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From Jesus to Hollywood: Author Jay Parini

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Perhaps you know his name from his book Jesus: The Human Face of God, or perhaps you know him as author of The Last Station, which was turned into an Academy Award-nominated film.

This Is Your Brain on Money: Why America's Rich Think Differently Than the Rest of Us

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The Internet is replete with apologias for the rich. They are thinly sourced and even less well-thought. The goal is simple: to justify the unjustifiable chasm between the rich and poor, globally and within our nation. But the irony is that, rather than being better than the rest of us, in many ways the rich are worse.

Ebola and Thomas Eric Duncan: Compassion for All

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

When Thomas Eric Duncan, a visitor from Liberia, became ill in Dallas on September 24, he went, as many people do, to the local hospital emergency room. However, serious questions must be raised about what happened when he did.

White Fragility and White Violence in America

Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D. | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion
Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D.

Just as sexual violence is a male problem, so too is racism a white problem. White Americans are complicit in -- and the primary beneficiaries of -- a system that dehumanizes and erases black lives.

Jesus Doesn't Have a Tribe, But Do We?

Mick Mooney | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

God is Love. He has no tribe, no army. Rather, he has the world in its entirety in his hands. A humanity as a whole that he loves. Jesus came to break the belief in tribes.

The Unsolved Mystery Behind The Shroud Of Turin Still Has The Power To Captivate

Religion News Service | LILLY FOWLER | Posted 10.09.2014 | Religion

ST. LOUIS (RNS) A 14-foot-long stretch of cloth mysteriously imprinted with a faint, brownish image of a naked man and wounds that mirror those of a c...

Why Jesus Taught With Questions Instead of Answers

Mick Mooney | Posted 10.09.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Jesus talked a lot in parables, in little short stories. He also seemed to be more interested in questions then answers. When people asked Jesus a question, often he gave them a question back.

Who Knew I'd Write a Book on Atheism and Jesus That Would Help a Jew Connect More Deeply With His Jewish Spirituality?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Who knew I'd write a book that would help a Jew connect more deeply with his Jewish spirituality? "I heard my rabbi better this year as I fasted and ...

The Baseball Solution to our Political Polarization

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Political polarization is worse than ever this fall, with contests being framed as a struggle between virtue and vice, strength and weakness.

Ebola Outbreak and Outcry: Saving Thomas Eric Duncan

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The use of ZMapp raises the question of privilege. Is it only those with better connections to positions of power who will get a fighting chance to receive this experimental drug?

Beardless Jesus Discovered On Early Christian Artifact

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion

Spanish archaeologists have found a depiction of Jesus that dates back to the 4th century, making it one of the earliest images of the Christian deity...

Do You Have Eyes Like Jesus?

Mick Mooney | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

It's easy to see the sinner, because that requires no heart interaction, but do you see the person? Do you see the value of every individual, like Jesus did?

Nobody Is Getting Left Behind (Because the Rapture Is Never, Ever Going to Happen)

Zack Hunt | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

While the idea of believers being "caught up in the air" is mentioned, it is metaphorically describing the Second Coming. Paul is not claiming, nor even implying that Christians will disappear before all hell breaks loose on earth. In fact, the very idea of the rapture is antithetical to the narrative of scripture.

Sorry Republicans But Jesus Was a Marxist

Dan Arel | Posted 10.03.2014 | Religion
Dan Arel

Jesus was clearly a Marxist, not by name, but by ideology. He sought tirelessly to end poverty, to feed and house the needy and to heal those in need.

Don't Quote Jesus' Words About Hell -- He Doesn't Believe in It

Mick Mooney | Posted 10.02.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

What gospel do we believe in? A gospel of works, or a gospel of grace? Do we get into heaven because of what we do, or because of what Christ did on our behalf?

Why Do We Poke Each Other in the Heart?

Ari Andersen | Posted 10.02.2014 | Religion
Ari Andersen

Look at the lengths to which people have gone to force their version of reality onto others in the name of this thing we call God. Think about all the religious wars that have taken place in human history, the degree to which we have made each other suffer because we find it unacceptable that two different versions of the same thing can exist.

The Inaccessible Pulpit: Rev. Justin Hancock and the Struggle for the Rights of People With Disabilities

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 09.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

I began to realize just how much we demand that people with disabilities stay in the spaces that we allow for them. Most churches are not ready to include anyone with disabilities that cannot be easily accommodated and controlled.

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

Book Review: Twelve Stones

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion
Christopher Zoukis

Twelve Stones is not a story of how, through determination and sheer rigid will, Ms. Carole conquered Life and made it subservient to her. It's not a tale of self-actualization. Nor is it an example of spiritual mugging.

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.