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A Higher Calling

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 12.19.2014 | Good News
Maggie Van Ostrand

Once upon a time just a few years ago, a little pine tree stood in the deep forest, isolated and naked. He wondered aloud why he was so small and skinny while a big pine tree standing just several feet away had so many full and lusty branches.

Soul Search: Why Pope Francis Is Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

We have this conundrum of who has a soul and who goes to heaven because the basic premise on the question is rather absurd. The concept of a soul is fatally flawed, just as is the idea of dualism.

JT Burke's Paradise Circus Pops Up at the LA Art Show

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 12.17.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

For Burke, the allegory of Paradise Circus is not really about satirizing any individual faith per se, his own or anyone's -- it's more about shining a light on the absurdity of killing one another over competing theories of the unknowable.

Do Bacteria Go to Heaven?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Pet owners are rejoicing, and indeed even a nonbeliever like me finds it charming. Still, I worry: does His Holiness include bacteria? He had better, because bacteria are part of who we are -- a big part.

Are We Ready to Map the Other Side? Are We Ready to Map Heaven?

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 11.14.2014 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

For many the debate whether there is an other side, if Heaven is real, is over. There are now studies, Near Death Experiences shared in best-selling b...

If Heaven Is Real, What Are We Doing Here?

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

We don't have to wait for a life review. We can review our lives now including forgiving ourselves and others. We can understand the connectedness to everyone and everything. Everything done to others we are doing to ourselves.

Halloween, Scorpio, Reincarnation and the Birth of Astrology

Gahl Eden Sasson | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion
Gahl Eden Sasson

The goal of life is death --Sigmund Freud If you live in the Northern hemisphere, and if you are lucky enough to reside ...

What Happened When Tony Campolo's Son 'Came Out' As Humanist

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Bart Campolo decided he was no longer a Christian after being injured in a bike accident in 2011. But he waited until last Thanksgiving to break...

Yom Kippur: What About That Other Book?

Carol Orsborn | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
Carol Orsborn

Imagine this: One instant ago, your body had weight and heat and heartbeat. And then, with one final long breath, all that is truly you rises like carbon bubbles of light, pressed to the ceiling.

Would You Be Happy in Heaven?

William Irvine | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
William Irvine

What would life in heaven be like? The Bible repeatedly assures its readers that heaven is where they want to go, but provides almost no information about what life would be like there.

Why I Believe This Image Is Really 'God,' Not God-zilla

Fiona Finn | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Fiona Finn

I have to say I'm more than amused by the collection of answers received on what other people think they see in this image of clouds. I've heard it all.

'God' and Angel in Photograph of Clouds Over Cape Coral, Florida

Fiona Finn | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Fiona Finn

I realize that some may see this as a sign, an act of God if you will. There will be others, those who will doubt. And that's okay. But one thing's for sure, and that's how remarkably clear this image in the sky really is.

Ring Sisters

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 10.04.2014 | Women
Sarah O'Leary

Several years ago I purchased a ring from a high-end jewelry store, but it could have been from anywhere. I loved the design of the Trinity ring from ...

Being a Woman Is a Privilege

Miriam Ava | Posted 09.20.2014 | Women
Miriam Ava

We create worlds. We inspire communities. We ignite transformations. And yet and because of this, the divine feminine has been repressed for mill...

Heaven Is for Real -- and Overrated

Clay Graham | Posted 09.13.2014 | Comedy
Clay Graham

As I was finishing my second dessert, Jesus rode up on a rainbow-colored horse and gazed down upon me. He looked like Kenny Loggins during his "Danger Zone" period, except with bluer eyes, and smiled the most compassionate smile I had ever seen.

Head-on Collision with a Ford

Charlie Carillo | Posted 09.13.2014 | New York
Charlie Carillo

It was one of those puff-piece New York Post assignments that landed in my lap once in a while back in the day, and that was fine by me -- no crime, no chalk outlines on the street, no survivors to interview.

Ramadan, Prayer and Drawing Maps

Sabina Khan-Ibarra | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Sabina Khan-Ibarra

Ever since I was a young girl, I knew that Ramadan was an extraordinary time of the year. It is a time when there was an abundance of everything in our lives -- food, family, friends, love, giving, forgiving and prayers.

Interview With a Philosopher: The Grand Finale, Part Two

Tom Morris | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

What can death tell us about life? Could it potentially provide important hints and suggestions about who we really are, and what the overall context ...

4 Reasons I'm Not Going to Heaven

Micah J. Murray | Posted 08.24.2014 | Religion
Micah J. Murray

I recognized all the Bible verses, the step-by-step, point-by-point sales pitch for an eternal destination. But now, I have no interest in buying what they're selling. If this is the way to Heaven, I'm not going.

Interview With a Philosopher -- A Great Book on the Grand Finale

Tom Morris | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

Death gets a lot of bad press, when it gets any at all. But it may be much different, and incredibly more interesting, than we might think. From the...

Laughing and Learning in Rwanda

Blair Forlaw | Posted 08.23.2014 | Good News
Blair Forlaw

Here's a good story about 12 young Rwandans, born in a terrible time of violence and genocide, who are playing very positive roles in their country's growing hospitality sector. It's a funny story, too.

Why Jack Bauer Reminds Me of Jesus

Bethany Blankley | Posted 08.21.2014 | Religion
Bethany Blankley

I've never been a big television watcher. I abhor commercials, and even more so, cable company monopolies legitimized by legislators dismissing the co...

Talking With Strangers About God

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

This young man arrived at the beach that Sunday with beat up sneakers and circles under his eyes. Call it proselytizing, but he wasn't getting anything out of this other than the pleasure of talking about God.

Heaven and Hell Revised: Updates From the World of Spirit

Stafford Betty | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Stafford Betty

It would be disingenuous of me to claim that I know for certain what happens when we die and what follows. Mediumistic communication is a slippery subject, and I am aware of its potential pitfalls. But I am also widely read in the area, and what I've tried to show here is the remarkable richness of the best of spirit literature.

'Heaven Is For Real' - a Loving Story About a Community That Experiences Something Extraordinary

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 06.22.2014 | Entertainment
KIDS FIRST!

I thought this film would be about a 9-year-old kid dreaming about heaven and speaking about it across the country. Boy was I wrong!