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Proven: 11 Year-Old Nadia Bloom's Rescue IS a Miracle

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

I know that prayer has helped me out of some very troublesome, even potentially deadly straights, and proved to me that God exists. I cringe when I write that, but I'm a believer in God's miracles.

Pope: I Lead 'Wounded, Sinner' Church

AP | ALESSANDRA RIZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World


Flex Your Moral Muscle: God Can Change Your Brain

Therese Borchard | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Therese Borchard

Significant events in your life, including significant choices you make about how you behave, create new information pathways and patterns within your brain.

The Buddha's Five Protections - Part 2

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sharon Salzberg

If we get attached, even to a beautiful state of being, we are caught, and ultimately we will suffer. We work to observe anything that comes our way, experience it while it is here, and be able to let go of it.

The Lutheran Church Embraces the LGBTQ Community!

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

After twenty-five years of deliberation, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Church Council has abolished its anti-gay policies, effective immediately.

Luiz Marques Barbosa: 83-Year-Old Brazil Priest Detained Over Pedophilia Allegations

AP | TALES AZZONI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SAO PAULO — Brazilian police have detained an 83-year-old priest after a congressional hearing produced allegations he molested boys as young as 12,...

In Search of Heaven

Lisa Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lisa Miller

Is heaven a "real place" or is it a metaphor? If real, what does it look like? A city? A garden? A banquet? Do we keep our bodies in heaven? Or are we disembodied spirits who achieve some mysterious union with a universal spirit?

The Shrimp Has Hit the Fan

Douglas Forbes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Douglas Forbes

Lots of folks are dissecting Obama's Oval Office speech and delivering diatribes on what's right and wrong with him and the oil world. So I figured I might as well join the fracas since it's the thing to do.

Acts of Contrition: Why Real Penance in the Church Is "Necessary"

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Great sins require great penances. Why, then, have so few bishops done penances that fit the sins of failing to protect children and young people?

Racist Rhetoric on a Scrap of Paper

Emilie Townes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Emilie Townes

We often hide behind such phrases as "culture wars" or "clash of civilizations." These phrases make it far too easy for us to shrug our shoulders, build higher walls, dig deeper trenches, and refuse to examine why we seem to have an ever-growing fear of each other.

Evangelical Leaders: Gulf Oil Spill Raises Moral Issues

AP | JOHN FLESHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Leaders of a group that encourages evangelical Christians to care for the environment say the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico raises moral challenges ...

Why Are 110,000 Orthodox Israelis Rioting to 'Protect' Segregated Schools?

Eileen Read | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eileen Read

It is with American ears that revere the separation of church and state that we listen in awe to extreme religious happenings in the Middle East. Som...

Atheism - a Detox for Society

David Horton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Horton

Good old Doctor David is going to give up blogging and set up an Institute of Mind Detoxing, and make an awful lot of money.

Why Does Religion Persist?

Todd Kashdan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Todd Kashdan

Why do some people turn to religion while others do not? What function does religion serve? What happens when religious convictions are challenged?

Individual Accountability "Fail"

The 14th Banker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
The 14th Banker

We live in a society where there is little to no accountability for individual decisions that are made in a group enterprise.

Holocaust-Denying Bishop Found Guilty In German Court

Religion News Service | Kevin Eckstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

(RNS) The schismatic bishop who deeply angered Jews and embarrassed the Vatican by publicly denying the Holocaust was ordered to pay a $13,500 fine fo...

Modern Buddhism: Language and Culture in a Shrinking World

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

Language is translatable but we also have to be aware of the subtle shades of meaning, beyond literal translation, that cultural settings impart.

NCAA Bans Eye Black With Messages

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

(RNS) The National Collegiate Athletic Association has banned the use of eye black with messages--a practice prominently used by former University of ...

Cut the Fluff: Tackling Religious Intolerance in America

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Without a clear sense of the past, even a past that is at times challenging to grapple with, we have little capacity to cultivate a society that is more tolerant and outright affirming of diverse religious practices.

Have Christians Sinned Against Jesus' Gospel?

George Elerick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
George Elerick

Looking at the gospel in its original Aramaic reminds us that it isn't ours to claim, that everyone can join in on it, and that it should compel us to bring hope in its many forms.

Israel Angered At British Ad Ban

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) A British decision to ban an Israeli tourism ad because it includes holy sites in disputed territory has angered Israel's supporters. ...

Young Women Take Over Religion

Kate Fridkis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kate Fridkis

Leading the congregation, singing the ancient liturgy, I feel sexy, vibrant, and feminine. I feel so Jewish, and being so Jewish for me means being so womanly.

Catholics Call On Priest To Resign

Religion News Service | Jack Flynn / The Republican | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (RNS) A conservative Catholic group has called on a Massachusetts priest to apologize for suggesting that Pope Benedict XVI sho...

Jennifer Knapp GAY: Christian Music Artist Comes Out As Lesbian

Christianity Today | Mark Moring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

"We're all hopelessly deceived if we don't think that there are people within our churches, within our communities, who want to hold on to the person ...

Oklahomans Fear the Giant Penis of Jesus

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Derek Beres

And so instead of celebrating the beautiful mythological story of regeneration embodied in the Jesus story, we gawk and are made physically sick when seeing his penis. The childishness of this is startling.