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Two Women from India, and God: A Review of Visa, Stickers and Other Matters of the Soul

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

I am yet to meet Lom Harshni Chauhan, but I'm quite sure that if any of the sort of unpleasant men who have been spotlighted in recent news stories about India got near her, she would leave them feeling truly sorry.

Pew Report: The Future of World Religions and the Future of the World

Steve McSwain | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

"The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing..." according to the recently released Pew Research Center report on world religions.

'Your God Is Dead!' Just a Little Pre-Easter Thought...

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.26.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

That's what the bumpersticker declared on the back of the 1970's VW van covered with colorful paint. I'm not sure which was holding the hippie van together, the duck tape or the bumper stickers. Maybe they both were.

Millennials Leaving Church: But What Explains Their Departure?

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Have you noticed that almost everyone has an opinion, including me? The following brief essay offers one perspective that might shed some light on Millennials leaving Church. It is hardly the only answer, however. I offer it only as one possible explanation.

The Christ Experience: What Must Die This Easter for the Church to Live

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.13.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

As far as I'm concerned, you can take all the explanations of what God has done in Christ - including my own explanations - and, bury them forever. What lives beyond the grave is your experience of Christ. And, in the end, isn't your experience of Christ all that really matters?

Judge Allows Ten Commandments To Remain At Oklahoma Capitol

Reuters | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY, March 10 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge dismissed a case on Tuesday filed by an atheist group that was seeki...

All that Really Matters in Any Religion

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.06.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

"In essentials unity...in non-essentials liberty...in all things charity." I have heard this phrase for the greater part of my religious life. In fact, I am pretty sure I have used the phrase myself. It is a much more helpful position to adopt in this world of multi-religious beliefs.

Abercrombie & Fitch, The Supreme Court and You

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 02.25.2015 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

The Seventh-day Adventist church and those diverse organizations who joined our amicus brief hope and pray that the Supreme Court strikes down the Tenth Circuit Court's unreasonable ruling that the burden is on a job applicant to ask for a religious exemption for rules he or she doesn't even know exist.

Hinduphobia Would Shock Gandhi As Much As Intolerance

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 04.12.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

The more difficult question to think about is that President Obama did not say anything that decent people anywhere in the world or of any faith would disagree with. And yet, something about his comments has upset Hindus very much.

Racism, Crime, and America's Faith in Punishment and Violence

Derek Flood | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

Rather than approaching crime from the perspective of restorative justice and public health, seeking to help people to reform and re-integrate, our country has instead not only continued in a model of punishment that can only be described as "medieval", but has grown it to a scale unprecedented in world history.

Who Is God?

Steve McSwain | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

God...is everything I see. And, for me, that makes all creation sing a different kind of song. And, everything sings it, from the spider on the wall to the snow-covered Matterhorn of Switzerland.

Seahawks QB Suggests God Made Him Throw 4 Interceptions

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is raising eyebrows after saying the four interceptions he threw Sunday were arranged by God to set up the...

LGBT Community: Evangelical Scholar Calls for Full Acceptance in the Church

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Few issues have been more divisive within the church of the 20th and 21st century than the "full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church."

Questioning Genocide and Slavery in the Bible

Derek Flood | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

There are a number of things in the Bible that should trouble any reader. We find in its pages things like genocide, gang rape, and slavery -- not only being sanctioned, but at times even being commanded.

Better Life? 3 Ways to Live a Better Life in the New Year

Steve McSwain | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I can think of many things our world needs. I can think of few things the world needs more, however, than this: better people living better lives in a world gone very wrong.

When President Obama Retold the Hanukkah Story

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

First he upended a 50-year U.S.-Cuban Cold War. Then he celebrated Hanukkah with 400 Jews from across the United States. He probably got a national security briefing somewhere in-between.

Violence-Loving Conservatives, Cherry-Picking Liberals, And Why We All Need to Learn to Read Scripture Like Jesus

Derek Flood | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

We will need to demonstrate that there are viable nonviolent means of dealing with societal problems--ways that are not only effective, but in fact more effective than violence is at resolving conflict, and keeping us safe as a society.

The One Big Problem With the Exodus Movie

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 02.13.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Perhaps what makes Exodus an engaging film also makes it a dangerous one. The drama becomes secondary to the lesson. War prevails over wisdom. The sensational replaces the scholarly.

Nothing Can Hold A Candle To Hanukkah Version Of 'Shake It Off'

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion

Music for the Festival of Lights just got a lot catchier. The New York City-based a cappella group Six13 made a Hanukkah version of "Shake It Off,"...

Jesus: The Original "New Age" Thinker

Steve McSwain | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I think a second reason Christians label me as a "New Age" person is because I frequently refer to God as "she" about as often as I do "he." Why? It is because God is neither.

#DialInForJustice: A Faith-Rooted Initiative To End Police Brutality

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

To join with a symphony of justice, I am calling faith communities to participate in a national #DialInForJustice during the month of December. The goal is to call the Unites States Department of Justice and local police departments, communicating our desire to see systemic reforms to policing in America.

Discover the Secret to Live Long and Prosper on #GivingTuesday

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.31.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Giving enhances living. The more we give, the more we live. This truths operates on a psychological, sociological and economic level.

Advent 2014: A Season Of Waiting For The Coming Of Christ

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion

Advent (from the Latin adventus meaning "coming") is a liturgical season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting an...

4 Reasons to Say a Blessing Before Thanksgiving

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

In a recent piece for the Huffington Post, my friend Reverend Lillian Daniel urges us to eat out less. She recommends meeting friends and family at home rather than at a restaurant. Why?

The Problem With Faith

Steve McSwain | Posted 01.24.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I wish it were easier. It is not, however. In many ways, my spiritual walk was easier when it was not so complicated by faith.