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The 'Easy' Cure for PTSD? The Cruelty of Shallow Religious Answers

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Got PTSD? If you have enough faith, if you truly believe, televangelist Kenneth Copeland asserts you can get over it, right now! The Bible tells you so. So... are you feeling better yet? No? You're not the only one.

More on Doug Phillips and Vision Forum: More Than a Scandal

Julie Ingersoll | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Julie Ingersoll

Now reports are circulating that the scandal may well have multiple levels including claims that the "relationship" was with a nanny, lasted between six and 10 years, and likely began when she was in her late teens.

What Is God Doing in Philippines?

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

It took me years to understand the idea of God, a God that is not a thing or a being, but a formless, indefinable, imaginary but real energy that caused life and sustained it, as we witness it every moment of the day.

We Need Ethical Evolution, Not More Destructive Fundamentalist "Certainty"

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Ethics can evolve along with every area of human discovery, for instance, beyond ugly biblical myths born of justifying tribal hatred and ethnic -- God-made-us-do-it -- cleansing after the fact.

Ashura: In the Dungeon of Cancer, al-Hussein Was My Light

Amin G. Aaser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Amin G. Aaser

Through al-Hussein we gained strength. When battling a demon, whether a tyrant like Yazid or a disease like cancer, strength does not come from numbers; rather, it comes from the All Mighty.

WATCH: Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" Bat Mitzvah

Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion

Paula Abdul has been bat mitzvahed! Abandoning earlier plans for a high-profile bat mitzvah at the Western Wall during her trip to Israel, Paula Ab...

Wounded Recovering Evangelicals Unite! (One Who Wrote to Me)

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

I got this email from someone I'll call "Wounded Recovering Evangelical", who gave me permission to post it here but says "That being said, please rem...

Celebrating Wicked: Samhain 2013

Grove Harris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Grove Harris

The 10th anniversary of mega-hit Broadway musical Wicked is in full swing this Samhain- perfect timing.

Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore (Part Two)

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.29.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Instead of looking at those who've left the church and asking "What's wrong with them?" shouldn't we be looking at ourselves and asking, "What's wrong with us?"

All the Saints: (Luke 6:20-31)

Greg Carey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

In the Bible, blessings and curses are not 'how-to' instructions. Instead, blessings and curses create a set of values, an ethos that shapes how people are to understand God, themselves, and the world.

Diwali: Garlanding the Light of Diversity

Deepak Sarma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

While the other festivals have been celebrated throughout the Hindu diaspora, the malleability of the Diwali narrative and its pan-Indian nature has made it syncretistic.

Bringing Burning Man Home

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 12.25.2013 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

What did I bring home? Mystical experiences in the desert renewed my sense of intimacy with the divine. In the solitude of early morning, red slivers of cloud intersecting the rising sun made me feel like God was baptizing me in dust.

Who Owns Allah, the God? The Malaysian Muslim Fitna

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

There are thousands of names and attributes for God because of the many languages, cultures, and religions.

Religion at Burning Man

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 12.18.2013 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

In outlandish costumes, creating breathtaking works of art, building friendships we tried to express more completely who we genuinely are. Perhaps for a short time we could even see ourselves and others more clearly as children of God.

Priest Wins Government Suit On Religious Freedom

Posted 10.16.2013 | Religion

Father Ray Leonard and Fred Naylor, a veteran who attends Catholic services at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia, sued the Department of D...

Eid al-Adha -- What Should You Sacrifice? A Proposal for Muslims

Mike Ghouse | Posted 12.15.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

What is submission to God? It's nothing more than subscribing to an orderly system where everything remains in place and runs smoothly.

Was Goenka a Guru?

Jay Michaelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

How much authority do we surrender to another person? How much do we adjust what we have to say, based on the capacity of the listener to hear it?

Obamacare Is Good for America, Time for Republicans to Realize It

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mike Ghouse

I am a moderate Republican, and am here to tell you, that neither I, nor the Republicans or the Americans gave permission to Ted Cruz to turn the nation upside down, we cannot break the rules and do what we please.

Did The Pope Secretly Correspond With Gay Group?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 10.10.2013 | Religion

Did a letter from gay Catholics influence the pope's comparably progressive stance on homosexuality? Italian-language newspaper La Repubblica repo...

Pat Robertson: Atkins Diet Violates God's Principles

Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion

Dieters, beware. That slim-down regimen you're trying may be going against God's plan. This week colorful televangelist Pat Robertson took aim at p...

Send the Bill for the Shutdown to the Religious Right

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Don't like the shutdown? Send the bill to the evangelicals. People schooled to live in a make-believe magical facts-be-damned world took over the Republican Party. The Tea Party is the pro-life evangelical subculture reborn with a few libertarian nuts thrown in.

How the Church Should Respond to the Shutdown

Rob Lee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rob Lee

One need only follow a few ministers on social media to see that many who are preparing to preach on Sunday are working overtime to address this issue of the government shutdown with grace and dignity.

LOOK: Is This The World's Oldest Jewish Prayer Book?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion

What some scholars believe could be the world's oldest known Jewish prayer book is now part of a private collection founded by an evangelical business...

Harassment of Sikhs in New York and Mississippi Is Not Acceptable

Mike Ghouse | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Every American must feel a sense of security, safety and freedom. If we can learn to respect the otherness of others and accept the God given uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.

Optimism in the Face of Ignorance and Hate: What Will We Do?

Harmann P. Singh | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Harmann P. Singh

How is it that 49 percent of Americans believe "Sikh" is a sect of Islam when it is in fact its own independent religion? And how is it that 79 percent of Americans cannot identify India as the geographic origin of the Sikh faith?