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The Nature of Creativity, Nature And Delight

Robert 'Robin' Gottfried | Posted 07.25.2016 | Religion
Robert 'Robin' Gottfried

Photo credit: Pixabay When we think of names people give God, Creativity usually doesn't come to mind. Yet scripture scholars say that God's most fun...

What Is An Atheist ?

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

"So shall I do to the freshest things now reigning, and make stale the glistering of this present" (TIME, as the Chorus in The Winter's Tale by Shakes...

A Theology That Includes Anger

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 07.14.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

It's all right to be angry. In fact, it's normal to be angry and healthy to admit it. A young woman called me recently. She was angry over the...

Single Work Appreciation Day: "Les Migrants," Michel Suret-Canale

Daniel Maidman | Posted 07.10.2016 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

"Les Migrants", oil on canvas, 30 cm x 30 cm, june 2016 This is a new painting by French artist Michel Suret-Canale. It is called "Les Migrants," or ...

Beyond Divestment: Global Warming, Trauma And The Call For Pastoral Care

Wayne Meisel | Posted 06.21.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

For many who champion divestment, it is seen as something both symbolic and substantial. For those who argue against divesting, a key argument is that investing is a way to maintain a voice and influence discovery and innovation around cleaner forms of energy.

What is Salvation?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Salvation. noun. In the West, rescuing few. In the East, rescuing all. Any religion that assigns to humans one lifetime and also insists that bel...

Orlando: How Our Ideology Is Killing Us

Robert Hall | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Robert Hall

Our enemy's beliefs and connected actions threaten our safety and our way of life. Our failure to connect our beliefs to the higher purpose of constructive relationships blocks our attempts to respond with holistic, strategic action. It is time to Relationship-up!

In the Wake of Orlando, It is Okay to Change Your Mind

Abby Norman | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Abby Norman

It was the suicide rate that stopped my theology dead in its tracks. While only 4.6 percent of the total U.S. population attempts suicide, 30-40 perce...

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...

The "Wahhh!", the Chant, and the Club: Football as Religious Experience

Chris Fici | Posted 06.06.2016 | Sports
Chris Fici

For all the sturm-und-drang and hands to the heavens about the decline and downfall of religion in the 21st Century, I'm here to say everything is qui...

What is the Devil?

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

From An Opinionated Dictionary of Religion at DEVIL. Noun. A felon on license from God to wreak havoc on Earth. The notion that u...

A Good Thing about That Emoji Bible

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

One of my favorite questions as a Bible-scholar-lady is "So, what's the best translation?" I love this question not only because it opens the door to ...

Good and Evil in the Way We Look at Things

Jonah C. Steinberg | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Jonah C. Steinberg

Do you consider the good and ill you experience as being correlated with your own goodness or mischief? It's a strong proclivity in humankind, the te...

The Economics of the Eucharist: What the Bible Really Says About Communing Unworthily

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 06.01.2016 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Perhaps no other passage of Scripture has contributed more to pious anxiety than what Paul wrote about the Eucharist in his first letter to the Corinthians, "For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment upon himself..." (1 Cor. 11.29).

Letters From the Damned

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

From Cro-Magnon Woman in Hell: You always hear about Cro-Magnon Man, and I just want everyone to know there were women too amongst us Cromies. All o...

Wicked Theology

Greg Carey | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion
Greg Carey

Let's be honest. All Christians interpret Scripture in conversation with their social and political commitments.

A Doctor and a Pastor Walk into a Pub

Ryan Phipps | Posted 06.27.2016 | Religion
Ryan Phipps

I talk to so many people who have the same hangups with scripture. And this is okay. In fact, I'd say it's healthy. If you have everything about God figured out because of words you've read on a page, you are in a very, very dangerous place in your beliefs.

What Is Revelation?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 05.22.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Revelation, classically understood. noun. Concealed information, inaccessible to unaided human intelligence, requiring supernatural disclosure through oracular and literary media, and occurring long ago. There are three problems with the classic idea of revelation, expressible in three sets of questions.

Death Education

Estefania Lamas-Hernandez | Posted 05.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Estefania Lamas-Hernandez

In a 1978 death education course designed by Professor Edwin Stefan at the Church of God-affiliated Findlay University, a post-course survey revealed that half of his students felt more comfortable about their death.

What is Bittul ha-Tamid?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Bittul ha-tamid. noun. Taking a break from religion, for moral reasons. There has always been an element of protest in Hebrew religiosity. We can pic...

Give the Department of Peace a Chance

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

In February of 2009 the U.S. House of Representatives heard H.R. 808 (first introduced in July of 2001, just months before the Twin Towers fell in New...

What is it to Build a Better Idea of God?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Might theists welcome atheist critiques of God and make a better idea of God?

The Trinity and Social Capital, or, Some Benefits of Teaching Theology in a Liberal Arts Curriculum

Devin Singh | Posted 04.27.2016 | Religion
Devin Singh

What place do theological, confessional, and other religiously normative texts have in a secular, liberal arts curriculum? This is a longstanding deba...

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.

Interrogative Love: On Faith and Academia

Jacob J. Erickson | Posted 04.19.2016 | Religion
Jacob J. Erickson

Asking someone about faith can be a dangerous exercise because, for one thing, they might actually tell you something (whether you actually wanted to ...