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I Will Never Repent For Being Homosexual

Michael Rohrer | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

I was put on this Earth to live the often fabulous -- though frequently maligned -- life of a homosexual. Sling your accusatory rhetoric at me all you want. But to use Bible verses to taint someone's existence, his very life, as a sin because he is attracted to someone of the same-sex is deplorable.

Pope To Prisoners: I Am A Man 'Who Was Saved From His Many Sins'

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.10.2015 | Religion

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (AP) - Pope Francis urged inmates at Bolivia's notoriously violent Palmasola prison to not despair on Friday as he wrapped up his...

Red, White and Bloodstained: America's Heritage of Hate and Original Sin

Kyle Stevenson | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices
Kyle Stevenson

Let's be clear, the only difference between the flag of the United States and the Confederate flag, is the Confederate flag represents the South's violent defense to preserve an immoral institution. The U.S. flag is stained with black and indigenous blood due to this country's expansion "from sea to shining sea."

Can Love Be a Sin?

Amy Arndt | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Amy Arndt

Ask yourself if God would judge two people who want nothing more than to have legal recognition of their union, and ask yourself if you are in the position to judge that yourself.

10 Surefire Ways To Sin During Yoga

Ravishly | Posted 05.28.2015 | Comedy
Ravishly

According to a retired Catholic bishop in Nebraska, practicing yoga is not just a great way to relieve stress and build strength -- it's also "an occasion of serious sin."It might sound ridiculous, but it is so easy to sin during yoga. Here are 10 of the most common yoga sins you might not even know you're committing.

Atonement: Pope Francis and Ecological Sin

Michael P. Murphy | Posted 05.28.2015 | Religion
Michael P. Murphy

Topics in ecology and climate change reveal the scope, credibility, and hospitality of Catholic thought in a unique way -- and how Catholic thought can transcend the intellectually lazy ways that we often approach our identity politics.

NY Times Columnist David Brooks Explores Sin, Virtue In New Book

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) New York Times columnist David Brooks is the most unconventional of conservatives — the kind of traditionalist who has crossover appe...

Fifty Shades of God: Does Easter Week Affirm Our Violent Desires?

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Have we made God into a monster? And as a result, have we taken the holiest of weeks in the Christian year and dressed it up as a celebration of bloody, violent sacrifice?

Is Masturbation a Sin?

Angela Jamene | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion
Angela Jamene

Look. No one wants to hear what they can or cannot do with their body. We came by free will in the hardest way and we feel like we've earned it. "This is my life!" But, the whole free will thing isn't without its catches.

Are You Rushing or Are You Dragging?

Heather Choate Davis | Posted 04.06.2015 | Religion
Heather Choate Davis

If you watch the film with "the mind of Christ," you might see in the two father figures both the essential discipline and the infinite mercy of Law & Gospel theology.

What Happened to Sin

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.13.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

People around the world are suffering more now than at any time in my lifetime, and probably much longer. But the peoples of the world, including we who live in and love the United States, have become increasingly permissive and secular.

Stumbling Toward a Just Peace

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 11.09.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Without question, the complexities we face now are even more difficult to navigate from what those seeking peace during the Cold War encountered. Can "Just Peace" be a model for addressing the messy conflict in Syria and Iraq, which involves the terrorist group ISIS?

Cindy Jackson's Stalled Rapture

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 11.08.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

By turns deftly framing the problem through satire and alleviating the pressure through humor and craftsmanship, Jackson's work speaks to our yearning for salvation partly through irony and partly through love.

Robin Williams... and My Dad

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

The shocking news about Robin Williams' apparent suicide isn't really shocking so much as it is commonplace. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control reported 39,518 suicides, which makes suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans.

Thank God for Atheists!

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

I believe people of faith need to imagine a world without God. We then might take greater responsibility for our own lives and the circumstances of others, as well as life on this planet.

The 5 Worst Ways Modern People Think About Sex

Cracked | Posted 05.12.2014 | Weird News

As much as we obsess over sex, however, it seems like many people have a very awful way of looking at it, which I guess makes sense. The more people f...

Dear Cliven Bundy: There's No 'Maybe' About the Sin of Racism

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

"Maybe I sinned, and maybe I need to ask forgiveness," said Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who has been lauded by conservatives for his resistance to paying fees for illegally grazing his cattle on government land since 1993, in an interview on CNN on Friday.

The Nature of Evil

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 05.31.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

One of the oldest surviving stories in human history is about the birth of murder. In Hebrew (and later Christian) scriptures, the story of two brothers, Cain and Abel, teaches us about the mythic first atrocity: brother killing brother.

Sin, Guilt, and Psychology: What I Wish All Pastors Knew

Derek Flood | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Derek Flood

We have come to associate guilt today with negative ideas like "guilt-trips," and with feelings of shame. As a result, when the subject of guilt and sin are brought up, our defensive walls go up, too.

Why I Ditched a Shame-Based Faith

Heather Kopp | Posted 04.29.2014 | Religion
Heather Kopp

I often write about the power of shame in the context of recovery. But shame is a human problem, and long-time Christians are in no ways immune. I was a Christian--and a slave to shame--for more than a decade before I became a slave to alcohol.

What the Christian Right Gets Wrong About Sin

Micah J. Murray | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
Micah J. Murray

In culture war clashes, the word "sin" gets flung around loosely -- many Christians claim to "call a sin a sin," "take a stand against sin," and not "enable or aid sin." If I were to simply observe the issues on which Christians "take a stand," I'd conclude that the entire doctrine of sin is concerned primarily with sexual activity.

Were There Mushrooms in Eden?

Morgan Guyton | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

What happened when humanity lost its innocence, as represented allegorically in the Eden story, is not that biological existence began, but that the harmonic balance of the food chain started to be skewed.

Cold as Hell: The Chilling Effect of Global Warming

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 03.07.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Hell is normally depicted as a "lake of fire," as in Revelation 20:10. This week in the Midwest, however, Hell is likely to look more like lakes of ice, as dangerous cold from a polar vortex.

The Problem With Christians is That They Are People, and Sometimes People Suck

Angela Jamene | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

"I like Jesus, it's his followers I can't stand" That used to be a magnet on my refrigerator. I was 21 and had only read the bible enough to try to t...

From Dallas to Sandy Hook: Lord Have Mercy

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

This week we mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as we prepare to mark the one-year anniversary of the massacre of school children in Sandy Hook.