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Atonement

Jesus Is Dying to Be Inclusive, So Why Aren't We?

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

Jesus died to be inclusive. So why is the church so bent on being exclusive?

Valentine's Day Gifts - Living Wills, Advance Directives, DNRs

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Two of the most notable books published in the U.S. in 2013 "trouble" readers with medical, ethical, moral, emotional, psychological and legal struggles that arise when a loved one is succumbing to insidious pain and irreversible incapacity.

On Yom Kippur, Pride Is a Mitzvah

Jonathan D. Lovitz | Posted 11.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Jonathan D. Lovitz

A few years back, during my Logo TV days, I was asked to be Grand Marshal of Orlando Pride. This was a huge honor for me. However, that year torrential rain forced Pride to be moved a month later -- smack dab on Yom Kippur. Oy vey!

Why We Read Sarah and Hagar at Rosh Hashana: On the Abuse of Power

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

Every year on Rosh Hashana, Jews worldwide read about Abraham and Sarah's casting out of Hagar and Ishmael into the wilderness. And every year, I have felt profoundly uncomfortable with it.

A Prayer of Atonement

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

From the point of view of the Jewish American community, we take responsibility for ourselves and each other and know we are all in this together. Looking back at the past year, we pray.

Is God Angry? Depends On How You Sing It

USA Today | Bob Smietana | Posted 08.18.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The dispute over dropping a beloved Christian song from a new Presbyterian hymnal has widened into a multi-denominational tussle, with Baptists ...

Soul Poison

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Acknowledging the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion seems at once crucial and meaningless. The Iraq war is "over" but in fact it has just moved elsewhere. How do we get the poison out of our system? As long as it's present, we'll go to war again.

First Nighter: Rowan Atkinson, Helen Mirren, Terrific Others Occupy London-Theater Hot Seats

David Finkle | Posted 05.05.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Due to one of those odd coincidences, theater at the moment seems to be about chairs. Rowan Atkinson sits in a relatively comfy one throughout the flawless revival of Simon Gray's Quartermaine's Terms, at Wyndham's.

The Wright/Knightley Trilogy

Nikola Stepić | Posted 04.24.2013 | Entertainment
Nikola Stepić

Anna Karenina, one of last year's most talked-about productions, is a product of a longstanding friendship between a director and his muse. The relationship between Knightley and Wright harks back to that 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Then came 2007's Atonement.

5 Books Every Sophisticated College Man Should Read

Shawn Binder | Posted 12.31.2012 | Teen
Shawn Binder

If you're reading this, there is a damn good chance you're in college. If so, I hope you're extending your intellectual pursuits beyond keg stands.

Atonement Blues: Breaking the Yom Kippur Fast With 'Breaking Bad'

Loren-Paul Caplin | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Loren-Paul Caplin

In "Breaking Bad," every episode is a day of atonement, if not for each character as it often is, it is for me. I rarely walk away from watching an episode feeling ebullient.

Atonement for Atonement's Sake

Lauren Cahn | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

While I have never participated consistently in any form of organized Judaism, and while I cannot bring myself to believe in the magic of a "Book of Life" exactly, I am intrigued by Judaism's prescribed process for atonement.

Atoning on Facebook Is Just Wrong

Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Ann Brenoff

As Jews worldwide mark the holiday that begins at sundown, my Facebook feed has been filling up with "friends" issuing blanket apologies to me and the rest of the Facebook for however they may have offended us.

Fasting From Rotten Tomatoes: The High Holy Days And The Emancipation Proclamation

Rabbi Wendi Geffen | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Wendi Geffen

Our tradition envisions that the gates of Divine Judgment close at Yom Kippur's end, necessitating reflection and atonement for our sins in the past. This year, I'll be adding to the list: for the sin we have committed against You by mindlessly reaping the benefits of slavery.

God's Good Name

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

When those of us who have dedicated our lives to promoting a Godly vision of the world even appear to subvert others, we slowly (or immediately, depending on the gravity of the action) destroy that which we purport to elevate: God.

Toxic Faith: Did Jesus Die To Save Us From God?

Derek Flood | Posted 11.17.2012 | Religion
Derek Flood

Why did Jesus have to die? Was it to appease a wrathful God's demand for punishment? Does that mean Jesus died to save us from God? How could someone ever truly love or trust a God like that?

10 Cliches Christians Should Avoid

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.06.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

We Christians have a remarkable talent for sticking our feet in our mouths. When searching the words most commonly associated with "Christian," the list ain't pretty.

Is God Angry At You? A Good Friday Reflection

David Lose | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion
David Lose

This argument assumes God can't transcend our own moral limitations. Just because we may cry for justice and vengeance when we are wronged doesn't mean God will.

Jesus' Death As Sacrifice?

Greg Carey | Posted 05.13.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

There's a problem with penal substitution. Biblical sacrifices do not represent human attempts to purchase forgiveness; instead, they offer a ritual means of acknowledging the costliness of sin and alienation from God.

Asking Forgiveness: A Difficult Conversation

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 12.03.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

Our tradition tells us: "For transgressions between one person and another, Yom Kippur does not serve as atonement, until the one offended has been appeased."

Real Teshuvah

Gabe Crane | Posted 11.28.2011 | Religion
Gabe Crane

The blast of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah calls out to all of us: "Wake up! You have been sleeping!" The slumber is clear. The choice is ours. But to what is it that we awaken?

In The Shadows Of The Sacred: Indecent Exposure For Our Children

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.23.2011 | Religion
Carol Smaldino

Even before the most recent economic crisis, we have allowed our children to see the devastation of our earth, of our country, of our Native Americans, of our poor people and of our sick people.

Mohler To Weiner: Atone Through Jesus

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 08.12.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

This isn't the first time that Mohler has spoken strongly of his belief that Jews need Christ to be saved. He once compared Judaism to a tumor that needed to be removed.

Timeless Taboos: Why 19th-Century Novels Appeal To Film-Makers

The Guardian | Mark Lawson | Posted 07.31.2011 | Books

At press previews, to which movie critics are lured on weekday mornings by platters of complimentary croissants and fruit segments, a special mood of ...

Best Film Adaptations Of Books

The Daily Beast | Posted 07.25.2011 | Books

One of the hot properties at Cannes was the film version of Lionel Shriver's bestselling We Need to Talk About Kevin, but it's the rare book that make...