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Sam Harris, Waking Up, and What I've Learned about Spirituality

Steve McSwain | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The longer I live, the more convinced I become that there is a religious experience which, if you have yet to figure this out, goes by many names.

Why the Widespread Departure from the Church?

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I am frequently asked, "Why the widespread departure from organized religion?"

The Inspiring Acts Of These Religious Figures Will Restore Your Faith In... Faith

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

With all the news about intolerance and extremism, we forget that religion often represents the opposite.

Phone Versus Online Honesty

Martin Marty | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center of the University of Chicago Divinity School. "What fres...

Spirituality: How To Nurture It

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I like the way Rabbi Kaplan defines it. He says spirituality is "the progressive unlearning of the strange ideas about God you've been taught..."

Faith So Simple, As a Mustard Seed... So Why Does Religion Complicate Faith?

Steve McSwain | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Faith is not about either control or distinction. Instead, it is about release, the turning loose of all attachments.

The New Secular Strategy

Victor Stenger | Posted 09.08.2013 | Science
Victor Stenger

Rather than protest the religious displays, which has not met with much success anyway, the new strategy is, "If you can't beat them, join them." It seems to be working. If public spaces are to be open forums and all voices are heard, then how can anyone complain?

How My Christian Friends Turned Me Jewish

Elad Nehorai | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

I remember when I looked at him and I argued, the way he looked at me, almost like he was sad. And I remember thinking, how dare you, how dare you be sad for me.

How I Pray

Virginia Bell | Posted 04.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Virginia Bell

For years, I prided myself on being an atheist and had no interest in god or religion. Back then, the word "spirituality" wasn't part of our everyday vernacular. But all that changed during the 1970s when spirituality became a buzz word.

What Popes Are For

Stephen White | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Stephen White

Truth, at least as the Catholic Church understands it, is best demonstrated, not by carefully reasoned arguments (though those are important) and certainly not by violence, but by self-giving love. There is nothing more compelling, nothing more true, than sacrificial love.

Another Blow To Religion In America -- Or Is It?

Steve Siebold | Posted 12.22.2012 | Science
Steve Siebold

The faster the church stops telling people they are hopeless sinners and starts building them up, the better chance this archaic institution has to survive.

Faith in Marriage, Faith for Marriage

Christine Organ | Posted 12.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Christine Organ

It is time to stand by our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, friends and coworkers, and say loudly and proudly: "I am a person of faith and I support you. I support your life. I support marriage equality." Won't you join me?

Attack Of The Spiritual But Not Religious

Kate Blanchard | Posted 12.05.2012 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

Alan Miller hopes for a humanist culture full of "inspiring alternatives" that "inspire and engage," and in which people's ethics and behaviors are built on, as he puts it, "something beyond themselves." It seems to me that this will require making room for SBNRs.

Pulpit Freedom Sunday -- Should the Church Be Tax-Exempt?

Steve Siebold | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Pastors and church leaders need to make a choice: feel free to talk politics all they want from the pulpit, but be willing to pay the consequences.

American Confidence In Organized Religion At All Time Low

Posted 07.13.2012 | Religion

According to a recent Gallup poll, the number of Americans who have faith in organized religion is at an all-time low. Only 44 percent of Americans...

Four Reasons I Came Back To Church

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I left the church as a teenager on less than good terms. My youth leader threw a Bible at me for persisting with my questions. Fortunately, I found a new community that represented something different.

Why I Hate Spirituality, But Love Religion

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 04.11.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Jefferson Bethke's video, "Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus," has been viewed by more than 18 million people. But when he seems to jump from this devastating critique to the dismissal of organized religion altogether he has gone too far.

Jesus And Religion's Relationship Status -- It's Complicated

Mike Morrell | Posted 03.19.2012 | Religion
Mike Morrell

You've seen it by now, surely you have: By the time I finish writing this post, I'll bet Jeff Bethke's viral YouTube phenomenon "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus" has likely garnered 12 million views.

Still Seeking 'The Ineffable' in 2012

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 03.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there." -- Rumi "If you want special illumination, look upon the h...

Why Atheism Will Replace Religion

Nigel Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Nigel Barber

Ultimately, organized religion is on the way out. The only thing that could prevent this from happening would be a sharp decline in global standards of living, which would require some form of ecological collapse.

Google Convenes in Budapest on Internet Liberty

David Nassar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Nassar

I don't think there has been such a transformational change in the way human beings organize our social and political relationships since the development of democracy.

Finding God After Leaving Religion

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Thirty-four million Americans have given up on organized religion, according to the most recent American Religious Identification Survey. Yet for many of these dropouts, spirituality is still a vital part of their lives.

The Catholic Church: A Failed Institution?

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Zogby

Job approval of Pope Benedict XVI and American Bishops has reached historic lows. Only 56% of American Catholics approve of the overall job that Pope Benedict XVI doing.

Our Relationship With The Church: Owning The Shadow And Growing Up

J. Pittman McGehee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
J. Pittman McGehee

A free person would no longer willingly go to a church out of a superstitious fear of punishment or an obligation to legalism.

Religious Versus Spiritual?

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

It's a trend today to disdain religion as repressive and affirm spirituality as transformational or liberating. It's high time to revisit the question: what exactly does it mean to be spiritual or religious?