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Religious Beliefs

What is Salvation?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Salvation. noun. In the West, rescuing few. In the East, rescuing all. Any religion that assigns to humans one lifetime and also insists that bel...

A Night's Ascension Into Enchantment

Ali Z. Hussain | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion
Ali Z. Hussain

The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and intellectualization, and, above all, by the 'disenchantment of the world.' Precisely the...

Hurting More Than You Protect: Religious Freedom Takes on the Power to Kill

Constance Scharff, Phd | Posted 04.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Constance Scharff, Phd

As an addiction researcher, I can report without question that people who suffer discrimination are at increased risk of many different physical, economic, and mental health issues -- addiction included. We cannot allow these laws to stand.

The 2016 Presidential Campaign: What Would Jesus Say and Do?

Bill Ayres | Posted 03.08.2016 | Religion
Bill Ayres

When was the last time you heard someone from the media ask these questions of those who profess to be Christians? Maybe it is time for all of us to start asking these challenging questions as we prepare to exercise our right and responsibility to vote.

Mere Belief

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 02.18.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Religious intolerance arose with presumptions of certainty: the sureness that my sect possesses certified knowledge means that I cannot endure your sect's evident error. If it had always been accepted that belief does not rise to the level of knowledge, religious intolerance might not have marred our histories.

The True Meaning of 'Allahu Akbar'

Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel | Posted 03.01.2016 | Religion
Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel

The phrase "Allahu Akbar" is commonly used by Muslims to remind themselves of God's vastness and power. Unfortunately, some Muslim extremists employ this phrase before performing acts of terror, leading many to associate "Allahu Akbar" with violence and destruction.

Is It Bad to Love Yourself? (VIDEO)

Terri Britt | Posted 02.03.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Terri Britt

Years ago after I wrote my first book, Message Sent, I had a woman say to me in a very hateful tone, "Well I hope it's not about the self!" If it had ...

How to Plan an Interfaith Wedding

Sandy Malone | Posted 12.21.2015 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Whether they celebrate a specific religion or are just spiritual, what's most important is that the bride and groom have the option of being as religious -- or as secular -- as they wish for the wedding celebration.

Perspectives on Oprah's BELIEF series

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 11.17.2015 | Religion
Margaret Placentra Johnston

What we need now is a bigger story, an overarching perspective that includes ALL these BELIEFs. A few people in our society are arriving at this broader perspective, but so far, most of our mainstream society proceeds unaware of its possibilities.

Wisdom From Abraham's Tent That We Can Apply in the 21st Century

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 05.26.2016 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

Thousands of years ago, between the rivers Euphrates and Tigris, in a vast and fertile stretch of land called "Mesopotamia," there lived a flourishing society in a city-state called "Babel." The city was bustling with life and action. It was the trade center of what we now call, "the cradle of civilization."

Life Is Like Physics

Mark Baer | Posted 06.21.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

What parents seem to forget when they are divorcing or their relationship is ending, is that children are expensive.

Confessions of a Truthoholic: An Excerpt of the Truth

Joanne Dagonese | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion
Joanne Dagonese

All my life I've been driven by an insatiable urge to know things -- things that have always been simply dismissed as "mysteries". I displayed early symptoms of this sociological defect when, even as a small child, the plain facts were never quite enough to thrill me.

The Problem With Faith

Steve McSwain | Posted 01.24.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I wish it were easier. It is not, however. In many ways, my spiritual walk was easier when it was not so complicated by faith.

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

The God Piece

Gary Nelson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion
Gary Nelson

My view of God is simple. If there is a source of the most beautiful energy that we can see and feel which transcends our earthly existence, than the essence of that energy is God. Is the Bible the living word of God? I think it might have been centuries ago but we live in a different time now.

The Power of Prayer

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion
Lillie Leonardi

For all too long I have pondered the question, "What is my purpose?"  I have often raised my eyes toward Heaven and asked God, "What is it you want me to do?" I have even had the audacity to scream at the great above. 

Fighting Back Against 'Hobby Lobby'

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 09.16.2014 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

New York State has long been a leader in advancing women's equality, stretching back to the Seneca Falls Convention 166 years ago this weekend. Sadly, as we mark this important anniversary, hard-won victories by the women's rights movement are being threatened by a radical right wing that seeks to roll back the progress we've made.

A Few Of My Religious Beliefs That Oughta Change The Law

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

If meds and medical procedures related to women's sexual health can be exempt for reasons of religious belief, meds related to men's sexual health must also be exempt.

On the Journey Towards Sincerity

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

While working on our own sincerity, we have to realize that the reality is, we will rarely meet sincere people. We will rarely meet people who will genuinely step out of themselves to attempt to see things from our perspective and act accordingly.

Spiritual and Religious

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

Religion is a tool that performs a service for us, something we utilize for our own spiritual development. Unfortunately, we sometimes end up getting used by the tool! But that's not the fault of religion.

A Religious Freedom Parable

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What follows is a modern-day parable. I think it's important to point that out up front, in order not to cause any undue offense. The scene: the near future, when Arizona (or any other state, for that matter) becomes a bastion of religious freedom by passing laws shielding businesses from penalty for discrimination on the basis of religious belief.

Religion: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Gary Laderman | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Gary Laderman

Religion is bad, no doubt, and a destructive force in human history and in world today. But that's not the whole story. I let down my guard in that bar and did not speak the truth of what I think after all these years in the study of religion.

Religious Respect: Ask Noah

Noah Kass | Posted 11.01.2013 | Business
Noah Kass

Before confronting your boss, ask yourself if the request you're making to more freely practice religious traditions might cause undo stress to your work life? Is your request in line with what any reasonable person of faith would require?

Is This What the Gods Would Want?

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Tarun Sakhrani

I'm trying to think back to the point when the definition or display of religion and religious beliefs in India changed -- when religion in India suddenly became a display of aggression and a matter of pomp and show.

God, Christianity and Meat

Kathy Freston | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion
Kathy Freston

I was delighted to learn about this rich tradition of incorporating vegetarian diets into spiritual practice, but I admit that it first surprised me. It certainly is not something most Christians in America know about.