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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.

Leader-as-Decision-Maker: Decisions Matter

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Dr. Jim Taylor

Ultimately, there is no way to be sure that the so-called right decision has been made before it has been made and acted on. All you can do is ensure that the process of decision-making is deliberately and painstakingly executed. That doesn't guarantee the best decision, but it sure makes it a lot more likely.

Archbishop Of Canterbury Justin Welby Admits He Sometimes Doubts The Existence Of God

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.18.2014 | Religion

Even the Archbishop of Canterbury struggles with doubt. During a BBC interview, the Most Reverend Justin Welby admitted that at times, he questions...

Spiritual Struggles of College Freshmen May Increase Risk of Addiction

David Briggs | Posted 09.03.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The more incoming students contended with issues such as doubting their faith or feeling punished by God, the greater risk they appeared to be for a variety of addictive behaviors, from gambling to recreational drugs, a new study indicated.

Looking for Trust in All the Wrong Places

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Relationships don't begin with trust. Trust is built day-by-day by two people who demonstrate trust-worthiness through their words and actions.

Why I Believe This Image Is Really 'God,' Not God-zilla

Fiona Finn | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Fiona Finn

I have to say I'm more than amused by the collection of answers received on what other people think they see in this image of clouds. I've heard it all.

'God' and Angel in Photograph of Clouds Over Cape Coral, Florida

Fiona Finn | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Fiona Finn

I realize that some may see this as a sign, an act of God if you will. There will be others, those who will doubt. And that's okay. But one thing's for sure, and that's how remarkably clear this image in the sky really is.

Overcome These Five Obstacles to Your Mindfulness Meditation Practice

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

One thing I've learned is if you want to establish a practice you have to look directly at what's getting in the way and allow those obstacles to be your greatest teachers.

My Prayer "Invasion"

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 09.18.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Why does prayer feel both right and normal to me and crazy, too? The best I can do is offer this analogy. In the movie Close Encounters of the Thir...

Three Big Steps to Illuminating the Real You

Panache Desai | Posted 09.24.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Panache Desai

Looking to the outside world and seeking the approval of others does not bring authenticity, but discovering your soul's truest expression certainly will. Here are three steps to honor your unique gifts, ignite your soul signature, and illuminate the real you.

Irreverence Is the New Reverent

Cindy Brandt | Posted 09.21.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

While I agree there's a social maturity required in expressing irreverence through appropriate channels, the Church is missing out on a deep authenticity of the human experience if we continue to fear irreverence, instead of finding beauty in it.

I Don't Have My Shit Together

Micah J. Murray | Posted 09.21.2014 | Religion
Micah J. Murray

Do I need to censor this, because I'm a Christian writer? No. A thousand times no. If that's what it means to be a "Christian writer", count me out. I'm done with writing from the heart and then hitting backspace until it feels safe again.

Should You Listen to Your Best Friend?

Alexis Sclamberg | Posted 09.15.2014 | Women
Alexis Sclamberg

What if we could really be mirrors for each other -- and believe the truths that our greatest friends reflected back to us?

Life is Fragile: Say "I Love You" a Lot

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.23.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Jim Taylor

I remember my life in my 20s and 30s when I was single. I felt invincible. Life was so carefree. I lived in the present, didn't think much about the f...

Why Doubt and Uncertainty are Good -- For Both Religion and Science

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Both religion and science often tend to present themselves as "knowing everything." Yet in both realms, there is an enormous amount we don't know, an...

Bill Maher's Fundamentalism

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

Though Bill Maher thinks he is dissing all religion and spirituality, he actually attacks what I would call grade school religion. He even hinted at some respect for the new pope, whom I would describe as representing graduate school religion and above.

10 Great Ways Mindfulness Turns Fear Into An Ally

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

At first glance you might not put mindfulness and fear together or think that one can counterbalance the other. But while mindfulness invites us to be present with fear rather than run from it, it also frees us from being stuck in fearful thoughts and feelings.

The Power of Doubt

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Why did he think that doubt is generative? Many people seem to believe the opposite, namely, that doubt is destructive -- or at least paralyzing. Others fear doubt, because it threatens their otherwise comfortable sense of certainty.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: It Feels Like a Death in the Family

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 04.05.2014 | Entertainment
Miles Mogulescu

In my lifetime I've experienced the untimely death of many great performing artists. But I don't think I can remember one that has personally hit me so hard as Phil Hoffman's death.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: An Appreciation

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.05.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I first noticed Philip Seymour Hoffman's work in a serious way at Sundance in 1998, when he showed up in significant roles in two different films: Next Stop Wonderland and Montana.

16 Philip Seymour Hoffman Movies To Fill The Hole In Your Heart

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 02.02.2014 | Entertainment

Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday (Feb. 2) afternoon in his Manhattan apartment. It is believed Hoffman died from a dru...

And Let It Begin With Me

Bethany Thies | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Bethany Thies

It's the end of the common sense world as we know it and I feel... incredibly guilty. Incredibly caught up in the very nonsense I rail against.

Aisle View: Moonstruck in the Old Country

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Recent seasons have seen a dependable stream of first-rate Irish plays making their way to Broadway and off. The newest hails not from the old country but from Bronx-born scribe John Patrick Shanley. Outside Mullingar is one of those generations-of-country-folk-on-the-old-farm plays, and it's dandy.

The Phrase 'Real Life'

Dave Gill | Posted 02.09.2014 | Travel
Dave Gill

Upon hearing about the bumpy transitions back to normality that others had experienced, I thought it would be nothing, but now the opposite seems obvious. Of course there'll be transition pains. How would there not be after last year?

Oh God! What a Book on Jesus

Bruce Piasecki | Posted 02.05.2014 | Books
Bruce Piasecki

Jay Parini offers us in less than 200 pages a warm, bold, strong, well-written historical biography of Jesus Christ. No kidding. It is probably the most reliable biography on Christ written for a century or two.