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Can Anything Good Come From Charleston? Ferguson? Nazareth?

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 07.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

There is a theology of geography. There is a connection between space and fate. There is something unspoken that connects destiny with places, places with people. Towns and cities do not surface with notoriety. Situations or quite often the deeds of people precipitate such famous or infamous states.

Rethinking the Creeds - Do Christians Have to Believe All That Stuff?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 07.14.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

So powerful was the Christian belief in belief, that in some eras, heresy - incorrect belief - could get you burned at the stake. But now, according to Harvard professor and theologian Harvey Cox, the age-old Christian belief in belief is becoming a thing of the past: the Age of Belief is over.

Jeremiah Wright's Words Hauntingly Relevant Today

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

Although Obama distanced himself from Rev. Wright in order to help his chances of winning the election, the fact of the matter is that Wright's message of the pervasiveness of racism was spot on... and it still is.

The New Gay America

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 07.06.2015 | Impact
Arzu Kaya Uranli

I haven't come across any statistics showing how Muslim Americans approach the topic of gay marriage, but my experience tells me that there are diverse opinions about it.

Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder - But What If There Is No Beholder?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Something big and white and cloudy was lurking in the steep canyon below our house. I stood up from my computer and peered out the window for a better look. It was flowering tree, growing wild.

White Gods and Black Devils: The Rhetoric of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner-Pt. 1

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

Henry McNeal Turner's writing focused on much during the post reconstruction period. One of the first major debates Turner found himself in was on African missions and emigration.

We've Been Thinking About God All Wrong

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.29.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

The religious news is a wake up call -- but not to a retrenchment of past practices; but a radical reassessment of the way we talk about God.

Accountability For Anti-Intellectualism: Three Changes That Will Help Christianity Reverse Its Decline

Crystal Lewis | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Crystal Lewis

The unsavory truth is that a large number of people leave organized Christianity because they are unable to find an adequate bridge between faith and reason within church walls.

Religion, Catechism, and Parables

Catherine Nagle | Posted 05.11.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

Catechism classes were part of the Catholic education I received. But regardless of how much we know about religion, isn't it the same truth that we all come to sooner or later?

An Interview with Brad Jersak, Author of A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 05.07.2015 | Religion
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

I've known Brad Jersak for about ten years, and I've long been struck by his ability to deploy the tools of a scholar to distill the most profound ideas from a given theological topic or problem.

Actors of Love

Catherine Nagle | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

A few years ago, I met Carlos Espinosa, the founder of Holy Wood Acting Studio in California, and commented on one of his video blogs. I was struck by his wisdom and passion for opening an acting studio in California that is faith-based.

Grace in the Media

Martin Marty | Posted 06.28.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Now and then we do stop to notice some of this "soft news," which surfaces in explicitly religious comment and, shall we call it, "theology," which is what it is.

Who Better to Teach the White Man Than the American Indian?

Cindy Brandt | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

This is an interview with Dr. Randy Woodley, a Keetoowah Cherokee Indian descendent, serving as Distinguished Associate Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at George Fox Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

Is Barth on the Mark?

Rev. Peter E. Bauer | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter E. Bauer

Like everyone, Karl Barth is limited to his historical and cultural and political context, but like all great theologians, he has the capacity to speak to universal ideals, morals and beliefs.

Searching for Sunday and Finding Home: An Interview With Rachel Held Evans

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 06.14.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

Rachel Held Evans just released her latest book, Searching For Sunday, with Thomas Nelson. It's an excellent foray into the church's current cultural moment, seen through the lens of Rachel's own journey from evangelicalism.

Race and the Fabric of Faith: A Timely Letter From Universities and Seminaries

Jack Levison | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Jack Levison

Last week, the Presidents and Deans of America's 13 United Methodist Seminaries -- representing over 5,000 seminarians, including over 1,000 African-Americans -- wrote a thoughtful open letter outlining a vision from which all of us, whatever our faith tradition, can learn.

Fifty Shades of God: Does Easter Week Affirm Our Violent Desires?

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Have we made God into a monster? And as a result, have we taken the holiest of weeks in the Christian year and dressed it up as a celebration of bloody, violent sacrifice?

5 Things Blogging Taught Me About the Bible

Cindy Brandt | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Crafting my own words has helped me ponder the process in which the Biblical writings have come to be in the following five ways. I hope it provides an alternative viewpoint through which we can study and appreciate the Bible.

Made in the Image of God: Art, Feminist Theology and Caroline Mackenzie

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

My theological writings arise from my personal journey through faith and doubt, difficulties and joys. Many of our encounters with God inform our theology, make us who we are, and shape our living. I position my writings to reflect this part of my life that I try to live out as faithfully as I can.

The Execution of a Graduate: Struggles From Candler School of Theology

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

The Candler School of Theology taught me that I was learning in order to give life to others. Today, I am struggling with the value of such education when the state is preparing to kill one of the graduates. How could this happen? Where were we? Maybe we were in prison when she was there.

The Communion Table Is Open

Tom F. Driver | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Tom F. Driver

The rear door of the chapel opened, and in came a man wearing a chef's hat and pushing a food cart loaded with hot dogs and beer. Coming down the center aisle, he called out in a loud voice: "Free food!" To me, that's what Communion is all about.

When Is Grace Enough?

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 04.27.2015 | 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 04.23.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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 04.16.2015 | 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.