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Monotheism

Why Can't We Worship Idols?

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 08.02.2013 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

The Hebrew Bible contains no prohibition on atheism, but is filled with prohibitions against idolatry. The Torah teaches that it is safer to worship no God than to worship the wrong one.

Shavuot And The Chosen

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 07.10.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

Shavuot, holiday commemorates revelation at Sinai when the Jews were chosen by God to receive the Ten Commandments, will commence Tuesday evening. This idea, that the Jews are the chosen people, is one of the most misunderstood concepts in history.

Does Experience Shape Our Understanding Of God?

KidSpirit | Posted 06.21.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

Some people do not believe in God at all, while others believe in many gods. Others believe that God infinitely shapes their lives and their afterlives. Others look to themselves to be shaped. There are a variety of different religions, and as many as 22 major religions in the world today.

What We Mean When We Say 'God'

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

We need religion that encourages personal questioning and critical thinking. We need less doctrine and more humble acknowledgement of mystery. We need more of what the early Hasidic rabbis of Eastern Europe called mochin d'gadlut -- an open, expansive mind.

Constipated? We Have a God for That

John Blumenthal | Posted 11.11.2013 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

I've decided to turn to religion. No, I don't mean I'm going to pray to God so He'll bestow a million dollar idea upon me -- I've decided to invent a religion.

Toward The One

Mirabai Starr | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Mirabai Starr

Any Jew, Christian or Muslim who bothers to look into the face of Sikhism will find the face of the God of Love looking back. The same is true for any of the world's religious and spiritual traditions.

Holy Smokes: A Visit to God's Rotisserie Chicken Restaurant

Doug Lieblich | Posted 10.26.2011 | Comedy
Doug Lieblich

The grand re-opening of God's family-friendly rotisserie diner, Holy Smokes, is His newest endeavor and latest foray into the culinary theater. As a human, I was anxious to scope out this hip new eatery.

What God Isn't: A Shavuot Reflection

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 08.05.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

The Torah teaches that the earliest civilizations knew God's unified nature quite well but that there was an unfortunate descent of comprehension over the generations.

Polytheism And Monotheism: A Hindu Perspective

Ramdas Lamb | Posted 05.31.2011 | Religion
Ramdas Lamb

In Hinduism, polytheism and monotheism coexist in a relationship much like the parts of a wheel. The many deities are like the spokes, emanating from the hub and each playing an important role.

Three Religions, One God

Jacob Neusner | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Jacob Neusner

We cannot point to any three other religions that form so intimate a narrative relationship as do the successive revelations of monotheism -- Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Congress Considers "In God We Trust" ... But Who Is This God?

Gustav Niebuhr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Gustav Niebuhr

Twice in the last three decades, the Supreme Court has specifically identified that phrase as being void of substantive sacred meaning. If you are a believing monotheist, is that how you want God's name treated?

Understanding How the Privileged Become Violent Fanatics

Scott Atran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Atran

Enthralled by the economic opportunities of globalization, we are failing to manage the global crisis of cultures that is shattering social and political peace, and turning marginalized youth to violent extremism.

Sex and Incarnation: Part Two

Elizabeth Cunningham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Elizabeth Cunningham

For better or worse, the word goddess automatically connotes gender, as does the word priestess, and it seems that whenever femaleness is not defined/confined by marriage and motherhood, people start asking "what about the orgies?"

In Search of the Moderate Muslim: It Takes an Ummah

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Until moderate Muslims find each other, 'find the other hand,' and start a global response, nothing less than a cacophony of figurative clapping, we will remain as we are now: voiceless.

Interview With A Pissed Off Queen

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
SaraKay Smullens

An absolutely brand-new scientific breakthrough allowing communication with the spirit of those who have passed on was used yesterday by the Huffington Post in a penetrating interview with 3,500 year old Queen Nefertiti.

The God Series, Part III -- Belief & False Beliefs

Larry Beinhart | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Larry Beinhart

When we hear or use the words "belief" and "believe," we tend to jump to the top of the chain of complexity. However, belief, as a psychological mechanism, is much simpler.

The God Series, Part II: Looking at God

Larry Beinhart | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Larry Beinhart

If we start with belief in a meaningful, beneficent, all powerful God, this is the root question: Why won't God make himself clear?