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I'm With Stupid: The Predictive Prowess of Deep-Fried Poultry

Todd Hartley | Posted 09.19.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

By the time you read this, Scotland will have decided already whether to secede from the United Kingdom and form its own independent country. I can hazard an informed guess, though, and for that I have KFC to thank.

The Next Big Thing for the Progressive Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 09.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

It's time for progressive Christians to claim discipleship. It's time to get radical, not about our politics or our policies, but about our faith. It's time to stop throwing the baby Jesus out with the bath water, and start putting the horse before the cart.

Pain: A Gateway to Transcendence

Mario Tenaglia | Posted 09.18.2014 | Religion
Mario Tenaglia

God is a concept by which we measure our pain. - John Lennon According to Hesiod, an ancient Greek poet who wrote The Theogony aroun...

Love, the Glue That Holds Us All Together

Soren Petersen | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact
Soren Petersen

Once in a while someone enters our world that makes us feel especially loved. Everyone feels blessed by their presence and their love provides the glue that makes families and friends unite, colleagues gather and whole communities rally around common goals. Such a one is my sister-in-law, Sophie.

Religious Crimes and Free Speech: From Pussy Riot to Fellatio with Jesus Statuary, the Controversies Keep on Coming

Clay Calvert | Posted 09.16.2014 | Crime
Clay Calvert

Whenever religion becomes involved, sophomoric stunts by 14-year-old boys become no laughing matter to the offended.

Some Atheists and Transhumanists are Asking: Should it be Illegal to Indoctrinate Kids With Religion?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

A reasonable society should not have to indoctrinate its children; its children should discover and choose religious paths for themselves when they become adults, if they are to choose one at all.

Impossible Ideals

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

Ideals are tools, and tools can be misused. The unscrupulous use them to bilk people. "Buy my diet drug, and you'll look like Barbie." "Buy my book and master mindfulness in 6 weeks."

What Happened to Sin

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

People around the world are suffering more now than at any time in my lifetime, and probably much longer. But the peoples of the world, including we who live in and love the United States, have become increasingly permissive and secular.

A Christian Response to ISIS (According to Jesus)

Carl Medearis | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Carl Medearis

Forgiveness, love, choosing to lay down our lives is the most difficult path in the face of real enemies. Evil is real. But love is far more powerful.

Killing Jesus and Claiming Justice: The Execution of Willie Trottie

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

The unfathomable love and grace of God is what binds Willie Trottie to the person of Jesus. The murders of Barbara and Titus Canada cannot keep Trottie from such grace and love. Why is this so difficult to believe?

Does Declining Membership Mean God Thinks You Suck?

Derek Penwell | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

The goal of following Jesus has never been the kind of growth that satisfies the ecclesiastical bean counters anyway; it's about doing what you believe -- were he to find himself in the same position -- Jesus might do.

A Memo From God to Bob McDonnell

Flora Nicholas | Posted 09.09.2014 | Comedy
Flora Nicholas

As you have announced that your "trust remains in the Lord," I feel it is my duty as The Holy Father, to give you, The Holy F Up, some guidance as you seek to atone for said un-saintly sins.

Authentic and False Images of Jesus in Artworks

Bernard Starr | Posted 09.05.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Jesus would likely be horrified by the image of him displaying a crucifix. The only crucifix he ever held was the one he was nailed to in the brutal process of his crucifixion.

Was Jesus a Grassroots Community Organizer?

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

I believe that Jesus was very deliberate in his portrayal as a community organizer by being aware of the social forces he set in motion in defining the concepts of discipleship, community and love.

Are Muslims Violent?

Gary M. Burge | Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion
Gary M. Burge

It strikes me that if you peel back many religions (including the three Abrahamic faiths), there are both episodes of violence and expressions of tolerance. The problem is not one's religious affiliation. The problem is spiritual: There is something bent inside each of us that inspires us to distort the higher values of the faith we profess.

Daily Meditation: Walking, Talking And Praising

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Historical Jesus? Not So Fast.

Chris Sosa | Posted 09.07.2014 | Science
Chris Sosa

In recent days, protesters have taken to defending opposing moral positions by claiming Jesus held their viewpoint. Aside from the obvious problem of using a single historical figure as a moral barometer, there's another troubling issue at hand.

Primal Fear and the Legacy of Damien Hirst

Matthew Israel | Posted 09.04.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

What artworks of the past 25 years will we care about in the future? Why is this work so important? In the past when I have lectured on Hirst, I've focused on the following.

Who Is Actually Following Jesus -- Atheists or Christians?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Who cares about labels when someone is slapping you in the face? Who cares about labels when someone is saving you from drowning?

Grocery Store Theology: Market Basket, Labor Day, and Respecting the Worker

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

In my church, where prayer concerns are raised during worship by members of the congregation, the employees of Market Basket were raised up by non-employees. People across the political spectrum talked about refusing to shop out of solidarity for the workers.

John Lennon's Murderer: 'I Found My Peace In Jesus'

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The man who murdered John Lennon wants only one thing now — to tell others about Jesus. Mark David Chapman, 59, told parole examiners he wa...

Exhibit Explores Womanhood Through The Figure Of Jesus' Mother

Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion

The Virgin Mary has played a central role in Christian art throughout the centuries, most often depicted as a holy mother with the infant Jesus. Now a...

The Virgin Mary Visited My Very Angry but Lovable Teenage Son

Fiona Finn | Posted 08.28.2014 | Religion
Fiona Finn

He walked side by side next to Mary. Yes, Mary the mother of Jesus, that Mary. She was cloaked in blue and he was calling her 'mom' as they spoke. Mary spoke gently to Connor letting him know he would be getting help for his teeth.

Faith for In-Between Times

Mark Osler | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Mark Osler

In Minnesota, this is an in-between time. Summer is over, the pool is closed, but it isn't quite fall yet. There is something awkward about it, a sense of displacement. This kind of discomfort is playing out right now in the discussion over events in Ferguson, Missouri, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a police officer.

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?