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Winning Back the Future: Here's How! -- Part 2

Deepak Chopra | Posted 02.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

In the first post, the question was raised whether a better future can be imagined out of the dire situation we find ourselves in. At the present moment we rely on science to answer our deepest questions. But science isn't the only way to ask who we are and what we want from life.

Losing My Religion: If I'm So Done With Faith, Why Do I Still Feel Its Loss?

Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 02.28.2012 | Women
Margaret Wheeler Johnson

I managed to live in New York for two years without it once occurring to me that I had so recently been a believer. Then I was reminded -- at exactly noon on a weekday in the spring of 2007.

Why Facebook Is Killing God?

Nigel Barber | Posted 02.28.2012 | Home
Nigel Barber

Apologists for religion might argue that people are becoming more anxious and depressed because they no longer rely upon religion as a source of emotional security. Yet, this explanation is almost certainly wrong.

Justice Not Triage: The Year Of The Protester

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 02.28.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

This corporate triage is what lies behind the arrogance of the 1 percent in their treatment of the 99 percent. The result of this triage is societal unrest, instability and an inevitable increase in violence, poverty, disease and war.

Bishop Eddie Long's New Birth Christian Academy Closes

Posted 12.28.2011 | Black Voices

More than 200 Georgia students are in search of a new school following the announcement of New Birth Christian Academy closing its doors after 18 year...

Why Faith Claims Should Be 'Corrected': A Professor's Argument

Paul Pardi | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Paul Pardi

What role should faith play, if any, in the way we think about the conversation in the classroom or an ordered society? According to one professor, it should be relegated to personal preference.

It's All In the Eyes: A Meditation On Christ

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Deborah Schoeberlein David

He is immortal, eternal. Never-ending, divine for so long as living beings recognize the expression in those eyes. He stares, forever outward and within; and then he transforms.

The Priest And The Prostitute: Storytelling As A Holiday Gift To God

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 02.23.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

The priest walked past the prostitutes every day. He had no choice. But he confessed he never spoke with the women, studiously avoided eye contact and did his best to never acknowledge their existence.

My First Christmas With My New Husband's Family

Kate Fridkis | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Kate Fridkis

The holiday season can be a little uncomfortable for me. People always wish me a merry Christmas, and then I'm not sure what to say back, since I don't celebrate it. Usually I just say, "Merry Christmas!"

The Zen Of Christmas

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Mary Anne Mercer

Christmas is indeed special -- for Christians, a celebration of the earthly birth of the Son of their God, the Christ child.

The Truth(s) About Hanukkah

Shawna Dolansky | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Shawna Dolansky

The truth about the Maccabees is a slippery one. National liberators or religious fanatics? Freedom fighters or terrorists? The truth depends on who's telling their story, and for what purpose.

PHOTOS: Pilgrimage To The Church Of The Nativity

Posted 12.23.2011 | Religion

Christian pilgrims pray in the Grotto at the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, where a gold star in the floor marks the spot believed to be the birth...

Damn You Nimrod! A Christmas Tale

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 02.21.2012 | Parents
Karen Dalton-Beninato

We had the most Christian of all reasons not to celebrate the holiday: a faction of Evangelicals took to heart the fact that Christmas was designed to merge a new religion with worship of the birthday of Nimrod, possible builder of Babel and grandson of Ham.

I'm a Jew Who Celebrates Christmas. So What?

Meredith Fineman | Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion
Meredith Fineman

I received what can only be described as a disturbing message today -- an acquaintance of mine sent me two articles on why Jews shouldn't celebrate Christmas.

Am I A Bigot for Not Letting My Kids Celebrate Christmas?

Deborah Gaines | Posted 02.21.2012 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

My youngest son was entranced by his buddy's Christmas Village and helped "redecorate" it with tanks and soldiers -- now part of their Christmas tradition. "The price of peace is eternal vigilance," his father laughed. All this makes me profoundly uncomfortable.

Tim Tebow: Bashing & Religion

Linda Kenney Baden | Posted 02.20.2012 | Sports
Linda Kenney Baden

What the sports commentator establishment ignores is that Tebow's religious fervor is not important to the fans. Fans could care less whether he proudly flaunts his piety instead of concealing it.

Did I Miss Out By Never Believing in Santa?

Toni Nagy | Posted 02.20.2012 | Parents
Toni Nagy

For most, Santa was the closest to magic they ever got, and their memories are filled with an incomparable delight. It didn't seem to be about the presents or the vindication of good behavior, but the irreplaceable presentation of wonder.

Debates About Agnosticism Are As Old As The Concept Itself

Christopher Lane | Posted 02.20.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

For science as for religion, the unknowable therefore remains a quandary. It serves as a reminder, Spencer says, of what is "utterly inscrutable" to us and likely to remain so.

The Day I Lost God

Dori Hartley | Posted 02.20.2012 | Religion
Dori Hartley

On this one particular day, I saw something that was unintentionally broadcast, a flaw in the message, an undercover revelation. I witnessed a crack in the invisible something.

Worship Through Giving, Part 2

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen | Posted 02.19.2012 | Impact
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

The fact that 35 percent of all American giving went to religious organizations in 2010 reflects how closely bound many of us are with our place of worship. The power of this personal interaction cannot be underestimated.

Celebrating Christmas? Not So Much

Lea Lane | Posted 02.19.2012 | Miami
Lea Lane

Folks, there's no "War on Christmas." Just ask those of us who don't celebrate the holiday. It isn't easy for those of us who never get caroled and who don't decorate trees with ornaments we collect over the years.

10 Things to Help Muslims Survive Christmas

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 02.18.2012 | Comedy
Hani Almadhoun

Watch the Access of Evil Comedy Tour! Nothing can cheer you up faster than realizing that all you need is an hour or so of overdone and repetitive air...

The Prophet Is Dead: Juche and the Future of North Korea

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Amarnath Amarasingam

Little has been written about North Korea's driving state ideology - the "Juche idea" - and the clues it may hold for predicting the nature of post-Kim Jong Il North Korea

At American Academy of Religion Conference, Dharmic Religions Have A Bigger Place

Philip Goldberg | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

Dharma Academy of North America scholars attempt to view the Indic religions on their own traditional terms, not just through the methods and categories of Western scholarship. It is now the largest additional symposium at AAR.

Worship The Sun! (Not Just The Son)

Wes Nisker | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Wes Nisker

The sun is still at the center of all our winter religious holidays: Hanukkah, Christmas, the Keltic Druid festival of the stars, the Katchina night dances in the Hopi pueblo. So maybe we should start deliberately worshiping the sun again.