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Pioneering Biblical Scholar: Charles B. Copher

Nyasha Junior | Posted 04.27.2014 | Religion
Nyasha Junior

Although he published extensively in religious journals, Rev. Dr. Charles Buchanan Copher's work is not widely known, but Copher has not been forgotten.

Bible Stops Bullets From Killing Bus Driver

Posted 02.25.2014 | Religion

Ohio bus driver Rickey Wagoner's life was 'miraculously' spared during a violent altercation on Monday morning when two bullets were stopped from pier...

Jesus' Advice to the 'Turn the Gays Away' Crowd: Religious Liberty Does Not Mean Discrimination

Jay Michaelson | Posted 04.26.2014 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

No one is saying that a church has to host a gay wedding, or that Catholics must ordain women. Religious institutions operate according to religious rules, as our constitution allows. But the free market is different.

An Open Letter to Gov. Jan Brewer on a Proposed Anti-Gay Law

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.24.2014 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

To be quite frank, I can't see how two women purchasing a sweet wedding cake or two men sharing a romantic meal in a nice restaurant could offend God, for if God exists, what would be most offensive is using God's name to justify oppression.

God Beyond All Relationships and Agendas: Exodus 24:12-18

Walter Brueggemann | Posted 04.26.2014 | Religion
Walter Brueggemann

The question emerges: What kind of God meets Moses on this mountain? Is this the God who prescribes commands, one who sets an agenda for people to follow? Is this a comforting God, one who enfolds Moses in the arms of divine love?

How Human Was Jesus?

John Backman | Posted 04.26.2014 | Religion
John Backman

If Jesus can be this human, so can we. By living into all the facets of the human spirit, including the less attractive ones, Jesus invites us to do the same.

Creationists Can't Be Scientists

Sean McElwee | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Creationism is part of the larger crusade within the religious right to make "biblical literalism" Christian doctrine and federal law. To espouse it is to preclude practicing science.

WATCH: Son Of Dead 'Snake Salvation' Pastor Handles Rattlesnake That Killed His Dad

Posted 02.23.2014 | Religion

A week after his father died from a rattlesnake bite after refusing medical attention, reality star Cody Coots reportedly danced with and held the ver...

Pathway to an Authentic, Real-World Faith

Steve McSwain | Posted 04.23.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Clearly, humans are not the point or necessarily the purpose of creation. It is the ultimate ego-trip to imagine we are. Which makes the reading of our sacred literature all the more interesting to me.

A Biblical Case for Raising the Minimum Wage

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

For those of us whose religious traditions form the core of our ethical strivings, we might rightly ask whether the Bible offers any guidance in helping us find our place within this debate. Does the Bible advocate a minimum wage, and if so, would it compel us to raise it?

VIDEO: Steve Chalke on Taking the Bible Beyond Fundamentalism and Atheism

Derek Flood | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Derek Flood

Chalke, along with these other leaders, represents a growing shift, especially among younger Evangelicals, towards a more affirming, compassionate and thoughtful face of Evangelicalism, and this flows into how Scripture is interpreted and applied.

5 Encouraging Bible Verses About Money That Everyone Should Know

Bob Lotich | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Bob Lotich

These are 5 verses about money that, even as I just scratch the surface of understanding them, have revolutionized my financial life. Each one of them has had a strong impact on me during good times and during financial struggles as well.

Holy Cannabis: The Bible Tells Us So

Jane Marcus, Ph.D. | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
Jane Marcus, Ph.D.

If we value rather than vilify the healing power of this versatile plant, we can improve our world by making it a more compassionate, just, and holy place.

Is That the Best You've Got? Alvin Plantinga's Feeble Attack on Atheism

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 04.14.2014 | Media
Clay Farris Naff

When you consider that he has been at the top of his profession, has had a lifetime to prepare, and has recently published a book on these themes, it is quite surprising to see how weak his case is. Don't take my word for it. Let's plunge in.

Does Jesus Heal Drug Addicts? I Almost Gave Up on My Drug-addict Mother, But Then I Discovered That God Never Gives Up

Romal Tune | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
Romal Tune

I never thought the Bible had anything to say about addiction. It's not something that I ever heard preached or read in the Bible.

Frankenstein Meets the Bible

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

Although the Talmud may have spoke about Golems, Isaiah spoke about 'wearying' the people with 'frankincense.' The full verse reads as follows: 'You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings, nor honored me with your sacrifices.'

Dead Sea Scrolls Are Now Just A Click Away

Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion

The Dead Sea scrolls will now be accessible for public viewing, and you don't even need to leave your home to see them. Orchestrated under the Isr...

A New Way of Being 'Pro-Choice'

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

Ella Baker had a 'pro-choice' moment. In that moment, she seized the opportunity and made a decision that would turn the tide of history. She chose to do what far exceeded herself. Her name, her work and her spirit thrive.

Creationism Versus the Bible

Joel S. Baden | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Joel S. Baden

If you tuned in to the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye creationism vs. science debate, you may well have found yourself thinking, 'This guy just doesn't get it.' And, regardless of which side you're on or which guy you were referring to, you were probably right.

Archaeologists Find Major Bible Discrepancy

Posted 02.06.2014 | Religion

Researchers Lidar Sapir-Hen and Erez Ben-Yosef from Tel Aviv University have discovered what may be a discrepancy in the history laid out in the Bible...

Science Versus Bible: To Debate or Not to Debate?

Herb Silverman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Herb Silverman

Many atheists, myself included, have been overly optimistic that a rational argument will be sufficient to change minds. I now think the best we can do is make good points in a reasonable and pleasant manner.

Bill Nye, My Dad's Tie, and the Creation-Evolution Debate

Jack Levison | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

No matter what side of the creation-evolution debate you are on, your partisanship costs you dearly. Why? Because it costs you the ability to read the Bible on its own terms. What do we lose by straightjacketing the Bible with the creation-evolution debate?

On Being Radical

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Safiya Jafari Simmons

Timidity doesn't honor God. There, I said it. I've given a lot of thought to how often followers of Christ find themselves - or more accurately, place themselves - in the role of victim.

What the Bible Can Teach Our Leaders About Humility

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

Just maybe our own leaders can take a clue from the leaders of the ancient world, and open their hearts and minds to embrace the power of humility and collaboration for the betterment of us all.

The Sabbath Commandment and the Minimum Wage

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 03.30.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

Contemporary folks take the Sabbath commandment to liberate us from the stresses and timetables of modern life so that we can seek inner peace, spirituality, harmony with nature, etc. But the Bible offers different rationales.