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Half Of Americans Read The Bible, But Not Because Of Hot-Button Issues

Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion

The number of people in America who do not identify with any religion may be at an all-time high, but the Bible still holds an important place in the ...

Ancient Women of 300's Persia, Greece, and Beyond

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Now if only there were about three hundred more 300's. Maybe not in blood and gore but movies with kick-ass women from ancient Persia and Greece. Then, more people would surely get what has so captivated me about Amytis, Cassandane, and Atossa. Um... who, you ask?

How to Get Around Jesus

Neal Wooten | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion
Neal Wooten

I'm all for loving my neighbor, as long as they are good, churchgoing folk, but this whole love-and-forgiveness-for-everyone thing is crazy. Luckily there are a lot of Christian leaders and organizations that can steer you around this nonsense.

Who Reads the Bible -- and Why

David Briggs | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

About half of Americans read the Bible on their own, and four in five people who read it as part of their personal lives open it at least once a month.

A "Scandalous" Encounter With the Bible

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

Whereas biblical narratives are millennia removed from the 21st century, there is something about the people, stories, and content of the Bible that has current appeal.

Should Christians Support the Movie Noah?

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

You've probably heard the controversy about the upcoming Paramount Pictures movie Noah. In the last few weeks, I've seen numerous blogs, social media ...

The One Thing Christians Should Stop Saying

Scott Dannemiller | Posted 04.29.2014 | Religion
Scott Dannemiller

When I say that my material fortune is the result of God's blessing, it reduces The Almighty to some sort of sky-bound, wish-granting fairy who spends his days randomly bestowing cars and cash upon his followers.

Beyond Either/Or: How I Am Bisexual Everywhere & All the Time

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 04.29.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

It took me a long time to grasp this complexity, and I am still discovering what it means for me. I am grateful for those who help me know I dwell in a place of both/and, not either/or, where I can appreciate the wholeness of God and every human being.

A Religious Freedom Parable

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What follows is a modern-day parable. I think it's important to point that out up front, in order not to cause any undue offense. The scene: the near future, when Arizona (or any other state, for that matter) becomes a bastion of religious freedom by passing laws shielding businesses from penalty for discrimination on the basis of religious belief.

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.'