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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 07.25.2014 | 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.

Adult Swim Has A New Show Featuring 'Black Jesus'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion

The portrayal of Jesus as non-white has played an important role in black liberation theology for years, but Adult Swim's forthcoming show "Black Jesu...

Does a Corporation Have a Soul?

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

The U.S. Supreme Court has launched an entitlement program for corporations. They are now considered individuals, and individuals with faith. Makes me wonder, if corporations go bankrupt, will they dream?

Response to Bill O'Reilly: Jesus Didn't Start a New Religion

Bernard Starr | Posted 07.18.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Bill O'Reilly disputed the two main points of my recent blog on The O'Reilly Factor broadcast: My affirmation of Jesus' lifelong dedication to Judaism (meaning he did not start a new religion) and the assertion that Renaissance art representations of Jesus omit his Jewish identity and thus falsify biblical history.

How Would Jesus Vote? (According To Americans), Poll

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.17.2014 | Religion

The U.S. is a diverse country, particularly in the faith and beliefs of its citizens. Even with a nearly 80% Christian-identified population, opinions...

They Are Our Children Now

Fred Lundgren | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Fred Lundgren

The question must be asked. Where is the empathy or Christian charity among those who protest children? Did these children choose their fate? Did they maliciously and knowingly choose to be born into poverty and strife? The idea is as absurd as protesting their presence.

Apostle Paul and the Bible: Fundamentalism = Anti-Intellectualism

Robert Orlando | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Inerrancy, literalism, or unexamined belief in the Bible, why does Fundamentalism still have a strong hold on so many Christians today?

So What's 'New' About the New Testament?

Neal Wooten | Posted 07.11.2014 | Religion
Neal Wooten

Believe it or not, the answer can be summed up in one word. Unfortunately it is the most misunderstood word in the English language. It is simultaneously the most fragile and the most enduring trait of human nature.

Does Conspiracy Account for the Absence of Jesus' Jewish Identity in Renaissance Art?

Bernard Starr | Posted 07.11.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

Try to locate even a hint of Jesus' Jewish identity and heritage in Renaissance paintings and you will find yourself on a fruitless quest. Some respondents bristled at what they perceived as the suggestion of a conspiracy to suppress Jesus Jewish identity. But the falsification of biblical history in artworks was not a conspiracy.

Religious Freedom Is Under Attack -- But Not How You Think

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

With the Supreme Court's Holly Lobby decision, an ugly piece of history is being repeated. Religion is being used as a tool to take away freedom. Discrimination is not Christian. Discrimination is sin.

A Farewell to Mars: Brian Zahnd's Timely Send-Off to the God of War in an Age of Religious Violence

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

If I were to choose one book to give to my friends who haven't yet grasped Jesus' message of enemy-love and nonviolence, I would give them A Farewell to Mars.

Listening to Jesus: The Waste of Worry

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

The hiking path meandered through the forested moutainside. My companion and I kept pushing up the hill. It was a steady incline and my legs were beginning to feel the burn of my effort.

LGBT: WWJD?

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Great strides were made in LGBT rights this year and millions whooped it up at gay pride parades all around the country in celebration. But amid the usual rainbow flags, there was an interesting new wrinkle this year: the emergence of a new Jesus.

Presbyterian Church Fights

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

I think we need to accept the fact that we are going to have disagreements, just as the people of Jerusalem did. So, how does Jesus guide us through these church fights? How does he want us to approach the tough issues of marriage and peace in the Middle East?

Jesus Is the Worst Thing to Happen to Christianity in Awhile

Derek Penwell | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Jesus is the worst thing to happen to Christianity in awhile. He has a way of completely screwing with a popular view of Christianity in which what's thought to be important is the finely calibrated modulation of the individual soul, rather than the "works righteousness"; involved in actually living like Jesus said to live.

Social Justice for Us Today: Sojourners' Summit

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Sojourners, a national Christian organization, is celebrating more than 40 years of faith in action for social justice.

Was Jesus a "Hillbilly?"

Joe Boyd | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Joe Boyd

People of faith tend to do themselves very little service by condemning non-believers as closed-minded. As an educated, thinking Christian I cringe more at the comments of other Christians than I do at the comments of atheists.

4 Reasons I'm Not Going to Heaven

Micah J. Murray | Posted 06.24.2014 | 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.

Why Jack Bauer Reminds Me of Jesus

Bethany Blankley | Posted 06.23.2014 | 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...

Pope Francis: 'Jesus Was A Refugee'

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis made a poignant appeal on behalf of the world's refugees during his Wednesday general audience, reminding all listening that Jesus, too, ...

Does the Bible Need to Be Set Free?

Joe Boyd | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Joe Boyd

When I was eight years old, my family started going to church. There I discovered something that changed my life. I was immediately smitten -- head over heels captivated. What I found there, I love now more than ever.