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The Candle or the Mirror: Living Out Faith in an Era of Agnosticism

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 12.14.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Haven't we all met the Christian who's so compelling to us that his or her presence inspires our faith? And haven't we also met that sister or brother whose words, actions or attitudes cause us to literally doubt our faith?

Belief, Faith And Unrest

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

If one's faith is entirely dedicated to adherence to right beliefs, when those beliefs are challenged or insulted, so too is one's religious life. Such an affront to the mind's assessment of right and wrong can result in extreme emotional responses.

Losing Faith, Finding Hope: A Journey With Depression

Monica A. Coleman | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion
Monica A. Coleman

Somewhere between my unanswered prayers and the realization that I could not worship myself into happiness, my faith died. I stopped believing that God only loved me if I was happy and peaceful.

We Are All One Family

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

When people would divide us, polarize us, fill us with fear and make us defensive, when we are encouraged to spend trillions of dollars killing our enemies instead of praying for them -- let us remember in those instances that we are not separate, we are one.

Romney Supporter and YouTube Sensation Trisha Paytas Elaborates on Her Political Beliefs in Exclusive Interview

Shira Lazar | Posted 12.11.2012 | Technology
Shira Lazar

LA YouTuber Trisha Paytas has become something of an Internet sensation after she gave her official endorsement to presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a video this past week.

An Inspirational Reminder This Fall

Amy Chan | Posted 12.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Chan

Relax and calm your anxieties. Stop pushing for things to happen. Stop worrying that things won't happen. Detach from the outcome you so vehemently hold on to. What will be, will be. Everything has its time and everything has its course.

The Monkey-See-Monkey-Do Path to God, Love and Life

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

As for our labels saving us -- Christian, Jew, agnostic etc. -- we could all change places and swap labels and we'd still be what we are: potential members of a lynch mob.

Breastfeeding In Public: Can Women be Spiritual in a Male Fantasy World?

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

Given the mind-spirit-body connection, how can women have a truly healthy spiritual life when our bodies are riddled with doubt, self-consciousness, fear, judgment, disappointment, and demoralizing references?

With Faith We Move Forward

Raymond Torres | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Raymond Torres

The word "forward" embodies his vision for a better tomorrow, an aspiration to be commended. As we focus on this new vision for our future, it's helpful to understand what vehicle will be fueling this momentum for a better day for all.

You'll Make Decisions, And Copies: First-Job Tips For Change-Makers

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 12.08.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Just landed your first job with a cool nonprofit or social enterprise? Fresh from school and a few internships? Brimming with ideas to change the worl...

Faith in Marriage, Faith for Marriage

Christine Organ | Posted 12.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Christine Organ

It is time to stand by our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, friends and coworkers, and say loudly and proudly: "I am a person of faith and I support you. I support your life. I support marriage equality." Won't you join me?

The Arrogance of Ignorance--The Authority of Knowledge

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 12.02.2012 | Arts
Steven Paul Leiva

While it really does little harm for people to be arrogantly ignorant about art, in the larger civic world we all share, toxic ignorance, false information, and highly subjective and biased knowledge can do much harm, both locally and globally.

Finding Inner Peace: A HuffPost Religion Community Guide

Posted 10.01.2012 | Religion

A contented sigh. An aura of calmness. Feelings of peace are sought after in our busy lives. For International Peace Day, HuffPost Religion complied a...

'Love Your Neighbor' Wasn't Just a Suggestion

Jim Wallis | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The roots of anti-American hostilities in the Middle East run deep (literally and figuratively). We can start with the fact that our oil (and its economy) lies beneath their sands. Couple that with U.S. support of repressive and backward regimes, the continual presence of foreign troops on their land and in their holy places, and the endless wars waged there, ultimately fueled by the geopolitics of energy. Injustices and violence caused by the oil economy have sparked a reaction from dangerous religious fundamentalists in the Islamic world. This week, ugly anti-Islam ads implying that Muslims are uncivilized "savages" began appearing in New York City subways, prompting many people of good faith from across the nation to speak out against the ads. Sojourners now plans to bring a message of love -- a light in the darkness -- to counter the hate.

Atonement Blues: Breaking the Yom Kippur Fast With 'Breaking Bad'

Loren-Paul Caplin | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Loren-Paul Caplin

In "Breaking Bad," every episode is a day of atonement, if not for each character as it often is, it is for me. I rarely walk away from watching an episode feeling ebullient.

Five Ways Poor Voters Vote for Poverty

Soul Dancer | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Soul Dancer

In a roundly researched and insightful post by Tom Zeller, Jr., "Rural Minorities Ponder The American Dream From The Bottom Rung Of The Economic Ladde...

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.