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A Jewish Perspective On The Dangerous Charisma Of Power

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 07.12.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

What is the Jewish attitude towards rulers? The person before you may seem a god. He is a person, with the same stubborn flaws that afflict us all, if anything, they may be magnified by power.

The Question Of Theodicy: If God Is All Powerful, Why Must Evil And Suffering Exist In The World?

Jeffrey Small | Posted 07.09.2011 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

Osama bin Laden's death and the southeastern tornadoes have brought to light one of the fundamental questions of humanity: Why do we have evil, suffering, pain and death in the world?

Can You Be Good Without God?

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 07.06.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

If atheists or secularists want to offer an alternative to religious morality, then it would appear that their first challenge is to agree on what the content of their morality will be (e.g. is abortion moral or not?)

Why Democrats Must Read Ayn Rand

Eric Sapp | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Eric Sapp

Rand's total rejection of faith and God is anathema to Christians. Forcing this discussion and calling GOP leaders who praise her on what she actually taught would sew deep discord in GOP circles.

Finding God In The Ordinary

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 07.05.2011 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

How does one find God in the everyday situations of life? How do we find God in the everyday things that we do, or can we? Is God present in everything or only in those things that we would traditionally call holy?

With Bin Laden's Death - Torture Is Still Not The Answer

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 07.05.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

Torture debases the persons tortured, as well as the torturers, and it violates the two truths that are common to most people of faith: every human being is created in God's image and we should love our neighbors as ourselves.

Why We Don't Need God to Be Good (and What Religious Folk Don't Want You to Know)

Mark Matousek | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

It is through mirror neurons -- not God -- that we redeem ourselves, achieve salvation, and are "reborn" in virtuous ways once co-opted by religions. Evolution knew what she was doing.

Reliance On God Linked With Treatment Choices In New Cancer Study

Posted 07.02.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Cancer patients who consider the length of their lives to be "in God's hands" are more willing than...

The Recovered Architect

Constantin Bjerke | Posted 06.20.2011 | Arts
Constantin Bjerke

Plaster, paint, wooden scaffolding? Smashed, shattered, seemingly left haplessly on the floor of the George an...

Names Can Never Hurt Me?

John Backman | Posted 06.20.2011 | Religion
John Backman

By using the metaphors of evil, we belittle our adversaries by placing them in categories that would never fit us. How do we change this state of affairs?

The Irony Of Passover: Affirming Revolution, Fearing The Revolutionary

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 06.18.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

The rabbis were right to be cautious: if they wanted Passover to be about the glory of God, it was best to leave Moses out. Moses was, after all, no more than a vehicle of the Divine will.

Does God Choose When The Spirit Leaves The Body Or Do We?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 06.16.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Do you think that God gave us the knowledge to be able to create these technologies, and then, as humans are want to do, we use them way beyond their original intent?

A Palm Sunday Meditation: Take Up My Cross?

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 06.16.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

You don't need to go looking for your cross. Life gives them to you. Whether it's an illness, or a tough family relationship, or trouble in school, or problems on the job.

Divinity of Doubt

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 06.12.2011 | Books
Frank Schaeffer

Divinity of Doubt will have no friends of the kind who want to be comfortable in a group, no ready-made groups looking to be further validated by the one-way bias that passes for communication these days.

God, We Need Atheists

Frank Fredericks | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

If we Christians challenge ourselves to treat our atheist brothers and sisters as equitable members of our communities, will atheists recognize the value of faith to those who believe?

Why 'Do You Believe in God?' Is The Wrong Question To Ask

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 06.07.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

When you're asking a question with an expected answer, and that answer is the opposite of what you hope it will be, there's no constructive dialogue. It simply comes off as a judgmental attack.

Survivor Redemption Island: Matt Went From Champion to Totally Lose My Respect

Michael Russnow | Posted 06.07.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Last night's episode caused me to jump up aghast when I saw Matt Elrod, having regained entry to the game after masterfully winning six challenges in a row, throw it all away with an incredible blunder.

If Infinity Is The Devil, What Is God?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 06.06.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

If the universe harbors an endless sea of bubbles like ours, in every conceivable variation, then there can be no meaning to it all. Infinity won't allow it.

Living A Good Life

Steven Nereo | Posted 06.04.2011 | Religion
Steven Nereo

The most frustrating idea is that I truly believe we all feel the same thing and are only arguing the words to describe it.

Is Religion In America In Decline?

David Briggs | Posted 06.02.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

The argument that religion is declining has gained attention with major surveys pointing to the existence of a substantial group of Americans who state no preference for organized religion.

A Journey Into Interfaith Engagement

David Ford | Posted 06.02.2011 | Religion
David Ford

The global interfaith challenge we face requires institutional creativity, conversation, collaboration and thorough theological work and education, locally, nationally and internationally.

Polytheism And Monotheism: A Hindu Perspective

Ramdas Lamb | Posted 05.31.2011 | Religion
Ramdas Lamb

In Hinduism, polytheism and monotheism coexist in a relationship much like the parts of a wheel. The many deities are like the spokes, emanating from the hub and each playing an important role.

You May Already Have Lost!

Charlie Carillo | Posted 05.31.2011 | New York
Charlie Carillo

Lottery winners come in all shapes and sizes, but no matter who gets the jackpot I am always willing to bet my lungs on the following: he/she/they will believe that their problems are solved.

Appreciating The Beauty Of Religion

Jeffrey Small | Posted 05.28.2011 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

Religion is different than politics, economics, science, history or other disciplines. These disciplines focus on the "how" or "what" of existence. Religion attempts to answer the "why."

Natural Disasters: God's Anger, The End Times Or Just Reality?

Wes Isley | Posted 05.28.2011 | Religion
Wes Isley

Religion unites us in times of trouble, it helps us persevere in difficult circumstances, and it gives us hope. But we need to go further and seriously ask, does God use nature to punish?