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Historical Jesus? Not So Fast.

Chris Sosa | Posted 09.07.2014 | Science
Chris Sosa

In recent days, protesters have taken to defending opposing moral positions by claiming Jesus held their viewpoint. Aside from the obvious problem of using a single historical figure as a moral barometer, there's another troubling issue at hand.

Spilled Milk: Back to (Catholic) School

William Lucas Walker | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
William Lucas Walker

We figured that as Episcopalians, while we may not be Catholic, we were close enough: same pomp, no pope, less guilt. It surprises some to learn that Kelly and I actually met at church. We still attend regularly. Not regularly enough, as we were soon to find out.

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

Steve McSwain | Posted 09.02.2014 | 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.

Religious People More Spiritual than Atheists?

Nigel Barber | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
Nigel Barber

The decline of religion in developed countries offers a unique perspective on the religion-spirituality connection. What happens to spirituality as organized religion declines? Are regular churchgoers more spiritual to begin with?

Who Is Actually Following Jesus -- Atheists or Christians?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Who cares about labels when someone is slapping you in the face? Who cares about labels when someone is saving you from drowning?

A Strange Summer Vacation (Romans 13: 8 - 14)

Barbara Kay Lundblad | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Barbara Kay Lundblad

'What did you do on your summer vacation?' Even now students may be answering that question in essays at the start of this new school year. No matter what you did or where you went this past summer, it was almost impossible to escape the heaviness of the headlines.

The Venice Diaries: Words With Gods (of Cinema) and the Political Outcry Behind Villa Touma

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.02.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Out of these troubled "my god is better than your god" times, rises an incredible film, premiered at this year's Venice Film Festival, out of competition.

My Story of Depression, Culture and Community

Giovannah Philippeaux | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Giovannah Philippeaux

My family did the best they could, but like in many Caribbean and African-American families, the symptoms and afflictions of depression were never addressed. At best, you get prayed over or, in my case, you get offered the option of an exorcism.

In Praise of Public Servants and Taxi Drivers

Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe | Posted 09.01.2014 | Religion
Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe

I have found in taxi drivers, restaurant owners, municipal workers, police officers, firemen and women, "migrants" and immigrants from many states, a variety of countries, generous people who love the democratic principles and virtues of these United States.

Climate Change This Week: Rising Health Risks and Heat, Rising Renewables, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.30.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US is cooler than normal, but the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, which is hotter than normal.

The Virgin Mary Visited My Very Angry but Lovable Teenage Son

Fiona Finn | Posted 08.28.2014 | Religion
Fiona Finn

He walked side by side next to Mary. Yes, Mary the mother of Jesus, that Mary. She was cloaked in blue and he was calling her 'mom' as they spoke. Mary spoke gently to Connor letting him know he would be getting help for his teeth.

On the Just Use of Force by Our Police (Shoftim, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9)

Rabbi Daniel Lehmann | Posted 08.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Lehmann

The tragic death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has focused the nation's attention once again on issues of justice related to the use of fatal force by police, especially against unarmed black men.

ISIS And The Crisis Of Meaning

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 09.12.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Long term, ISIS and the lure of other violent extremism in Islam and other religions will only be stopped if we are all invested in reaching out to young people. We have to be available to listen to their concerns, empathize with their sense of alienation, and help them find constructive ways to engage societal injustice. It is all of our responsibility to empower this generation with the knowledge and support they need to find a meaningful life and a positive identity that they can embrace and be proud of. ISIS and other radical groups are deadly serious about reaching out to young people with their skewed version of meaning that leads to death and destruction. Are we just as serious in reaching out to offer meaning that results in affirming life and creating a better world?

Open Letter to Pope Francis: Help Save My Vocation

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Benjamin Brenkert

I ask you to instruct the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to tell Catholic institutions not to fire any more LGBTQ Catholics. I ask you to speak out against laws that criminalize and oppress LGBTQ people around the globe. These actions would bring true life to your statement "Whom am I to judge?"

Federal Judge Strikes Down Part Of Utah's Polygamy Ban

AP | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law, in a lawsuit filed...

Globalization of Hatred

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Stephen D. Smith

While it has never been easier to create a web of hatred online and off, it is still possible to harness the power of the Internet, and our network of communities offline, to create a counter insurgency.

A Message Whose Powerful Impact Continues To Astound Two Years After It Was Originally Shared

Laura Wellington | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Laura Wellington

As a writer, I am a firm believer that words have a life of their own. Their impact might not be revealed immediately upon granting them freedom but ...

On Grace as a Weapon

Jesse James DeConto | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion
Jesse James DeConto

Deafened by my own defensiveness, I couldn't hear that Prudence was trying to be true to herself more than she was judging me.

Of Facebook and Ferguson

Christopher H. Evans | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Christopher H. Evans

Sadly, Ferguson is not just another example of racism, but of white America's denial of its racist past and present (as the so-called "counter protest" groups in Ferguson reveal). This is a cycle that must be addressed if there is to be any hope that America's racial divide can ever be healed.

God Hears the Cries of #Ferguson: A Burning Bush and a World on Fire

Rev. Keith Anderson | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Keith Anderson

Today, God hears the cries of those in Ferguson and all who are oppressed. As in the story of the burning bush, God sees, hears, and knows their pain. God also acts in the face of injustice and demands the end of oppression.

Do Religious Classes Focus Too Much on Fantasy?

John A. Tures | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
John A. Tures

Last month, a study in the Cognitive Science journal found that kids exposed to religion struggle with distinguishing between fantasy and reality. Are lesson plans geared toward kids to blame?

My Decision Whether or Not to Become an Atheist is in God's Hands

James Napoli | Posted 08.25.2014 | Comedy
James Napoli

I'm still not sure if I am ready to actually declare myself an atheist, so I guess I am just going to leave it up to God. I mean, what do you thi...

The All-Too-Common Story of an Extraordinary Young Man

Tamara Duricka Johnson | Posted 08.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Tamara Duricka Johnson

I've had a slew of thoughts rushing through my head these last few days. I've cried the mother's wail. I've scrolled through old pictures in disbelief of this new reality. Mostly I've sat in shocked silence.

Death Threats, Freedom, Transhumanism, and the Future

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.25.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The next time you read a controversial opinion article, instead of talking about "lynching" the author or what "gauge" shotgun you're going to use when you shoot him, maybe present a better idea to solve the problems he's trying to address.

When Faith and Facts Collide

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.24.2014 | Religion
Dave Pruett

Climate scientists have assumed that the overwhelming weight of evidence would carry the day. It hasn't. Indeed, studies show that, when individuals are challenged with facts contrary to their core beliefs, those beliefs temporarily harden.