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Yom Kippur: Dying So We May Live

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Yom Kippur arrives to remind us that time is limited. We beat our chests, the Jewish defibrillation, to revive our hearts, to awaken ourselves to our own swift passage. Today, though, on this day, it is our privilege to be alive.

How To Keep The Faith, No Matter What

DeVon Franklin | Posted 11.22.2012 | Healthy Living
DeVon Franklin

The Sabbath is my time with the Lord, my time to unwind from the pressures of work, heal, and reflect on the many blessings in my life and the career path that has led me here.

A Lunchtime Lesson About Perseverance

Gina Ryder | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Gina Ryder

When I woke up today, I heard a whisper in my heart to "just have lunch".

What Advice Would We Give Our Younger Selves About Faith?

Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion

When it comes to growing up with religion, some of us were blasted with doctrine, others were given gentle spiritual guidance, and some were left with...

A Christian Who Loves A Muslim

Willie James Jennings | Posted 11.19.2012 | Religion
Willie James Jennings

How is it possible that one of the prized converts to the Nation of Islam, who emerged as a devout believer in Allah, a follower of the prophet Muhammad, a powerful voice for global Islam, could also be a catalyst for my Christian faith?

GPS Guide: Peace, Pretty In Pink

Robin Hickman | Posted 11.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Robin Hickman

Twenty years ago, a divine gift touched my soul and stirred my spirit. While visiting my cousin in California, her then-6-year-old daughter Nikki and I spent a whole glorious day playing dolls.

Top 100 Religious Books For HuffPost Community

Posted 09.14.2012 | Religion

Books can be life changing. Aside from primary religious texts, many books have shaped our beliefs and influenced our faith. Huff Post Religion asked ...

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.

Finding God in the Party Platforms

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

What matters is whether the platform shows an intention to honor God's call for action that we care for each other as neighbors and work to heal the sick, feed the hungry and protect those in need. The Democratic platform fully embraces those values, but they are hard to find in the Republican platform.

Single and [Working On] Loving It!

Beth Hopkins | Posted 11.12.2012 | Women
Beth Hopkins

Today I was whiling away my life on Facebook as usual when I noticed one of my sidebar ads. Underneath this-and-that artist who sounds like Bon Iver I saw something peculiar. "Be a Nun!" it declared. Wait. What?

Republicans Use Religion As A Political Tool

John W. McCarthy | Posted 11.07.2012 | Religion
John W. McCarthy

The Republican Right has taken a break from their busy schedule of cutting services to poor people to tackle another hard hitting issue: The Democratic Platform didn't originally mention God once.

In a Globalized World, Every Conflict Is Ours

Jim Wallis | Posted 11.07.2012 | World
Jim Wallis

While the technology that connects us continues to advance, our understanding of the ethics and virtues that should guide our global relationships has not always kept up. No place exemplifies this more than the Democratic Republic of Congo.

God, The Selling Point

Eliza Wood | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Eliza Wood

In reality, we try to use all the information we have to judge a potential president, but religion as a personal brand attribute can be a weak and unreliable predictor.

To Use Beliefs Or Be Used By Them: THAT Is The Question

Robert Fuller | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

While there's no denying that we need working beliefs, we can get along quite nicely without absolutes. We need only resist elevating beliefs into eternal verities. To know who we are does not mean we know who we'll become.

Embrace The Grace Of Letting Go

Melissa Van Rossum | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Melissa Van Rossum

There's definitely something about letting go, not trying so hard to control everything ourselves and relying on a higher power that tends to bring good things to pass. Control is highly overrated. Most times we just need to get out of our own way.

Isaac Was A Hurricane, Not The Manifest Judgement Of An Angry Deity

Teo Bishop | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Teo Bishop

To say there is a supernatural being that wishes to do you harm if you do not behave correctly, is to make our gods into abusive parents, or unapproachable, unappeasable authority figures.

Faith In The Higgs?

Jason Rosenhouse | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Jason Rosenhouse

As a practical matter, we all must accept what experts tell us about fields we have not studied ourselves. It is very lazy, however, to say that all such instances are just acts of faith and therefore intellectually equivalent.

Finding Language To Describe God

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

The lack of words for the Sacred is like the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle of my religious practices: I cannot both fully experience the Sacred and fully describe that experience at the same time.

Don't Believe In Angels? Suspend Your Disbelief For A Day

Lorna Byrne | Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

I don't ever try to change anyone's beliefs, but I know how much angels can help us. I see it every day and it seems to me to be such a waste when people don't ask for this help. Angels can help us so much, particularly in these challenging times.

Is It God vs. Humanity In Natural Disasters?

Eliza Wood | Posted 10.28.2012 | Religion
Eliza Wood

It seems a primal human need to make sense of events, to seek comfort and context for things that happen around us and to us. To hope for the best and be able to distribute some good vibes around the globe via the Almighty just seems to many like the right thing to do.

The Role of Satire, Snark And Sarcasm In Building Community

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

In no way am I above this, as I too have leaned on what I think is funny in order to take a swipe at someone with whom I disagree. It can be cathartic and, truthfully, when you hit a snark-homer, it feels awesome.

Hell On Earth

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 10.25.2012 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

've come to believe that the differences among American Christians can be boiled down to one fundamental theological difference: hell. The belief in hell on earth (or not) is especially evident in the platforms of politicians who reference faith among their significant influences.

What Message Does Lance's Takedown Send to Our Kids?

CT Working Moms | Posted 10.24.2012 | Parents
CT Working Moms

I believe Lance has told the truth. He has never, ever been found guilty of doping. And yet everything is being taking away from him.

Beyond Fundamentalism And Relativism

Robert Fuller | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

When our models can't change, behavior patterns become frozen, and some of them are apt to be abusive and unjust. The peace and prosperity of the world depend on attitudes about the evolution of models and our degree of comfort in allowing this process to unfold.

7 Ways To Remain Faithful (And Sane) This Election Season

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 10.21.2012 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

It's no easy task to stay faithful, friendly and unperturbed during election season. We still have 80 days until the election. We're called to make the most of them.