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The Protest Of Protestants Is Justified

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 02.02.2017 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

Nearly five-hundred years after Martin Luther awakened Protestantism with ninety-five theses, once again some are seeking to justify an influential tr...

Irreligious Illiteracy

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.29.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Every academic field laments popular ignorance of its area of study. Scholars of religion decry religious illiteracy, but did anyone ever think to bem...

Only A Minority Is Right

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

'It is possible that none of the religions are true, and it is absolutely impossible that more than one can be true.' -- Cicero, On the Nature of the...

Gospel of Wealth Preachers At Inauguration

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.16.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Pardon me. This piece is admittedly too clever by half, but then again, so is The Gospel of Wealth. Two preachers, male and female, both proponents o...

Humanists Integrate, Religionists Segregate

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.16.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Ancient and Renaissance Christian intellectuals claimed all that was beautiful and humane in pre-Christian Greek and Roman pagan literature was really...

Your 3 Big Relationship Questions and Opportunities for 2017

Robert Hall | Posted 01.08.2017 | Business
Robert Hall

Even the new physics tells us that matter is merely the manifestation of spirit, but spirit, consciousness, relationship itself is the real thing. We ...

Filthy Little Atheist

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.05.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

President Teddy Roosevelt called Thomas Paine a 'Filthy Little Atheist,' a phrase with as many errors in it as words, since Paine was fastidiously cle...

Little Things Can Make An Atheist

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.05.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

As I read deeper in the literature of unbelief and 'freethought' from the past three centuries, it is interesting to see 'Little Things' given as rea...

God Is 'Simply Incredible'

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.07.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Sociologists, psychologists, and religious scholars have pondered, pondered, pondered the reasons why tens of millions of modern Americans and Europea...

God Is Unconvincing To Smart Folks

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.02.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

As far as I can discover from interviews and from books, there are at least 21 reasons smart people find God unconvincing. Here are the 21 reasons, ex...

Faith = Credulity ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 11.29.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Is faith just a pretty word for credulity? Is a person of deep faith just a deeply credulous person? Is gullibility a mark of religiosity? If someone...

Christian 'Elect' Elect Trump !

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 11.16.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Independent Voter: 'Good people can be deceived, and even the elect of God can be deceived. (The 'elect' are those chosen by God for salvation.) Jes...

God Loves Trump !

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

It is very clear that God loves Trump, because Trump won the presidency. It's fairly clear that God does not love Hillary Clinton quite as much, maybe...

A Trump Christian ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Preach Love of Enemies But Never Do It Advise Forgiveness of Enemies But Never Do It Avoid Bible Passages Like Micha Loving Mercy Avoid Bible Passages...

Elephants, Grass, And Suffering: A Lutheran Homily For Election Season

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 10.25.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

"When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers". This proverb from Kenya is as true and relevant today as when the words were first spoken, perhaps thousands of years ago. When the most powerful among us conflict, the most vulnerable ultimately endure the most.

Jesus, Fully This And Fully That

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 10.23.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Three hundred years after Jesus left Palestine, Christian leaders held heated debates about his nature, rejecting some ideas about Jesus and finally s...

What is a Koan ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Koans are the special short questions of spiritual masters in the Chan and Zen traditions. (Chinese Chan became Japanese Zen). Some seventeen hundred...

Getting Ready for the High Holidays with Bruce Springsteen

Rabbi David Kalb | Posted 09.20.2016 | Entertainment
Rabbi David Kalb

On September 14, Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band completed the River Tour in Foxborough, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium. On August 30th, the Band finished their three-night run at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands, in Bruce's beloved home state of New Jersey.

What is Marriage ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Surveying world religions and cultures, marriage can be described as a life-long agreement between two or more people typically involving three commit...

Advice to Young Ph.D.s in Religious Studies

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Circumstances may have changed. But in 1993 when I earned a newly minted Ph.D., a senior scholar gave me the following advice: "As a freshly minted...

A Rabbi in a Muslim House of Mourning

Rabbi David Kalb | Posted 08.29.2016 | Religion
Rabbi David Kalb

When tragedies happen, people want to know why they occur. During such harrowing times, answers are incredibly difficult to come by, and as well-meaning as they are, people inadvertently provide meaningless or hurtful answers.

What is a Cult ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

The word 'cult' is never benign in religious terminology as it is in the world of art, where Johnny Stonenoggin filmster extraordinaire may cult-ivate...

Why The Universe Has Wiggle Room

Shayne Looper | Posted 08.22.2016 | Religion
Shayne Looper

Through the very act of creation, God made room for his creatures and conferred upon them the dignity of having their own place and the authority to shape it.

Choosing a College for a Common Good

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 08.04.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

Before asking "where" or even "how much will it cost", perhaps it is most worthwhile to first consider "why" when choosing a college. Why college? For starters, one should challenge the common assumption that campuses are mere four-year corridors to higher wages, elevated social status, and comfortable lifestyles.

What is the End of the World ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Every year of the calendar, for ages and ages, up to and including this year, there have been religious persons convinced that the end of the world wa...