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Do Religious Classes Focus Too Much on Fantasy?

John A. Tures | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
John A. Tures

Last month, a study in the Cognitive Science journal found that kids exposed to religion struggle with distinguishing between fantasy and reality. Are lesson plans geared toward kids to blame?

Jesus Spoke to Me: the Only Story You Need to Read Today

Fiona Finn | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
Fiona Finn

Okay, okay, I know the title of my blog sounds pretty crazy to some, but trust me I'm about to tell you a truthful account of the day Jesus spoke to m...

Ferguson as Christological Challenge: Rethinking Jesus in an Unjust Society

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Let us bury the New York Times-bestselling, life coach Jesus, along with the ecclesiology of egoism it implies.

The Death in Ferguson

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

May our own pursuit of racial justice and reconciliation begin with the death of the dishonesty in our own hearts and conclude in our own resurrection with the wild diversity of the people of God.

Put Down Your Weapons And Promote Peace

Palmer Chinchen | Posted 08.15.2014 | Religion
Palmer Chinchen

The prophet Isaiah said: "They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks." What if our churches invited people from their towns and cities to lay down their weapons at the foot of the cross.

Jewish Jesus and Identity Theft in Renaissance Art

Bernard Starr | Posted 08.14.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

If you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus -- even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core.

Jesus Drove Usurers From The Temple. We Allow 500-percent Interest Payday Loans. Where Are The Christians?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

First, let's start with the good (if you can really call it that) news: A trail of money that began with triple-digit loans to troubled New Yo...

The Night I Almost Took My Life

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Our society must take mental illness seriously and not desperately reach for alternative explanations to our plight. We are an oppressed faceless minority.

Suffer Little Children

Stephanie Mott | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

More and more people are choosing not to be identified as Christian. Does anyone really wonder why? The persecution is coming from the very people who are claiming to be the victims. They have attacked Christianity at its very core.

Gaza From the Perspective of a Proud Diaspora Jew

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Lionel Rolfe

I have been doing my best not to think too much about Gaza, not only publicly but for myself. I can no longer avoid pondering all the uncomfortable thoughts Israel's bombing of Gaza is bringing home to me. Of one thing I'm sure of -- I want to tell Netanyahu, "I told you so." Netanyahu's purpose was always designed to prevent any chance of rapprochement. What's unfolding was foretold by his actions.

Mixed Reactions To Adult Swim's 'Black Jesus'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.08.2014 | Religion

"Black Jesus" made his debut on Adult Swim Thursday night with mixed reviews. Plenty of Christian groups around the country criticized the show fo...

Spiritual or Religious? False Dichotomy

Eric Simpson | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Eric Simpson

The notion that one can be spiritual but not religious is like saying you have blood in your body, but don't care much for the skeleton. Similarly, claiming you need to go to Church to be spiritual is like saying you need to shop at Macy's to wear clothes. Both ideas are bunk.

"Better to Marry": For Christians, Gay Marriage -- Not Celibacy

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

As a scholar of religion who is gay (and -- by the way -- currently celibate), I staunchly oppose this heretical Christian claim that the rare spiritual gift of and vocation to celibacy is automatically to be assigned to an entire group of people merely because of their affectional or sexual orientation.

'I Like Jesus -- It's His Followers I Can't Stand'

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

There's a growing dissatisfaction with the traditional view of the church among emerging generations. This dissatisfaction has any number of causes, which the disaffected would name as anti-institutionalism, hypocrisy, judgmentalism, etc. But there's one area of vexation that always seems to come up: the Jesus Gap.

What You Never Knew About Loaves, Fishes, and Cancer

Dan Duffy | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Dan Duffy

Even if you're not Catholic, or even Christian, most of you know the story of the loaves and fishes in the Bible. I'd heard the story a bunch from the time I was a kid, but it was about to take on a whole new meaning.

5 Reasons Jesus Isn't Coming Back This Year

Brett Gallaher | Posted 08.04.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

Sure, Christians would love their Messiah to come back soon. But things here on Earth keep indicating that won't be happening anytime soon.

What Makes Jesus Mad as Hell?

Rev. Mel White | Posted 08.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Mel White

With very few exceptions, clergy and lay leaders representing 2.5 billion Christians worldwide are still defending their tired old beliefs that homosexuality is a sickness and a sin, beliefs based on biblical misuse and scientific ignorance.

There Are Children to Love

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 08.01.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

The scenes of children crossing our borders and arriving to this country have touched me no less than the scene I experienced on the sonogram. Now we are a nation sitting next to a metaphorical sonogram machine and staring at the screen. The concerns that I had are no different from the concerns that many in this country have.

Who'll Come First, Internet Jesus or Cyber Adolf?

Jim Treacy | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Jim Treacy

Conditions are rife for a global revolution, with channels to drive one ever strengthening. All that's missing is a charismatic leader to pull the strings. History imparts that person will arrive. Pray for goodness because it could be evil.

The Decadence of Persecuting Deviance

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Inquisitions to current day intolerant extremists, life and resources are wasted with perverted extravagance. Difference and deviance have become the most frequently employed rationale to persecute, punish and kill.

Ingenious Compromise: Reason for Hope

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

Does a sharply divided America necessarily mean that no meaningful legislation can emerge from our political leaders on both sides of the aisle? I don't think so! What many people describe as the greatest political agreement in the history of the world came out of a deeply divided America -- the US Constitution.

Aaron McGruder's Latest Show Has Sparked Serious Outrage

Posted 07.31.2014 | Black Voices

As anticipation continues to build around Aaron McGruder's latest Adult Swim comedy series, “Black Jesus,” the show has already spawned criticism ...

Love in the Mist of Petrified Trees

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Jack Schimmelman

I am one of the fortunate ones. I have never been to war or singed with its insanity. When I see my government voluntarily send our citizens into battle without truth, on rationales that obviously lie to our faces, I want to raise my scream to the biosphere.

Who Would Jesus Shoot?

Trey Lyon | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

Some have appropriated the current gun conversation to ask "What Would Jesus Carry?" but I'd rather take it one step further and ask "Who Would Jesus Shoot?"

Saints and the Secular Republic

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

One evening I noticed a small group of children running and dancing about, and among them a little boy was limping. There was something wrong with his leg -- perhaps a birth defect -- but he was playing right along with his friends.