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Future Pastors Will Get Science Training With This New $1.5 Million Grant

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Responding to a real or perceived gap between science and faith, 10 U.S. seminaries will receive a combined $1.5 million in grants to include sc...

Don't Quote Jesus' Words About Hell -- He Doesn't Believe in It

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

What gospel do we believe in? A gospel of works, or a gospel of grace? Do we get into heaven because of what we do, or because of what Christ did on our behalf?

Daily Meditation: No More War

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Holy Week: Journeying Into the Risk of Faith

Scott MacDougall | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

We are empowered to suffer through the pain of our spiritual doubts, or our self-hatred, or our deep-seated anger, and carry on despite it.

On Being Weak

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

We're afraid that everyone will know we're an impostor, a fake and a weakling. But here's the thing: I am weak. And that's not something I need to be ashamed of. What is shameful is pretending I'm not.

The God Who Sings Creation

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

If I believe in the resurrection of the dead, it is not that hard to believe that God could make the universe in 144 hours. If this same God chose to...

Marijuana: A Theology

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Is this just a further sign of the "moral decay" of American society, or can we say the legalization of marijuana can have a place in a Christian theology that values, instead of denigrates, the body?

Do We Need to Rename God?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

I think we must rid ourselves of the old Name -- Adonai, Lord, King, dominating Dominus -- and address Divine Reality as the Interbreathing Of All Life. That is the Truth, and we are Called to say it.

The Final 6 Reasons Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore (Part Three)

Steve McSwain | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Here are a few final thoughts I have on why nobody wants to go to Church anymore and what the Church and leaders must do to reverse the decline and maybe even reclaim some of the 35 million Americans who have departed.

Theology Is Not About God: An Open Letter to Jerry A. Coyne

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

One day, New Atheists may convert the world to reason and usher in a thousand years of humanistic peace. When that happens, sure, let's get theology out of colleges and universities.

Are There Some Questions the Church Can't Answer?

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

Many of my clients aren't looking for answers, even when they think they are, and even when I want them to be. They are not seeking to understand, but longing to be understood. I suspect the same is fundamentally true of churchgoers.

How an Episcopal Priest Is Using Stories and Humor to Teach Others About Christianity

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

The Bible is funny -- the stories of Sarah and Jonah and Zaccheus and Zachariah crack me up every time I read them; so do some of the conversations between Moses and the Israelites... We miss some of the wit and rhyme in translations, but much is still there in English."

We Desperately Need A New Conversation On Homosexuality And The Bible

Father Shannon Kearns | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Father Shannon Kearns

Over the past 10 years I have found myself doing two things over and over again: Coming out and having conversations about the so-called "clobber passages" relating to homosexuality and the Bible. I have grown weary of those conversations.

The Gospel According To 'Game Of Thrones'

David Lose | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
David Lose

The recent furor in Christian circles about George R. R. Martin's magical and medieval-like world of Westeros reveals one of the unspoken dividing lines between two very different understandings of Christianity.

Making Sense Of Death Is Living Life Wisely

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

If we have truly given ourselves to others, and ultimately, to God, something profoundly transformational occurs: our friends and family can gather together in a Eucharistic spirit of love in remembrance, and therein be healed. Like Jesus, our deaths become a source of healing and life for others.

Our Dangerously Safe Jesus

Mark Osler | Posted 07.25.2013 | Religion
Mark Osler

I read the Gospels, deeply and often, and each time I am struck by the revolution Jesus urges. He unsettled nearly everyone who came to him. But when I see people leave church today, I rarely see anyone who is amazed or disappointed or angry or unsettled at all.

A False Gospel Of Reconciliation

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

There's a false gospel on the loose in the evangelical church. And it is nothing less than a diabolical doctrine that comes clothed in a bright, angelic, counterfeit message of "reconciliation."

I And My Father Are One

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

In coming to a greater understanding of Christian masculinity, I am calling us to introspect and to adopt more fitting approach -- one that bears the fruit of Scripture's high calling, "reconciling the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers."

The Pope And The Devil

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 07.19.2013 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

Pope Francis takes the Gospel warnings against Satan very literally, seeing the modern tendency to write the devil off as a kind of mythical expression or literary fiction as a kind of victory for evil's influence in the world. Having been trained by Jesuits, I understand where he is coming from.

Christian Masculinity, The WWF And Unbelonging

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 07.11.2013 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

"Imagine 10,000 men, fathers, sons, brothers and Christ-followers, coming together to worship God and learn more about the life of true adventure He intends for us as men." That's an actual description of one such event. If you're like me, you're very, very nervous to read any further.

WATCH: Stanley Hauerwas: What Is A Christian?

Travis Reed | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Travis Reed

Stanley Hauerwas reluctantly defines Christianity and talks about the signs of a baptized life and identity.

Is God A Minimalist?

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Contrary to popular belief, quality is not quantity's illegitimate child. Is it not better to have a congregation of 300 committed Christians than a stadium-sized assembly of 30,000 churchgoers who are there to be served rather than to serve?

Happy Birthday, Soren Kierkegaard!

S. Brent Plate | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

On May 5, 1813, Søren Kierkegaard was born in a well-off home in the northern European town of Copenhagen. The Great Dane's works have found their way woven into fiction and philosophy, especially via that of the 20th-century Existentialists like Heidegger and Sartre.

Journeying Into A Creative Existence

Phil Shepherd | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Phil Shepherd

I am a fan of creativity. I stand by a theology that believes: if we are made in the image of our Creator, we are inherently creative ourselves. But even with that said, I've never seen myself as much of a creative type.

C. S. Lewis, 50 Years On

Greg Garrett | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Greg Garrett

His books are selling more than 6 million copies a year, new special editions of "The Screwtape Letters" and "A Grief Observed" are due out this year, and this November, he will join Shakespeare, T. S. Eliot and Chaucer as writers buried or commemorated in Westminster Abbey's Poets Corner. It is, literally, the year of C. S. Lewis.