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Those Holding 'Anti-Gay' Sentiments Need To Stop Making Things Worse By Expressing Outrage Over The Florida Massacre

Mark Baer | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Baer

Many of those spewing anti-gay rhetoric engage in gaslighting, which “is a form of mental abuse in which a victim is manipulated into doubting their...

What Is Original Sin?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Original Sin. noun. An inborn guilt-worthy moral limp--in other words, a contradiction in terms. Any fetus may acquire DNA that will eventually hob...

Balancing Sin and Forgiveness to Improve Mental Fitness

David Briggs | Posted 05.06.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

The desire to live up to divine standards can help many religious individuals cultivate successful, lasting relationships and avoid harmful addictions, some research suggests.

We Aren't Perfect -- And Maybe God Isn't Either

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 04.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara Falconer Newhall

According to that thinking, we are, every one of us, intrinsically depraved sinners, responsible not just for our mistakes and missteps, but responsible as well for the fact that we are capable of making mistakes.

Am I a Sinner? Are You? Is God?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I've never been able to get my mind around the concept of original sin and its corollary, Jesus's atoning death on the cross.

Cardinal Bertone's Sins Against Children

Matthew Fox | Posted 04.18.2016 | Religion
Matthew Fox

Not content to create a strategy for priestly pedophile cover-ups during two papacies, the former Vatican Secretary of State also steals from a childr...

The Bible Unlocked: What is it to Sin?

Kristina Kaine | Posted 02.10.2016 | Religion
Kristina Kaine

Sin is one of the most misunderstood concepts today. All too often it is tied to guilt and fear which has the potential to be psychologically disturbing.

My Response to "The Bible Answer Man" Objections

Andrew Farley | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion
Andrew Farley

Recently, a caller asked Hank Hanegraaff ("The Bible Answer Man") about the message of grace that I share in my book "The Naked Gospel." Below are Mr....

An Ancient Philosopher's Brilliant Theory Explains Everything Bad You've Ever Done

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 01.15.2016 | OWN

What do you think of when you hear the word "sin?" Some immediately think of immoral acts, like adultery. For others, the mind may go to illegal acti...

An Adjunct Professor Confesses His Sins...

John Brown | Posted 12.28.2015 | College
John Brown

Father, excuse my materialist concerns, I just don't think my students are getting their money's worth.

For Christians, Does Being Pro-Life Lead More Souls to Hell?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.23.2015 | Weird News
Zoltan Istvan

From a strictly biblical point of view, being born on Earth is a test. All our actions will eventually be judged by an omnipotent God who will determine whether we go to heaven or hell. Our deeds, sinful or not, determine where we spend eternity.

Dear Devil: I Forgive You!

John Schlimm | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
John Schlimm

Evil is a parasite. Therefore, the Devil can only thrive if we play host. 1 Peter 5:8 warns us, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the d...

Terrorism Is Not A Religious Act

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 11.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Religious fundamentalism breeds war and violence and should be opposed by faithful people of all traditions in the support of pluralism and the common good.

Three Reasons Why We Don't Pray the Sinner's Prayer With Our Children

Cindy Brandt | Posted 10.22.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

One of the more harmful teachings of fundamentalist families is to interpret children's normal behavior as sin.

We Need to Talk About Sin

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 10.15.2015 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

We don't talk about sin anymore. This worries me. For two thousand years those of us in the Judeo-Christian Tradition have wrestled with sin--a sin originating with Adam and Eve.

Deaf West Theatre Gets Loud with "Spring Awakening"

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.02.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

In Spring Awakening, Steven Sater's lyrics sing like poetry. Their intimacy tingles in your throat as you repeat them under your breath. Your eyes close, just long enough to dance on the brink of surrender.

Let's Talk About Sin

Cindy Brandt | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

When I was taught the word sin, it was tasked with the job of explaining the predicament of humanity, revealing a desperate need for a Savior, and point to the redemptive power of God in Jesus. It was supposed to make me more Christ-like, but it failed, so I fired it.

President Trump and Sec. Palin Vs People of Faith on Care of Creation

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 09.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Palin has long argued that the world's resources are a gift from God to be plundered. Climate change? Palin doesn't believe that humans could impact the climate. People of faith have a special responsibility here because we are charged by God to be stewards of creation and thus far we have failed to live out our responsibilities.

Most Americans Don't Think Divorce Is A Sin

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.16.2015 | Religion

(RNS) In a summer of celebrity splits — Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Miss Piggy and Kermit — a question com...

I Will Never Repent For Being Homosexual

Michael Rohrer | Posted 07.16.2016 | Queer 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 07.01.2016 | 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 06.29.2016 | Queer 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 05.28.2016 | 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 05.27.2016 | 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.