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CNN Poll Finds That Most People Think Bin Laden Is In Hell, In Case You Were Wondering | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.04.2011 | Media

I think most of us are glad to no longer be sharing the same space as Osama bin Laden, metaphysical or otherwise. But because a long time ago it was decided that it was acceptable for major news organizations to just take polls about whatever arbitrary thing happened to occur to them, CNN conducted a poll inquiring whether people thought Osama bin Laden was in Hell. Well, congratulations Hell: 61 percent of respondents say yes, Osama bin Laden will be spending his eternity in a special inferno-adjacent walled compound in Jahannam.

Bill O'Reilly And His Particular Interest In Hell

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 12.16.2011 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

His fundamental premise was that if you are not afraid of hell, you are going to do whatever you want. I believe that true and authentic faith should motivate us to love -- never to fear.

Hell-Questioning Reverend Didn't Envision Controversy

AP | By TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 06.06.2011 | Books

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Evangelical megachurch pastor Rob Bell said he did not anticipate the firestorm he would stir with his book that questions the tra...

The Good News Is Better Than That: Reflections On Hell, Salvation And The Power Of Love

Rob Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rob Bell

If that message and that conviction cause controversy, I'll accept that. Because good news is what we need.

Pastor Loses Job Amidst Rob Bell Debate

AP | By TOM BREEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

DURHAM, N.C. -- When Chad Holtz lost his old belief in hell, he also lost his job. The pastor of a rural United Methodist church in North Carolina wr...

Will 'Love Wins' Win? We're Early In The First Inning ...

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

I imagine Rob Bell feels a lot like I have on many occasions: it's not that the critics have understood what I'm trying to say and have explained why they disagree. They've misrepresented what I'm trying to say and have explained why the misrepresentation is audacious and ludicrous.

What Is Universalism?

Rev. Peter Morales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter Morales

As president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, I am fascinated and encouraged by the current public discourse around Rob Bell and the concept of universalism.

The Rob Bell Controversy: Does Anyone Go To Hell?

David Lose | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
David Lose

Why can't a prominent Christian author question how to reconcile God's incredible love with the notion of condemning souls to eternal torment without being condemned as a heretic?

A Sorry Lot, Indeed

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Hoenig

There's an Albert Einstein quote that's making the rounds: "If people are good only because they fear punishment and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."

Christian Author's Book Sparks Charges Of Heresy | Eric Marrapodi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Rob Bell, a pastor and author who has achieved rock star status in the Christian world, is preaching a false gospel, his critics say. And some of thos...

The Insider's Guide To Death

Elisa Medhus, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elisa Medhus, M.D.

From his unique perspective on the "other side," my son has become our "inside man" in the afterlife. In the following channeling session with psychic medium Jamie Butler, Erik shares what death is like.

Vince Was Lookin' Down

Mike Spicer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Mike Spicer


Channeling Erik: The Insider's Guide To Death And The Afterlife

Elisa Medhus, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elisa Medhus, M.D.

As a scientist and physician, I thought I had it all figured out. You live; you die; you're done. My entire paradigm, however, underwent a cataclysmic transformation soon after the death of my son, Erik.

New Museum Says Hell, Yes! To Removing Iconic Sign (POLL)

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

It has been reported that East Village rainbow favorite, the Hell, Yes! sign affixed to the New Museum, is going to be replaced by a large rose sculpt...

Hell And God's Love: An Alternative, Orthodox View

Eric Simpson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

The same fire, the love of God, that ignites in the hearts of the faithful transmutes in the experience of those who reject it into the fire of hell; it purifies the former, but burns the latter.

The Problem With Hell

Sharon L. Baker, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sharon L. Baker, Ph.D.

I have rethought the issues surrounding traditional notions of hell as a place of eternal punishment in favor of a view more consistent with that of a loving God. What follows are my reasons for wanting to raze hell.

'God Hates Fags': Q&A with Pastor Fred Phelps

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joshua Kors

Pastor Fred Phelps led the congregation that gained notoriety in recent years for picketing the funerals of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. He spoke with me about hell, homosexuality, and the Supreme Court.

Heaven: Does Lisa Miller's Book Make The Concept Any Less Trite?

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rabbi David Wolpe

In imagining this world, who would have guessed mountains and eyes and tuna fish and tables and fossils and crockpots and libraries and clouds? The task of envisioning a radically different world is doomed before it begins. Heaven is, quite literally, unimaginable.

Shout at the Devil?

John Bobey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Bobey

Satan: Grow up! Without me, Kelly Ripa would be working a Clinique counter in the Bethpage Galleria. John: I can totally see that.

What Dreams May Come: An Original Vision of the Afterlife, Poorly Cast But Gorgeously Rendered

Alex Remington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alex Remington

The greatest crime committed by the 1998 film What Dreams May Come is its excessive, nearly humorless earnest, personified by its star, Robin Williams...


Jilly Gagnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jilly Gagnon

If you have a question about billing, please press 1. If you have a question about a child who has been possessed by the dark lord himself, please press 2. If you have a question about the nature of your enduring, ironically fitting punishment, please press 3.

Surviving A Loved One's Suicide

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Irene Rubaum-Keller

Once someone you love commits suicide, you become a suicide survivor. That is what you are called. If someone you love dies of natural causes, you are not called a survivor. Suicide is different.

Q&A: Bad Boy Author Tucker Max Makes a Movie and Survives, So Far

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

Web phenomenon, book author and now film producer Tucker Max became an accidental Bad Boy through a combination of drink, smoke, willing women, too much testosterone and the Internet.

Why Not Organize Everything?

Norman Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Horowitz

I object to an "organized" day devoted to anything.

Morality Originates in Religion...Not

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeff Schweitzer

Morality is our biological destiny, not a gift from god.