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Lucia Graves

Republican Lawmaker Goes Silent On 'Hatred Of God' Controversy | Lucia Graves | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In pitching his Senate bid before a St. Louis County audience, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) glossed over the controversy that has plagued him ...

The Sacred Power Of Hope

Lonni Collins Pratt | Posted 08.29.2011 | Religion
Lonni Collins Pratt

Hope is often misunderstood. Many people consider hope a synonym for wishing, or optimism, or positive thinking. It's not. Hope is tougher than that. So are the people who make hoping a way of life.

Lucia Graves

Clergymen Demand Apology From GOP Lawmaker | Lucia Graves | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics

Jaweed Kaleem contributed to this report. WASHINGTON -- Religious leaders in Missouri are calling on Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) to apologize for claimi...

The Truth That Changed the World

Lorna Bright | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Lorna Bright

We all have an innate desire for freedom on every level of life. When we come to really know and believe the self-evident truth that each one of us is intended to live freely in body, mind and spirit, everything changes.

God And Gender: Missing The Divine For The Sign

Rabbi Shais Taub | Posted 08.28.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shais Taub

The bottom line is that the language of gender is no different than the language of emotions or consciousness. These are descriptions of the human experience of the divine.

Lucia Graves

GOP Rep: 'At The Heart Of Liberalism Is Really A Hatred Of God' | Lucia Graves | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) is drawing fire for claiming a "hatred of God" informs liberal beliefs. The comments, first reported by liber...

New York's Gay Marriage Debate Exposes Moral And Intellectual Bankruptcy Of Old-Time Religion

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 08.26.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

But, while a new day has dawned in New York, the fight now moves from New York to other states, so it's important to consider the arguments offered against gay marriage. Let's take a look.

What Does 'God' Mean?

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 08.22.2011 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

When I use the word God, I have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about. And yet, paradoxically, I've staked everything there -- with this Mystery that I cannot comprehend with my finite mind.

Disappointed With God

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 08.16.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

We all have doubts, and we need to dive into them and feel them and examine them and work through them. Hiding from them or denying them only causes them to fester in our soul.

Breaking up with God

Sarah Sentilles | Posted 08.20.2011 | Books
Sarah Sentilles

I met God in the Catholic Church and spent most of my childhood trying to get God to love me. I loved God from afar, like you might love a teacher or your best friend's older brother. I watched God carefully.

Father's Day And God As Father

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 08.18.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

I can joyfully remember the best things about my dad on father's day, and know that every good thing in creation gives us a window into the mysterious and majestic heart of the Creator.

Living The Monk's Life In The Real World

John Backman | Posted 08.18.2011 | Religion
John Backman

In our post-religious, commitment-optional society, in which "do whatever works for you" is often cited as the cardinal virtue, why would anyone commit to a prescribed set of rules -- especially rules that date back to the Middle Ages?

"Truth" Vs "I.M.," or Inspiration Material

Jill Lynne | Posted 08.10.2011 | New York
Jill Lynne

(c) Jill Lynne June 10th, 2011 This morn I received an email from a long-term, well-intentioned pal -- who enjoys forwarding various missives. Sim...

Becoming Hindu And Finding The Essence Of All Spiritual Paths

Radhanath Swami | Posted 08.10.2011 | Religion
Radhanath Swami

Behind the veil of superficiality and hypocrisy, I always believed in the inherent beauty of God that lies at the essence of all true spiritual paths.

What Would Jesus' Commencement Speech Say?

Sheldon C. Good | Posted 08.09.2011 | Religion
Sheldon C. Good

So, what if Jesus were a commencement speaker today? Perhaps it would go something like this: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.

Is God's Justice Different Than Ours?

John Shore | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
John Shore

If it's true that by justice God means something diametrically opposed to our understanding of that word, what, then, are we to make of Jesus when he talks about love?

How In The World Did Colton Burpo Beat Me To Heaven?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Here was I, preparing to astonish the world with my tale of a visit to heaven, and I get beaten to the bestseller list by a tow-headed kid.

Poll: 9 In 10 Americans Still Believe In God

Posted 08.06.2011 | Religion

A poll released by Gallup on Friday found that 92 percent of Americans still say "yes" to the simple question, "Do you believe in God?" A breakdown...

The Consequences of Spiritual Transformation

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.02.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

My views about God, my feelings about myself and others, and my views regarding the universe shifted, or better, morphed into something infinitely more meaningful than I could have ever imagined.

God Is Not A Christian

Desmond Tutu | Posted 08.01.2011 | Religion
Desmond Tutu

Many of us perhaps need to have our notion of God deepened and expanded. We must be ready to learn from one another, not claiming that we alone possess all truth and that somehow we have a corner on God.

The Religious Meaning Of Malick's 'Tree of Life'

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 07.31.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Why does God not simply say to Job "This is why you suffer?" What is the larger point God is making? There are endless, powerful and provocative speculations about this question.

Florida Suing God for Hurricane Damage

Mark C. Miller | Posted 07.31.2011 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

"God ruined Florida," explains Arthur Pheswin, the attorney retained by the state of Florida to bring suit against the Almighty. "Thanks to Him, lives were lost, industries destroyed and the state nearly went bankrupt. It's time He be held accountable."

Did Religion Create Civilization?

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

In Gobekli Tepe, we have strong evidence that people's need/desire to gather for worship is what created civilization, not the reverse, as was previously assumed.

Is Hell Real?

John Shore | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion
John Shore

I think keeping the afterlife a complete mystery is God's way of telling us to pay maximum attention to the life we have on this side of the door.

Born This Way? Being, Becoming, Lady Gaga and the Divine

John Backman | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion
John Backman

Every major faith tradition calls its followers to more: to become better, more compassionate, closer to the Divine. The natural arc of life issues the same call.