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Does Your Dog Have a Soul?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 04.13.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Julie Barton calls Bunker her soulmate. They were as emotionally close as a dog and a person can be. But, to hear Barton tell it, there was more than just friendship going on here between dog and human. There was healing.

The Scandal of God's Criminal Justice Is Forgiveness

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 04.12.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

The following is taken from a homily given in Christ Chapel, on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) on April 11, 2016. The assigne...

Climate Change: Theological Considerations

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 04.11.2016 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

This would not be the first time that theological revisioning has been called for throughout history; seismic shifts in political and economic realms have called into question theological beliefs which previously brought people some modicum of comfort and certainty.

A Violent God is a Fiction

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 03.30.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

An image of God has power to come back upon the image-maker as an agent of real-world activity. An image of God, portrayed with a specific human trait, will burnish and amplify that very trait in a person.

The Best (and Worst) of Characters --Theology and Madam Secretary

Brent A. Strawn | Posted 03.25.2016 | Religion
Brent A. Strawn

Now I must admit that initially I found all this goodness rather refreshing. But almost immediately I started doubting it. I mean, good is one thing, but too good? "These are the perfect people," I said to my wife after one episode wrapped up, "I'm not buying it."

On God, Racism and Terrorism

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 03.25.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

Why doesn't God do something? Not just about terrorism and the capacity of human beings to destroy each other, but why doesn't God do something abou...

God Stages an Ecological Intervention

Robert 'Robin' Gottfried | Posted 03.23.2016 | Religion
Robert 'Robin' Gottfried

Photo credit: Pixabay A male polar bear kills a cub despite the best efforts of its mother to protect it. A landslide wipes out another village in Gu...

What Is Mysticism?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 03.21.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Mysticism. noun. A feeling of God's presence -- without media. There are two types of theistic personnel. One is intellectualist and grasps God t...

I'm a Christian Theologian Who Came Out to My Church

Brandan Robertson | Posted 03.16.2016 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

Last year, after much study and prayer, I came out in an article in TIME Magazine as queer for the first time, because I was convinced that my Christian faith and interpretation of the Bible led me to fully embrace sexual and gender minorities as equal, beautiful children of God.

Male Headship Theology Enables Abusers

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 03.15.2016 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

Most complementarians (supporters of patriarchal male headship) argue that domestic abuse has nothing to do with their theology.

Why Me, Lord? My Conversion Experience

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.15.2016 | Religion
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

In the film I Origins, as a skeptical scientist reels from a series of supernatural experiences that defy everything he has lived and learned, his wif...

What Kinds of Miracles?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 03.14.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

From An Opinionated Dictionary of Religion at uponreligion.com. Miracle. noun. An event unexplained by natural causes, performed to authenticate a gi...

A Review of Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife by Ruth A. Tucker

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 03.07.2016 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife is Dr. Ruth Tucker's story of living in, and escaping from domestic violence. Dr. Tucker recounts her sto...

Is Religion From Outer Space?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 03.07.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

It is another issue completely when someone draws a religion out of the whole UFO universe. But this was indeed done, beginning in the latter half of the 1900s.

I Don't Need to Be Saved

Steve Austin | Posted 03.03.2016 | Religion
Steve Austin

Do we really have to agree on every point to acknowledge the salvation of the other? Do I really need to be saved just because I have gay friends?

A Fresh Rendering of Mark's Gospel

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 03.02.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Here's an American English rendering of the first story ever written about Jesus (see uponreligion.com for more).

Donald Trump Loves these Bible Verses-- Right?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 03.01.2016 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Here are just a few of Donald Trump's favorite Bible Quotes, he often uses them. I'm sure that is why so many evangelicals are voting for him.  B...

Stumbling Through Lent: I Don't Know How to Pray -- And Neither Does Barbara Brown Taylor

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 02.29.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Barbara Brown Taylor -- professor, author, theologian, Episcopal priest and a woman TIME magazine once designated one of the world's most influential people -- seems to be as flummoxed by the prayer question as I am.

Certainly I Believe in God, But...

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 05.18.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Certainly revisionists believe in God, but the word 'God' means something very different in the revisionist's mouth.

Dehumanization Is Our Weapon of Mass Destruction

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 02.29.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that ...

The Divine Leans Left? Apparently -- But Slightly, And Just For Now

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb | Posted 02.29.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

This resonant biblical passage comes from this week's Torah portion, Ki Tissa. After the Golden Calf, Moses climbed Sinai again; wanting to see God's face, he can only apprehend God's "backside," God's "goodness" -- revealed through thirteen attributes (middot).

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 02.26.2016 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

"Hope is a choice." I was reminded of that recently. Hard work has its place, believe me I know, but if our ultimate trust is absolute productivity, then Christ's leadership becomes suggestive not authoritative.

Homosexuality vs. Christianity

Donovan Thompson | Posted 02.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Donovan Thompson

I have made the choice to fight for my relationship with God despite the efforts of extremists who yearn to replace love with hate.

Christianity Is Transhumanism

Micah Redding | Posted 02.19.2016 | Religion
Micah Redding

Christianity is transhumanism. It's not just that they are compatible. Christianity is a distinctly transhumanist viewpoint that sprung up in the fir...

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.