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Andrew Z. Cohen

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Are You Thinking Your Own Thoughts?

Andrew Z. Cohen | June 12, 2012 | Religion
Are you thinking your own thoughts? Are you living your own lives?
Tehmina Kazi

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Forced Marriages Undermine the Values of Islam

Tehmina Kazi | June 12, 2012 | UK Politics
Last week, the Home Office closed their three-month consultation on the criminalisation of forced marriage. When I initially posted the consultation document in the Facebook group for my organisation, British Muslims for Secular Democracy, there were cries of shock that forced marriage was not already a criminal offence. The right to choose who you will live with, sleep with, eat with and possibly raise children with, for the rest of your life, is as basic a right as they come. Violations of this right are not only disastrous for the individuals involved, but they undermine values that are fundamental to British society and Islam itself.
Randall Balmer

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My Meeting with Thomas Kinkade

Randall Balmer | June 12, 2012 | Religion
I wrote after my visit with the artist. "Who among us wouldn't like to catch a glimpse of that world from time to time, to picture life before the fall?"
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

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Believing in Magic on Passover

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld | June 12, 2012 | Religion
I recently read in the New York Times about a study of Princeton University Students who actually believed that they had an impact on the Super Bowl merely by thinking about the game. How ridiculous is that?!
John Morton

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Money: A Reflection of Our Relationship with God

John Morton | June 12, 2012 | Healthy Living
Through my faith and trust in God, I know God is the source of my wealth. "In God We Trust" is printed on American primary monetary system. When we have that trust in God, the infinite power of good, there is great peace, calm and a sense of blessing in our life.
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

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Faith and Values Inspired Investments

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | June 12, 2012 | Religion
Both the Jewish and Christian communities from their earliest documents display a debate about with the foundational questions of ownership, agency, interest and usury. The Holy Quran also offers some unique teachings.
Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman

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Crossing the Sea on the Seventh Day of Pesach

Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman | June 12, 2012 | Religion
Every person at some point has a vision of what they would like to accomplish in life, what their true beliefs are and what their innate potential could achieve if activated. To translate that vision into reality is one of our main struggles.
Mike Ghouse

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A Muslim's Easter

Mike Ghouse | June 12, 2012 | Religion
I was dunked at the same baptismal spot in the river Jordan, a symbolic gesture of transformation and following Jesus. Thank God, the Baptist minister agreed to customize the recitation for me.
Jose A. Gutierrez-Solana

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Papal Visit to Cuba: Two Points of View

Jose A. Gutierrez-Solana | June 12, 2012 | Latino Voices
Another important issue to consider is that the multitude that crowded the plazas in Santiago and Havana were in grand part organized and obligated to attend the event, as part of their day of labor. The lack of enthusiasm during the celebration was notorious.
Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.

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The Tale of the Confused Christian Calendars

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. | June 12, 2012 | Religion
While western Christians have completed their celebrations of the Lenten season and Easter, eastern Christians are just gearing up for their own. How did that happen?
KidSpirit

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Finding the Mystic Life in All of Us

KidSpirit | June 12, 2012 | Religion
I believe that mystical practice may involve greater religious devotion because it eliminates all the superfluous elements.
Paul Wallace

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How to Reconcile Science and Religion

Paul Wallace | June 12, 2012 | Religion
If one approaches science and religion as logical systems that must be rationally reconciled, then reconciliation is really hard.
Rabbi Rachel Gartner

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Leave Newsweek's Top 50 Rabbis List in Mitzrayim

Rabbi Rachel Gartner | June 12, 2012 | Religion
As Passover 2012 ends, let's finally break the bonds, and liberate ourselves from Top Rabbis lists. America has enough idols. Let's smash this one (the list, not the rabbis).
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

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Ask Pastor Paul: We Are An Atheist and A Jew -- How Should We Raise Our Daughter?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | June 12, 2012 | Religion
Whatever you do, don't make your daughter the battleground of your (a)theological debate.
Jim Wallis

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Listening for the Voice of Aslan

Jim Wallis | June 12, 2012 | Politics
Instead of voting for the candidates, the parties, and the Super-PACs, a new generation of believers will be voting for their values, their friends, and their own voices -- voting for us. And that is hopeful to me.
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

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Courage Impacts History

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | June 12, 2012 | Religion
Thousands of people of all races cried out for justice for Trayvon Martin. We did not know all of the facts, but we sensed that the dynamics of race in America were at play. We blogged, petitioned, donned our hoodies, and we prayed.
Nate Phelps

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Life After the Westboro Baptist Church

Nate Phelps | June 12, 2012 | Gay Voices
I was amazed to discover that the insidious ideas I held about the LGBT community dissipated as I got to know the individuals that made up that group. I learned that the best way to destroy a prejudice was to have the courage to encounter those we have learned to prejudge.
R. Andrew Chesnut

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Santa Muerte: The Skeleton Saint's Deadly American Debut (PHOTOS)

R. Andrew Chesnut | June 12, 2012 | Religion
Having studied the cult of Saint Death on both sides of the border for the past three years, I feel compelled to respond to this abominable act perpetrated in the name of the Bony Lady.
Ruth Eglash

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New Association Gives Religion Journalism a Boost

Ruth Eglash | June 12, 2012 | Media
Boosting the importance of religion reporting and advocating support for those prevented or persecuted for writing about it was a point that almost all those present agreed to be an essential element of the International Association of Religion Journalists' mission.
Scott Cairns

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Easter and Pascha: 3 Poems

Scott Cairns | June 12, 2012 | Religion
Bearing in mind that much of the church is already leaning in to its "Good Passover," I offer this trio of poems to wish you all a Kalo Anastasi, a very "Good Resurrection."
Rabbi Joshua Hess

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Thank You, Roger Goodell, for Choosing the Bible Over Kant

Rabbi Joshua Hess | June 12, 2012 | Religion
Perhaps Mickey Loomis, Sean Payton, Greg Williams and the rest of the Saints' coaching staff are modern day equivalents of rebellious elders. Maybe they are not. Either way, Goodell understands this and his punishments are designed to make sure that this will never happen again.
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

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The Science of Compassion: A Conversation With Professor David DeSteno

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | June 12, 2012 | Religion
Compassion, like all emotions, is a feeling state that serves as an engine for action. Once we feel an emotion, it increases the likelihood that we'll engage in certain behaviors.
Paul Hunting

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Authentic Leadership -- To Be Or Not To Be?

Paul Hunting | June 12, 2012 | Religion
If leadership is not authentic, then what is it? It may be called leadership, but it cannot be.
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

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Catholic Anger! (Web Version)

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | June 12, 2012 | Religion
No matter what you write, there are Catholics ready to take immediate offense, to explode in righteous anger, to threaten to report you to the proper authorities or, most of all, to correct.
David Kersh

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Tough Passover Questions: How Can We Accept Killing Innocent Lives to Attain Freedom?

David Kersh | June 12, 2012 | Religion
For 44 years I have read, pretended to read, heard, slept through or spaced out through the reading of the Haggadah. For some reason, this time around, I seemed to focus on how screwy and shocking it was that the final action to attain freedom involved a low blow.
John Shore

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'She's Pulled The Plug On Her Own Son, Whom I Love. Help?'

John Shore | June 12, 2012 | Religion
I want to fight for this child, but there's nothing I can do because he's not my flesh and blood. How do I keep from hating his mother?
Rainn Wilson

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The Titanic's Forgotten "Survivor"

Rainn Wilson | June 12, 2012 | Culture
One hundred years ago the "unsinkable" Titanic sank into the North Atlantic. The tragedy has made for some epic storytelling. One of the most extraordinary stories is that of a 68-year-old Persian who wasn't, it turns out, actually on the ill-fated vessel, but was supposed to be.
Ross Murray

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Where Are the Pro-LGBT Religious Voices in Mainstream Media?

Ross Murray | June 12, 2012 | Religion
With all this support among religious people, why don't Americans get to hear LGBT-affirming messages from some of them? They are crowded out by the same extreme voices over and over again.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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5 Tips for Running With the Mind of Meditation

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche | June 12, 2012 | Religion
When I began running, naturally I found myself applying the principles of meditation to my exercise. When we relate to our mind and body and allow them to harmonize, we feel more alive and strong.
Cara Santa Maria

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'Monkey Bill' Becomes Law, Imperils Science In Tennessee

Cara Santa Maria | July 23, 2012 | Science
We live in the 21st century, the century of biotechnology. Without an appropriate understanding of evolution, students will be at a disadvantage in the workforce. And without an understanding of anthropogenic climate change, how can we expect Tennessee children to grow up to become members of an informed electorate?