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Today's Headlines and the Great War

Roger Fisk | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Roger Fisk

From the crucible of the Great War that was sprinting towards a full boil 100 years ago this month, these chapters, taken together, illuminate how that war continues to shape not only our world in a lofty, conceptual way, but in today's headlines.

Losing My Religion

Karl Wilder | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Karl Wilder

I don't remember the first time Bob hit me. My life was suffering. Our entire family suffered. When the abuse was not physical it was verbal, mental and all-consuming. I learned the commandments and the Lord's prayer, and always I prayed.

Staycation With Exotic Suspense Fiction

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 08.19.2014 | Books
Terry Kelhawk

Numerous thrillers and suspense writings titillate us by hopping from country to country -- a la James Bond. But let's take a look at some successful examples of exotic suspense written by people who live where they write -- natives or expats.

The Duality of Being a Gay Christian

Glenn Garner | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Glenn Garner

As a gay Christian, I have only faced true discrimination for one of these identities. Here's a hint: It's not Christianity. When I tell someone I'm Christian, they don't come up with a series of offensive questions and remarks. I have never felt threatened or in danger when praying or practicing my Christian beliefs. Christianity is not an oppressed identity.

Sweaty Spirituality: Fighting Obesity With Paul (Romans 12:1-8)

Jacob D. Myers | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion
Jacob D. Myers

Why aren't we in the church leading this charge? Ought not we who have received the grace of God to participate in God's restorative work live out our devotion to God by our healthy lifestyles?

Religion Is Alive and Well in Contemporary Art

S. Brent Plate | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

On a breezy summer day, I joined a group of artists and writers in the basement of the Liberty Bar in midtown Manhattan to discuss the many places religious life meets the visual arts.

Finding God as a Fallen Catholic

Maria Senise | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Maria Senise

When religion masks the fact that we will never truly know and understand God, that's when we land in trouble. When we think we know all the answers, that's when we are truly ignorant.

Definitely, I'm a Spiritual Girl With Both Light and Dark Roots

Fiona Finn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Women
Fiona Finn

There's no right or wrong, to each his or her own, and there's little to no judgment. So whether you believe in a creator, have a different religion or are an atheist -- it really doesn't bother me. I'm OK with you, and what you choose to believe in or not believe in

Lessons Learned from the Atheist Alliance of America Convention

Andreea Nica | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Andreea Nica

While I don't entirely consider myself an atheist, I was thoroughly impressed with the caliber of speakers and activists in the atheist community. I realized how important the atheist movement is to challenging systematic ideologies in the political, social, economic and religious realm.

No Two Prayer Spaces Are Quite The Same

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion

Whether you retreat to a church, temple, garden or quiet nook, there may be moments throughout your day when you feel called to pray or meditate. The ...

Pray to Jesus -- Or Else

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

I applaud those who retain the strength to fight the never-ending battle against ignorance, intolerance and persistent persecution of rationalists. T...

Growing up a "Patriot"?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.15.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Let me thank my classmates, teachers, and Valley Forge for having educated me to be still that Patriot even as America and the globe around us changes.

Can This Southern Restaurant Prove It Isn't Biased?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 08.15.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Unlike those big corporations, Mary's doesn't hate! Mary's simply wants to reward its favorite customers with a 15% discount. What could be wrong with that?

America, Israel, Prophets and Profit

Jacob Devaney | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
Jacob Devaney

The wisdom of the prophets is being ignored while real profits are being made through weapon sales facilitated by the co-opting of religious and democratic ideals to advance geopolitical agendas. This will continue until the people remove the wool from their eyes and reclaim their own honorable place in history.

How to Find Liberation From Suffering

Darren Littlejohn | Posted 08.14.2014 | Religion
Darren Littlejohn

When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died, I didn't write about it. It was just too depressing. Another long term sober addict who'd relapsed and hit the...

Why I Believe This Image Is Really 'God,' Not God-zilla

Fiona Finn | Posted 08.15.2014 | Religion
Fiona Finn

I have to say I'm more than amused by the collection of answers received on what other people think they see in this image of clouds. I've heard it all.

Christian Women in Science Celebrate First Year -- And Are Reaching for More!

Lynn Billman | Posted 08.14.2014 | Religion
Lynn Billman

'I don't have to filter what I say!' Sharon Petzinger, a wildlife biologist who studies birds for the state of New Jersey, said this to me with a light of joy in her eyes. Hannah Ryan, a grad student at the University of Colorado, echoed the sentiment.

Who Aches With Me?

Lori Day | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Lori Day

War allows men (and sometimes women) who would otherwise live within the rules of civilized society to become animals. But for the most part, animals do not display the calculated and indiscriminate savagery of humans, who are not killing to obtain food.

Why These Women Say 'Masturbation Is A No-No'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 08.16.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

For many folks, remaining a virgin until marriage is a choice based in religious values, and as these women described to HuffPost Live on Tuesday, tho...

The Religion of Spirituality

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

In 1949, Max Zeller, a disciple of the visionary psychotherapist, Dr. Carl Jung, came to Jung with a dream he could not understand. In the dream, he saw a 'temple of vast dimensions' under construction.

'God' and Angel in Photograph of Clouds Over Cape Coral, Florida

Fiona Finn | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Fiona Finn

I realize that some may see this as a sign, an act of God if you will. There will be others, those who will doubt. And that's okay. But one thing's for sure, and that's how remarkably clear this image in the sky really is.

Switchfoot's Album & Movie "Fading West" -- It's Grace in Action, Hope Crystallized, Damnation Canceled in Favor of Love...

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

I was just speaking at SoulFest (August 7-9). It's a music festival with evangelical roots. The band Switchfoot played. I'm several things but not...

Civilizational Partners and Equals: What Narendra Modi Means for American Hindus

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

For Hindus in America, Modi's leadership will mark a promising opportunity to bring faith, culture, nation, and world together. There is a great deal of hope riding on what he does, not only for India, but also for symbolizing a Hinduism that is modern, strong, and still true to its universalism.

Acknowledging Our Divine Positioning (Genesis 45:1-15)

Kimberly D. Russaw | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Kimberly D. Russaw

Joseph's is a story of family strife, forgiveness, reconciliation, providence, provision and humility. After two encounters with their brother (who has assumed an Egyptian name and remained incognito), Joseph's brothers return to Egypt seeking pardon from the Pharaoh's vizier.

How Religion Affects Children's Judgment of What Is Real and What Is Pretend

Kathleen Corriveau | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Kathleen Corriveau

How does exposure to religion influence young children's learning? We asked this question in a study published this month in the journal Cognitive Science.