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Rebooting Theological Education

Philip Clayton, Ph.D. | Posted 02.12.2016 | Religion
Philip Clayton, Ph.D.

Theological education is in crisis. By itself, that's not new news. What's newsworthy is exciting new progress on the problems that's now coming up with solutions -- real, viable solutions. Tinkering with the old structures isn't enough anymore.

A Valentine for the Single Christian

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 02.10.2016 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

It seems that being single in the church is a difficult situation these days. Many churches have made marriage and family somewhat of an idol. There have probably been millions of sermons delivered on dating, courting, marriage, waiting for marriage, etc.

Dominion Over Nature and Environmental Crises - Time for Another Look

Robert 'Robin' Gottfried | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Robert 'Robin' Gottfried

Unfortunately, it appears that we humans have not paid much attention to what God has tried to tell us, anymore than Israel's kings did. We love to talk about controlling nature and attempt to do so in almost every aspect of our lives.

Who -- Or What -- Is Being Saved?

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

About a year ago, I began a new ministry in a nearby neighborhood. Not wanting to muscle in on anyone else's turf and hoping to perhaps network with others in the area, I researched what else was going on around me.

Enfold Science in Theological Arms

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

'Quarkism' is a wholly fake term that I just made up, though it gestures to real neotheological experiments and represents a type of religious accommodationism that could be viewed with considerable suspicion.

From Apartheid to Accompaniment States of America

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

This reflection is written from South Africa, where the author is currently co-teaching "The Struggle to Be Well", a study-away course offered by Gust...

A Brief Overview of Islamic Theology

Rafee Al-Mansur | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
Rafee Al-Mansur

Basically, 99% of Islam is the belief that there is One Supreme Being and Creator that is entirely other than the universe, and upon which the entirety of the universe is dependent.

Racism and Christianity -- Interview With Drew G.I. Hart

Jamie Arpin-Ricci | Posted 01.14.2016 | Religion
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

Sadly, as a Christian, I kept finding that many white Christian leaders were dismissing, minimizing and even out-right denying the realities of the problems we faced and the responsibility we have to address these issues.

Why Protestants Argue Over Whether Muslims Worship the Same God

Matthew D. Taylor | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
Matthew D. Taylor

Professor Hawkins has stumbled upon another of those theological landmines in the evangelical world: a belief that is rarely mentioned, widely held, little considered, and provokes a fight as soon as it surfaces.

Is God Still Speaking?

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

How narrowly should a Christian college set the parameters for theological fidelity for its faculty? While this question is one that often concerns many conservative evangelical schools, a current situation is again raising the question publicly.

When Gender Theology Is Divisive, and Why That's Okay

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

I will continue to call out gender injustice, and pray that the church unites in the Spirit of justice and equality.

Gifts Not Chains: Epiphany Wisdom for Foreign Aid (Matthew 2:1-12)

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

As rigorous debates surround the ethics and oversight of foreign assistance endeavors, one of the more innovative contributions to this important conversation was produced by South Africa's renowned theologian, the late Steve de Gruchy.

Who Goes to Hell?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Hell is a grave subject. Everyone is going there according to the doctrines of one religion or another. No one of us is safe. And for a few religions, every one of us has already been to hell.

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.

How You Can Tap Into Your Spirituality -- Tonight

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 12.21.2015 | OWN

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20 Ways To Think About God

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Humanity as a whole has never ever agreed about Who or What or Whether God is.

"Mom, Today I Became a Catholic": Analysis of a Teen Conversion

Stafford Betty | Posted 12.16.2015 | Religion
Stafford Betty

About five years ago Natalie Thomson, an attractive, popular, well-adjusted 16-year-old girl made this surprising announcement. It was surprising for...

Confronting and Resisting Theologies of Fear and Hatred

Roger A. Sneed | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Roger A. Sneed

Recently, we have seen an upsurge in anti-black, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-woman, anti-trans violence. It seems the common denominator here is...

Our Bad Theology Is Killing Faith in the God of Life

Scott MacDougall | Posted 12.11.2015 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

In the most recent episode of her excellent WNYC podcast, Death, Sex & Money, host Anna Sale has a conversation with Diane Gill Morris. Morris is the ...

Religion vs Science: A Call to a Higher Standard

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 12.02.2015 | Religion
Margaret Placentra Johnston

Fully accountable parents must encourage their children to boldly evaluate the inevitable influx of new information with which they will be presented, and prepare them to deal openly with any resulting cognitive dissonance.

Millennials and Spirituality: The Religion Professor as Secret Agent, a.k.a. Danger Man

John Stroup | Posted 12.02.2015 | College
John Stroup

Welcome to Christianity in the Ivory Tower, or a guide to the inner knowledge and folk wisdom of The Village. For starters: the more Americans, espe...

A Smart Climate Wager

Richard Brand | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics
Richard Brand

Many people are aware of what is called "Pascal's Wager." Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, philosopher, and part-time theologian. With his mathematical mind, he proposed a logical response to the question of the existence of God and Heaven:

The True Religion

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.02.2015 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Almost no one choses his or her religion. The matter is fated. Geography is fate. An historical epoch is fate. A culture is fate. A family is fate. All these are the fated vehicles of religious participation, with no choice involved. So, really, after all, which is The True Religion?

Charlie Brown and the Incarnation

Rob Lee | Posted 12.01.2015 | Religion
Rob Lee

Amidst the busyness of reading week and preparing for exams here at Duke Divinity School, I sat down this evening to watch the 50th anniversary specia...

Paris Attacks, COP21 and the WCC: Embracing the Other

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 11.26.2015 | Green
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

In the fear-filled atmosphere that has broken hearts and led spirits to despair, many people are nervous about attending COP21 and afraid of the future. Some politicians try to use this attack to close their countries' doors to refugees.