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Belief in God

God in a Starfish

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

It's that rare hour when the evening crowd melts into chilly solitude, the rest of the world not quite ready to greet the day. The beach is mine. T...

Do You Have 10 Minutes for God? A Practical Way to Pray for People Who Think They're Too Busy

William Stillman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Religion
William Stillman

While I would never discourage anyone from participating in religious service with a congregation, it's not about a place -- it's about a purpose. Please know that God is patient and always accessible to you no matter your environment or circumstances.

A Plea to Stop Underestimating Purim: The Most Modern Jewish Holiday

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 03.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

Though we don't often speak of ourselves this way, we as American Jews live in the diaspora. We live outside the land of Israel. Though we may have risen to great heights outside of the Land of Israel, we are always, in some sense, strangers in a strange land.

Spiritual and Religious

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 03.03.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

Religion is a tool that performs a service for us, something we utilize for our own spiritual development. Unfortunately, we sometimes end up getting used by the tool! But that's not the fault of religion.

Holy Doubt

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion
W. Hunter Roberts

We sow the seeds of fundamentalism whenever we pretend our representations are real. It is a mistake of logic to apply literalism to something that can only be apprehended symbolically.

Atheism: The New Fundamentalism?

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
W. Hunter Roberts

A fundamentalist is unwilling to consider the unsettling possibility that the universe is more complex, mysterious, and multi-dimensional than anything our symbol systems, descriptions and analyses can apprehend.

One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters by Larry Dossey, MD

Suna Senman | Posted 03.15.2014 | Books
Suna Senman

In my journey for new perspectives on meaningfulness, I discovered a newly published book, One Mind. At last, the iron curtain between science and spi...

On Keeping the Faith

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 03.08.2014 | Religion
Safiya Jafari Simmons

Parenting is tough. Being married is tough. Running a household -- whether solo or with a partner -- is hard work. But I believe that I was created to do exactly what I'm doing right now. And so were you.

Do We Need to Rename God?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

I think we must rid ourselves of the old Name -- Adonai, Lord, King, dominating Dominus -- and address Divine Reality as the Interbreathing Of All Life. That is the Truth, and we are Called to say it.

One Man's Journey From Obesity and Diabetes to Health

Ingrid Peschke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ingrid Peschke

Today, three years later, John has lost the 70 pounds (after formerly weighing 230 pounds), changed his lifestyle permanently, and no longer suffers from diabetes. In fact he says he feels good every day.

The Sad State of the Christian Church in light of New Atheist Congregations?

Andy Braner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Andy Braner

For my new friends building congregations without God at the center, good luck. I hope you manage to find that mysterious yearning in the heart of every human who has the privilege to walk on this great planet.

Yoga in America: Where Bowing to God Is Not Religious

Jill Lawson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jill Lawson

The concept of God is a shaky subject. Add to it the yoga-inspired faith in the God within us all, and you have a huge mess on your hands. Calling yoga non-religious isn't just about altering yoga to make a buck. It is to avoid starting a war.

Living With and in Gratitude

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 12.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Sriya Chakravarti

This letter is addressed to God and "cced" (carbon copied) to people of the world, so the atheists and agnostics can read it for fun, if they like. D...

Why I Still Believe in God

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Kristin Meekhof

Often during these conversations, the question that I am most frequently asked is this: How do you trust in God after your husband died? My answer is always hesitant because there are days when I'm not sure how or why I continue to believe.

Was Jesus Nothing More Than a Fabrication? Biblical Scholar Says Yes!

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Steve Siebold

Was Jesus Christ really the son of God? It's probably one of the most heated debates in all of history. On one side, the devout Christians believe s...

ReNaming God, ReNaming the Climate Crisis

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

For millennia, many readers of the Bible (including me) have experienced the moments when the Voice pronounces a new Name to Moses as among the moment...

Why We Need to Talk About God

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

The God I believe in brings a richness and depth to life. The God I believe in makes it possible for us to be fully human. To rise from despair to hope; to transform bitterness into love; to move the world as it is a little closer to the world as it ought to be.

I Know What God Looks Like (Luke 15:1-10)

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Do you want to see what God is like? It just got harder to do so on Wikipedia. Wikipedia still has an article called "God," and it hosts a range of ever-changing perspectives.

Religion Becoming Obsolete? It Could Happen!

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.14.2013 | Science
Steve Siebold

Religion will continue to be popular in a world that's addicted to the emotion of hope. Critical thinking says people don't believe in the Bible because it's believable; they believe it because they want to believe it. They need to believe it.

Religion and Refugees

Roberta Gately | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Roberta Gately

I'd seen refugee camps before, but there was a certain indescribable misery to this place, where children had lived their whole lives with little hope of escape or rescue. Where was God, I wondered. How could he allow such wretchedness to exist?

Salvation is Not a Human Thing.

Hannah Brencher | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Hannah Brencher

I watched scriptures that I had grown up with be twisted into knives right in front of my eyes and I sat complacently with my hands by my side, not fighting the emptiness that came with each breath of silence. I disclosed information and sorrows that I had never shared with anyone before and watched as they were spat back into my face in the form of a word called "sin." I was dirty. I was shamed. I was forced to share the most embarrassing, vulnerable, and bare moments in my life with leaders of the church. They instructed me to write down every sin I could ever recall committing and read it aloud before a group. And then sit and soak with that sin as I waited in line to get to the light.

Atheists Overstep in Demanding Lincoln 'God' Quotation Removed From U.S. Passports

Salvador Litvak | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Salvador Litvak

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of State demanding that the following inspirational quotations...

Confessions of a Christian Skeptic

Joe Boyd | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion
Joe Boyd

It may seem a strange thing to say that a kid who grew up in the church, graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies and worked as a pastor for a decade didn't know Jesus, but that's the way my story unfolded.

Dear God, Please Help My Mother Die

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 10.01.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Wurtzel

Instead of a magical cure, I pray for an end to my mother's life. I ask God to ease her into death, and do it soon.

Are You Involved in Self-Centered Christianity? If Not, Then You Should Be!

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

When we talk to people about our faith and why they should want a relationship with God, we should not only talk about salvation but about how God can meet their self-interest much like Jesus with many of the people He encountered.