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The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

The God Piece

Gary Nelson | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion
Gary Nelson

My view of God is simple. If there is a source of the most beautiful energy that we can see and feel which transcends our earthly existence, than the essence of that energy is God. Is the Bible the living word of God? I think it might have been centuries ago but we live in a different time now.

The Power of Prayer

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Lillie Leonardi

For all too long I have pondered the question, "What is my purpose?"  I have often raised my eyes toward Heaven and asked God, "What is it you want me to do?" I have even had the audacity to scream at the great above. 

Fighting Back Against 'Hobby Lobby'

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 09.16.2014 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

New York State has long been a leader in advancing women's equality, stretching back to the Seneca Falls Convention 166 years ago this weekend. Sadly, as we mark this important anniversary, hard-won victories by the women's rights movement are being threatened by a radical right wing that seeks to roll back the progress we've made.

A Few Of My Religious Beliefs That Oughta Change The Law

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

If meds and medical procedures related to women's sexual health can be exempt for reasons of religious belief, meds related to men's sexual health must also be exempt.

On the Journey Towards Sincerity

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

While working on our own sincerity, we have to realize that the reality is, we will rarely meet sincere people. We will rarely meet people who will genuinely step out of themselves to attempt to see things from our perspective and act accordingly.

Spiritual and Religious

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

Religion is a tool that performs a service for us, something we utilize for our own spiritual development. Unfortunately, we sometimes end up getting used by the tool! But that's not the fault of religion.

A Religious Freedom Parable

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What follows is a modern-day parable. I think it's important to point that out up front, in order not to cause any undue offense. The scene: the near future, when Arizona (or any other state, for that matter) becomes a bastion of religious freedom by passing laws shielding businesses from penalty for discrimination on the basis of religious belief.

Religion: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Gary Laderman | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Gary Laderman

Religion is bad, no doubt, and a destructive force in human history and in world today. But that's not the whole story. I let down my guard in that bar and did not speak the truth of what I think after all these years in the study of religion.

Religious Respect: Ask Noah

Noah Kass | Posted 11.01.2013 | Business
Noah Kass

Before confronting your boss, ask yourself if the request you're making to more freely practice religious traditions might cause undo stress to your work life? Is your request in line with what any reasonable person of faith would require?

Is This What the Gods Would Want?

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Tarun Sakhrani

I'm trying to think back to the point when the definition or display of religion and religious beliefs in India changed -- when religion in India suddenly became a display of aggression and a matter of pomp and show.

God, Christianity and Meat

Kathy Freston | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion
Kathy Freston

I was delighted to learn about this rich tradition of incorporating vegetarian diets into spiritual practice, but I admit that it first surprised me. It certainly is not something most Christians in America know about.

The Most Famous Man You Never Heard Of: Part II

Helen Davey | Posted 09.14.2013 | Green
Helen Davey

In Part I of my story about my grandfather, John Davey, I mentioned that he has been recognized as a genius. What do I mean by "genius"?

If You Believe It, It Is Right...

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 08.28.2013 | Religion
Tarun Sakhrani

In the end, it is what you believe and not what others want you to believe that matters. If it is karma, then so be it. If it is your own attitude, then so be it

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.

'All The People I Respect Are Non-Christians'

Victor Udoewa | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

My friend was having trouble reconciling the fact that I am both a scientist whom she respects and someone who calls himself a Christian. How do I tell my friend that being a Christian has not always been foundationally defined on belief, but a transformative way of newly living, a faith?

Nones, Somes And The Combinativeness Of American Religious Practices

Sean McCloud | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Sean McCloud

Most Americans pick, mix and combine a variety of religious and cultural idioms to find what works for them in their everyday lives. This includes a majority of those categorized in recent polls as "nones."

Can Changing Our Mindset Improve Our Health and Well-Being?

Grace Fuller | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Grace Fuller

We can prove in our own lives that, whether or not we are aware of it, our spiritual practice can help us achieve better health.

God Without Religion

George Elerick | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
George Elerick

The fact is, this is a man's world. War of the Sexes We've all heard this. It is both true and and soul-destroying. But for whom? Don't women benefi...

Do You Believe What You Say? Why You Should Challenge Your Own Beliefs

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 12.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

Many of us give ourselves permission to say things we really don't believe; challenging our beliefs can serve as a filtering system that enables us to compare what is in our minds and in our hearts and to confirm there is a congruency between thought and belief.

What's Wrong With Right?

Darren Littlejohn | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Darren Littlejohn

These days, it's important to look more closely at things like food labels for our health. Isn't it equally important to look at our views on who and what is right?

Have Americans Turned Against Religion?

Nigel Barber | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Although 64 percent of young American adults say they believe in God (and only 25 percent lack a religious affiliation), their attitudes to religion show unmistakable signs of secularism.

Analytical Thinking Promotes Disbelief In Experimental Psychology

Samuel Brown | Posted 08.28.2012 | Religion
Samuel Brown

There is nothing terribly religious about a questionnaire on belief in angels during a college psychology experiment. These studies fail the basic scientific test of measuring what they purport to measure.

Reflections on the Earnest "Pursuit of Happiness"

Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen

When you consider that the founding fathers of our country tried to provide us with the means for the actual separation between church and state, you ...

Seek Your Own Truth

Aaron Anson | Posted 07.16.2012 | Religion
Aaron Anson

We must seek those quiet spaces in our life that are safe for vulnerable explorations of meaning. These spaces are not found inside physical institutions or places where demagoguery slays reflective, rational and factually grounded discourse.