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Better Life? 3 Ways to Live a Better Life in the New Year

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I can think of many things our world needs. I can think of few things the world needs more, however, than this: better people living better lives in a world gone very wrong.

When President Obama Retold the Hanukkah Story

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

First he upended a 50-year U.S.-Cuban Cold War. Then he celebrated Hanukkah with 400 Jews from across the United States. He probably got a national security briefing somewhere in-between.

Violence-Loving Conservatives, Cherry-Picking Liberals, And Why We All Need to Learn to Read Scripture Like Jesus

Derek Flood | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion
Derek Flood

We will need to demonstrate that there are viable nonviolent means of dealing with societal problems--ways that are not only effective, but in fact more effective than violence is at resolving conflict, and keeping us safe as a society.

The One Big Problem With the Exodus Movie

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Perhaps what makes Exodus an engaging film also makes it a dangerous one. The drama becomes secondary to the lesson. War prevails over wisdom. The sensational replaces the scholarly.

Nothing Can Hold A Candle To Hanukkah Version Of 'Shake It Off'

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion

Music for the Festival of Lights just got a lot catchier. The New York City-based a cappella group Six13 made a Hanukkah version of "Shake It Off,"...

Jesus: The Original "New Age" Thinker

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I think a second reason Christians label me as a "New Age" person is because I frequently refer to God as "she" about as often as I do "he." Why? It is because God is neither.

#DialInForJustice: A Faith-Rooted Initiative To End Police Brutality

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

To join with a symphony of justice, I am calling faith communities to participate in a national #DialInForJustice during the month of December. The goal is to call the Unites States Department of Justice and local police departments, communicating our desire to see systemic reforms to policing in America.

Discover the Secret to Live Long and Prosper on #GivingTuesday

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Giving enhances living. The more we give, the more we live. This truths operates on a psychological, sociological and economic level.

Advent 2014: A Season Of Waiting For The Coming Of Christ

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion

Advent (from the Latin adventus meaning "coming") is a liturgical season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting an...

4 Reasons to Say a Blessing Before Thanksgiving

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

In a recent piece for the Huffington Post, my friend Reverend Lillian Daniel urges us to eat out less. She recommends meeting friends and family at home rather than at a restaurant. Why?

The Problem With Faith

Steve McSwain | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I wish it were easier. It is not, however. In many ways, my spiritual walk was easier when it was not so complicated by faith.

Quran Is Not for Muslims

Mike Ghouse | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

God is not the God of Muslims and no where he claims that in Quran. He is creator of the universe(s), which is within and beyond our imagination. Quran is a book of guidance to preserve the cohesiveness within and what surrounds us; people and the environment.

Why This Rabbi Loves Christian Writer Rachel Held Evans

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

In a recent article for the website of the Union for Reform Judaism, I generated some controversy by quoting two books by Christian authors. A few comments and even personal phone calls wondered why a rabbi would quote Christian sources when they are so many good Jewish ones.

Awake! Why Hindus Must Choose Moral Relevance Over Historic Fantasy

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.11.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

Awake: The Life of Yogananda is a stunning vision, statement, and experience all at once.

Let Bill Maher Speak -- Islam Supports Free Speech

Mike Ghouse | Posted 11.07.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Freedom of speech is an exceptional American value, indeed, that is what separates us from the rest of the world. I urge the University not to ban free speech, let Bill Maher speak, and let students bring Reza Aslan or myself to speak against Bill Maher's non-sense talk.

Alabama Voters Pass Sharia Law Ban

Reuters | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) - While Maine voters were asked to weigh in on bear hunting regulations in Tuesday's U.S....

Will God Condemn Brittany Maynard for Ending Her Life?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Jewish tradition has a nuanced approach to this challenge. Thoughtful rabbis and scholars disagree. What is clear, however, is the various factors that matter in making the decision.

3 Important Lessons From the Mark Driscoll Affair

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

The board of a church or synagogue does not belong to its pastor or rabbi. It belongs to its members. It belongs to the community. Ultimately, it belongs to God.

The Art of Growing Old: How Does Anyone Master It?

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Nobody grows old. You just wake up one day and realize you are. Dress up aging any way you wish. Offer whatever cute cliche' you'd like. None of it helps. Aging, or growing old, just plain sucks.

Towards a Socialist America

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 11.29.2014 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

I, too, dream America. I do not, however, believe that capitalism delivers on the promises rehearsed every November.

From ISIS To Westboro: Introducing The HuffPost Religion Podcast

Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion

Hallelujah! HuffPost Religion is launching our new weekly Podcast called All Together hosted by Executive Religion Editor Rev. Paul Raushenbush. All ...

Two Islams -- The Mangled-up and the Pristine

Mike Ghouse | Posted 11.02.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

To be a Muslim is to be a peace-maker who seeks to mitigate conflicts and nurtures goodwill for peaceful co-existence of humanity.

Sam Harris, Waking Up, and What I've Learned about Spirituality

Steve McSwain | Posted 11.01.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The longer I live, the more convinced I become that there is a religious experience which, if you have yet to figure this out, goes by many names.

Ferguson and America's Love Affair With Violence

Derek Flood | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

It can be comforting to think that the police protect us from the "bad guys," unless of course you are profiled as that "bad guy." Violence is most dangerous when it masquerades as good.

Ebola Doctor's Prayer: "God Saved My Life!" Really?

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.25.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

When I hear Dr. Kent Brantley thanking God for sparing his life, as well as thanking the public for their many prayers, I cannot help but wonder, What about the 1200 Africans who died of Ebola? Why were you spared but they were not?