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Curiouser and Curiouser: How the Hill Is Handling Being in the Hole

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with TheGreenGrok.com.In the words of Alice, "It would be so nice if something made sense." Alice, of course, was talking about the strang...

Mandolins

Daniel Menaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Daniel Menaker

Commerce has no shame -- it really doesn't. From 1919 to 1923, Lloyd Loar worked for the Gibson company, making F-5 mandolins whose quality has never been matched. So why is a Japanese company putting his name on theirs?

Who Gets Into Heaven? (VIDEO)

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Shore

To "prove" that only Christians can get into heaven, Christians most commonly rely on John 14:6: "No one comes to the Father except through me." But is that what those words really mean?

Wisconsin Protests: God's Advocacy And Concern For Laborers

Rev. Curt Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Curt Anderson

In the Bible, it is the responsibility of those in power to make sure that all workers (indeed all people) are treated fairly.

A Rabbi Responds To His Atheist Critics

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

While I continue to suspect, based on my own experience, that there are more agnostics than 'pure' atheists, it seems, based on these responses, that there are more 'true' atheists than I'd thought.

Presidents And Providence

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

I find myself this Presidents' Day -- in the shadow of Egypt's overthrow of an undemocratic president of long standing -- as perplexed as ever on the matter of God's action in history.

Finding Faith, Doing Service In Haiti

Rabbi Sid Schwarz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Sid Schwarz

They don't meet many Jews and I was certainly the first rabbi they ever encountered. To them I was a minister to the chosen people of God and Israel was the Promised Land.

Spirituality And Religion Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Scott Perlo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Scott Perlo

Central to human greatness is our capacity to carry two ideas in tension. Enough with the idea that religion and spirituality are exclusive: Let us fill ourselves with both.

What's So New About The New Atheism?

Paul Pardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Pardi

The general consensus on the part of professional philosophers on all sides of the question is that the popular arguments being made by new atheists are not all that new.

'Are You There God? It's Me, Jobless'

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Faith is in a precarious perch for the religious and jobless. While some fall despondent from repeated rejection and thwarted efforts, others cling to faith and turn fervently to prayer.

God, Life And The Spiritual Practice Of Surrendering 'Complete Control'

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

By letting go we may feel free. On the seventh day, our Creator did not just rest, the Holy One let go. It was God's final and perhaps most important lesson to us. There is a time to let go.

In The Watson Era, Will The Computer Be Servant, Master, Or Savior?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

I confess that in a quasi-religious way I have long been intrigued by the concept of a godlike computer, and Watson has kindled that interest back into flame.

My Come-to-Jesus Moment

Rich Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rich Siegel

I have this undeniably strong sense of Jewishness. Which makes it all the more ironic that my wife and I are attempting to send our daughters to Saint Monica's Catholic High School.

An Expert Weighs In on Forgiveness

Alison Patton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Alison Patton

What a relief to drop the whole idea of forgiving your spouse after divorce...and instead just "move on" with your life.

Evangelical Churches Still Growing, Mainline Protestantism In Decline

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Richard Yeakley Religion News Service While mainline Protestant churches in the U.S. continue to experience decades-long decline, the memberships ...

Iran Protests: A One Night Stand or A Lasting Call for Change?

Setareh Sabety | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Setareh Sabety

If Iranians inspired by cries of change all around the region keep the zeal they showed yesterday they could surprise us again.

Are Rational Religious People All That Rare?

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

To me, our goal shouldn't be getting rid of religion -- it should be about moving beyond the "Santa Claus" view of God to create a more sophisticated theology.

An Interview With Ruth Turner of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Rahim Kanani

In a recent interview with Turner, we discussed the significance of World Interfaith Harmony Week, the work of the Faith Foundation, ways in which we can engage difference, and more.

New Bill Would Allow Religious Hospitals to Deny Life-Saving Emergency Care

Nancy Northup | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Northup

Would you ask someone else to die for your religious beliefs? A new proposal moving through Congress makes clear that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops apparently expects everyone to die for theirs.

TED Talks: Krista Tippett On Redefining 'Compassion' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Compassion has a problem. According to journalist Krista Tippett, the idea's meaning has been, "Hollowed out in our culture ... it's seen as a squishy...

Mistakes Atheists Make: The Top 9

Phil Zuckerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Phil Zuckerman

If you really think that a secular worldview is superior, I would suggest a little self-examination. A lot of you out there are making some serious mistakes.

A Letter About Love To My Daughters On Valentine's Day

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Your mom and I simply revel in watching you seek and grow into all that God intends for your life. When it comes to "love" it is no different.

Marriage Vows Are Non-Sense: Valentine's Day Thoughts On The Making And Breaking Of Marriage Vows

Serene Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Serene Jones

I know from personal experience the chances of failure are high. But as a person of faith, I believe these forever-after marriage vows are worth making -- that we may end up breaking a vow does not invalidate the importance of making it.

Our Future Christian Theocracy

Ian Squires | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ian Squires

American pioneer and hero President Sarah Palin wasn't even able to make Christianity the official national religion of the original United States until well into her second term.

The Search For Meaning And A Coal-Free Washington

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

Surprisingly, the state of Washington has found a voice through faith that may set a precedent for climate action amid paralysis in the "other Washington."