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Religion Is Not An End In Itself

Shayne Looper | Posted 10.31.2016 | Religion
Shayne Looper

Many people think of religion as an end in itself and assume that being religious is the only thing God requires of them. The Bible doesn't bear that out. God wants people to be real, to be good, and to become all he made them to be, which requires people to come to him in faith.

A Journey From Mormon Orthodoxy

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 04.13.2017 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

A non-Mormon friend recently thanked me for speaking so openly and honestly about my change in religious beliefs. She told me that there are people in every religion who have similar experiences with those who are closed-minded and rigid in their approach to worship and who struggle to continue to believe in God after life's tragedies. This made me think more carefully about my own journey to God and to remember more clearly who I once was and how I have changed.

The Survival of Hellenism in North America

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 04.01.2017 | Politics
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

Hellenism in North America lives in a reality that sees it increasingly subject to the assimilation of its people by the surrounding atmosphere. The d...

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Authority -- Part 2: A Nuanced Guide to Authorities

Frank Breslin | Posted 03.12.2017 | Education
Frank Breslin

As you doubtless have realized by now, the questions that ended Part 1 of this series have never been answered in 25 centuries of Western philosophy....

The Nativity of Christ: Living Orthodox Christmas

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 12.13.2016 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

Christmas is before us. How will we choose to celebrate it? And what, by the way, are we actually celebrating? For Christians, Christmas is the Great...

Do We Believe That Children Are the Future? Institutional Alienation in Orthodox Judaism

Leead Staller | Posted 11.25.2016 | Religion
Leead Staller

In an age of unprecedented social media, it has become a familiar trope that man is ironically more isolated and disconnected from his neighbor than e...

A Great Banquet

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

The great tragedy in life today is we accept the wrong invitations in life and therefore we miss the banquet that has been prepared for us. We miss the eternal banquet that gives us life in Jesus Christ and we settle, we settle for the lesser things in this life, the things that are fleeting rather than the eternal.

Fear of (Objects) Flying: When Feminism Divides the Jews Online

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 01.10.2015 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Last week, three hotly trending topics in my Facebook feed related to feminism. The first was about a video of a woman walking around Manhattan to much objectification. The second pertained to a voyeuristic rabbi who had installed cameras in a D.C. mikvah. The third was about another Orthodox rabbi who resigned from the RBC in light of the recent mikvah scandal.

Three Reasons You're Not Too Smart for Orthodoxy

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

In my experiences within both conservative and progressive Christian circles, there seems to be a kind of mutual playing in the politics of fear with regard to the other.

Massive Ideological Republican Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While the entire political punditry world is caught up in yet another horserace, major tenets of the Republican party's faith seem to be crumbling. Their bedrock ideology is revealing itself, in multiple ways, of having been built on sand all along.

The Secrets Of Orthodox Exorcists

Sasa Milosevic | Posted 10.17.2011 | Religion
Sasa Milosevic

Unlike the Roman Catholic Church that elevated the Office of Exorcist, as a special exorcists unit, all Orthodox priests are trained and equipped to perform exorcism primarily as an obligatory part of Orthodox Baptism.

Paul Young, Bestselling Author of The Shack, Challenges Seattle Pastor Mark Driscoll to "Man Up"

Tyler Mahoney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tyler Mahoney

Mark seems quite fond of telling his congregants to "man up" and I guess I am really asking him to do the same. I would like him to say to my face what he has spread around the world via Youtube, and you can be sure I'll have a few questions for him as well.

Sara Hurwitz's 'Rabba' Title Sparks Orthodox Jewish Condemnation

ReligionDispatches | Mark Dery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Just six weeks after Sara Hurwitz was granted the title of "rabba" -- a feminized version of "rabbi" -- that title is in jeopardy as Orthodox Jews con...