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This Bible Is Designed To Be An Enjoyable Read

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion

What if reading the Bible was more like reading a novel? Graphic artist and book designer Adam Lewis Greene has envisioned a Bible without chapters...

5 Uncomfortable Truths About Your Life

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Authentic happiness demands we also grapple with the unhappy parts of our character. Perfection, as Jewish wisdom teaches us, is reserved for God.

More Than Conquerors: Romans 8:26-39 and Disability

Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles

Gus, who overtly expresses room for belief in God, bites it at age 18, leaving his moribund girlfriend and freshly blind friend to mourn in the wake of his death. Is this what "all things working together for good" looks like from God's perspective?

The Hidden Error in 'Biblical' Arguments Against Gay Marriage

Rev. Dr. Mark Achtemeier | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mark Achtemeier

In the early 2000s, I was working hard to keep lesbian and gay persons out of the ministry of my denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA). I did this in part because I thought the biblical case against gay relationships was straightforward. I was wrong.

Ode to Gaza

Steve Posner | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Steve Posner

Much of the killing in Gaza has stopped. All we have are remnant cries of mothers hunching at child limbs lost, of fathers sobbing at houses bashed, a...

Response to Bill O'Reilly: Jesus Didn't Start a New Religion

Bernard Starr | Posted 07.18.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Bill O'Reilly disputed the two main points of my recent blog on The O'Reilly Factor broadcast: My affirmation of Jesus' lifelong dedication to Judaism (meaning he did not start a new religion) and the assertion that Renaissance art representations of Jesus omit his Jewish identity and thus falsify biblical history.

They Are Our Children Now

Fred Lundgren | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Fred Lundgren

The question must be asked. Where is the empathy or Christian charity among those who protest children? Did these children choose their fate? Did they maliciously and knowingly choose to be born into poverty and strife? The idea is as absurd as protesting their presence.

Muslims Must Sustain Israel, for the Sake of Palestine

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

For Middle east peace to come to pass, our world needs nothing more than Israel as God wants it to be.

Apostle Paul and the Bible: Fundamentalism = Anti-Intellectualism

Robert Orlando | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Inerrancy, literalism, or unexamined belief in the Bible, why does Fundamentalism still have a strong hold on so many Christians today?

Do You Know How to Two Step?

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

This "dancing" is a cognitive, spiritual and social dissonance enveloping and guiding our lives. Such a constant state of flux, although unsettling, provides ample lessons on recovery, repentance and resilience.

So What's 'New' About the New Testament?

Neal Wooten | Posted 07.11.2014 | Religion
Neal Wooten

Believe it or not, the answer can be summed up in one word. Unfortunately it is the most misunderstood word in the English language. It is simultaneously the most fragile and the most enduring trait of human nature.

12 Biblical Principles You're (Probably) Not Living By

Zack Hunt | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

I'm drawing from both the Old and the New Testaments to offer 12 biblical principles you're probably not living by, but should be if you're really being faithful to everything the Bible says.

Listening to Jesus: The Waste of Worry

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

The hiking path meandered through the forested moutainside. My companion and I kept pushing up the hill. It was a steady incline and my legs were beginning to feel the burn of my effort.

Hobby Lobby to Improve Work Performance through Biblical Punishments

Chris Michael | Posted 07.05.2014 | Comedy
Chris Michael

Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that for-profit businesses with religious objections are no longer required to abide by the laws of an enlightened, first-world society. Emboldened by the decision, Hobby Lobby says it's eager to unleash even more religious freedom on its employees.

The Perils of Trusting the Trustworthy

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The Bible often warns against trusting the wrong sources (e.g., false prophets). But in the story of Balaam, the Bible warns against placing too much trust in the right sources -- in this case Moses. The Bible's warning is particularly pertinent to us today, since we are particularly prone to the error of excessively trusting our sources.

At War With Ourselves

Greg Carey | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

Paul's examination of the conflicted self stands as one of the classic statements in Western culture. Borrowing from Jesus, we often say something similar: "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Was Jesus a "Hillbilly?"

Joe Boyd | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Joe Boyd

People of faith tend to do themselves very little service by condemning non-believers as closed-minded. As an educated, thinking Christian I cringe more at the comments of other Christians than I do at the comments of atheists.

4 Reasons I'm Not Going to Heaven

Micah J. Murray | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion
Micah J. Murray

I recognized all the Bible verses, the step-by-step, point-by-point sales pitch for an eternal destination. But now, I have no interest in buying what they're selling. If this is the way to Heaven, I'm not going.

Standing With Kate

Lynn R. Huber | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Lynn R. Huber

Although not a member of the LDS church, as a Christian who desires equality for women in all strands of the tradition, I stand in solidarity with Kate Kelly.

Sacrificing Our Sons and Daughters (Genesis 22: 1-14)

Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson

Abraham -- the father of Jews, Christians and Muslims -- is heralded for his willingness to sacrifice, to give up his son, Isaac. After all, to love God so much to be willing to give back to God that which you have longed for, prayed for and cared for is no easy matter.

Letter to the Intolerant Posse

Scott Terry | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Terry

Does your God still condone slavery? No? Your God has changed over the centuries, hasn't He? Why haven't you?

Religion Has No Answer for Sectarianism

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

The phenomenon of intra-religious strife highlights the key problem with using religious texts and doctrines to address ethical issues in general, and in particular, how we treat other human beings. All holy texts, and the doctrines derived from such texts, are infinitely malleable.

Does the Bible Need to Be Set Free?

Joe Boyd | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Joe Boyd

When I was eight years old, my family started going to church. There I discovered something that changed my life. I was immediately smitten -- head over heels captivated. What I found there, I love now more than ever.

Talking With Strangers About God

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

This young man arrived at the beach that Sunday with beat up sneakers and circles under his eyes. Call it proselytizing, but he wasn't getting anything out of this other than the pleasure of talking about God.

What the Bible Says About Gay Rights

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

In my reading of scripture, God simply does not have a lot to say on the specific topic of marriage. Marriage in the Bible is just a part of the stories, not the moral of them, and it was a completely different institution from our modern images of just, loving, equal romantic relationships.