maybe this is Buddhism's time to say, "No, we have a different idea, the ideal of the Bodhisattva. The Bodhisattva looks after everyone. The Bodhisattva will help you."

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven. Nobody Wants to Die

Jeremy Courtney | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Jeremy Courtney

Why do so few Christians sign up for this Christ-like preemptive love in protracted foreign affairs? When the war drums start banging, why do so many fall in line?

Cut It Out: An Open Letter to Black Bloc Anarchists

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 07.24.2012 | Chicago
C. Robert Gibson

You didn't stop war, end capitalism, or even get close to the NATO summit. All you did was attract more riot police to an otherwise peaceful event, leading to kettlings, beatings and arrests. Way to go.

A New Symbol for New Times

John Jackson | Posted 07.16.2012 | Impact
John Jackson

The aim of a symbol is to communicate as immediately and directly as possible the core of what you represent. Which brings us to an important question: Is it time to consider a new symbol for a new era?

Was Jesus A Fundamentalist?

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

When I was in my early 20s, a Bible teacher posed a rhetorical question that continues to haunt me to this day: "If Jesus was your only source of information about what Christianity should look like, how would you live your life?"

WATCH: Palestinian And Israeli Youth Make Music Together To Promote Peace: This Week's Faith Inspires

Posted 04.26.2012 | Religion

Palestinian and Israeli youth making happy, hopeful music together? When pigs fly! Seriously though. "Bukra Fi Mishmish" (When Pigs Fly) is a song ...

Tough Passover Questions: How Can We Accept Killing Innocent Lives To Attain Freedom?

David Kersh | Posted 06.12.2012 | Religion
David Kersh

For 44 years I have read, pretended to read, heard, slept through or spaced out through the reading of the Haggadah. For some reason, this time around, I seemed to focus on how screwy and shocking it was that the final action to attain freedom involved a low blow.

'The Hunger Games': Reality TV

Rev. Steven D. Martin | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Rev. Steven D. Martin

I tend to approach these cultural phenomena with a concern that my comfort level will be jolted. What I should be concerned about is what these phenomena say about our culture.

Spirituality in India: Countering the Roots of Corruption

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar | Posted 05.30.2012 | World
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Spirituality and practices offer a counterweight to corruption and bring ethics and fair practice to government, business, and daily life.

The Surprising Progress Of The Charter For Compassion

Karen Armstrong | Posted 05.27.2012 | Religion
Karen Armstrong

When the Charter for Compassion was launched in November 2009, I didn't know that by 2012 more than 85,000 people would have affirmed it online or that we would have 150 active partners around the world.

Three Moments Of Horror Woven In The Fabric Of Humanity

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.23.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Let us not turn our rage, our fear and our violence against those "others" who have bloody streaks amid their wisdom, while pretending there are no such streaks amid our own. Shalom, salaam, solh -- Peace!

Why Doesn't the News Media Give Peace a Chance?

Richard Schiffman | Posted 05.19.2012 | Media
Richard Schiffman

Could this certainty -- where there is none in fact -- once more lead us down the path to war? By oversimplifying complex narratives, bad journalism cheerleads for simplistic solutions.

The Justice Conference Speaks In A Universal Language

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 05.15.2012 | Religion
Cornelia Seigneur

Why did 4,000 people from 41 states and 20 countries come to this, a clearly Christian-faith-based conference on justice?

Free Fadi -- And the Rest of Palestine

Shadi Bushra | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Shadi Bushra

Fadi would not want there to be an international outcry over his detention if there were not a similar -- in fact, greater -- outcry over the detention of the 4,800 other Palestinians languishing in Israeli prisons after being denied trials in civilian courts.

My Jewish Grandfather

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

I grew up in the America of the '30s and '40s that often was as anti-Semitic as it was racist. The cultural and political climate of my youth was a shadowy and often sinister terrain.