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Spirituality and Religion: The Relevance of Religious Parables in Today's World

Adrian Brito | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion
Adrian Brito

True spiritual enlightenment lies not in going to Church every Sunday or believing in a specific set of dogmas, but rather in understanding how religious parables can be used to shed light on mankind's greatest challenges.

Ancient C-SPAN Video Casts Doubt on Christianity

Jerry and Joe Long | Posted 04.17.2014 | Comedy
Jerry and Joe Long

The following video was found intact in a cave at the northwest end of the Dead Sea in 2012. It appears to be a conversation between Brian Of Lamb, the host of Scroll Notes, who was considered the finest interviewer of the first century A.D., and St. Paul, the father of modern Christianity.

Are the Spiritual but Not Religious Turning East?

Linda Mercadante | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
Linda Mercadante

Are we seeing a "turn to the East" among those people unaffiliated with any particular organized religion, especially those who self-identify as "spiritual but not religious?" I don't think so. Of course, the influence of America's increasing religious diversity is evident.

Om in the Time of Lent

Ko Im | Posted 04.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Ko Im

I went on a yoga retreat during the Lenten season. and I reflected on finding solace in both practices. One can strengthen the other. Here are five parallelisms from a Catholic yogi.

Is Pope Francis Resurrecting Organized Religion?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Pope Francis in his first crucial year has exhibited a degree of humility that has given hope to masses and challenged the orthodoxy of a comfortably numb establishment.

Passion Reflections From a (Non) Ambivalent Christian

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
Jennifer Harvey

For a liturgical moment, then, last Sunday I was invited to be present to and not try to rush through the most devastating of place's in grief's landscape.

Church-State Separation and the Ongoing Culture Wars

Murali Balaji | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

This week, Louisiana lawmakers have begun debating a bill that would make the Bible the state's official book. The bill passed a House committee, with defenders arguing that the Bible's significance in the state's history merited the designation.

Easter: Opening Day For Reclaiming The Radical Message Of The Gospel

Wayne Meisel | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Lent, which I have described as Spring Training for Christians, is about preparation, about getting into spiritual shape. It is a time of turning inward, looking under the hood and doing a gut check. Where have I been? Do I like what I am doing? Do I like what I have become?

Contextualizing Anti-Semitism in Modern America

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

We are mistaken when we try to make this a story of the past. No matter how much we wish it wasn't true, anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and domestic terrorism are all realities in modern America. This is precisely why visiting the Holocaust Museum has meant so much to me.

The Essential Architecture of Small-Scale Networks

Gidi Grinstein | Posted 04.16.2014 | World
Gidi Grinstein

The interplay among many interconnected and interdependent "small units" that operate in a transparent environment and on a leveled playing field, where none is allowed to dominate, is a fundamental requirement for pragmatism, prosperity and resilience in both economics and politics. This insight is ancient to Judaism and has been highlighted by modern thinkers such as Nasim Taleb in Antifragility.

Pandora's Box of Vouchers

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Besides the fact that vouchers drain the public education system of funds and deprive both students and teachers of vital civil rights protections, most of the tax dollars involved goes to private religious schools.

Freedom From Religion as a Civil Right

Nigel Barber | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Nigel Barber

The separation of church and state in the U.S. constitution is more honored in the breach than in the observance.

Seeing and Believing at Easter Time (John 20:1-18)

Greg Carey | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

Easter Sunday marks the holiest, most exalted moment of the Christian year. In Easter services all over the world, trumpets and organs blast. Flowers transform churches with their brightness. Worship leaders boldly proclaim: 'Christ is risen!'

An Atheist Jew and a Good Christian

Leslie Handler | Posted 04.14.2014 | Fifty
Leslie Handler

Too many times, I listened to the evening news to hear someone say that it was "by the grace of God" that their home was still standing or that their loved ones were still alive. I began to wonder: Did God not grace their neighbor, the one who lost their home and their loved ones?

Stephen B. Steward Unleashes a "Whole Heart" in Debut Album

Ernest Owens | Posted 04.14.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

It took 53 years for Smithville, Mississippi native Stephen B. Steward to know when he hit "the right time." While many men his age are looking for...

God in a Starfish

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

It's that rare hour when the evening crowd melts into chilly solitude, the rest of the world not quite ready to greet the day. The beach is mine. T...

The Momentum of Freedom (Passover)

Ariel Mayse | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Ariel Mayse

There are three stages in the ongoing process of redemption. The first is Egypt, a place -- physical or psychological -- of constriction and bondage. Freedom from this type of consciousness requires a radical thrust of energy that takes us forth from slavery.

Boston Marathon Bombing Anniversary: A Meditation of Life in Exile

Andrew Lam | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Andrew Lam

For years I've had this dream: Sometimes I'm a bird, other times I'm fully human. Always it's a dive into the ocean. Bird, me as a child, as an adult -- no matter, in the dream, it's straight to the bottom I go. With bloody fingers, with a scratched beak, I try to excavate, to retrieve something hard to see.

The Real Answers to the Four Passover Questions

Jen Glantz | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Jen Glantz

If you've ever sat through an entire Seder, you'll know that by the time you finish Dayenu, you are so ready to stuff your face with whatever is nearest to you on the table. So we may dip once, twice, a few times -- who really knows.

An Appeal to Reason for All the Militant Atheists Out There

Stephen West | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Stephen West

The difference between them is how they perceive those results; religious people see them as a reward bestowed upon them by a supernatural God -- a colorful sticker on their report card, while atheists see them as the natural byproducts of living ethically.

Spiritual But Not Religious: 3 Important Questions

Philip Goldberg | Posted 04.11.2014 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

I think of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau as America's founding SBNRs. But, while SBNRs have always been with us, their numbers exploded when the baby boomers came of age in a world of great diversity and easy access to new sources of information, especially the spiritual traditions of the East.

A Different Four Questions

Stuart Dow | Posted 04.11.2014 | Religion
Stuart Dow

Leaving aside the curiosity that none of what the children ask about has actually occurred at that point in the evening, I'd like to suggest four different questions for adults to ponder (if not sing) this year during Passover.

Can You Educate to Freedom?

Yaacov Cohen | Posted 04.10.2014 | Religion
Yaacov Cohen

'Education' and 'freedom' may seem like somewhat contradictory concepts. In some modern societies, education is looked as an integral component -- giving people liberty, autonomy and independence through the power and informed choices that come with knowledge.

The Future of Yesterday

Avraham Burg | Posted 04.10.2014 | Books
Avraham Burg

Shavit, as a gifted writer, both attentive and opinionated, takes the reader on a personal journey across the length and breadth of Zionist history.

Southern Sundays and Sex: A Memoir

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 04.10.2014 | Religion
Sharon Kay Edwards

Looking back, I can't help but laugh at the irony of the situation. We failed to see eye-to-eye on the simplest of doctrines, but had zero problem meeting crotch to crotch in the middle of the night.