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Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

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A Spiritual Solution to Religious and Racial Violence

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | September 16, 2014 | Religion
On a deep and genuine level, people of the various faiths have to accept that God has given multiple ways in which people can serve, worship, and reunite with him. We have to start to honestly feel this way and not just recite it.
Pete Enns

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The Bible's Violent God Isn't

Pete Enns | September 16, 2014 | Religion
There's no escaping the fact that Christians who take the Bible as a God-given dependable, trustworthy, and accurate source of information about God have some thinking to do.
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

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God's Guide to Conflict Resolution

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | September 16, 2014 | Religion
If an Environmental Studies teacher is afraid to talk about climate change because of potential conflict, our planet is in deeper trouble than we think. So to face my own fear, I decided to write about the religious response to climate change.
Alissa Stern

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Being Present

Alissa Stern | September 16, 2014 | Travel
In some cultures, wearing local dress and participating in local ceremonies is not appreciated. And even in Bali, there are some ceremonies that are off-limits to outsiders. But in many Balinese communities, as in many communities elsewhere, the opposite is true.
Stephen D. Smith

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Anti-Semitism: Know It. Name It. Shame It.

Stephen D. Smith | September 16, 2014 | Politics
There is talk of a "new anti-Semitism" sweeping the globe, but all I see is the same irrational hatred aimed at the same perplexed victims, who are once again left wondering what has energized such bile.
Tom Krattenmaker

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Why Climate Change Concerns Pro-Life Christians

Tom Krattenmaker | September 15, 2014 | Religion
Evangelicals are addressing myriad threats to life, from poverty and slavery to genocide. If the life movement can devote itself to fighting these, can't it also confront the threat to our life-giving water -- and compel the small- and large-scale actions that will conserve it for human beings today and tomorrow?
Ben Daniel

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Scottish Independence: The Spiritual Implications

Ben Daniel | September 15, 2014 | Religion
I watched as several members of my home church left for Nicaragua. They went to build houses and schools and to see first-hand what was happening in that small and war-torn nation.
Martin Marty

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Hillsong

Martin Marty | September 15, 2014 | Religion
This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School. "Hillsong." Never heard of Hillsong, the Australian Pentecostal megachurch? Readers of the New York...
Howard J. Curzer

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Impossible Ideals

Howard J. Curzer | September 15, 2014 | Religion
Ideals are tools, and tools can be misused. The unscrupulous use them to bilk people. "Buy my diet drug, and you'll look like Barbie." "Buy my book and master mindfulness in 6 weeks."
Sister Barbara Brillant

All Hell Has Broken Loose in Liberia

Sister Barbara Brillant | September 15, 2014 | Religion
The fear of Ebola threatens to undermine our efforts over the last decade. During the war, you could at least hear the bullets, and you knew when to duck. Ebola is different. It's a silent killer that can spread without people even knowing.
Qasim Rashid

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The Key to Defeating ISIS

Qasim Rashid | September 15, 2014 | Religion
ISIS is bad ideology and the best cure for bad ideas are better ideas. The obvious question, therefore, is does a superior version of Islam exist today and if so, where is it?
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

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Blessing Those Who Have Cursed Us

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | September 15, 2014 | Religion
It is certainly curious that we would decorate baby nurseries with images from the story of Noah's Ark. The smiling elephants in the comically tiny boat must always be blocking out the mass of humanity and animal life drowning under a seemingly never-ending deluge.
Thom Nickels

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From Homeless Man to Orthodox Monk?

Thom Nickels | September 15, 2014 | Religion
RJ, the homeless guy who opens doors for people at the local WAWA, looks like an Orthodox monk. I've never told him this, but this realization dawned on me a few weeks ago as I made my way along Aramingo Avenue, suitcase in hand, on my way to the bus...
Shane Claiborne

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Ferguson, Dr. King And The Non-Violent Uprising

Shane Claiborne | September 15, 2014 | Religion
We need to learn from Ferguson so that we will be prepared for the Fergusons of the future. We can prepare ourselves and our communities to respond to violence without letting it overtake us. We can fight evil without becoming evil. We can find the third way that is neither fight nor flight.
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

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Intense Beginnings

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | September 14, 2014 | Religion
Transitions prompt anxiety. Combinations of transitions can be simply overwhelming. Imagine what it must have been for the Israelites about to enter the land, the community they have created together barely coalescing.
Clay Farris Naff

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Is It Time for Government to Recognize the Rights of Pastafarians?

Clay Farris Naff | September 13, 2014 | Religion
Whether or not you think the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a joke, the stakes are quite serious. Indeed, they go right to the heart of two essential questions: What is nature of religion, and what is the role of government?
Ron Kronish

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The Catholic Church in Jerusalem and its Role as a Peacemaker

Ron Kronish | September 15, 2014 | Religion
I will admit that not all members of the Israeli establishment viewed Patriarch Sabbah as a peacemaker. However, I always encountered him as a man of peace and dialogue, and have always had great respect for his leadership.
William B. Bradshaw

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What Happened to Sin

William B. Bradshaw | September 13, 2014 | Religion
People around the world are suffering more now than at any time in my lifetime, and probably much longer. But the peoples of the world, including we who live in and love the United States, have become increasingly permissive and secular.
James Zogby

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Ted Cruz: The Dangers of Not Listening

James Zogby | September 13, 2014 | Politics
It is generally known that Ted Cruz can be a demagogue, a quality that makes him immensely disliked by his colleagues. He is also considered to be quite bright and calculating. And so as I have attempted to understand why he did what he did, two distinct scenarios come to mind.
John Dear

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Take the High Road to Peace

John Dear | September 13, 2014 | Politics
War never brings peace, it always sows the seeds for future wars. War can't stop terrorism because war is terrorism and always breeds further terrorist attacks. ISIS is the natural consequence of 23 years of U.S. war and occupation in Iraq. Bombing ISIS will not work; it will only lead to further violence and death.
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