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Religion in America

A Precedent Is a Precedent... Until It's Not

Derek Penwell | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

As we approach some sort of resolution to the argument about the affirmation of LGBT people in our culture, the question we must answer isn't about how traditions based on the Bible could be subject to change, but how could anyone have ever thought they weren't?

Modern Day Jesus: Would They Crucify Him Again?

Rick Hendrix | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Rick Hendrix

Why does the religious community teach hate and prejudice to the homosexual and Muslim communities? I love the Jesus that hates religion. I love the Christian that loves Jesus and lives by his teachings. Religion has become manmade and has shoved God's purpose into the dark.

Silence My Voice, Not My Religion

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 08.17.2013 | Religion
Stephanie R. Caudle

While this story is powerful and especially resonates with me because of my roots in the school, this act of standing for your religion is a trend sweeping the nation.

Some Needed Changes

Richard Brand | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

The Christian Church has blessed and become entangled in too many marginal issues. It has become the marketing agent for Hallmark cards, the blesser of wars and military actions, the cheerleader for patriotism and the endorser of all kinds of social policies.

The Sixth Great Awakening?

Robert J. Morgan | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Robert J. Morgan

America can't be saved by politics. Our economists and educators can't save us. Our entertainers offer diversions without meaning and our technology gives us progress without morality. We've seldom been in greater need for inner revitalization, and conditions are urgent.

A Rabbi, A Priest And A Minister Walked Into A Bar...

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

Pub Theology sessions create a space for people of faith or no faith to gather and learn from each other, while enjoying a good, (preferably local) craft brew. And as we sit down from someone of a different perspective or religious tradition what we often discover is that many of our stereotypes simply aren't true.

God, Revised: The Atheists Are Half Right

Rev. Galen Guengerich | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Rev. Galen Guengerich

Conventional wisdom suggests otherwise, saying that science is more likely to kill religion than rescue it, but I'm convinced that science is the last best hope for religion in the modern world.

Doubt Is The Heart Of Belief

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Doubt does not undermine belief. It is central to belief, an indispensable part of accepting God and the mandates of a religious tradition. Even fervent believers have doubts -- lots of them.

Why Did I Become A Rabbi?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 08.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

American Jews have the highest proportion of college-educated adults in America. The assumption of many parents is that their child will enter the legal, financial or medical profession. Entering the clergy deviates from this pattern. A rabbi is simply not a popular job for American Jewish boy.

Why Christians Might Have Something To Learn From The Dalai Lama

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Jesus didn't die so we could be the best, but so that we might know what it looks like to give our lives away. Were we to listen, the Dalai Lama might just be able to teach us something about that.

What Do Religious People Really Believe?

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

Matters of religion resist easy generalizations. The truth is that most religious people bring individual expression to their faith and feel no conflict with those who have different religious belief systems, or no religious belief whatsoever.

'What Are You?' Reflections On Asian American And Hapa Identity

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

There is a YouTube video making its way around this month. In it, a white man begins making small talk with an Asian American woman, and says to her, "Where are you from? Your English is perfect!" Annoyed, the woman responds, "San Diego. We speak English there."

New Survey Sheds Light On Role Of Religion In U.S.

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion

A majority of Americans believe that religion's influence in the nation is waning, yet also think society would be better off if more Americans were r...

Pat Robertson Misses The Part About Loving His Neighbors (Again)

Kyle Anderson | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Kyle Anderson

While it is easy to dismiss Pat for just being Pat, the reality is that he has a microphone through his television show, which many people hear and take seriously. Voices like his need to be called out for adding nothing but hateful rhetoric and divisiveness into conversations about religion.

A National Day Of Prayer And Reason

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

We've enrolled prayer and reason as weapons in the culture wars. But how about a National Day for Prayer and Reason? Because there are plenty of Americans who do not want to separate the two.

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.

Not In The Name Of Islam: Reflections On The Boston Marathon Bombings

Ajarat Bada | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Ajarat Bada

For those of us who believe in the enormous potential of religion to advance the cause of humanity, the bombings are disheartening. And there is a growing, albeit abstract, movement to create a new moral ethos for society that is devoid of religion. This is frightening.

The Untold History Of Abortion Access In America

Alexander Sanger | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Alexander Sanger

Several U.S. states are falling over themselves -- and in some cases failing -- to ban abortion, abortion clinics and access to the few clinics that remain. This is not a new phenomenon.

Flags In Our Churches: A Conversation

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

I had a brief conversation after service with someone who noticed that we do not have the American flag in the sanctuary during our worship services. The kicker: He said to me, "It's because of that flag that you have the freedom to worship they way you do in this country."

Religion And Politics: A Combustible Concoction

Michael Rohrer | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Michael Rohrer

If you want to clear the room, ask a question involving one of them. You'll either have a heated discussion on your hands followed by storm-outs or you'll have a quiet exodus of those who suddenly have somewhere else to be.

'Kumare' And The Allure Of Otherness

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

A man with a long beard, exotic accent, flowing robes and a staff enters the mainstream American culture of Phoenix and becomes a beacon for the most assimilated people in the city. It is as if his otherness transmits an aura of authenticity, spiritual profundity and religious truth.

Why Interfaith Efforts Matter More Than Ever

Eboo Patel | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Eboo Patel

These times require all of us to be interfaith leaders, to signal clearly that the worst elements of every tradition represent nobody.

The Impotence Of Interfaith Dialogue

Khurram Dara | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Khurram Dara

Consider the type of individual who attends an interfaith event at his or her local community center. Do we really expect to find uneducated, ignorant people at these events?

Mixing Religion With Politics In North Carolina

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

The legislators who cooked up this circus do not mention which religion will be the official religion of North Carolina if this resolution becomes a law. If, however, you pay attention, the brand of religion they are promoting is clear.

Religion Has Nothing To Fear From The 'Nones'

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Hardly a month goes by when we don't read about the decline or collapse of organized religion in America. But religion -- including the organized sort -- remains vital and vibrant, defying the predictions of doom that appear with numbing regularity.