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What Are Spirituality And Faith? Not What Most People Think...

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Spirituality is not declaring, "The Bible says it; I believe it; that settles it." That settles nothing. Such proclamations sound absolute -- sound certain -- sound as if the person making them is living by faith.

Some Big, Civilization-Shaping Ideas From Religion

Robert Fuller | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

Religious models such as monotheism, the golden rule and universal dignity are pillars of human civilization. Like science models, their strength is due to the truth they embody, and not dependent upon the zeal of "true believers."

Go Wherever God Leads

Tanya Martin | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Tanya Martin

Often times, I do not know what my future holds, but I have to trust the instructor (God) and know that He will not lead me down a path that I cannot handle.

Holy Rollers (in Her Hair): An Interview With Rev. Yolanda Mapes

Court Stroud | Posted 10.03.2012 | Gay Voices
Court Stroud

With her blond bouffant, ample bosom, and meticulous lipstick, Yolanda Mapes might look like a stereotypical church matron, but the five o'clock shadow and big-boned feet betray the truth: she's no lady.

Remembering Brett McLean

Frank Fredericks | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

I think it's time we take off our hats to him. My heart goes out to his family, and thank you Brett for reminding me what it means to truly live like Jesus, even when it costs you dearly.

The Burden Of Belief: A Christian Meditation On Doubt And Despair

Bert Montgomery | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

Some find it easy to believe. Some are strong, firm, resilient and certain in their faith. Then there are those who work very hard to convince themselves that they believe.

Why Your Heart Is Not Always 'Deceitful Above All Else'

The Good Women Project | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
The Good Women Project

This idea is fed by the commonly held and taught mantra that Christians often repeat. "Your emotions will lie to you!" we warn one another. And with these two ideas, we retreat to one of the most deadly places we can: denial.

Recovering A Politics of Lament In Our Faith Communities

C. Christopher Smith | Posted 10.02.2012 | Religion
C. Christopher Smith

Aurora has reminded us that lament is sorely lacking in our land. Our faith communities are faced with a prime opportunity to recover the practice of lament and point us toward a society that is more compassionate and humane.

Monotheism And The Quest For A Theory Of Everything

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.30.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

We cannot expect to know God's mind until, at the very least, we have eliminated inconsistencies in our observations and contradictions in our partial visions.

Microwavable Faith

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 09.29.2012 | Black Voices
Alisha L. Gordon

Our sense of entitlement rears its head when we pull our spiritual dish out, pick up our fork of faith, and press down into a solid cold, frozen center, otherwise known as our heart.

What's the Difference Between Religion and Psychosis?

Intent | Posted 09.26.2012 | Healthy Living

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Gotham Chopra about his new show, Holy Facts. Billed as "the show that treads the fine line between scientists, spiritualists, and psychotics," I was curious about Gotham's own take on the relationship between the three.

Bridging The Atlantic Divide Between Muslims

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 09.25.2012 | Religion
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

By learning from each other, American and European Muslims have the ability to realize their own potential and develop a synergy that can give rise to new sociopolitical ideas and intellectual movements.

Don't Make Dialogue Illegal: Standing Up for Persecuted LGBT in Uganda

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The fact that those being persecuted on the margins of society, in this case gay and lesbian people in Uganda, should mean that Christians should give extra attention to protecting and standing up for them.

Climbing The Fence Between Fear And Possibility

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 09.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Together let us climb that fence. Together let us claim the future. Together let us make the impossible possible as we work to reconcile division, to transform injustice and to urge the lost onto the road home.

Hope And Courage In The Face Of Cancer

Chava Tombosky | Posted 09.23.2012 | Religion
Chava Tombosky

When walking in to the Feldman's home, one can't help but notice the challenge they face. And yet, their home, now thrust in a cacophony of crisis, has energy of hope, optimism and unconditional love pulsing through its veins.

How To Keep Your Balance When There's No Place To Stand And Nothing To Hold

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.23.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

It's the essence of models that they're works in progress. The idea that models can change, and should be expected to yield their place of privilege to better ones, has been surprisingly hard to impart.

The Trajectory of Tragedy

Liz Sterling, M.A. | Posted 09.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Liz Sterling, M.A.

Situations like these bring to the surface what has been bubbling in the depths of our subconscious. We can use this time to see the true stuff we're made of -- and activate the grit of our souls.

Ramadan Reflection Day 3: Considering Marriage

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

We were in the car with a few friends and inevitably started a conversation on every young Muslims favorite topic: Marriage. This one interestingly focused on how many men, Muslim especially, have trouble committing to relationships with women who are motivated, driven and ambitious.

Ramadan Reflection Day 2: Lessons From The Light Of A Candle

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.19.2012 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

The flame of each of those candles is most remarkable in that they give of themselves without condition, sharing their light in every direction possible with anything and anyone around it.

What Will Make This Ramadan Different?

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.19.2012 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

I look forward to sharing once again reflections daily during this month of Ramadan. Although my days may be similar to those of a year ago, I pray that I have grown enough as a person that my thoughts and reflections on those days are different.

In Loving Memory

Daliah Merzaban | Posted 09.17.2012 | Religion
Daliah Merzaban

We often shirk at reminders of death in our daily lives. We race through life as though we are racing down this trail and while we may see the benches, we rush past them, ignoring what is written on the plaques.

I Believe: An Atheist's "World View"

Edward Falzon | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Edward Falzon

It's not anyone's fault but your own if scientific conclusions are at odds with your unexamined faith. The most troubling reality about these beliefs is how many are in the bible. None of them are.

Why I'm Thankful For 'Broken' American Politics

Andrea Palpant Dilley | Posted 09.16.2012 | Religion
Andrea Palpant Dilley

Although my daughter will miss out on the cross-cultural experience I had growing up in East Africa, mostly I'm grateful that she'll be spared the political instability that most children around the world take as commonplace.

The Secret To Science's Success

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

Modeling has made humans what we are and our success as a species depends on learning to use them wisely.

Are You Willing To Pay More For Goods To Keep Kids Out Of Factories?

Diana Mao | Posted 09.14.2012 | Impact
Diana Mao

I have often wondered about the scalability of fair trade. It all boils down to how much the consumer is willing sacrifice and pay. Are consumers wi...