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Calling All Pagans

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We're all in it together. We're part of nature, not its master. This concept is the missing foundation stone of contemporary civilization.

Ethics of 'Noah': Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Aronofsky

Chris Sosa | Posted 04.07.2014 | Entertainment
Chris Sosa

If you march into a theater to see Noah and expect a pleasant Bible story for the whole family, you obviously don't realize how deadly serious Darren Aronofsky takes this fable.

The Embarrassment of Noah

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 04.01.2014 | Entertainment
Ronald A. Lindsay

The makers of the film assure us that they have tried to stay true to the values of a story that is a "cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide." I think the filmmakers have stayed true to those values. The problem is these values are morally repugnant.

Quiz: How Well Do You Really Know the Story of Noah's Ark?

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

How well do you really know the story of Noah and his ark? Take this ten-question quiz to find out. Question one. God sent a flood in response to human wickedness. What led to that wickedness?

Darren Aronofsky, 'Noah' Director, Reflects On Genesis, Exxon Valdez And Our Relationship With The Earth

Darren Aronofsky | Posted 03.27.2014 | Religion
Darren Aronofsky

The quarter-century anniversary of the tragic Exxon Valdez event comes as my film Noah is about to be released, and I cannot help but reflect upon the relationship between that terrible spill and the story about how God nearly annihilated the human race because our behavior in this world grieved Him to His heart.

Noah's No Hero

Edward J. Blum | Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion
Edward J. Blum

Noah's curse has a variety of names. Sometimes it is called the Curse of Ham. Sometimes it is referred to as the Curse of Canaan. By any name, the implications have been great.

Will God Visit Another Flood on Humanity?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The movie Noah is generating global controversy even before its release. The question of why God allows the innocent to suffer is the most challenging in all religion.

Is the Bible Literally True? No, of Course Not!

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

If you are a Biblical literalist, as some of you may be, what I've just said most likely bothers you greatly. You believe, not only that the Bible is Divinely-dictated and error-free, but you also believe that whatever it says must be taken as literally and factually true.

Snake Handling and the Gospel of Mark

Michael Gilmour | Posted 03.03.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

This strange early twentieth-century expression of religious faith is not widespread -- confined to a small number of churches in the southeastern United States -- but has its roots in a literal reading of a cluster of biblical metaphors.

In the Middle of a Ham on Nye Sandwich

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Since 1925 the Creationists have been scrambling to recover from Clarence Darrow's complete obliteration of the credibility of Genesis as a scientific basis for our origins.

Creationism Versus the Bible

Joel S. Baden | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Joel S. Baden

If you tuned in to the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye creationism vs. science debate, you may well have found yourself thinking, 'This guy just doesn't get it.' And, regardless of which side you're on or which guy you were referring to, you were probably right.

Bill Nye, My Dad's Tie, and the Creation-Evolution Debate

Jack Levison | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

No matter what side of the creation-evolution debate you are on, your partisanship costs you dearly. Why? Because it costs you the ability to read the Bible on its own terms. What do we lose by straightjacketing the Bible with the creation-evolution debate?

Powering Down to Power Up

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Naphtali Hoff

How smart are we for owning smartphones? And is there anything that we can do to avoid being completely consumed by our technological cravings?

21 Rock Song Titles That Would Make Terrible Bar Pickup Lines

John K. Herr | Posted 03.28.2014 | Comedy
John K. Herr

"I want you to want me." -- Cheap Trick "Don't stand so close to me." -- The Police "I wanna be sedated." -- The Ramones "I know what boys like." -...

Questioning Darwin: One Man's Quest to Teach Science to Clergy

Rabbi Daniel Brenner | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Brenner

We asked ourselves what it would mean to be clergy who not only respected science's vision of a random, non-designed universe, but who preached the importance of taking a fresh look at our traditional theologies in the light of Darwin's brilliant discoveries.

Creationism Versus Evolutionism: When Will This Debate Ever End?

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The story of Genesis, is the story of the creation of humanity and community and a new humanity and community, respectively. When you get this, my friend, every Adam and Eve you meet, which is to say, every person you meet, will be a member of your extended human family... your human community.

Hippies Versus the Bible

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

So, all the cute similarities aside, would this Biblical character have had any meaningful connection to the counter-culture youth movement of the 60s?

Born Is the King of Israel (Shemot, Exodus 1:1-6-1)

Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Ph.D.

For our Christian friends and neighbors, this is the period that commemorates the birth of their savior, Jesus Christ. But did you know that this week also recalls the birth of another savior -- that of Israel?

Carl Jung, John Lennon and Joseph: The Shadow & the Beautiful Boy (Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27)

Stephen Hazan Arnoff | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
Stephen Hazan Arnoff

It was because of this beauty, along with Joseph's attendant arrogance and Jacob's favoritism, that Joseph's brothers hated him with a hatred like a thick, dark shadow eclipsing the light of this dazzling boy.

The 'S' Word, the 'D' Word and 12 Years a Slave

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

McQueen's unflinching revelation of Northup's struggle to maintain his dignity under the oppressive institution of slavery is a chance for Americans to engage the conversation we so desperately need -- the conversation about the "s" word -- "slavery."

You Can't Go Home Again. Sort of. (Hayyei Sarah, Genesis 23:1 - 25:18)

Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein

While we can't go home again, we can retrieve and reclaim aspects of our heritage. Where we have come from informs and shapes who we will be. Tribal continuity is something we should strive for with all of our heart and soul.

The Land That I Will Show You

Rabbi Eitan Webb | Posted 12.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eitan Webb

This conflict is core to the Jewish belief system. In the book of Bereishis (Genesis), Abraham, the forefather of the Jewish people, is called by G-d and told to "go for yourself, from your land, and from your birthplace, and from your father's house, to the land that I will show you." Why would G-d do this?

He's Just Not That Into You: Why Humans Need to Get Over Themselves

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

With few deviations, religions declare that humans are separate from other animals, higher and better than other critters, unique in their relationship with the creator.

Walking With Children

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 12.01.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

Perhaps Jacob was one of the first practitioners of walking meditation. Or maybe he just didn't want to miss out on his kids.

Noah: The Garden Versus the Tower (Noah, Genesis 6:9-11:32)

Erica Brown | Posted 12.01.2013 | Religion
Erica Brown

In the midst of the post-flood re-creation stories in this week's Torah reading, we find two different responses to the tragedy of the world's destruction.