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Christian Supremacy Strikes Again

Wayne Besen | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Wayne Besen

The attention-seeking gaudiness of how some promote their God (and careers) speaks more to public relations than actual piety. Individuals who are truly at peace with their beliefs would be content to pray privately and without showy fanfare.

Religion Not Needed to Cope With Death

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 04.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Roy Speckhardt

While the prospect of permanent nonexistence is terrifying for some, it can also be comforting. As humanists, we don't bank on an afterlife unsupported by the evidence.

What Being a Christian Means to Me: Don't Worry About the Rules; Just Love

Bustle | Posted 04.23.2014 | Religion
Bustle

I was a troublemaker in Sunday school. No, not because I was passing notes (though they were passed, discreetly). I was a troublemaker because I did the worst thing a young Southern Baptist born and raised girl can do: I asked questions. The big questions.

A Hymn to Boston

Leanne Scorzoni | Posted 04.23.2014 | Religion
Leanne Scorzoni

As Bostonians we took back our city, we ran to heal and move forward. We did not run as men or women, Christians or Muslims, elites or Average Joes. We ran as a city, we ran as a collective of humanity in its finest hour.

No Easter War?

Richard Brand | Posted 04.23.2014 | Religion
Richard Brand

G.K. Chesterton is supposed to have commented that Christianity has not been tried and failed, but has been tried and found too difficult. I am not su...

Noah: It's Time for Righteous Anger About the Silent Genocide of Species

Rabbi Warren Stone | Posted 04.22.2014 | Green
Rabbi Warren Stone

The recently released film Noah likewise is a call to all viewers to tread gently on the earth and to treat our environment with care, raising a moral parallel between the flood and the continuing onslaught of climate change on our earth.

Easter: Another Chance to Screw Up Religious Freedom

Dale Hansen | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

It's Easter, which in political terms means there is going to be some government body that attempts to put up religious symbols on public property and some outside group that says those symbols are unconstitutional.

Cancer: Heaven or Hell?

Lisa Masters | Posted 04.21.2014 | Women
Lisa Masters

We are all going to die. Everyone knows that. Having cancer just makes it a little bit more real. I am not a religious person. I know that the majority of the world population do believe in God, heaven and hell and/or some sort of afterlife. That's ok.

"Eco-Spirituality" = Earth Day + Easter + Passover + IPCC Report

Joan Michelson | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
Joan Michelson

Everyone is responsible. Now is the time to come to the aid of your brothers and sisters. This Easter-Passover-Earth Day we need to heed the calls of "Eco-Spirituality" and the IPCC and take bold, immediate action to reduce CO2 emissions.

10 Things Jesus Wasn't

Kristie Christie | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
Kristie Christie

The truth is, you're loved, you're seen, you're not worthless. You're valuable. You're precious. Easter is about making sure you know that.

From Rejection to Redemption

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
Naphtali Hoff

Still, what kind of life do we live when we are filled with bitter resentment and refuse to move forward and embrace new opportunities?

Reorienting Ourselves to the Earth (Acts 2:14a, 22-32)

Raj Nadella | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
Raj Nadella

The text is simultaneously a warning about the fast approaching day of doom and an assurance about a possible day of salvation (Acts 4:21). Such day of salvation, however, is contingent upon people calling on the name of the Lord.

Resurrecting Jesus, The Revolutionary Mystic

Posted 04.19.2014 | Religion

Adapted from Resurrecting Jesus: Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic by Adyashanti. Copyright © 2014 by Adyashanti. To be published by Sou...

QUIZ: Are You Celebrating Easter Or 4/20?

Huffington Post | Matthew Rappaport | Posted 04.19.2014 | Comedy

This Sunday is both Easter and 4/20. We're guessing that you are set in your ways and have your weekend priorities in order, right? Easter Sunday is a...

Digital Memories of Passover and Easter

S. Brent Plate | Posted 04.18.2014 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

In the Jewish and Christian chains of memory, the memorializing process is not some type of thinking we do with our brains; it is something we enact through our bodies. This digital memory is touched with fingers, and ultimately ingested, chewed, and swallowed.

Living Radical: Love the Vulnerable!

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 04.18.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Let us love the vulnerable. Let us love our own vulnerabilities. Our healing is bound up with one another. Let us hear the cries and ascend with the tears to the heavens.

Is Jesus' Message His Death or His Life?

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 04.18.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Holy Week should not be interpreted to mean that we are responsible for the death of Christ, or that God's honor would be offended if he simply forgave our sins, or that the point of Jesus' life was his suffering and death, or that this death magically erases the consequences of what we actually have done.

Love Was Only For White People

Imran Ahmad | Posted 04.18.2014 | Religion
Imran Ahmad

We are all loitering in our classroom one lunchtime. Barry Sutton suddenly asks me a question: ''Hey, Imran! Are your parents going to arrange your marriage?'' Everyone's attention is suddenly upon me.

How Hispanics Are Changing Religion In The U.S.

VOXXI | Tony Castro | Posted 04.18.2014 | Latino Voices

Latinos are dramatically remaking religion in America, even in the Catholic Church where they are making an impact not only in growing numbers but als...

Let's Be Kind to Judas: John 13:21-32

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

John says that Satan was the motivator in Judas' betrayal of Jesus, but we're best to understand that to mean that despite all the time Judas had spent in Jesus' company, he had not committed his will to Jesus. Judas was not Jesus-possessed, the Gospel of Judas notwithstanding.

The Second Coming of Homeless Jesus

Lester & Charlie | Posted 04.17.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

The stories sound incredible, but they're true. Too many local governments think the homeless should just go away and stop depressing everyone with their mere presence. Or at least find another town to live in.

Life Lessons From a 4-Year-Old

Sue Gober | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion
Sue Gober

My daughter-in-law was doing a much better job in the "Christian" parenting department than I ever did -- that was painful to admit, but at the same time, it was so uplifting.

Spirituality and Religion: The Relevance of Religious Parables in Today's World

Adrian Brito | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion
Adrian Brito

True spiritual enlightenment lies not in going to Church every Sunday or believing in a specific set of dogmas, but rather in understanding how religious parables can be used to shed light on mankind's greatest challenges.

Ancient C-SPAN Video Casts Doubt on Christianity

Jerry and Joe Long | Posted 04.17.2014 | Comedy
Jerry and Joe Long

The following video was found intact in a cave at the northwest end of the Dead Sea in 2012. It appears to be a conversation between Brian Of Lamb, the host of Scroll Notes, who was considered the finest interviewer of the first century A.D., and St. Paul, the father of modern Christianity.

Are the Spiritual but Not Religious Turning East?

Linda Mercadante | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
Linda Mercadante

Are we seeing a "turn to the East" among those people unaffiliated with any particular organized religion, especially those who self-identify as "spiritual but not religious?" I don't think so. Of course, the influence of America's increasing religious diversity is evident.