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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 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.

A Valentine for the Single Christian

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 02.10.2016 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

It seems that being single in the church is a difficult situation these days. Many churches have made marriage and family somewhat of an idol. There have probably been millions of sermons delivered on dating, courting, marriage, waiting for marriage, etc.

Dominion Over Nature and Environmental Crises - Time for Another Look

Robert 'Robin' Gottfried | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Robert 'Robin' Gottfried

Unfortunately, it appears that we humans have not paid much attention to what God has tried to tell us, anymore than Israel's kings did. We love to talk about controlling nature and attempt to do so in almost every aspect of our lives.

Who -- Or What -- Is Being Saved?

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

About a year ago, I began a new ministry in a nearby neighborhood. Not wanting to muscle in on anyone else's turf and hoping to perhaps network with others in the area, I researched what else was going on around me.

Enfold Science in Theological Arms

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

'Quarkism' is a wholly fake term that I just made up, though it gestures to real neotheological experiments and represents a type of religious accommodationism that could be viewed with considerable suspicion.

From Apartheid to Accompaniment States of America

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

This reflection is written from South Africa, where the author is currently co-teaching "The Struggle to Be Well", a study-away course offered by Gust...

A Brief Overview of Islamic Theology

Rafee Al-Mansur | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
Rafee Al-Mansur

Basically, 99% of Islam is the belief that there is One Supreme Being and Creator that is entirely other than the universe, and upon which the entirety of the universe is dependent.

Racism and Christianity -- Interview With Drew G.I. Hart

Jamie Arpin-Ricci | Posted 01.14.2016 | Religion
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

Sadly, as a Christian, I kept finding that many white Christian leaders were dismissing, minimizing and even out-right denying the realities of the problems we faced and the responsibility we have to address these issues.

Why Protestants Argue Over Whether Muslims Worship the Same God

Matthew D. Taylor | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
Matthew D. Taylor

Professor Hawkins has stumbled upon another of those theological landmines in the evangelical world: a belief that is rarely mentioned, widely held, little considered, and provokes a fight as soon as it surfaces.

Is God Still Speaking?

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

How narrowly should a Christian college set the parameters for theological fidelity for its faculty? While this question is one that often concerns many conservative evangelical schools, a current situation is again raising the question publicly.

When Gender Theology Is Divisive, and Why That's Okay

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

I will continue to call out gender injustice, and pray that the church unites in the Spirit of justice and equality.

Gifts Not Chains: Epiphany Wisdom for Foreign Aid (Matthew 2:1-12)

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

As rigorous debates surround the ethics and oversight of foreign assistance endeavors, one of the more innovative contributions to this important conversation was produced by South Africa's renowned theologian, the late Steve de Gruchy.

Who Goes to Hell?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Hell is a grave subject. Everyone is going there according to the doctrines of one religion or another. No one of us is safe. And for a few religions, every one of us has already been to hell.

For Christians, Does Being Pro-Life Lead More Souls to Hell?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.23.2015 | Weird News
Zoltan Istvan

From a strictly biblical point of view, being born on Earth is a test. All our actions will eventually be judged by an omnipotent God who will determine whether we go to heaven or hell. Our deeds, sinful or not, determine where we spend eternity.

How You Can Tap Into Your Spirituality -- Tonight

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 12.21.2015 | OWN

With more and more people identifying themselves as "spiritual, not religious," the path to connecting with a higher power has become a deeply persona...

20 Ways To Think About God

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Humanity as a whole has never ever agreed about Who or What or Whether God is.