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Torah Maven Ritual: Parshat Vayigash

Aaron Freeman | Posted 03.05.2012 | Religion
Aaron Freeman

In original and fairly outrageous translation of parts of Genesis 46 performed last week at the Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living in Glencoe, Ill.

The Bhagavad Gita

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar | Posted 06.19.2013 | World
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The fact is that it is not the scriptures that inflict terrorism; it is the misinterpretation of an ignorant and stressed mind which justifies their actions quoting scriptures.

The Book of Bain

Jeff Danziger | Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


What Does The Book Of Revelation Really Mean?

Greg Carey | Posted 03.02.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

No academic interpreter of Revelation understands the book as a roadmap for the future. Instead, Revelation originally spoke to the conditions of its own time and place.

Why Should I Forgive? The Origin Of A New Year's Resolution

Walter E. Jacobson, M.D. | Posted 02.29.2012 | Religion
Walter E. Jacobson, M.D.

I've been asked why I'm passionate about teaching forgiveness. It's because all religious, spiritual and metaphysical roads I've traveled have led me here, to this one Truth.

Military Wives Turn To Bible For Marriage Advice

AP | By KRISTIN M. HALL | Posted 12.28.2011 | Religion

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- With husbands deployed or off preparing for war, some young wives at this sprawling Army installation have spent much of their m...

Taking The Blue With The Red And Green

Lamar Vest | Posted 02.20.2012 | Religion
Lamar Vest

Jesus was born into the same world that you and I live in today. Jesus was born to a broke teenage mother. He was born into an occupied nation ruled by outsiders.

The Mystery of Love

Warren Adler | Posted 02.12.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

Through the composing and imaginings of thirty volumes of novels, numerous short stories, plays, and poems, I have been wrestling with the mystery of attraction.

Five Mistakes In Your Bible Translation

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 02.08.2012 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

Starting about 2,300 years ago, the Hebrew Bible was translated into a Greek version now known as the Septuagint. One shortcoming of that translation is its inattention to near synonyms.

Evangelical Consistency and the 2012 Elections

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Too many of congregants' political priorities are determined by a party or ideology -- not the Word of God. Their identities are shaped by marketing and media campaigns that manufacture a view of the world in order to maximize their own power and profit.

Acceptance, Awareness, Action: Preparing For Step Four

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 01.29.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

There are three guiding concepts on the pathway to freedom from addiction: Awareness, Acceptance and Action. All are made possible through God's grace.

Why Christians Should Love Twilight: Vampires, Werewolves And The Bible

David Crumm | Posted 01.23.2012 | Religion
David Crumm

In 35 years as a journalist covering religion in America, I've rarely seen such an emotional response to four words about faith: "Christians should love Twilight." Many Christians are offended that a romantic saga about vampires and werewolves is mentioned in the same phrase as their Christian faith.

Is The Bible A Reliable Moral Guide

David Lose | Posted 01.21.2012 | Religion
David Lose

What, then, are those who read the Bible to do? Shall we just pick and choose the laws and commandments that appeal to us and disregard the others? Curiously, I'm tempted to answer a qualified "yes."

Does Defending The Bible Mean Advocating Violence?

Derek Flood | Posted 01.21.2012 | Religion
Derek Flood

What causes otherwise decent and loving people like this to defend genocide in God's name? I think the problem lies in the basic approach they take to reading the Bible.

Kids, Do Not Call Mom

Deborah Divine | Posted 01.18.2012 | Fifty
Deborah Divine

I've told my adult children that for their own good - for their own, beautiful, hopeful, optimistic good, they are not to call me. No contact I said, until I can find a way to finally wrangle this malady to the mat.

Three Cups Of Lies: How Much Do Facts Matter?

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.16.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

We're obsessed in today's world with facts. Every syllable uttered by people in positions of power is put under a microscope, and we, the general public, love nothing more than to have subterfuge reveal in the media spotlight.

Are Animals The Best Spiritual Companion?

Michael Gilmour | Posted 01.15.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Companion animals have a remarkable capacity to disrupt self-centeredness and inspire affection and appreciation for something completely "other."

Biblical Israel's History Viewed From Inside And Out

Douglas Knight | Posted 01.12.2012 | Religion
Douglas Knight

It can be disconcerting to learn how little of the biblical material is actually attested in written sources from the periods being described.

Jesus, Bigotry And The Canaanite Woman

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.12.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Most Christians opt for one of these interpretations anyway because they can't imagine a third option: that Jesus was being a jerk.

Biblical Blunder At White House After Obama Said God Wants Jobs Bill

AP | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was a blunder of biblical proportions. White House spokesman Jay Carney invoked scripture Wednesday to back up President Barack Obam...

International Cyrus The Great Day: Common Ground For World Religions?

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.28.2011 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

There is one day each year when a civil conversation between our countries and religions could take place: Oct. 29, a day commemorating the founder of the Persian Empire.

For The Love Of God: LGBTQ Allies In Faith

Nancy Cronk | Posted 12.24.2011 | Religion
Nancy Cronk

Being a compassionate human being is not the same as endorsing, condoning, or encouraging one sexual orientation over another. It is about compassion and justice.

Deconstructing Harry Jackson: Is Jim Wallis' Ideology Really "The Doctrine of Devils"?

Timothy King | Posted 12.21.2011 | Religion
Timothy King

"I don't think Bishop Jackson is offended by my ideology but by scripture itself. If he wants to toss out what the Bible has to say about wealth and poverty he might as well toss out the whole book..."

Five Ways Your Bible Translation Distorts The Original Meaning Of The Text

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 12.14.2011 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

Unfortunately, etymology, internal structure, and cognates are the three pillars of Bible translation. And with them, the power of history and a focus on the wrong parts of metaphor degrade all English Bibles even more.

Why We Must Reclaim The Bible From Fundamentalists

John Shelby Spong | Posted 12.13.2011 | Religion
John Shelby Spong

In the world of Christian scholarship, for example, to read the Bible literally is regarded as absurd. To call the words of the Bible "the Word of God" is more than naïve.