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When Is Grace Enough?

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

We wonder if grace is even enough. Is the power of grace, the ability to embrace the full human experience, one that rights wrongs, one that restores and establishes people back to their rightful place before God, is enough.

ISIS, Islam, Jesus, and Practicing Theology Without a License

Leona Foxx | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Leona Foxx

What's the matter with a little misleading theology coming from the White House? After all, it's a means to a noble end, namely, world peace. Right?

Is Masturbation a Sin?

Angela Jamene | Posted 02.20.2015 | 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.

Obama: Sound Theology and Smart Politics

James Zogby | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

President Obama's remarks, last week, at the annual National Prayer Breakfast were theologically sound and politically smart. In spite of this, his comments set off a storm of criticism from conservative critics who took him to task for both his theology and his politics.

Theology in a Pluralistic Context

Martin Marty | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

That religion and theology are important topics is made clear in daily headlines and blogs. While they often deal with desperate and transcendent subjects, publics usually deal with them on micro scales. How, then, do we treat religion and theology when people of many faiths or no faiths or anti-faiths are greeted with a tense topic in the face of others who are not like them?

Who or What Is God?

Jim Burklo | Posted 02.02.2015 | Religion
Jim Burklo

The word God doesn't refer to God: it is God. It's not a concept to be believed. As was true for them, God is in us, and we are in God, simply by invoking the word.

When You Know Your 'Good Days' Are Numbered

Karen Zainal | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen Zainal

I believe there are few things more important to how we live our lives than contemplating the temporality, and fragility, of life on this side of eternity. Accepting the vanity of our present pursuits is the beginning of discovering our true purpose, and the true meaning of our lives.

Marcus Borg and the New Face of Christianity

Philip Clayton, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Philip Clayton, Ph.D.

Why was Marcus Borg an ally for those of us who look for, and seek to bring about, a more just and generous Christianity?

That Pastor Who's Now an Atheist Kind of Has a Point

Paul Wallace | Posted 01.07.2015 | Religion
Paul Wallace

I think Bell's onto something. Three somethings, really. First, he is right: It does take intellectual and emotional energy to believe in God. It's not at all easy to understand how God "fits into everything."

Unsettling Signs

Broderick Greer | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
Broderick Greer

To make the Sign of the Cross is to say that in Christ, God knows what it means to be oppressed to the point of death and that oppression of any form obscures the image of God within us.

Millet's Calf, a Newborn Jesus, God of Earth

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Maybe it's the way the light falls, illuminating the bed of straw like some upside-down and disheveled halo, all gold and shimmery, on which the baby lies - a baby cow, in this case.

Ding Dong Merrily: The Ridiculous Theology of Christmas Carols

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

This year, I've found myself focusing on the words of the songs rather than getting caught up in the emotion of them, and I can't believe what I've been singing all these years.

The Muslim, the Christian, and the Bull

Leona Foxx | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Leona Foxx

"My mother is Orthodox Christian and my father is Muslim," said my new friend, Ismail.

Race Matters in the Classroom

Deepak Sarma | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

I am successful when my students and conversation partners begin enclosing and confining these colonial categories in quotation marks, recognizing their construction and significance, historicizing them, disrupting them, and depriving them of their power.

How to Be Free in Faith Instead of a Slave to Religion-Made Certainty

Mick Mooney | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Fundamentalism pushes for conformity to their religious status quo, and that push is rarely seen by them for what it actually is: bulling and judging of others based on false, self-created assumptions.

'This Is What Theology Looks Like:' My Reflection on the 'Die-in' Protest at Emory

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion
Richard M. Weinberg

I've experienced many challenging and inspiring moments in my first semester as a student of Candler School of Theology at Emory University. None has been as equally challenging and inspiring than what transpired in recent days.

Not just LGBT Issues: Why Hundreds of Congregations Made Final Break With Mainline Denominations

David Briggs | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

In 2005, two congregations left the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In 2006, three churches departed. But the floodgates have lifted since then as decades-old tensions between liberals and conservatives have reached breaking points.

Theologians Ask How Christianity Is Changing

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Last weekend the Pacific Coast Theological Society (PCTS) celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary in Berkeley. We read the first papers presented by its founding members. Each one had the title "What is Essential in the Christian Religion," followed by a subtitle that more precisely described that author's project.

How Technology Changes Theology

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 12.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Indeed, technology -- like humanity and like God in process theology -- evolves. The challenge is that it's hard to determine when technology's evolution becomes a blessing and when it becomes a curse.

A New Enlightenment?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 12.30.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

In a recent PBS interview with Charlie Rose, 85-year old Harvard University professor emeritus of biology, E. O. Wilson, talked about his latest book, The Meaning of Human Existence, and what he calls "the new enlightenment."

Divine Wife-Beating and Three Things God's Wrath Cannot Be

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

God's wrath, properly understood, makes the good news about King Jesus truly moving. That is, we must understand that the wrath of God is most definitely not divine wife-beating, however poetic Piper thinks such a sentiment to be (yikes).

Future Pastors Will Get Science Training With This New $1.5 Million Grant

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Responding to a real or perceived gap between science and faith, 10 U.S. seminaries will receive a combined $1.5 million in grants to include sc...

The Secular Theologian

Thomas Moore | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Thomas Moore

If you were to visit Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone National Park and watch it spout its boiling spray on schedule, you might stand in awe and won...

God Redux II

Francis Levy | Posted 12.06.2014 | Science
Francis Levy

To have a spiritual life or not? That's not the question. It's how you populate or furnish it. Religious people cotton to the notion of a master plan...

Faith Perspectives for the UN Climate Summit: Ecotheology in GIFs

Carolyn Davis | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Carolyn Davis

The United Nations Climate Summit begins this week, and many of the marchers who flooded the streets of downtown New York came representing a multitude of faith traditions.