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Islands of Safety: Religion and Ritual, Part 1

James M. Lynch | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
James M. Lynch

To many in my family I'm still an Irish Catholic in the same way that Marines consider themselves Marines, 'once a Marine, always a Marine', even though I've converted to Judaism twice (that's a story for later) and very happy with my choice.

Why Do You Think So Many Atheists Seem So Evangelistic?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Why do you think so many atheists seem so evangelistic? They even sometimes speak of their moment of "de-conversion" as a flip-side to the so-called born again experience. If life teaches us anything it's that certainty is overrated.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 3: Beckmesser, Kissinger and the Klinghoffer Controversy

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Playing out before us is the Wagner situation redux. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer.

Human Rights for Hindus Remains Elusive in Some Parts of the World

Murali Balaji | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

The quest for religious freedom and equal rights is ongoing, but for years, Hindus have largely been left out of the conversation as victims of religious discrimination and violence.

Gifts, Social Media and Online Privacy

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 04.27.2014 | Technology
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Raise your hand if you have ever purchased the wrong gift. The $60 billion annually spent in the United States on unwanted presents is a frustrating problem that can be solved, Fligoo CEO and startup co-founder Lucas Olmedo says.

How People Come to Faith

Greg Carey | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

Back in the '80s, Josh McDowell was extremely popular among evangelicals. Maybe he still is. Unfortunately, I can remember reading his stuff as a relatively uninformed college freshman and thinking, 'This stuff looks like Swiss cheese.'

Christmas for Converts

Caitlin Fisch | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion
Caitlin Fisch

I have sweet associations with smells and tastes and experiences of the Jewish holidays that in a certain way take the place of my old experiences with Christian holidays. However, the old memories are still there and it can be a strange feeling to have them come up without enacting them.

5 Tips for Successful Online Marketing

Loolwa Khazzoom | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business
Loolwa Khazzoom

I recently became acquainted with online marketing strategist Shane Jones, after he left a comment on one of my previous posts. I read through his sit...

Tolerance As a Religious Virtue

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

I hope that every religious tradition will teach tolerance and spiritual literacy of other traditions. That's a given. But I also think that there is more. Tolerance may be our supreme civic virtue, but it is not the most important virtue for using religion to its fullest.

Surprised by C. S. Lewis Fifty Years After His Death

Michael Gilmour | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

It was the relatively late work Surprised by Joy (1955) that got me hooked. Here Lewis tells the story of how the atheist became a theist and eventually a Christian.

Forgive Your Brother, Unless He's Been Divorced

Angela Jamene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

I can be as born again as the former tax collectors and prostitutes of the New Testament, as devout as Mother Theresa, as divinely gifted as a saint, but because I was divorced at the age of 24, I can never be part of an Orthodox religion.

Attention American Jews: Let's Not Be Afraid

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 12.15.2013 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

Instead of searching out problems and solutions, maybe we need to trust ourselves, our heritage and our Torah, and take a moment to marvel at the strength of Jewish life that has survived so many cultures throughout so many centuries.

The Implication of Website Speed in Business -- Why Every Second Counts

Syed Balkhi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Syed Balkhi

Making your website fast and lean boils down to continuously monitoring and implementing site audits and analysis.

Swords and Ploughshares in Germany

John Feffer | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
John Feffer

In 1990, East Germany had to handle the delicate issue of the withdrawal of Soviet troops. This was no small question. There were 380,000 Soviet troops stranded by the fall of the Wall and the unification of Germany.

Is This Travel "Convenience" Just Another Scam? (POLL)

Christopher Elliott | Posted 06.21.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

I'm almost never accused of being too neutral, but when I covered a type of foreign currency exchange that affects international travelers recently, that's exactly what happened.

What Growing Up 'None' Taught Me About Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I was raised outside of organized religion, in a spiritual-but-not-religious home. I obviously did not stay a "none." I'm a pastor in the United Church of Christ and I try, for better or worse, to live my life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Director Jon Chu Talks G.I. Joe: Retaliation, 3D Conversion and Bruce Willis' Improv Skills (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.28.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu stops by to chat about converting the upcoming film to 3D, working with Channing Tatum and The Rock, and how this film will blow the first out of the water!

Growing Faith: Prisons, Hip-Hop And Islam

SpearIt | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
SpearIt

Islam's growth in prison is matched only by its influence on hip-hop culture. For many young Americans, hip-hop leads to their first encounter with the faith.

A Jewish Marriage Resolution We Can Keep

Diane Tobin | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Diane Tobin

American Jews simply cannot enjoy the benefits of American pluralism, which we surely do, while pretending we are not living in the most dynamic religious marketplace in the world.

Is Nothing Sacred?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

A good question to ask is whether there are some religious beliefs and practices that are off limits to any analysis whatsoever.

White Hindu Converts: Mimicry Or Mockery?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

Of course there are always a plethora of pleasant anecdotes that Diaspora Hindus welcomed White Hindu Converts in their temples and homes. But is this welcome sincere?

Please Stop Trying To Convert Me

Remy M. Maisel | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Remy M. Maisel

Whether it's be-suited men standing along College Avenue, a horrible gay conversion preacher screaming in front of the student union, or Campus Crusade for Christ actively trying to convert people who are just sitting around, the conversion campaign is nearly constant.

36 Days Till Minnesota Votes on My Family

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 12.01.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Meg Riley

I'm on the road this week, out east, not in Minnesota. Not doing anything about the fast-approaching election. I've had a little time to reflect from a different angle.

How God Makes Us Civil People

John Backman | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
John Backman

For every Grand Inquisitor, there is a St. Francis of Assisi. For every Osama bin Laden, there is a Mother Teresa. Anything in the universe that humans touch will be ever thus: strands of good, evil and everything in between.

Actually, I Am Jewish, Even If You Don't Agree

Carla Naumburg | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Carla Naumburg

It's as if I'm being outed as an imposter, nothing more than a goy trying to pass with a Jewish last name and a Star of David around her neck. Even so, I don't doubt my decision for a minute, and I would be honored to have those same three rabbis as my witnesses if I were to do it all over again.