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Why Hate Is Historically Transformative

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Contrary to what you might think, it is hate, not love, that makes the world go around.

Where Hope Takes Root

Rabbi Michael Adam Latz | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Adam Latz

Deuteronomy calls us to let our land lie fallow in the seventh year, to break from planting and harvesting, and to let go of debts -- a sabbatical (shmita) year. Is this the summer storm before a season of joy and bounty, happiness and equity?

Jesus Spoke to Me: the Only Story You Need to Read Today

Fiona Finn | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
Fiona Finn

Okay, okay, I know the title of my blog sounds pretty crazy to some, but trust me I'm about to tell you a truthful account of the day Jesus spoke to m...

Ferguson as Christological Challenge: Rethinking Jesus in an Unjust Society

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Let us bury the New York Times-bestselling, life coach Jesus, along with the ecclesiology of egoism it implies.

When Sleep Is Spiritual

Rubin Naiman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Rubin Naiman, Ph.D.

Beyond all the scientific complexities associated with it, falling asleep can be understood as an act of faith. The submission to sleep requires extending trust to something greater than ourselves. Sheep, of course, sleep best in the company of the flock and shepherd.

Freedom from Religion

Karl Wilder | Posted 08.21.2014 | New York
Karl Wilder

Photo: Artist Alan May and myself at an event for the SF Food Bank (photo by Blodwen Tarter) I wrote "Losing My Religion" a scant 48 hours ago. Much...

postChristian: What's Left, Can We Fix It, Do We Care? -- An Interview With Christian Piatt

Romal Tune | Posted 08.21.2014 | Religion
Romal Tune

"I think we've fallen victim to the misapprehension that worship, or church, is the point. Those are simply a means to an end though."

A New Paradigm for Muslim-Jewish Dialogue

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 08.20.2014 | World
Rabbi Marc Schneier

The good news is that Israel and the most powerful of its longtime Arab adversaries have come to a common understanding of the peril to their very survival from resurgent fundamentalist Islamism.

Open Letter to the LCWR: Refuse the Abuse

Carole Ganim | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion
Carole Ganim

"Meaningful, honest dialogue" may be possible no longer if only one side of the table is trying to engage in the dialogue and the other is delivering a monologue.

How These Righteous Religious Leaders in Ferguson Are Giving Us Hope

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 08.21.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Clergy and lay people have played a crucial role in Ferguson. These religious leaders provide a buffer at protests, press for justice for Michael Brown, and witness against systemic racism and inequality.

Today's Headlines and the Great War

Roger Fisk | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Roger Fisk

From the crucible of the Great War that was sprinting towards a full boil 100 years ago this month, these chapters, taken together, illuminate how that war continues to shape not only our world in a lofty, conceptual way, but in today's headlines.

Losing My Religion

Karl Wilder | Posted 08.21.2014 | New York
Karl Wilder

I don't remember the first time Bob hit me. My life was suffering. Our entire family suffered. When the abuse was not physical it was verbal, mental and all-consuming. I learned the commandments and the Lord's prayer, and always I prayed.

Staycation With Exotic Suspense Fiction

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 08.19.2014 | Books
Terry Kelhawk

Numerous thrillers and suspense writings titillate us by hopping from country to country -- a la James Bond. But let's take a look at some successful examples of exotic suspense written by people who live where they write -- natives or expats.

The Duality of Being a Gay Christian

Glenn Garner | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Glenn Garner

As a gay Christian, I have only faced true discrimination for one of these identities. Here's a hint: It's not Christianity. When I tell someone I'm Christian, they don't come up with a series of offensive questions and remarks. I have never felt threatened or in danger when praying or practicing my Christian beliefs. Christianity is not an oppressed identity.

Sweaty Spirituality: Fighting Obesity With Paul (Romans 12:1-8)

Jacob D. Myers | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion
Jacob D. Myers

Why aren't we in the church leading this charge? Ought not we who have received the grace of God to participate in God's restorative work live out our devotion to God by our healthy lifestyles?

Religion Is Alive and Well in Contemporary Art

S. Brent Plate | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

On a breezy summer day, I joined a group of artists and writers in the basement of the Liberty Bar in midtown Manhattan to discuss the many places religious life meets the visual arts.

Finding God as a Fallen Catholic

Maria Senise | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Maria Senise

When religion masks the fact that we will never truly know and understand God, that's when we land in trouble. When we think we know all the answers, that's when we are truly ignorant.

Definitely, I'm a Spiritual Girl With Both Light and Dark Roots

Fiona Finn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Women
Fiona Finn

There's no right or wrong, to each his or her own, and there's little to no judgment. So whether you believe in a creator, have a different religion or are an atheist -- it really doesn't bother me. I'm OK with you, and what you choose to believe in or not believe in

Lessons Learned from the Atheist Alliance of America Convention

Andreea Nica | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Andreea Nica

While I don't entirely consider myself an atheist, I was thoroughly impressed with the caliber of speakers and activists in the atheist community. I realized how important the atheist movement is to challenging systematic ideologies in the political, social, economic and religious realm.

No Two Prayer Spaces Are Quite The Same

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion

Whether you retreat to a church, temple, garden or quiet nook, there may be moments throughout your day when you feel called to pray or meditate. The ...

Pray to Jesus -- Or Else

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

I applaud those who retain the strength to fight the never-ending battle against ignorance, intolerance and persistent persecution of rationalists. T...

Growing up a "Patriot"?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.15.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Let me thank my classmates, teachers, and Valley Forge for having educated me to be still that Patriot even as America and the globe around us changes.

Can This Southern Restaurant Prove It Isn't Biased?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 08.15.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Unlike those big corporations, Mary's doesn't hate! Mary's simply wants to reward its favorite customers with a 15% discount. What could be wrong with that?

America, Israel, Prophets and Profit

Jacob Devaney | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
Jacob Devaney

The wisdom of the prophets is being ignored while real profits are being made through weapon sales facilitated by the co-opting of religious and democratic ideals to advance geopolitical agendas. This will continue until the people remove the wool from their eyes and reclaim their own honorable place in history.

How to Find Liberation From Suffering

Darren Littlejohn | Posted 08.14.2014 | Religion
Darren Littlejohn

When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died, I didn't write about it. It was just too depressing. Another long term sober addict who'd relapsed and hit the...