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Is It Really Better to Give Than Receive?

Liz Sterling, M.A. | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Liz Sterling, M.A.

As I considered my relationship with giving, I realized the issue is not with giving too much but with receiving too little, a common problem in our society.

Saying 'Vagina' In The Pulpit

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 08.22.2012 | Religion
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

In the aftermath of the silencing of Rep. Brown, I confess that I took some delight in the many tweeple who took to the twitterverse to speculate on what if any euphemistic term would have been acceptable in lieu of the medically appropriate anatomical term, vagina.

What Theism Lacks: Humility, Imagination, and Curiosity

Staks Rosch | Posted 08.22.2012 | Science
Staks Rosch

Atheists (most of us anyway) think (with good reason) that we are insignificant on the cosmic scale and that our only significance comes from each other.

Five Bible Images You Probably Misunderstand

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 08.22.2012 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

Flawed translations conceal biblical messages from modern readers by failing to convey the significance of images and metaphors. Here's what goes wrong.

Lord Of The Storm: Mark 4:35-41

Greg Carey | Posted 08.21.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

Mark 4:35-41 has good news for those preoccupied with their own spiritual inadequacy. Life does not depend on whether we have enough faith or not. For many of us, that's a very good thing.

Is That Biblical Dog an Angel?

Michael Gilmour | Posted 08.20.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

The charming and occasionally humorous Book of Tobit appears in the Greek Septuagint and has a place in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox canonical traditions. At the heart of the story is a journey.

How Reading The Bible Changed My Life

Craig Kanalley | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Craig Kanalley

I want to thank God for somehow giving me this idea to read the Bible, cover to cover. It made me reflect a ton, learn a ton and I absolutely feel more spiritual, and more happy.

Why You Should Live Humbly

Craig Kanalley | Posted 08.12.2012 | Religion
Craig Kanalley

Remember where you came from and those who helped you get to where you are. You yourself are unique, but you come from elsewhere, not from yourself. Remember that. Be thankful for that. Be humble.

Solving The Bible's Gay Problem

Staks Rosch | Posted 08.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Staks Rosch

Instead of trying to make the Bible say something other than what it clearly says, Christians can just reject that the Bible has any kind of moral authority to begin with.

Mythologizing Evolution Revisited

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 08.09.2012 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Whether we think that the biblically based story of our origins is historically and scientifically accurate or not, we certainly have to admit that it is a beautiful story. To take root in deeply religious America, evolution needs to be a better myth.

The New Roman Roads: Technology And Bible Reading

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Some Christians, churches and Bible agencies have caught on to the fact that someone else has already paid for these new roads to be built. These electronic avenues are open and ready for a million journeys of faith and witness.

Forgive Us Our Student Loan Debts?

Maria Mayo | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Maria Mayo

As the holder of a six-figure student-loan debt, I more than anyone would like to see debt forgiveness carry a moral force all its own. Perhaps if Jesus were still teaching with parables...

The Bible Is A Book Of Inclusion And Love

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

The Bible that you hear preached by some is a bible of rules, a bible of rigidity; occasionally, a bible of fear. This is not what draws me to the Bible, and it is important that somebody publicly present a different take.

Hey Vatican: Lay Off My Sisters!

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Rather than publicly chastising nuns, the Catholic Church should be thanking God for every single compassionate, thought-filled and selfless one of them.

An Open Letter To Piers Morgan

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

I believe you have been promoting bigotry and helping to perpetrate a fraud. During both of your interviews with Pastor Joel Osteen, you let the religious leader tell your audience that Scripture calls homosexuality a sin. But you didn't ask him where the Bible says that.

Could Lincoln, Nebraska Be The Gettysburg Of Gay Rights?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 08.04.2012 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

If the citizens of Lincoln vote to enshrine fairness in their charter, this city could become a pivot point in the last great civil rights movement in America: the campaign to end legalized bigotry against people whose sexual orientation differs from the majority.

Baker Makes Fortune Recreating Recipe for Manna from Heaven

Mark C. Miller | Posted 08.04.2012 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

Baker Johnny DePaul, owner of DePaul's Bakery, had a life-long dream of recreating the miraculous food. He spent over three years doing Biblical research to find an approximate recipe.

Why I'm Skipping Shavuot

Rabbi Laura Baum | Posted 07.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Baum

I'm a rabbi. But I won't be observing the Shavuot holiday this weekend. Not because I don't have the time. It's because the traditional message of Shavuot doesn't speak to me.

I Was At Mt. Sinai: A Personal Revelation Story

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 07.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Never has the spiritual force of revelation affected me more than it did on the early morning of May 31, 1998.

Atheist Dawkins Supports Free Bibles In Schools

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 05.24.2012 | Religion

He is a famed atheist, a disbeliever in the existence of an Almighty, and now an outspoken supporter of bringing Bibles back to state schools in Engla...

Men Charged In Bible Snatching

AP | Posted 05.24.2012 | Religion

ARMAGH, Pa. -- Police say two western Pennsylvania men mistook a woman's Bible carrying case for a purse when they tried to snatch it from her, knocki...

Biblical Homophobia And Christian Pastors

Christopher Lane | Posted 07.23.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

To see a Republican lawmaker and a prominent Christian pastor try to outdo each other in their bigotry and murderous hate puts in unpleasant but clear relief the moral health of the organizations they represent.

Forgiveness: You Can't Have It Both Ways

Maria Mayo | Posted 07.22.2012 | Religion
Maria Mayo

Conflating biblical understandings of forgiveness with individual, therapeutic notions distorts the biblical text and creates pressure on individual victims.

The Paradox Of The Honey Bee

Kevin Bermeister | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Kevin Bermeister

Honey is the only kosher product that comes out of a non-kosher producer. So what were Israel's greatest scholars and mystical thinkers trying to convey as to uniquely regard it in Jewish law?

Were Angels In The Bible Lucid Dreams?

Richard Schiffman | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

Lucid dreams, while clearly owing a lot to the imagination, often contain a spiritual element which is not merely "imaginary."