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A Few Kind Words for Satan

Herb Silverman | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion
Herb Silverman

As an atheist, I point out that I don't believe in the existence of any supernatural forces, including Yahweh, Satan, angels or devils. But I can make theological and strategic cases for embracing the mythical Satan.

Religious Idealism vs. Worldly Realities

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

When Jesus said "Blessed are the poor (or poor of heart)" he was not praising poverty as such. Quite the contrary: he was warning us that the kingdom of God (or of heaven on earth) would never be realized, much less possessed, by the avaricious or the greedy.

The Final 6 Reasons Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore (Part Three)

Steve McSwain | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Here are a few final thoughts I have on why nobody wants to go to Church anymore and what the Church and leaders must do to reverse the decline and maybe even reclaim some of the 35 million Americans who have departed.

Know Why You're Here: The Point of Human Existence

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

My friend, you did not show up to be a pastor or a lawyer, journalist, or missionary, or a mechanic or server at Waffle House. You are here instead to awaken out of all illusions. The illusions cause the suffering.

We Are Not That #BostonStrong

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

From the moment I first turned the television on, I couldn't get comfortable with the heroism narrative. The Boston Marathon bombings didn't speak to me of the goodness of humanity in the face of evil, but the corruption of our species and the ways we try our best to control it.

WATCH: Atheist TV Host Shocked By Caller's Statement About Child Rape

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion

A pair of atheist television hosts recently found themselves facing down an aggressive Christian caller with a shocking view of children who have been...

12 Reasons Why God Is Nice

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

I decided to consider the existence of a loving, omnipotent deity of my understanding Who was different than the Great Intimidator of Catholic upbringing. I listened carefully for the voice within me, which I believe is the God voice that is in all of us, for divine direction.

Evolution And The Catholic Church: Still Unresolved?

John Farrell | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
John Farrell

The science of evolution poses some thorny problems for Roman Catholic tradition. But a new book gives me hope the topic will be more deeply explored by Catholic theologians (and publishers) in the future.

Driscoll, Piper, Calvin And God's Gift Of ... Racism?

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.10.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Sorry, free will, but you're out. In order for God to be properly sovereign (all powerful), humanity cannot have so much control over their own destiny.

A New Twist To An Old Story

Rabbi Manis Friedman | Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Manis Friedman

Do you know the story of Adam and Eve? If we truly understand what took place on that day in the Garden of Eden, it would help us understand a lot about what we are supposed to being doing here in this world.

The Myth Of The 47%: Our Original Sin

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

This myth justifies hardheartedness (or often condescending paternalism) toward those whose poverty must be their own fault, and it allows those who believe it to congratulate themselves for their hard work and responsible life choices.

All Will Be Judged, By God's Law Or By Theirs

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

The absolute justice of God and His unswerving commitment to righteousness are more than abstract qualities. They have concrete manifestations in the way He deals with people and in the manner He dispenses judgment.

Remember That You Are Divine

Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D. | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D.

For some people, every day is already a painful reminder that they are made of dust. For these people, sin is not so much about pride, but rather the failure to have a healthy sense of self-esteem and love for oneself.

New Survey Of Protestant Pastors Shows Rejection Of Human Evolution

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 03.19.2012 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Since the days of Darwin, there have been theologians who have also embraced evolution in some form or another. But Evangelicals tend to be the least likely to do this, and here's why.

Adam And Eve Didn't Exist. Get Over It!

Michael Ruse | Posted 08.10.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

Organisms evolved from simple forms by natural selection. This includes humans. We are the end result of a long, slow, natural process of development. Moreover, there never was an original pair.

Original Sin, Evolution and Human Origins

Michael Ruse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

What if Adam and Eve never existed? What happens to the whole doctrine of original sin?

Calvin College and Original Sin

Michael Ruse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

It is a sad day indeed when a faculty member of one of the leading Christian colleges in the nation is threatened with the sack by his president for trying to stay true to the faith of his parents and to the demands of reason and evidence.

Is My Religion Better than Your Religion?

Michael Ruse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

There are many different religions in the world, and they make contradictory claims. They cannot all be true. Why therefore should we think any of them true? Is it not just a matter of chance what we believe?

Burning

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

Today, everyone in New York City resonates to the beautiful sky that blesses us on this day marked by September 11. It is a beautiful day. It is mis...

Reconciling the Doctrine of Original Sin with Evolutionary Biology

Michael Ruse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

In modern biology there is much of real value for the thinking Christian, and in Christian thought there is much worth pondering by the biologist.

Sin As The Closet, Grace As Coming Out: Rethinking Sin And Grace For LGBT People Today

Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D.

According to Christian theology, God reveals Godself most fully in the person of Jesus Christ. As such, it follows that sin is the closet, or the resistance to revealing ourselves fully to God and to others.

Adam And Eve: The Day After

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Shore

Expelled from the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve reflect on their new circumstances, find joy in koalas and the naming of sand, and happily agree that Eve can't be blamed. Too bad posterity forgot.

Sin Isn't the Problem with the World, Theology Is

George Elerick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
George Elerick

In its original context, sin is not a personal weakness but a necessary stumble in the road toward whom we are meant to become. Looking at it this way may deepen our experience of life.

Converting Evangelicals into Christians Would Benefit US Foreign Policy

Rob Asghar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rob Asghar

If they claim to follow the "narrow path" that evangelicalism seeks to represent, they may want to stand up more boldly for what is singular within their faith tradition. It'll take courage.

Echoes of the Bible: Obama's Notre Dame Address

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

It's important to remember your audience, and Obama clearly did at Notre Dame. Here are eight key lines from Obama's address and the biblical passages they reference.