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What Are Letters From the Damned ?

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

Is Your Faith Water or Cement?

Steve Austin | Posted 04.15.2016 | Religion
Steve Austin

Every person of faith must choose if faith is water or cement in their lives. That choice is sometimes a lifetime in the making. A faith that is cement is meant to be absolute, definable, tangible, and - most importantly - defendable.

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 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...